WHAT. A. WEEK.
Flying High doing roof line inspections looking for squirrels’ or any critters’ access points. You just don’t know until you know. Several clients did not know because they weren’t looking or because many subtle aspects of the roof line cannot be clearly seen from the ground. Upon up close inspection quarter sized or larger holes and crevices can be found. Many areas of a roof line are hidden in deep pockets and corners, too.
What lurks there? Well we found many places where squirrels had begun to excavate gnawing on the wood trim. Also found areas that were deeply recessed under the trim and allowed totally open access into the attic through the soffits.
For quick and easy fixes, that are out of view, we install a galvanized steel mesh. If the area is visible we suggest more comprehensive repairs that integrate materials like steel and high density sealants, followed by finishes that match the homes exterior.
Wow. All just to keep squirrels out? Yep! And mice, and birds, and bats. We get them out. We keep them out and make sure it looks good. Humanely. No one and nothing is harmed. Just call. We will make it so.
Most agree this is a good thing. This means a quiet attic. All your appliances, electric, phone doorbell and internet work because squirrels and their new pups are not gnawing your wires. You sleep soundly because your home is quiet. The possible sounds of squirrels scurrying around your attic are non existent.
(Oh. And DON’T even get me started about Woodpeckers pecking on siding to tear out beetles!!! Pleeeese!)
Your home is quiet and peaceful. Ahhhh. Tranquility.
If this isn’t the case, just call.
We’ll restore peace and tranquility.
Rescued this beauty from a home in Chapel Hill, NC. Their 6-year-old daughter saw it. He’s been captured and taken to a new place.
One reason for a possible increase in Copperheads is a wide scale decline in the Eastern King Snake. It is a true predator of the Copperhead. The King Snake decline is due to habitat destruction. The Copperhead adapted to sub-urbanization very well. The Eastern King Snake did not. This is according to a large study done in the 90’s.
How do we avoid Copperheads?
How do we keep them away from our yard?
Clear cut and pave your lot. 😜
Seriously. Be vigilant! Especially during June-August in central, NC. Study images of Copperheads. This trains your mind to recognize them more readily.
If you are outdoors in natural areas, wear sneakers or boots. Before you work in the yard, inspect the area using a rake to sift through the ground cover and natural areas. If you are gardening or using your hands, wear heavy leather gloves. Cut the grass very low. Clear rocky areas, wood piles, wood stumps, etc.
Check ahead before sending the kids out. Inspect the areas your children play in. Show them pictures. Educate yourselves and them about Copperheads. See link below.
In the peak of summer, Copperheads become mostly nocturnal. Use a flashlight and a walking stick if you are out at night. Keep walk ways and pathways clear of debris.
Did you know they seek out fresh Cicada larvae as they emerge from their shells? Cicada blooms tend to occur around the base of oak trees. If you see the empty Cicada shells be alert!
Copperhead’s main food is mice. If you have bird feeders or pet food or any food source outside the house or in the garage you are attracting mice. Copperheads follow mice. So... if you want to feed the birds consider moving the feeders further away from the house.
Snake ID and Education
What do Flying Squirrels and Pigs have in common?
When I tell someone they have flying squirrels in their attic, they often say, “Flying Squirrels? We have them here?”
Yes. We do. They are nocturnal and live high up in the canopy of trees where they roost in tree cavities and holes other animals have made.
And yes, they can fly. They glide with the help of a flap of skin between their shoulder and hip. Although they are common, most people never see them due to their night time high flying habits.
These soaring squirrels live alone, a solitary and aesthetic existence; except when it’s cold. In the winter months, they can form roosting colonies with a dozen or more hunkering down in one location. And they love attics, making beds in the warm insulation. They are quiet, not raucous like their grey squirrel cousins. Flying squirrels can get through much smaller holes than grey squirrels, tend not to rip a massive hole in your woodwork, and keep a low profile. As with many attic dwellers clients do not know, they are there until someone looks: the HVAC person, an inspector or the home owner putting things away in the attic.
Telltale signs of flying squirrel are: shredded and falling insulation, droppings (like larger black fat grains of rice often in a tidy pile) dark urine stain rings, holes burrowed in the insulation (the size or tennis balls or so).
