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Squirrels: Warning Signs and Activity

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Squirrels are another cute, furry pest that often sets up camp in your walls and attic. What sets them apart is that they’re much cleaner and less dangerous than raccoons or rats.

The Warning Signs
Signs Inside your Home
Signs Outside your Home
Keep your Home free from Squirrels

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Recognizing the Warning Signs of Squirrels

If you’re like most people, you probably enjoy watching squirrels enjoying fun and games outdoors, jumping around in the trees, gathering treats, and just generally having fun. Once they enter your house, their squirrel fun and games may not be as cute. On this page, we’ll discuss some of the warning signs that you have a squirrel in the home and what you should do to rid your Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex home of these destructive animals. If you need help getting squirrels out of your attic or walls, give the Southlake Critter Stop team a call. We offer wildlife removal, sanitation, and deterrent services to keep your home pest-free. We are happy to bring our team of experts to your home no matter where you are in the DFW Metro area – we service as far Southwest as White Settlement and as far Northeast as Allen!

What You'll See Inside the Home

Inside your house, squirrels are relatively neat guests compared with other wildlife that can get inside. They don’t leave as many droppings or the unsanitary “grease marks” caused by urine and repeated scurrying across surfaces that are common with rats. While squirrels are much more “tidy,” they are just as likely as rodents to chew and damage your walls, wiring, ducts, and just about anything else they can get their hands on. Some of the common warning signs there’s a squirrel in your home include:


Scratching and Scurrying at Dusk & Dawn?

If you hear activity in your attic or walls in the early morning or in the evening, it is a good indicator that you’re dealing with squirrels.


Nesting Materials

If you see nesting materials like shredded cloth, lint, insulation, leaves, and grass in your attic or in the walls, you may be dealing with a squirrel.



While squirrels are less likely to leave their droppings or a urine trail around the attic, you will likely still smell a distinguishable odor from their waste.

Squirrels Nuisance Problems

Squirrels Noises

Squirrels are quite vocal animals, using a variety of sounds to communicate with each other and express different emotions. Here are some common noises made by squirrels:

  1. Chattering: This is one of the most recognizable squirrel noises. It's a rapid series of chirps or chatters and can indicate excitement, agitation, or alarm. Squirrels often chatter when they sense danger or when they're interacting with other squirrels.

  2. Barking: Squirrels may emit a series of short, sharp barks, especially when they feel threatened or are trying to alert others to the presence of danger. This noise can be quite loud and is often heard when squirrels are defending their territory.

  3. Whining or Mewling: When squirrels are distressed or in pain, they may emit a whining or mewling sound. This noise is softer and more plaintive than their other vocalizations and may indicate that the squirrel is injured or in trouble.

  4. Growling or Grunting: Similar to other animals, squirrels may growl or grunt when they're feeling aggressive or territorial. This noise is often heard during confrontations between squirrels or when they're defending their nests or food sources.

  5. Purring: Squirrels can produce a soft, purring noise when they're content or relaxed. This noise is often heard when squirrels are grooming themselves or resting in a safe and comfortable spot.

  6. Teeth Chattering: Squirrels may chatter their teeth as a sign of aggression or annoyance. This noise is often accompanied by other aggressive behaviors, such as tail flicking or chasing other squirrels away.

  7. Squealing or Screaming: When squirrels are in extreme distress or are being attacked by a predator, they may emit a loud, high-pitched squeal or scream. This noise is a signal for help and may attract the attention of other squirrels or animals in the area.

Understanding these squirrel noises can help you interpret their behavior and better appreciate these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat.

What You'll See Outside the Home

Many homeowners notice a squirrel infestation from the outside first. To get into the house, squirrels may chew on shingles, gnaw into the eaves, or otherwise damage the outside of your home. You may also see squirrel footprints in the mud, on your car, or in other areas. Squirrels are extremely persistent, so it’s essential to find a wildlife removal provider that is capable of fully sealing out these determined pests.

Our 4 Step Process

Critter Stop Inspection

Free Inspection

Critter Stop offers free in-home consultations to build custom solutions to your problems. We inspect your home thoroughly, inside and out, for signs of damage, animal entry, animal nesting, droppings, and more. Once we discuss the extent of the problem and what needs to be done to fix it, we’ll document a game plan together.

sealing home

Seal Your Home

Sealing your home immediately is our priority. The exclusion team will thoroughly patch up potential entry sites from the roof to the foundation and everywhere in between. Once we’re sure no other rodents are getting in, we’ll set our traps in those areas we suspect animal activity.

