How Much Do Animal Control & Removal Services Cost?

Typical Range:

$188 - $556

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Published January 10, 2022

Critter Control Costs

the average cost to hire an animal control service is $350 or $85 to $1,040.

Wild animal control and removal costs $366 on average with a typical range of $188 and $556. Pest companies charge either a flat fee or a minimum service call fee between $150 to $250 with an hourly rate between $50 and $250 after the first hour. Budget friendly and humane DIY methods with animal traps runs anywhere from $50 to $350.

Infestations take many forms: bats, rats, mice, birds, squirrels, racoons, skunks and feral cats. Rats and mice are slightly less at $300 on average. Removing raccoons and squirrels are one of the costliest projects running $200 to $1,500 or more depending on the size of the infestation and the amount of damage caused.

Off-the-shelf poisons may seem like a cheap and attractive option, but these products are dangerous to pets and children when administered improperly. To keep your family and pets safe, contact a wildlife removal specialist for a consultation.

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National Average $366
Typical Range $188 - $556
Low End - High End $85 - $1,300

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 16,039 HomeAdvisor members.

Actual costs will vary by your location, type of animal, where it has nested and the extent of damage it has done to your home. In some locations, local governments may provide some of these services free of charge.

Nuisance Wildlife & Animal Control Costs

Wildlife management and animal control costs $100 to $1,000 or more. On average, you'll spend $200 to $350 for most common situations. Nuisance wildlife is any type of wild animal invading a human habitat - raccoons in the attic, squirrels in the garage, birds in the chimney.

Animal control services provided by your local government is usually a free service to remove most domesticated animals and, less commonly, larger wildlife like racoons and feral cats.

Animal control implies trapping and removing rather than extermination. It often requires multiple visits. The term also includes preventative measures like patching critter entryways. Your pro may combine extermination and removal methods, especially in the case of rodents.

Average Costs of Wildlife Removal
Dead Animals$150-$250
Rats & Mice$150-$450

Squirrels in Attic Removal Cost

Removing squirrels from your attic costs anywhere from $200 to $600 though large infestations can run upwards of $1,500. This involves live trapping. The use of poisons are uncommon.

Squirrels can destroy insulation, walls and siding while building nests. The longer they remain in the home, the more damage they are likely to cause. Removing them quickly is key to keeping repair bills to a minimum.

Raccoon Removal

Raccoons cost $350 to $600 to relocate. Specialists use live trapping methods which may require multiple visits.

Find out more about raccoon removal costs and what you can do to keep them away.

Yard Mole Extermination Costs or Trapping Prices

Live removal costs are comparable to extermination, or about $200 an up. Mole extermination costs $50 to $500 depending on the extent of the infestation. Live removal is the preferred method. In most cases, live relocation is easy, humane and just as cheap as extermination since they aren't infesting your house - just your yard. It's also an easy DIY project with traps running as low as $20.

Skunk Removal Cost

Skunk removal costs $300 to $600 with a professional highly recommended. They can find their way into crawlspaces and basements looking for insects, mice or rats or to build a nest.

A patient homeowner can do DIY skunk removal. Don't try to live capture one as they will spray you - a smell that will linger in your home for days or weeks.

  1. Block all the openings to the home except one.

  2. Place flour around the opening.

  3. Wait until they leave to forage for the day (look for tracks in the flour).

  4. Block the final opening.

If you can't wait, call a pro today.

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Dead Animal Removal

Dead animal removal costs anywhere from $150 to $250 or more including a drywall patch. Animals in a crawlspace, attic or other easily accessible area may cost $150 or less.

Remove dead animals right away because they generate odors and can lead to an insect infestation.

Average Cost of Opossum Control

It costs $250 to $500 to remove all opossums and seal their entry point. Like raccoons, they can do large amounts of damage quickly. Identifying and removing them quickly with live trapping methods is key to keeping repairs to a minimum.

Rats & Mice

Rodent removal costs $150 to $450 depending on the size of the infestation. Unlike most other animal removal, this often uses a combination of live trapping and poisons.

Groundhogs in Yard, Basement or Crawl Space

Groundhog removal prices range from $150 to $200 since they are only found in yard and crawlspaces. This consists of setting up a live trap and later removing it. While it will take multiple visits from your specialist, it is fast and simple. Though extermination is a more efficient method, it's less humane.

Pigeons, Birds & Bird Nest Removal

Bird removal costs $100 to $300. Installing netting and spikes can run an additional $500 to $1,000. Pidgeons and other birds commonly nest in and around homes, most commonly under eaves and in chimneys and garages. Humanely removing birds is often a simple process that involves preventative measures.

