We recently received a Flying Squirrel call in Jonesborough Tn. from Stacy Browning. Mr. Browning had opened up the access to the attic and there, sitting at the top of the fold down stairs, were a couple of flying squirrels looking back. After some research, Mr. Browning realized that he could have a large colony of squirrels in his attic. Although he liked flying squirrels, he knew that they could damage house wiring and that dealing with this problem would involve dangerous climbing and specialized wildlife control techniques. Mr. Browning lives in a very attractive home that is surrounded by forested. This creates excellent habitat for flying squirrels which decided to take up residence in the attic.
On the first visit, three primary entrances were found in the soffits. These had been previously used by Raccoons. Exclusion work had been done from the inside by another wildlife control company. The work was poorly done and they were still points of vulnerability.
Ridge caps were another issue. Ridge caps were made of plastic and showed signs of chewing. Ridge caps are a common entry point for squirrels and are especially vulnerable to the much smaller flying squirrel. Most ridge caps available on the traditional building materials market are not “squirrel proof”. So, we fabricated protective screens that were attached directly over the existing ridge caps.
Roof peaks, ridge caps, gutters, and all other points were inspected and sealed if necessary. This was a time consuming process due to access issues created by a very steep roof pitch. One this was done, a colony of 12 flying squirrels suddenly appeared in the “one way door” exclusion device that had been installed earlier in the project. This exclusion device is designed to allow squirrels to escape through the entrance but not return. This colony was removed and released and the final entry hole was sealed.
To seal the final entrance, the soffit had to be opened so that the entrance could be “hardened”. When the soffit was opened the mess that these squirrels left inside the soffit was seen. Roll type insulation, blown insulation, and other building materials were found packed into the soffit. About two inches of material was packed into the soffit. Soffit was reinforced and permanently sealed. We recommend that this work be reinspected to make sure that reinvasion does not occur.
The Brownings were wonderful people to work for and we would like to thank them for the opportunity to work on their squirrel project.