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How Much Does It Cost To Control Small Animals?

Most homeowners spend between $207 to $313 nationally.
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Although you share the planet with an array of wildlife, you don't necessarily want to share your home and garden with them. Some animals like raccoons, squirrels and bats carry diseases like rabies that pose a safety threat to your family and pets. Others have the ability to cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home when they choose to nest in walls, chimneys and attics. Removing the animal is a humane option and below, we take a look at animal removal costs for nuisance pests.

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National Average Cost $292
Minimum Cost $51
Maximum Cost $797
Average Range $207 to $313
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Table of Contents

  1. Animal Removal Cost
  2. Do You Have A Pest Or Small Animal Problem?
  3. Animal Control Services
  4. Animal Control Services Vs. Exterminators
  5. Animal Removal Methods
  6. Small Animal Prevention
  7. Find A Pro

Animal Removal Cost

Animal removal costs vary greatly, but most people pay between $100 and $300 to trap the animal and take it away from the premises. This price can easily jump to as much as $800 for a complex job, not including home repairs. Several factors affect the cost of nuisance animal removal.

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Type of Animal

Some animals are easier to trap than others, which reduces the cost to remove them. For example, opossums spend most of their waking hours scavenging for food and do not usually enter homes. Bats, on the other hand, may set up a colony inside your attic that requires several hours and multiple visits to eliminate.

  • Bats: $350 - $2,000
  • Groundhogs: $75 - $150
  • Opossums: $150 - $500
  • Raccoons: $350 - $500
  • Skunks: $150 - $300
  • Snakes: $130 - $170
  • Squirrels: $250 - $500

Number of Animals

Although wildlife removal specialists do not typically charge per animal, it does cost more to remove more than one because of the amount of time required to complete the job. Trapping a single opossum usually requires little more than setting a trap and checking it. On the other hand, removing a family of squirrels from the attic involves climbing into the space to catch the mother and all her babies while avoiding attacks from the animal.

Condition of Animals

A sick or diseased animal costs more to remove because of the increased risk it poses. They are more likely to attack when they perceive a threat. The removal specialist has to take precautions to avoid contact with diseases like rabies that transfer from animals to humans. Removing a pregnant or nursing animal also costs more money. Not only are there more animals to remove, but the mother may attack the safety specialist in an attempt to protect her young.


The simplest animal removal jobs require little more than setting a trap for the animal outside. For these jobs, you typically pay a set service call charge that ranges between $100 and $200 depending on how many visits the trapper makes to your home. If the animal currently resides somewhere within your home, expect to pay more than $300. This is especially true if the animal builds a nest inside your attic, crawlspace, walls or basement. The trapper has to locate the animal, set the traps and make several visits to check on the job's progress.

Damage Caused to Home

If you have nuisance animals living inside your home, chances are they have already caused damage inside. They chew holes in walls, eat insulation, gnaw on air ducts and destroy electrical wiring. When calculating the cost to remove these animals, consider the cost of repairs. Some animal removal specialists also offer repair services to fix the damage and seal the entry points to prevent further infestations.

Animal Control Services Vs. Exterminators

Do You Have A Pest Or Small Animal Problem?

If you suspect you have a pest or small animal problem, you can start looking for signs of an infestation even if you have not seen the animal. In fact, most homeowners see evidence of the animal — and not the animal itself — that lets them know they have a problem. One common sign of animals is scratching or squeaking sounds within the walls or along the ceiling of your home. Since many nuisance animals are nocturnal, you most likely hear these sounds in the early morning hours when the animals are preparing to leave or returning from their nightly hunts. Another telltale sign is animal droppings inside or around your home. An animal removal specialist can actually identify the type of animal by looking at these droppings. Finally, damage to your walls or ceilings, including holes in the wall, stains on the ceiling or sawdust piles suggest an animal infestation.

Animal Control Services

The term animal control services can refer to municipal organizations or private companies. Municipal animal control services usually only assist homeowners dealing with domesticated animals like dogs or cats and wildlife such as horses, cows and goats. They do not usually provide services or traps for containing nuisance animals and refer distressed homeowners to wildlife specialists or exterminators to remove the animals. Private animal control service companies, also called wildlife control specialists, have special training in animal behavior. They can assist homeowners dealing with nuisance wildlife.

Animal Control Services Vs. Exterminators

The primary difference between animal control services and exterminators is the type of pests they work with and how they remove them from your home. An animal control specialist traps nuisance animals like raccoons, opossums, bats, squirrels and birds and either relocates them or euthanizes them following local and state ordinances. Exterminators, on the other hand, eliminate insects like roaches and ants. Both types of professionals may get rid of rodents like mice and rats using live catch or snap traps.

Animal Removal Methods

Animal Removal Methods

Depending on the physical layout of your property and the type of animal you wish to remove, wildlife specialists use several methods to get rid of the animal. One of the most common methods is a species-specific trap. They place the trap near the location where they think the animal is living, bait the trap and wait for the animal to enter it. Another option is a one-way exclusion door or tunnel that lets the animal leave a structure and then locks so they cannot return. Some specialists also use sticky paper to catch snakes and then apply cooking oil to their skin to release them in another area.

Small Animal Prevention

After removing a nuisance animal from your home and making sure there are babies left inside, you should take steps to prevent them from coming back. This is a time-intensive process because you have to carefully inspect your home for all possible entry areas, including roof vents, chimneys, air conditioning ducts, plumbing pipes and soffit. An animal removal specialist also can help you identify spots like holes in mobile home underbellies and around doors or windows that animals use for access. Seal holes with spray foam, install chimney caps and repair the damaged areas. You can also dowse the area with a commercially sold animal repellant that deters the animals.

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