A squirrel outside near a home.

Squirrels are not your typical form of cute wildlife. They must chew to keep their sharp teeth worn down, and they will happily gnaw through your wood flooring, electrical wires, attic insulation, crawl spaces, and more. Squirrels can also damage your home’s exterior by chewing siding to gain inside access. These pesky fiends are noisy, smelly, and can cause serious issues in your home.

In Texas, squirrels can be found in almost any yard. They’re cute, they’re furry, and they are all around entertaining to watch. However, appearances can be deceptive.

Squirrels can become a problem when they suddenly decide to get inside your house. They are resourceful, and can be incredibly destructive if they decide to set up permanent residence in your home, attic, or garage. To a feisty squirrel, a warm and comfortable attic or isolated room represents prime real estate. There, they can mate, and begin to make nests inside your very own home.

The attic is an ideal place for squirrels to nest in. It has minimal visibility to predators, keeps warm for the winter, and is safe to nurse baby squirrels from the harsh elements outside. Once the babies are born, both the mother and the babies will remain in the attic until the babies are mature enough to make it outside on their own.

Squirrels gather any items in order to fortify their tiny home—including twigs, leaves, or worse. On some occasions, squirrels have been known to chew through pieces of furniture in order to use it for their nests. These irascible menaces can quickly overwhelm the home, and become the single greatest threat to your home and its safety. With that said, it is vital that you call the professionals at Critter Ridder immediately if you are in need of squirrel removal!

In order to better prepare yourself for squirrels in or near your property, it’s important to know some basic facts about squirrels. By educating yourself about this furry felon, you can keep your eyes out for signs of those less than desirable rodents.

The average squirrel can vary in size. Squirrels can be as small as eight inches long or they can grow to almost two feet in length. Typical squirrels can weigh up to a pound and a half as an adult. Squirrels have a lifespan of six years. They also tend to mate twice a year.

Squirrels have a very particular diet. Instead of eating grass like other animals, squirrels will hoard mostly nuts and berries. On occasion, they have been known to eat fruits and mushrooms. The reasons squirrels eat these items is that they do not possess cellulose as found in green plants. Squirrel metabolism doesn’t allow for the great digestion of greens, which is why they are predisposed to the diet they have. Only in real emergencies have squirrels been forced to eat grass, twigs, and other plant life.


Unlike rats, mice, or other rodents, squirrels cannot easily be trapped. Squirrels are prone to store their food, eliminating the need for much foraging. Because of this, it is much more difficult to find them searching for food. This simple task makes the job of removing squirrels that much more difficult. Additional strategies are needed, which is where the services of a squirrel removal company come in. If you are struggling with squirrel control on your property, give our experts a call today at Critter Ridder!

How does Critter Ridder remove squirrels from the attic and home?

Critter Ridder has been in the animal removal business since 2001. Since then, we’ve seen and done a lot of different animal removals. Some of them were very simple, routine removals. Some of them were very atypical, difficult removals. We’ve had a diverse range of jobs that have prepared us for almost anything that is thrown our way. In order to trap and remove animals safely and thoroughly, we’ve had to think outside of the box.

We also utilize humane methods in order to force squirrels from their home. Utilizing specialty tools, we’re able to make the squirrels leave on their own volition. Once they’re gone, we seal up any exposed entry way, making sure they never enter your home again. We want to make sure that the animals are okay and your home is okay, too. Contact our squirrel removal experts today for a free estimate!

We guarantee that squirrels, as well as any other creatures, will stay out of your home after a Critter Ridder job is done. For more details, see our exclusion services for tile, composite, and metal roofs as well as crawl spaces, decks, and sheds.


For their nests, squirrels will shred any soft products you have available. This can include toilet paper, paper towels, newspapers, attic insulation, and more. Squirrels are able to literally destroy a mattress by tearing out stuffing and scattering the remains into packed away corners for later. They are also capable of tearing apart your expensive couch for bits of padding for their nests.

When a squirrel decides to make your home his new residence, there are health risks. Most squirrels are not carriers of serious disease, but it’s still wise to treat all squirrels cautiously just in case. They can also introduce other health threats—including fleas, ticks, and Tetanus.

Squirrels will not generally attack you, but if they feel threatened they can bite and scratch. In older homes, squirrels that chew through wiring have been known to cause a house fire. Newer homes have electrical wiring encased in plastic pipes that cannot damage as easily, but speaker wires, telephone, and cable wiring still pose a risk.

Another risk in older homes is insulation containing asbestos. Squirrel damaged insulation may release asbestos particles into the air, which can expose the home’s occupants to harmful asbestos inhalation. Squirrels can also gnaw holes in your home’s eaves or archways. These holes may contribute to water damage and eventually cause mold growth. Black mold can be quite hazardous and requires professional assistance in removing.

Even when a squirrel decides it doesn’t want to occupy your home anymore, you still have exposed portions of your house. This invites other animals to come in, such as bats, rats, and more. By failing to stop an invasion of squirrels, your home has now been opened up for the real possibility of acting as a general nest to multiple animals.

