We inspected the attic and found a large amount of feces in the insulation.
As we turned around, we found a flying squirrel!
We slowly backed away, spoke to the homeowner, and contacted our wildlife division to come out and investigate further.
During their inspection, they found chew marks made by the flying squirrel in the ridge vent.
Flying squirrels are rodents and live in colonies. Like all rodents, they must chew and gnaw to manage their continually growing incisors.
Our wildlife team set-up a one-way device, placed baited devices nearby, and temporarily enclosed the area in hardware cloth. The one-way will allow the flying squirrel to exit the area, but prevent it from getting back in. A short while later, they successfully retrieved the flying squirrel and relocated to a new, humane location.
Next, they then disinfected the attic area, removed the contaminated insulation, and installed Ridge-Guard®.
RIDGE-GUARD® is a system for guarding against animal entry at the roof ridge. It secures and reinforces the ridge vent shingles so no nuisance wildlife can enter. Now the homeowner will no longer have any issues with flying squirrels infesting her home.
This homeowner in Freehold, NJ had asked us to inspect her attic because she was hearing noises. When we did, we were face-to-face with a flying squirrel!