How much do animal removal services cost?

Average cost in 20149: $185 See National

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The average cost for a wildlife removal specialist is $185. You are likely to spend between $105 and $325 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated March 1st, 2017

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Animal removal can include live animal trapping and removal, dead animal removal, sealing of entry points, feces removal and cleanup, and more. Professionals can help with rats, mice, raccoons, deer, squirrels, birds, bats, possums, skunks, snakes, moles, groundhogs, hedgehogs and other critters. Problems may arise from just one animal or an entire colony living on a property or in a home, multiunit building or commercial space. These animals may be causing problems in a structure’s attic or basement, inside living or work spaces, or in the yard. Rodents in particular can cause damage to a home’s exterior or ductwork, leave waste, nesting materials and odors in walls, basements and other areas of the home. When they gnaw on electrical wiring, it can be a fire hazard. Several factors affect the cost of animal removal services.

Set rates

Some animal removal specialists charge set rates for standard procedures, and others base pricing on the severity of the problem or the circumstances. Here are a few examples of pricing:

  • Drop Shot Pest Control in Venus, Texas

    • One excluder (one-way trap) to exit squirrels from an attic: $200

      • The price includes one trip to set up and a second trip to remove the excluder and put up a barrier to block re-entry.

      • Costs increase if more excluders are set.
  • Wayfare Pest Solutions in Vancouver, Washington

    • Total cost of Single animal removal: $265

      • $200: Live trap setup fee—animal is caught alive in trap

      • $65: Pickup fee after animal is in trap—customer to notify Wayfare Pest Solutions

        • The pickup fee covers travel expenses and employee time for collecting the live animal in the trap.
      • $250: Fee per week if the client requests that Wayfare Pest Solutions check the traps daily instead of checking themselves. Law requires that live-trapped animals be released within 24 hours.

      • Additional fees may apply for traps set in attics or on roofs because of added complexity.
    • Cost to Removal of a family of raccoons (usually four to six) from a house and close up entry holes: $300

Moles and rats

Moles and rats can be caught either via trap or exterminated. Prices vary depending on the method, location and severity of the population living in the house or the grounds.

  • Here’s what Drop Shot Pest Control charges for extermination:

    • Rats: $110–$350, depending on how heavy the population is, whether there are health concerns, how many entrances exist and how many rodent bait stations are needed

    • Moles: $200 for a quarter- to half-acre lot

      • Price increases with lot size, and tax is additional.

Bats

Bats are the most complicated animals to remove from a property because they require more time, labor, know-how and special handling than other animals. According to Wayfare Pest Solutions, bats are a protected species, so they can’t be harmed, and they can’t be moved when they have pups—which means they can only be removed during six months out of a year. Wayfare Pest Solutions removes the bat colony from the house, then has to locate every dime-size or larger hole and seal it to prevent the colony from re-entering. Bats use their sonar abilities to locate even the smallest entryways. Wayfare Pest Solutions charges $3,000 on average for bat colony removal.

Repairs

Some animal removal companies offer repair and cleanup services after animals have been removed from a property. Screens may have been chewed through, and animal feces or nest remains may need to be cleaned up. This service will increase the total cost for removal. Here’s what Wayfare Pest Solutions charges for cleanup:

  • Screen repair: $75–$150

  • Preventative measures, such as blocking holes, fixing screens sealing cracks, when no wildlife is present: $75–$500

  • $1,800 - $4,200: Repairs to crawl space or attics, including ductwork, restoration, feces removal, insulation replacement, etc.: $1,800–$4,200, depending on the square footage of the house and severity of the wreckage

Dead animals

Animal removal specialists also remove deceased animals from properties or inside homes. Pricing varies depending on the size and location of the animal and whether there is a dump fee involved. Wayfare Pest Solutions charges $265 for dead animal removal.

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