So what do flying squirrels and pigs have in common?
Well, we trapped two fliers in an attic in a home in Chapel Hill. A friend, Anna O’Neal, operates a pot-bellied pig rescue called Jenna and Friends Animal Sanctuary (https://www.facebook.com/Jenna-and-Friends-Animal-Sanctuary-399652440226973/).
She has welcomed animals I trap and need to relocate. The two flying squirrels were released on her property where the pigs dwell.
So these pigs and these squirrels have their home in common.
After I released them, one darted off up a tree, not to be seen. The other was a bit dazed. It ran to the nearest tree and froze. Occasionally shifting from side to side to avoid us. It stayed at about 3’ off the ground. We walked away. She didn’t move. Several minutes later the three of us (Anna, Debbie Hall and me) were 15-20’ away talking. They were standing in front of a tree. From my vantage the tree was between them.
Suddenly immediately over their shoulders on the tree there was the Flying Squirrel!!!
She was the one we left back on the tree!
Debbie and Anna could have easily reached and touch her. She paused for a moment looking at us, then slowly made her way up the tree.
Wow. From there we saw her climb, climb, climb up high, and then drop and glide to another tree!
Next, we saw a SECOND flying squirrel do the same. The two seemed to be following each other, exploring cavities in the tree looking for a new place to hunker down in their new forest home... with the pigs!
Thank you Anna!
There are many solid reasons to keep bats out of your attic. Anyone want to guess?
Keep these amazing beings out by installing exclusion materials now. If bats end up in your gables or attic from May-August, there is nothing that can be done due to State laws that protect maternal colonies as the mama's raise their pups.
Suspect bats in the past or recently? Call now to get them addressed before May 1.
Below are Images of steel mesh installed on the inside and outside of gable vents.
Ring. Ring. (Sound of phone ringing)
“Hello. Is your TV running?”
“Um. Yes. Why?”
“Well, I just saw it passing by my house!”
Squirrels gnawing your wires?
Raccoons tugging on the cable lines?
Not sure why your TV is moving by itself?
Better have someone check the crawl space!
A client called us. He said, “We a squirrels under our house. We hear it scrambling around the floor and walls.”
“Oh. And the other day, the TV started moving.”
What did he just say?!
Better call someone.
What’s in your crawl space?
Crawl spaces are very susceptible to wildlife activities. Mice, snakes, opossums, raccoons, and squirrels love to take up residence there. Wildlife can gnaw on electrical wires and water lines.
When is the last time someone checked your crawl space for activity?
Just call. We will check it out.
All in a Day
Copperheads and Terriers
A Copperhead appeared in someones fenced in yard recently. Was a first time occurrence. She loves her three little dogs and was alarmed by a close encounter between her, on her pups and the copperhead. No one was harmed. Presented her with some options to discourage snakes from entering the fenced in area and keeping mice out from under her home. If there are mice the snakes are never far behind.
Snake in the Shed
Out on 11 acres this client encounters a lot of wild life. Black rat snakes are harmless and she knows it. Yet she has a innate fear of snakes and does not like surprise encounters with any snake which has happened several times now when entering her shed. And there were definable mice getting in the shed. Seal up holes around the shed door to block the snake from entry. Eastern Black Rat Snake was take less than acre away to the edge of her property.
Based on my observation the presence of the Black Rat Snakes suggests fewer copperheads. Not because the black snake eats copperheads but because they both specialize in mice. If one species is present it may out compete the other. One of the Copperheads natural predators is Eastern King Snake formerly abundant, declined precipitously in recent decades.
Dead Bat In the Attic. No Other Evidence.
How does one a bat get into the attic and die? No other bats. No droppings. No obvious entry points found after searching the attic roof and exterior. Some things are just a mystery!
What’s creeping, crawling and dying in your attic!
Just Call. We’ll sort it out, get it out anr keep it out.
Snakes in the cold of fall? What!?
Snakes or no snakes. Mice are busy making warm beds for themselves for the cold months. Not sure if you have mice? Know you do and want to show them out without killing them or use of poisons?
