How Much Does it Cost to Remove Wildlife from your Attic?
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as an average standard price in professional control for nuisance wildlife. It’s like asking for the average cost to repair your cars in some ways. There are no right answers, and every job is very different. Also, different companies will charge different rates with no good rhyme or reason, save for the financial motivations of the company. Higher costs don’t always provide you with better service.
With that said, we will now analyze some of the types of wildlife jobs below:
CAGE TRAPPING AND REMOVAL
We discourage the use of cage trapping here at Wildlife Removal Services, for several reasons. The animals must be euthanized in most states, and they will often not survive if they are relocated. In addition to this, cage trapping only fixes the wildlife problem temporarily, and many people can find themselves in the similar situation again after trapping, this time with new wildlife. Many companies still engage in cage trapping, however. It’s the archetypal job for a wildlife trapper to catch the animal in a cage and triumphantly take it away. Most wildlife removal service companies will charge a trap setup fee, or a service fee to come to your home and set traps. And often, they will charge a fee per animal as well, or even per return trip, depending on the company, number of service trips, and the number of animals caught.
WILDLIFE IN THE ATTIC
You can often solve this situation quickly and for very little money. In some cases, it can be a legitimately challenging situation that will require professional work. If the event occurs where a professional has to remove the baby wildlife and the mother or even relocate the young first and then trap the mother and bring them all away together. The minimum is usually $300 or even more significant than that. Repairs and cleanup make up for much of your expenses in these cases.
If wildlife is in your house or attic, they have most likely done damage to part of your home to get inside, or have exploited a glaringly open house problem. This will require repairs, and the replacements must be fortified to keep future wildlife from getting inside. You can perform the repairs yourself if you are handy: see our wildlife damage page. In addition, the wildlife may have done damage to large parts inside of your attic, including the removal of insulation from the piping, tearing all the ductwork, or removing and trampling insulation. This could require a professional HVAC company, insulator, or plumber. The cost of repairs can be either little or very high, depending on the severity of the damages.
A homeowner might consider an exclusion barrier If a wildlife lives under a house, shed, porch, deck, or other ground structure. This is to keep future wildlife (and stray cats, skunks, etc.) from living under there after removal. An exclusion barrier is a steel mesh barrier that is bolted to the structure and burrowed into the ground. An exclusion barrier may cost $10-$20 per linear foot, or even more.
This area to take into consideration. Wildlife will indeed defecate in attics quite a bit. It’s also true that roundworm (Baylisascaris procyonis) can be found in wildlife droppings. Roundworm eggs can survive a considerable amount of time, become airborne, can be inhaled, and might be infectious to humans. It is a rarity, but it is not impossible. Parasites can also be brought into attics by wildlife, although they shouldn’t last long. There’s a possibility that wildlife waste and urine will attract cockroaches or even new wildlife. So it is considered a good idea to clean the attic. This being said, there is a whole industry dedicated to the cleaning of attics that have been inhabited by wildlife, the cleanup is usually covered by homeowner insurance under special loopholes. Insurance does not cover rodent damages, but wildlife damages are not considered rodent damages.So some companies like to exploit this and bill the insurance companies over $10,000 after aggressively seeking to clean attics. This doesn’t cost you anything, but some companies only work to perform these cleanups and will work to get them, necessity or not. Other companies will do a more modest clean up and remove all feces, any contaminated insulation, and proper antimicrobial fogging, all for as little as $500.
Your best option is to contact a wildlife professional and get an estimate! While some will give a wild estimate on the phone, others will provide free on-site inspections, but this isn’t always the case.