Critter Stop Logo
(214) 561-2744
Critter Stop Logo
(214) 561-2744
Critter Stop Logo
(214) 561-2744
Home » Squirrels

Squirrels: Warning Signs and Activity

Squirrels - 101

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
SquirrelLearn more about our Safe Wildlife Removal Service

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.

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.”

Jeff L. via Google

Read more reviews

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.

Let's get started!