Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC
Telephone: (804) 457-2883
Richmond, VA Squirrel Removal & Control
Squirrel Removal & Control Richmond, Virginia
We offer squirrel removal, trapping, management, capture and control services in Richmond,
Henrico, Chesterfield, Glen Allen, Short Pump, Chester, Mechanicsville, Ashland, Midlothian, Bon
Air, Woodlake, Brandermill, VA, Virginia, West End and surrounding areas. From gray squirrels to
flying squirrels, Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services will remove squirrels of all types
and prevent them from entering your home and business. We are Richmond's Animal control and
wildlife removal specialists.
Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services provides residential and commercial nuisance
squirrel trapping, squirrel removal, squirrel control, squirrel damage repairs and squirrel exclusion
for Richmond, Virginia and surrounding areas.
Do You Need Squirrel Removal Services In Richmond, VA?
The Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) often causes problems in Richmond, Virginia when it
decides to take up residence inside of your attic. Once in your Richmond attic they can be
extremely destructive - tearing up and soiling insulation, gnawing on wires and structural materials,
and generally making a lot of disruptive noises.
Richmond Squirrels are diurnal, meaning they are active twice a day, generally in the morning and
evening. They mate two to three times a year and have litters of 3-5 young per litter.
The Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans) can also be a problem in the attics of Richmond,
VA homeowners for many of the same reasons as the Gray Squirrel.
Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services performs many squirrel evictions every year in
Richmond, Virginia. We are not only knowledgeable in eviction techniques, but also in exclusion
techniques to prevent your problem from recurring in your Richmond home or business.
Description of Squirrel Damage in Richmond, Virginia
Squirrels in Richmond may occasionally damage forest trees by chewing bark from branches and
trunks. Pine squirrels damage Ponderosa pine, jack pine, and paper birch. In the Southeast, fox
squirrels damage loblolly and other pines.
Squirrels in Richmond may eat cones and nip twigs to the extent that they interfere with natural
reseeding of important forest trees. This is a particular problem in Ponderosa pine forests where
pine squirrels may remove 60% to 80% of the cones in poor to fair seed years. In forest seed
orchards, such squirrel damage interferes with commercial seed production.
In nut orchards, squirrels can severely curtail production by eating nuts prematurely and by carrying
off mature nuts. In New England fruit orchards, pine squirrels may eat ovaries of cherry blossoms
and destroy ripe pears. Pine, gray, and fox squirrels may chew bark of various orchard trees.
In Richmond, VA residential areas, squirrels sometimes travel powerlines and short out
transformers. They gnaw on wires, enter buildings, and build nests in attics. Richmond Squirrels
may damage siding, insulation, or household contents when they take up residence in homes or
other buildings.They frequently chew holes through pipelines used in maple syrup production.
Squirrels in Richmond occasionally damage lawns by burying or searching for and digging up nuts.
They will chew bark and clip twigs on ornamental trees or shrubbery planted in yards. Often
squirrels take food at feeders intended for birds. Sometimes they chew to enlarge openings of bird
houses and then enter to eat nestling songbirds. Richmond Flying squirrels are small enough to
enter most bird houses and are especially likely to eat nesting birds.
In gardens, squirrels may eat planted seeds, mature fruits, or grains such as corn. (Source:
Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage, 1994)
Squirrel Health Concerns In Richmond, VA
Gray squirrels in Richmond are also subject to a host of parasites and diseases. Botfly larvae can
cause enormous cysts on a squirrel before the larva emerges to pupate and metamorphose into a
fly. Mange can leave squirrels with patches of raw furless skin. Ticks, fleas, lice, and worms also
afflict Richmond gray squirrels. Another peculiar ailment that is found in gray squirrels is squirrel
pox or fibromatosis. This disease is caused by a virus and results in multiple large skin tumors
which may appear anywhere on the squirrel´s body. Normally, this disease will run its course and
the tumors will disappear unless secondary skin infections occur. If the tumors occur around the
eyes or mouth, the squirrel may be unable to see or feed and may succumb due to starvation.
Squirrel droppings, like pretty much any wildlife dropping, are associated with Leptospirosis and
Salmonella. (Source: www.newyorkwild.org)
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A very small squirrel. Very silky coat grayish brown above, white below, with hairs all white from tip
to base. Loose fold of skin between foreleg and hind leg. Flattened, gray-brown tail. Large black
eyes. L 7 3/4-10 1/8" (198-255 mm); T 3 1/8-4 3/4" (81-120 mm); HF 7/8-1 1/4" (22-32 mm); Wt 1
1/2-3 1/8 oz (45-90 g).
Slightly larger Northern Flying Squirrel is a richer brown, with abdominal fur usually gray at base.
Breeding: Mates in early spring; 2-7 young born after gestation of 41 days. Often second litter
August-September, usually by females not breeding in spring.
Habitat: Various deciduous forests such as beech-maple, oak-hickory, and, in the South, live oak.
Range: Eastern U.S. (except for north New England and southern tip of Florida) east of Minnesota,
east Kansas, and east Texas.