Just 100% effective.
If you have mice around there is a good chance the snakes are not far away. Give us a call. We can provide advice and suggestions.
Psych about the snake. 😂
It made me do a triple take!
It’s a toy snake!
This is REAL.
Guess who gnawed this cat statue on a client’s back porch?
What’s gnawing on your statues? Or wires?
What’s that SCRITCHING noise in the attic,the floor, the walls? It probably IS a Something that IS doing something in there. Don’t ignore it.
Did you know squirrels breed twice a year?
I know. Nuts isn’t it?!! Or is it Acorns?
They also will have more than one bed to sleep in, too. So if you don’t hear them every day or night it could simply mean they are at their other home in one of the pine trees, or trees or in your neighbor’s attic.
Once the pups are born it becomes a delicate matter. Removing the mother could mean the babies will die in your attic or crawl space. Finding the babies can be tricky too depending on where momma has hid them. And what to do if they are found?
Some firms remove the babies and mother or adults which are then euthanized. We never kill. We work with their biological cycle employing only exclusion methods, and trapping when needed.
Want a live and let live solution?
Call us. We never kill animals or trap and euthanize. A client’s daughter once told me we are “vegetarian pest control.” Love it.
Unless squirrels have been in your attic or crawl space for years the extent of damage is usually minimal. They will shred some insulation and use it in their nest. And yes they will poop where they are nesting.
And they like to chew wires. I know! That sounds horrible. Typically we see only the external wire sheath gnawed through. But not usually the live wires.
Inside the main sheath are usually three wires: the hot (black) and the negative (white) each have their own insulate sheath. And a ground (copper). If the black is exposed and could touch another wire or something metal it could cause a short or spark creating a fire hazard. If your lights or outlets are not working or flickering that could be a warning sign.
Every situation is unique. Although we are not electricians we do look for gnawed wires during assessments. If we see them we will notify you so you can contact an electrician, pronto! The pictures in this post show a more severe example. In this case squirrels were living in the attic for many years.
Most situations we encounter are not this severe. Bottom line is if you hear animal activity call a wildlife expert asap. Don’t assume there is no longer a problem if the activity stops. Have someone take a look to rule out the worst case.
For the Vegetarian Wildlife Control option call Humane Homes.
Mind your ROOFLINE
Just call. Seriously. Don’t wait.
Squirrels can remove flimsy gutter covers (leaf guards). If they can get on your roof or in the gutters they can detect heat coming from the inside of the attic through GAPS in your roof line.
They will then gnaw and be inside your home in minutes!
These gaps are VERY COMMON. Most people never know they have these gaps until the fascia (wood trim that the gutter is attached to) is rotting, and/ or the gutter starts falling. Or they start hearing scampering in the attic, ceilings or walls!
We can help. Call for an assessment.
We never use kill traps, poisons, euthanasia or methods that harm wildlife. No-harm wildlife solutions that take care of you wildlife issues.
Here is an example from a client’s home I assessed!
Exclude bats now or forever hold your peace... well at least until August 1st. According to the State of NC bats cannot be excluded from May until August. If you had bats or know you do now and want humane harmonious and ecological options, call now so we can address it by the end of April.
Bats for maternity colonies staring in May. The pups (usually one per mother) suckle like all mammals. The mothers fly off at bight leaving the babies behind. Any attempt to exclude during this time will trap the babies inside and the mothers outside. The mothers, as we can imagine, will do anything possible to get back in. The pups will frantically look for a way out. In these cases, or other cases where bats are trapped inside, they will find a way out and will often end up in the living space or sadly die within the walls.
We offer free consultation and installation of bat boxes. Anyone who hires us to do an exclusion will get a free installation. You buy the box. We will install it. We also offer stand alone bat box consultation and installation at a modest fee.
Love them or hate them. Let’s all be kind to the bats. Most eastern bat populations had plummeted due to habitat loss and an invasive fungus called white nose syndrome. Up to 90% of the population of the most common bat species have been lost in the eastern US!
If you need them out, reach out. We can help with an initial assessment. We will create a plan to care for the bats, you and your home with the best solutions for all beings!
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