In many areas, it is illegal to remove native bird species, such as the American Robin or Mourning Dove, during nesting season when they have young to feed. Invasive species, like the European Sparrow, are not usually protected. Wait until after the young have left the nest to remove the birds and take preventative measures to keep them from returning.

Since local and state laws vary on protected species and removal times, check with your local animal control agency for specifics.

Getting Rid of a Bat Infestation

Getting rid of a bat infestation costs $200 to $550 and often requires a professional. Fees often include cleanup and sanitation. Speak with your professional to understand the process for your situation.

Wildlife Removal Inspection Costs

Inspections run $75 to $300 to determine the animal type and extent of infestation and damage. If you contract the professional for removal, they'll often include this in the price or do it for free. Large companies, like Terminix, offer free inspections and consultations.

Inspections also help to determine what repair, replacement and preventative measures you'll need to take after the animals are gone to protect your home from another infestation.

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Squirrel, Mole & Critter Extermination vs. Control

Live Removal vs. Extermination
Live RemovalExtermination
HumaneKills the animal
Safe for humansPoisons unsafe for humans
Prevention is costlyPrevention involves traps & poison
Takes more timeTakes less time
No carcassCarcass removal

Animal control isn't the same as extermination. Whenever possible, humane control methods, such as live removal, is the preferred method. It's not only more civilized but also safer for you, your pets and family.

In some cases, such as with mice and rats, extermination may be necessary or used with live relocation methods. Compassionate methods tend to be more expensive as they require finding a place to set the animals free rather than simply disposing of them.

Live removal

  • Uses live animal traps or professional trappers to catch and relocate the wildlife to a safer habitat away from humans.

  • Takes longer and often comes with higher expense than extermination.

  • Includes preventative measures like:

    • Sealing animal entry holes in your home.

    • Using bird spikes.

    • Using netting and fencing.


  • Uses traps, toxins and poisons to kill animals.

  • Generally cheaper and more efficient.

  • The poisons used are unsafe for humans, pets and other wildlife. Dead animals may mean cutting into walls and higher repair costs.

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Free Animal Removal Services

Free animal removal is uncommon. However, in some locations, your municipal animal control services may remove some common pests. It's always a good idea to check with them first. Regardless of removal method, you are still responsible for any necessary repairs.

Cost to Repair Damage Caused by Pests

Damage caused by not removing pests from your home is an often-overlooked aspect of pest control. You may feel you are saving money by not calling in a professional, but the longer you wait, the more damage occurs. Rodents, squirrels and bats can damage walls, destroy insulation, and chew through electrical wiring. The damage can be far-reaching and expensive to repair.

The following repair guides go in-depth into all costs and considerations for damage repair:

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DIY vs. Calling Animal Control Near Me

DIY pest control is a viable option in some cases, such as repelling deer from your yard or setting out live animal traps for stray cats. However, you should never approach a wild animal without taking the necessary safety precautions. Even tiny critters like rats and squirrels can send you to the hospital. DIY methods also run the risk of not removing all the critters from your home.

Professional service providers guarantee their methods and are trained in proper handling and relocation methods. For safety and peace of mind, contact a pest control specialist near you.

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How can I be sure I have a pest problem?

If you suspect you have an animal intrusion, the best way to be sure if you have a problem is calling a specialist for an inspection. They'll tell you what type of animal, the extent of the problem and ways to correct it.

If you are unsure about needing a pest control professional, there are some things you can look for: unexplained holes in walls or food containers, bird and bat excrement, or scampering and rustling noises in the walls and ceilings.

How bed is the problem?

Part of an inspection and consultation is determining how bad a pest problem really is. Most pest issues tend to only get worse the longer you wait. Do not wait until you see many pests before calling a pro. The more extensive the problem, the more expensive the removal will be.

How do professionals get rid of moles and other yard pests?

Professionals get rid of moles and yard pests with live traps left out overnight. They are checked on daily. Sometimes, they'll use a poison bait to make sure all the pests are gone from the yard and to ward against future infestations.

Does public animal control charge to pick up and get rid of critters?

Public animal control doesn't charge for animal removal. However, depending on your location, there are some animals they won't remove. Local wildlife management services vary by location.

What does Terminix Wildlife Control Cost?

Terminix costs are typically about 20% to 50% higher than local private businesses or $250 to $1,300 or more. However, they offer free inspections and guarantee that the animals are removed and won't return. Terminix and other national companies like Orkin, offer wildlife control services for common pests.

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