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When Are Flying Squirrels Active in the Attic?

Discovering flying squirrels in your attic can be a surprising, often frustrating experience. These agile rodents are known for their ability to enter homes through small openings, making attics an ideal place for them to nest, especially during certain times of the year. Understanding when flying squirrels are most active in attics and why can help homeowners prepare and take necessary actions to mitigate any potential damage.

Understanding Flying Squirrel Behavior in Attics

Flying Squirrels are primarily diurnal creatures, meaning they are most active during the daytime. This is particularly true for the common types that invade homes, such as the gray squirrel and red squirrel. Their daily activities include foraging for food, which consists of nuts, seeds, fruits, and occasionally insects.

Flying Squirrel in Attic Activity Patterns

The activity levels of flying squirrels in attics fluctuate with the seasons due to changes in temperature and breeding cycles:

  • Spring: In early spring, female squirrels look for safe places to give birth and raise their young. Attics become attractive nesting sites because they offer protection from predators and harsh weather conditions.
  • Summer: While less common than in spring, some squirrels may continue to use attics as a refuge from extreme heat or as a secondary nesting site.
  • Fall: This season marks a period of preparation for winter. Squirrels become highly active in collecting food to store. Though not typically seeking shelter yet, if an attic is easily accessible, it might be used for food storage.
  • Winter: As temperatures drop, squirrels seek warm shelters. Attics are particularly appealing during this time since they provide insulation from the cold.

Daytime Attic Noise: A Sign of Flying Squirrel Activity

Homeowners often notice signs of flying squirrel activity during daylight hours. Common indicators include noises such as scratching, scurrying or chewing sounds coming from the attic. These sounds can intensify during early morning or late afternoon when squirrels are most actively moving in and out of their nests.

Flying Squirrels in Attic Preventative Measures

Knowing when squirrels are most likely to seek refuge in your attic allows you to take preventative measures ahead of time:

  1. Inspect Your Home Regularly: Check for potential entry points such as loose siding or eaves and seal them.
  2. Trim Tree Branches: Keep tree branches trimmed away from your house to reduce access points.
  3. Install Squirrel Guards: Use guards on electrical lines or poles leading up to your house which can deter squirrels from gaining access.
  4. Hire A Squirrel Removal Professional: If you are not interested in DIY methods, give Environmental Pest a call. We have a dedicated wildlife removal division that handles hundreds of squirrel in attic jobs every year!

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