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Ground, Flying & Tree Squirrels – What’s the Difference?


Squirrels are a diverse group of rodents. So diverse, in fact, many have difficulty distinguishing the various types. How knowledgeable are you on the squirrel species?

There are 3 types of squirrels, classified by body form:

  • Tree squirrels 
    The most common and commonly seen squirrel, tree squirrels are skilled climbers. They come in an array of colors including red, white, black, gray, and brown, boasting a long body, large bushy tails, long ears, and sharp claws.
  • Flying squirrels 
    Despite their name, flying squirrels are not capable of true flight. Instead they glide between trees, assisted by their identifying features – a thin membrane of skin that stretches between their wrists and ankles, allowing them to glide between trees, and large black eyes which they use for nocturnal activity. Of the two types of flying squirrels in the U.S., Northern flying squirrels are the predominant type in our area. They tend to live in areas plentiful in spruces, fir, and hemlock.
  • Ground squirrels
    Stocky in body form with muscular hind legs, ground squirrels are adapted to burrowing. The diverse family of ground squirrels includes prairie dogs/marmots, groundhogs/woodchucks, and chipmunks. They vary widely in size and habitat but generally live in the ground. If you have piles of dirt in your yard and plants are ailing, you may have a ground squirrel problem.

Squirrels making you nutty? Contact Allison Pest Control today.

In Your Attic, How Flying Squirrel Different Than Ground Squirrels?

There's A Difference
There’s A Difference

Has your home become a nesting ground for flying squirrels? These rodents differ from regular ground squirrels in many ways besides the fact that they can glide through the air. As nocturnal creatures, flying squirrels can quietly take over an attic and become quite the nuisance for households in New Jersey.

Identifying Flying Squirrels in New Jersey

We see two species in the area around Ocean County and Monmouth County: the Northern and Southern flying squirrels. The Southern flying squirrel is actually most common in New Jersey.

These creatures look much like small ground squirrels but have a membrane of skin that can expand like a cape to help them fly. They glide through the air by getting a running start and extending their arms and legs outward to catch the air with their webbed limbs.

Many homeowners don’t see flying squirrels at first, instead noticing the damage they cause in their nocturnal habits. Instead of crushing nuts like ground squirrels do, they tend to bite a round hole to get to the food inside.

Flying Squirrel Pest Control

Flying squirrels often live in tree holes and abandoned bird homes. When they move into your attic, they tend to hoard lots of food. Damage includes gnawed wood, chewed wiring, and stinky squirrel waste.

Removal can be difficult because flying squirrels will return to nest unless they are taken at least a mile away.

They may seem funny at first, but flying squirrels quickly become a nuisance with a real possibility of severe property damage. If you’ve heard squirrel activity at night or found evidence, contact Allison Pest Control to help control your flying squirrel problem.

As NJ pest control leaders and Monmouth County pest control providers, we’ve been servicing your friends and neighbors for years. We invite you to find out why Allison Pest Control is the firm you should call when you think you may have squirrels in your attic today.