How Much Does It Cost To Remove Animals From The Attic?
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.
The average cost to remove an animal from the attic is $392, but pests like raccoons cost $500 to remove. Homeowners spend an average of $100 per trap to remove small pests, $400 per trap for bats. Squirrels are hard to get out of an attic, and it costs an average of $450 to remove them professionally.
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.
Related Guide: How Much Does Animal Control Cost?
Who Do You Call When An Animal Is In the Attic?
You can either call animal control or a wildlife removal agency when you need an animal removed from 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.
However, wildlife removal services 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 To Remove The Animals From Your Attic?
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 $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 severe 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, though, repairs for animal damage in the attic are 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.
How To Remove An Animal From The Attic Yourself
First and foremost, we want to stress that you should not do this unless you are qualified or experienced as there are a lot of risks with this job. However, some general tips are:
- Keep your distance and keep children and pets away from the area
- Encourage the animals to leave on their own
- Block the area that they came through so they cannot come back
Rats Or Mice
Use snap traps with bait in order to get rid of these little pests. Nowadays, you can get the sight free traps, so you don’t have to see the gore afterward. In addition, there are humane traps that you can set and then release the mice further away, preferably near a dump, so they don’t come back to your home. You can also use rodenticide as long as you have no cats or animals that eat the mice, or it can harm your pet.
If you have a squirrel issue, first, use steel mesh so that you seal off the entries they’re coming through. But you need to leave the main hole open so that they can leave. This should be a one-way exclusion door so that they can leave, but they can’t come back. After they’ve left, seal that entry point.
Check the space for a nest or babies. If you find babies, set them outside so the Mom can retrieve them. Make sure you don’t touch them with your bare skin, or the Mom may abandon them.
Possums love to climb and get into attics. The only way you can remove these guys is by setting a trap. However, you should first find out if it is illegal to trap and relocate possums in your state. If so, call Terminex to find out what you can do. Or, hire a professional. Just let the professional know that you don’t want to kill the animals; you want them gone.
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!
Nick Durante is a professional writer with a primary focus on home improvement. When he is not writing about home improvement or taking on projects around the house, he likes to read and create art. He is always looking towards the newest trends in home improvement.
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