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The Cost of Wildlife Removal: What You Need to Know

When you hear strange noises in the attic or find unexpected visitors in your crawlspace, it’s natural to wonder about the cost of getting rid of these unwelcome guests. Wildlife removal can be a complex process, and the costs can vary widely. At Coastal Wildlife & Pest Services, we’ve seen it all, from raccoons in chimneys to bats in the belfry. Let’s dive into what you need to know about the cost of wildlife removal.

Factors Influencing the Cost of Wildlife Removal

Type of Wildlife

The type of animal you’re dealing with is one of the most significant factors affecting the cost. Each species presents unique challenges. For instance, removing a single raccoon from your attic is different from dealing with a colony of bats. 

  • Raccoons: These clever critters can cause significant damage, tearing up insulation and chewing on wires. Removal often involves humane trapping and relocation, which can be labor-intensive.
  • Bats: Bats usually form colonies, and their guano can create a health hazard. Removing bats often requires sealing entry points and installing one-way doors to let them exit without re-entering.
  • Squirrels: These nimble creatures can squeeze through small openings and cause havoc in attics. Their removal involves sealing entry points and sometimes using traps.

 

Extent of Infestation

A single raccoon is a different story than a whole family. The more extensive the infestation, the higher the cost. I remember a case where a client called us for a “few squirrels” in their attic. When we got there, we found an entire extended family living up there! The removal and cleanup took several days, much longer (and costlier) than a simpler job.

Location of the Wildlife

Where the animals are hiding also affects the cost. Wildlife in easily accessible areas like basements or garages is generally cheaper to remove than critters entrenched in hard-to-reach spots like attics or within walls. Urban settings might also be more costly due to higher living costs and regulations.

Damage Repair

Wildlife can cause significant damage. Raccoons might tear up your insulation, squirrels could chew through wires, and bats can leave droppings everywhere. Repairing this damage can add significantly to the overall cost. We’ve seen cases where the damage repair costs more than the removal itself!

Seasonal Variations

The time of year can impact costs too. In the spring, many animals are nesting and reproducing, which can complicate removal. Winter removals can be tricky due to animals seeking warm shelter. I recall a particularly challenging spring time job where we had to remove a mother and several baby raccoons from inside of a bathroom wall in a customers home—definitely not an easy task!

Methods of Removal

There are different methods for wildlife removal, each with its own cost implications. Humane trapping and relocation are common, but exclusion methods—like sealing entry points—are crucial to prevent re-entry. Preventative measures might cost more upfront but can save you money in the long run by avoiding future infestations.

Professional Expertise

The expertise of the wildlife removal service you hire can affect the cost. Experienced professionals might charge more, but they often provide better results. DIY solutions might seem cheaper but can lead to incomplete removal and further costs down the line. At Coastal Wildlife & Pest Services, our trained technicians ensure that wildlife is removed safely and humanely, minimizing risks to both the animals and your property.

Cost Of Wildlife Removal

Breakdown of Typical Costs

Initial Inspection Fees

Most professional services charge an initial inspection fee, which can range from $100 to $300. This inspection is crucial as it helps identify the type of wildlife, extent of infestation, and potential entry points. During an inspection, we thoroughly check the property and provide a detailed report with recommendations.

Removal Costs

Removal costs can vary significantly:

  • Raccoons: Typically range from $300 to $600, depending on several factors such as the number of animals and location.
  • Bats: Removing a colony can range from $500 to $1500 due to the complexity and health risks involved.
  • Squirrels: Generally cost between $200 and $500, again depending on the number and accessibility.

 

Repair and Cleanup Costs

Once the wildlife is removed, you’ll likely need to repair any damage and clean up. This can add another $700 to $5000 to your bill, depending on the extent of the damage. In severe cases, like bat infestations with significant guano accumulation, cleanup costs can be even higher.

Hidden Costs to Consider

Potential Health Risks

Wildlife can carry diseases and parasites, posing health risks to your family and pets. For instance, raccoons can carry roundworms, and bats can transmit histoplasmosis through their droppings. These health risks can lead to medical expenses, which are often overlooked when considering wildlife removal costs.

Long-term Prevention

Investing in exclusion and prevention measures is essential to avoid future infestations. Sealing entry points, installing chimney caps, and using mesh screens can prevent wildlife from re-entering your home. These measures might add to the initial cost but save you money in the long run by preventing recurring problems.

Tips for Reducing Wildlife Removal Costs

Regular Maintenance and Inspections

Routine property inspections can help detect potential entry points and address them before wildlife becomes a problem. At Coastal Wildlife & Pest Services, we recommend regular maintenance checks to keep your property wildlife-free.

DIY Prevention Measures

There are several simple steps homeowners can take to deter wildlife:

  • Seal Entry Points: Check for gaps and holes in your home’s exterior and seal them.
  • Secure Trash Cans: Use wildlife-proof trash cans to prevent animals from scavenging.
  • Trim Trees and Shrubs: Keep trees and shrubs trimmed away from your house to eliminate easy access points.

 

Choosing the Right Professional Service

When selecting a wildlife removal service, look for experienced and certified professionals. Ask for references and read reviews. Ensure they use humane methods and provide a comprehensive service that includes removal, repair, cleanup, and prevention.

Conclusion

Understanding the costs associated with wildlife removal can help you make informed decisions and avoid surprises. While the initial expense might seem high, investing in professional removal and prevention services can save you money and protect your property in the long run. If you’re dealing with a wildlife problem, don’t hesitate to contact Coastal Wildlife & Pest Services for expert advice and reliable solutions.

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