Raccoons inside your home

Remove The Critters

Our technicians will check in on your home several times throughout this process. If game cameras have been set up, we’ll review those with you to discuss the animal activity. Once the traps are cleared, we will reset them and re-evaluate all the sealed points of entry to ensure no critter has re-chewed a hole or found a new way into your property.

Restoring and Sanitizing rodent droppings

Restore & Sanitize

We don’t call it a job well done once the pest is gone. There’s more work to be done! We completely restore your affected area by pulling up and replacing damaged insulation. Additionally, we fog the affected area to disinfect and remove animal pheromones that can attract new pests in the future.

“I used Critter Stop due to rats and squirrels in my attic. They also chewed up siding on the house to get in. Critter Stop was able to remove the rodents and secure the entry points. Everyone I dealt with was very polite and professional. They were able to come out quickly, communicated well, and they always showed up on time. I would use them again.”

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Critter Stop's 4 Step Process to Keep Your Home Squirrel Free

In order to fully free your Dallas or Fort Worth area home from any rodent or wildlife infestation, the Critter Stop team has created a four-step process. We begin by sealing all of the access points to prevent squirrels from getting into your home. Then, we trap the squirrels for humane, poison-free removal. Once your home is squirrel-free, we sanitize all the areas that were infested. Finally, we set up deterrents outside of the home. This can be especially important for squirrels, who can be very persistent. Even though we do our best to remove all the odor trails and other indicators that could lure squirrels back to your home, they may still want to get back in. This last step of the process is essential to keep squirrels away from your home.

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Lee Gorman
Lee Gorman
13:50 21 Nov 22
I’d give a 10 star review if I could! We had a great experience with Critter Stop. Everyone I dealt was friendly, professional, and reassuring. Phillip was very helpful and knowledgeable about the work he was doing. He walked me around the entire house to make sure I saw and understood the services he provided. He was also really nice and answered all my questions — he is exactly the type of person that should be interacting with customers.I love the fact that they will come back for up to 1 year after installation if any problems occur — this shows me they stand behind their work.The owner was great too, he personally came to my house and walked me through their offering. I recommend critter stop to anyone and everyone!
Susan Casey
Susan Casey
14:53 15 Nov 22
Critter Stop is a fantastic business! Everyone involved is extremely professional and very easy to communicate with. Chisam, the owner, did a great job of explaining the process to get the squirrels out of my attic during the initial free estimate. The exclusion crew who did all of the initial work was fabulous. The crew consisted of Phillip, Nick and Corey who arrived promptly when they said they would. They are happy, positive employees. Everyone is very polite and patient in explaining their work and answering questions. They came back several times to check the traps and finish it off with the fogging. Lester was very good about following up to schedule each trap check with me, and the office staff who took care of the billing was very efficient. Critter Stop is a well run company with honest, trustworthy employees! Thank you to all of you who worked hard to make my attic critter free and for the peace of mind that you guarantee your work. Great to know I can call them if for some reason a squirrel figures out a way to get back in!
Karen Eckholdt
Karen Eckholdt
14:54 22 Sep 22
Critter Stop has made this project easy and extremely professional from start to finish! They are very detailed and competent from start to finish and know so much about their business. They made a problem easy for us and at a reasonable cost. We would be happy to recommend this company and their owners and staff to anyone.
Aaron Echols
Aaron Echols
13:51 03 Aug 22
The guys at Critter Stop responded quickly, were very friendly, and gave us an honest estimate of what we might need. They explained why some items on other quotes were or were not necessary. They communicated well to get us scheduled, and did the work well and quickly. Great service at a fair and competitive price.
Jacob Scribner
Jacob Scribner
19:23 27 Jul 22
Brandon and his other coworker Gavin came to install insulation in my attic. I am very grateful for the hard work and professionalism. My house feels a lot better with the insulation installed. 5 star review. Cory Leach was also very nice and helpful. He came to my house to do another job and was very attentive and professional. Thank you Corey and thank you Critter Stop for helping me.The owner very polite and helpful, I’m glad I found this company to help me.
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