While Critter Ridder is more than happy to deal with any sort of squirrel removal problems, there are steps you can take so you don’t have to call us. With a little bit of planning, preparation, and practical application, squirrels will have no reason to go into your yard.

First, you need to move anything that might attract squirrels. That means constant yard maintenance, including removal of twigs, loose grass, and anything else that might be used to build a nest. Additionally, as nice as bird feeders are, they are also a squirrel magnet. By getting rid of a bird feeder, you will virtually eliminate any presence from squirrels.

Next, you’ll have to keep a vigilant eye out for any potential squirrel activity. While this includes the obvious squirrel sighting, you should also keep an eye out for the following signs:

  • Dirt mounds
  • Worn wood siding
  • Missing fruits and vegetables
  • Collections of twigs in trees
  • Unusual scarring on trees

Some of these signs are very subtle, so it requires a keen eye. Fortunately, Critter Ridder technicians have the knowledge and experience to spot signs of squirrel habitation. With the help of one of our experts, you should be able to prevent any further squirrel activity. Call Critter Ridder in Austin today!

Most squirrels are not carriers of dangerous disease, however, you should treat any animal stuck in your home with extreme caution. If a squirrel is in your home take these steps to ensure that you and the animal remain safe.

  • Put pets outside, or in a separate room. Dogs and cats can stress a stuck animal, potentially escalating the situation. You should also keep your pets away to be sure that any disease is not transferred.
  • Open up doors or windows. You should create a route for the animal to escape from your home.
  • Do not corner the animal. Animals that are stuck in confined spaces can lash out in aggression to get out of the situation.
  • Give the animal some space. If you are watching over the animal, it will remain in a defensive position. Give the animal some time to calm down, and move outdoors.
  • Do not coax the animal with food. You do not want the animal to form the habit of coming back to your home in search for food.
  • Do not do anything you are uncomfortable with. If you are uncomfortable with handling an animal, contact an animal removal expert. 

We at Critter Ridder will remove the animal safely to ensure that both you and the squirrel are not injured. Call our team of experts today!

As soon as you know that squirrels have moved into your home, consider taking immediate steps to get them professionally removed. Getting squirrels removal quickly is a major part of the solution, since they will have already inflicted damage on your property.

Property owners are completely responsible for nuisance squirrel removal. Therefore, it is best to contact a professional squirrel removal company like Critter Ridder to take care of your properties before they become a larger issue. Our animal removal experts are able to inspect and assess the situation to create the right solution to your squirrel dilemma.

Critter Ridder employs trained personnel to humanely and compassionately remove squirrels from your home. We use effective techniques to keep the squirrels from coming back into your home to visit. Critter Ridder also offers attic restoration services to safely clean and decontaminate the mess left in your home.

Dealing with a squirrel infestation can be overwhelming, but the professionals at Critter Ridder will work with you to resolve your squirrel troubles. We want your home to make it out of this small battle intact. Don’t wait until the last possible minute. Deal with the problem head on before the damage to your home becomes irreparable. Contact Critter Ridder today for a free estimate. Get the peace of mind that you deserve!

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Squirrel Removal Reviews

Sharon V.3/2/2016

“These guys were fantastic and very easy to work with. They even have a sense of humor. Best of all- no more squirrels.”
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Brian GoldbergNov 16, 2016

“Recently, my wife and I had squirrels nesting in our attic. We called Critter Ridder and they were very helpful and professional. Someone came out to assess the situation, and they started treating the next day. It has been two weeks since they started the work and we haven’t heard any more noise coming from up there. They have a year warranty, so even if we do, we know we can rely on them to come help us get it fixed. Highly recommended!!”
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David P.1/20/2014

“Owner Michael called not more than a couple of hours after I made the request for information, and he generously spent time discussing my options, the tradeoffs, and the wildlife regulations. He knew the different squirrel species and their characteristics. He was happy to either come over and do the work for me, or to consult with me on how to do the work for myself. I was thoroughly impressed with his knowledgeable response.”
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Jim L.6/1/2013

“I called Critter Ridder per a friend’s recommendation. We had a few squirrels invade our attic, and we wanted what everyone wants: someone to save the day. However, we also wanted a no-kill savior who would not introduce chemicals into our home. Mike showed up and not only had the right traps and equipment but he also had a strategy. S nice Critter Ridder has a whole other skills set – handy work – Mike (rather than dropping poison all over the attic) started by filling the holes and cracks where the squirrels were expected to have entered. This way, the varmints were trapped in our attic. He dropped a few traps up there, and within a few days, both squirrels were landed.

Mike provided a great service for us and did it efficiently and with a written guarantee. We were very pleased with the service and would use them again – though we hope we don’t have to!”
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C F.11/30/2016

“Had a problem with squirrels ripping through some mesh on the roof and running around my attic all day long. Critter Ridder came out and showed me how the squirrels had gotten in. They sent me a schedule of the work and they were always early to complete the task that had to be done on a specific day. Squirrel problem has been addressed. Thanks Critter Ridder!”
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