Having animals in the attic is not only frightening to deal with, but it is an invasion of your home’s privacy. Sure, it may only be a furry critter, but animals stuck in your attic create noise disturbances as well as a sanitary risk. Most homeowners’ first instinct when they hear an animal in the attic is to reach for the phone and call a service to get it removed.
Having an animal removed from your attic costs at least $150, on the low end, in most cases. However, it is much more common for homeowners to have to spend between $200 and $500 to have animals removed from their attic. If the animal in question caused a lot of damage or is a dangerous pest, animal removal can even cost as much as $1,000.
The pricing of animal removal has no rhyme or reason in many cases and is instead determined by the service that you use and the animal in question. For animal removal, you can use two types of services: animal control, and wildlife removal.
Let’s explore the costs of removing animals from your attic and what affects the pricing.
Who Do You Call When an Animal Is In the Attic?
You can either call animal control or a wildlife removal agencies when you need an animal removed form your attic. The two types of services are unique in their own ways, but each one can help with animal removal and animal population control.
Typically, animal control is run by the government and can aid communities and homeowners by removing animals that have become a nuisance. Because they are a government department run animal removal organization, their emphasis is on ridding the communities of pests, but they respond to residences as well.
Wildlife removal services, however, are privately owned and operated businesses that effectively do the same thing as animal control. The chief difference between animal control and wildlife removal services is that wildlife removal services profit from their pest control jobs.
Besides that, both animal control and wildlife removal services are essentially the same and both are great at responding quickly to your plea for animal removal.
How Much Does it Cost?
Unfortunately, there is no set cost to expect when it comes to having an animal removed from your attic. The current national average for animal removal is $392, with the high being roughly $800. Because of the high cost, sometimes builder-owners and residents are hesitant to call an animal removal service.
However, there are several risks involved in pests or nuisance animals being in your attic, such as:
- Power loss (if lines are chewed through)
- Contamination by animal waste
The above risks make it worth every penny to hire a service to remove animals from the attic. Whether it be a bat, mouse, raccoon, or even a squirrel trapped in your attic, it is posing a risk to your house and ultimately your own health.
Which Pests Cost the Most to Have Removed?
Of the many pests that can get in the attic, squirrels and raccoons cost the most to remove. Hiring animal control or a wildlife removal service to remove a squirrel or raccoon can cost anywhere between $200 and $1,500. On average, however, it costs $400-$600 for squirrel and raccoon removal.
Raccoon and squirrel removal gets especially expensive if the professional has to manually remove the pest using their hands. That can cost you $550-$650. Trap removals, however cost less.
The pricing of a trap removal is made up of the trap itself, roughly $70-$130, and the transportation of the pest which is another $100-$175. Because of the high cost, many homeowners decide to purchase traps on their own to try and save money.
Here is a breakdown of the average cost of specific pests compared to the price of buying traps for them on your own.
|Animal Type||Cost of Professional Removal||Cost of DIY Traps|
As you can see, using DIY traps can save you a lot of money. With that said, that does not mean that you should automatically try to trap a pest without professional help. Using professional animal control or wildlife removal services is the safest way to remove animals from the attic, even if it is the most expensive way.
How Much Does it Cost to Have a Dead Animal Removed From the Attic?
It costs roughly $150-$300 to have a dead animal removed from the attic. The price varies depending on the flat rate of the service that you are using. Generally, if you are able to indicate to the professional where exactly the dead animal is located, it will help keep the cost closer to the $150.
Of course, removing dead animals is easier for the animal control professionals than trapping a live one. However, the cost of dead animal removal is still high due to the cleaning and sanitation they do upon removal.
How Much Does it Cost to Repair Attic After Animal Removal?
Depending on the animal that was occupying the attic and how much damage was done, it can cost up to $1,500 or even $2,000 to repair the attic. Using a squirrel or a raccoon as an example, think about how fast, small, and sneaky they are.
Small critters like squirrels and raccoons are fast and small enough to do serious damage to an attic and quickly. The damages associated with nuisance animals being in the attic include:
- Insulation damage
- Chewed wires
- Damaged wood
- Contamination by animal waste
One of the more expensive damages that needs professional repair is insulation damage. Quite commonly, raccoons and squirrels occupying people’s attics will chew through the insulation.
Having that insulation replaced can cost up to $3.50 per square foot. Often times, though, repairs for animal damage in the attic is priced at a flat rate just like the animal removal itself. On average, insulation attic repairs after animal removal costs between $850 and $1,800.
If the nuisance animal chewed through wires, however, be prepared to spend up to $8 per square foot in having it replaced.
Should I Try to Trap the Animal In My Attic Myself?
If you are comfortable or experienced in trapping animals, yes, but otherwise, you should hire a service. The fact is, there are too many variables with trapped animals and a high risk for diseases if the proper precautions are not taken. Some possible diseases that animals can spread to humans include:
- Giardia infection
Animal control and wildlife removal professionals are equipped and educated to avoid and even treat many animal borne diseases and infections. It is worth spending the money to have a service come out and get the animal out of your attic.
What Did We Learn?
On average, it costs $200-$500 to have animals removed from your attic. That price can go up if it is an animal such as a squirrel or raccoon, which costs up to $600 on average. When you get into the high price range of $1,000 or more, that is usually if the animal in question caused a lot of damage.
Don’t hesitate to call animal control because of the potential expenses. Having the animal professionally removed will be worth every penny when you can rest easy having avoided a confrontation with a wild animal. Good luck!