Flying squirrels in Richmond are the only nocturnal tree squirrels. Although it is active in all
seasons, the Southern Flying Squirrel may remain in its nest in very cold weather and will enter
torpor in times of extreme cold or food scarcity. The state of torpor is not as deep as true
hibernation, but the animal's body temperature can drop to 22°F (-6°C), and it may take up to 40
minutes to wake. In Richmond, the flying squirrel does not truly fly, but glides through the air, up to
80 yards (meters) or more, from the top of one tree down to the trunk of another. It flies with its
legs outstretched and the fold of skin between foreleg and hind leg acting as a combination
parachute and sail (or glider wing). While gliding, it can turn or change its angle of descent. Just
before landing, it drops its tail and lifts its forequarters, slackening the flight skin, which then serves
as an air brake. It lands very lightly on all four feet, and at once scurries around to the other side of
the tree trunk, in case a predator has followed its flight. Agile and extremely surefooted aloft, it is
relatively clumsy on the ground. The most carnivorous of Richmond's tree squirrels, the Southern
Flying Squirrel feeds on nuts, acorns, seeds, berries, fungi, lichens, birds and their nestlings and
eggs, some insects, and sometimes other vertebrates, including carrion. Hard parts and wings of
larger insects are often discarded. Flying squirrels in Richmond will gnaw bark from maple trees
and drink the sap, and also eat moths that come to the sap to feed. Great quantities of nuts,
acorns, and seeds are stored for winter use, in tree hollows, in their nests, in crotches or cracks in
trees, and in the ground. Hickory nuts and acorns may be buried throughout the home range,
adding to the general store of nuts buried by other species of squirrels. Southern Flying Squirrels
in Richmond may store up to 15,000 nuts in a season. They use their front incisors to pound the
nuts into the ground or a crack in a tree. Woodpecker holes are favored nest sites, but the
Southern Flying Squirrel in Richmond may build a summer nest of leaves, twigs, and bark that is
similar to that of gray or fox squirrels, but is only about 8 inches (200 mm) in diameter. Typical
dens are dead tree stubs 8 to 20 feet (2.5-6 m) high that contain woodpecker holes, 1 1/2 to 2
inches (40-50 mm) in diameter. The nest cavity is lined with shredded bark or, in the Deep South,
Spanish moss and palmetto fibers. There is often a primary nest, plus many secondary nests used
for temporary shelter. Some dens are used exclusively for defecation; over time, humus can build
up to 1 1/2 feet (half a meter) deep. In winter, several individuals may den together in one tree
hole, as their combined body heat brings up the den temperature; as many as 50 individuals have
been found in one nest in winter. Flying squirrels in Richmond, VA know their home range very
well, and when abroad will hide in a hollow tree, under loose bark, or another convenient spot, such
as an old bird or squirrel nest. The Southern Flying Squirrel mates in early spring. The female is
receptive for just one day. She usually mates with the dominant male, and often a subordinate as
well. At about four weeks of age the young resemble adults; at five weeks, they exit the nest to
take solid food. Females of this species defend their young vigorously, and will move them to
another nest if danger threatens. The main calls of adults are faint and bird-like notes, described
as similar to those of night-migrating birds. The young produce squeaks, which include ultrasonic
components. One researcher listened to ultrasonic sounds on a bat detector of a female and its
young as the two became reunited after both hit a bat net (only the young became entangled).
Southern Flying Squirrels in Richmond are more aggressive than its northern counterpart.
Predators include owls and many mammals, but the house cat is the most dangerous. (Source:
Richmond, Virginia Flying Squirrel Damage and Concerns
Richmond Flying squirrels may cause damage when they enter buildings via construction gaps,
dormer and louver vents, chimneys, fascia boards and soffits. Their entrance hole is often times
the size of a quarter. Squirrels in Richmond, VA have been responsible for starting fires by
chewing on electrical wires. Other damages include accumulated droppings, urine stains, chewing
and gnawing on wood, and degradation of insulation.
Outside their Richmond home they are known to denude bark on trees and shrubs, dig holes in
turf, and raid bird feeders and gardens. There are few health concerns associated with flying
squirrels. They are, on rare occasions, carriers of rabies and typhus, but these squirrels pose little,
if any, significant threat to humans.
Richmond, Virginia Flying Squirrel Control
There are various approaches for controlling flying squirrels in Richmond, Virginia. Prevention of
the flying squirrel entry, or excluding the site, is of extreme importance in solving this situation.
Another technique is humanely live-trapping the flying squirrels from the space. Cage trapping
flying squirrels can be utilized, using nuts and vegetables. Tree trimming around the building will
discourage use by these squirrels, along with other birds and animals. We also recommended
installing chimney caps on any uncovered chimney, to prevent unwanted flying squirrel entry in
Richmond, Virginia Flying Squirrel Management
To successfully manage a Richmond flying squirrel population, you must have an integrated
wildlife pest management plan. Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services uses multiple
approaches to eradicate and exclude these and other nuisance animals from your Richmond
home and property.