The expenses related to controlling wildlife nuisances vary based on multiple elements, including the variety and quantity of animals present, their location on your property, the specific services needed, the duration of their presence, and the extent of damage caused by the infestation.

Wildlife pest control in NY costs $384 on average. Some wildlife may need to be relocated at greater distances depending ont he aminmal which could more than double the cost. Pest control companies generally charge $50 to $150 per hour for wildlife pest control.

Additionally, if you are not sure what type of service you need you can hire a wildlife removal expert for inspection and evaluation of the pest problem.

Wildlife removal cost

Low end$100
High end$745
Average cost$385
The normal range for NY$238 - $543
Company fees$150 - $250
Hourly rate$50 - $250

Wildlife pest control cost factors

Wildlife removal costs cannot be specifically defined since they have a wide range. It is important to hire a professional to inspect your property so you’ll be sure about the best course of action. Among many factors that affect the total cost, the following ones are crucial.

  • Type of “unwanted guests”
  • Infestation damage
  • Length of infestation
  • The number of animals
  • Location

Type of “unwanted guests”

Your price will vary depending on the type and size of the animals in your home. Raccoons and groundhogs are easier to trap and release, while removing skunks, for example, is more challenging due to their odor. Because of this, you will have to pay from $85 to up to $1,440.

Infestation damage

The animals that caused the infestation will likely cause severe damage to your walls, ceiling, insulation, electric wires, and ductwork. All these reparations will affect the cost.

Type of repairCost range
Drywall repair$300 - $900
Insulation replacement $1,000 - $2,500
Electrical wiring replacement$2 - $4 per sq. ft.
Duct repair$12 - $25 per linear foot
Siding repair$350 - $1,400

Length of infestation

When the animals are longer in your home you likely have dead animals on your property, and removing them you will have to pay between $150 and $250 depending on accessibility. You may pay additional fees if animals are located in hard-to-reach places, such as attics.

The number of animals

Most wildlife removal companies charge between $50 and $150 per hour. A larger number of animals require more traps, higher labor costs, and several follow-up visits to ensure proper removal.

Trapping and Relocation

For basic trapping and removing most animal removal service charge a flat fee between $150 and $250. However, the price will increase if animals are located in hard-to-reach places such as attics, inside walls, or chimneys.

  • Attic removal – $200 – $1,500
  • Inside walls – around $350
  • Chimneys – $180 – $560

Cost by animal type

Different types of animals require different removal methods and thus the cost of the service varies.

Type of animalCost range
Bats$230 - $700
Birds$100 - $300
Groundhogs$150 - $200
Moles$100 - $550
Opossums$250 - $500
Mice and rats$175 - $550
Raccoons$400 - $600
Skunks$300 - $600
Squirrels$200 - $600

Bats

For bat removal you will have to pay between $230 and $700 including live trapping, releasing the bat back into the wild, and sealing up entry points to your home. It is additionally paid for bat droppings cleanup. Depending on the size of the bat infestation you will have to pay between $600 and $8,500.

Birds

For simple bird removal, you will have to pay between $100 and $300 but for removing an active nest from your home or property you may have to pay up to $2,000. If your budget allows it is good to pay for preventative services, such as installing spikes that cost between $20 and $35 per 10 feet. The cost will increase if the nest is in a hard-to-reach area.

Groundhogs

The groundhog’s removal cost ranges between $150 and $200 for live trapping and relocation.

Moles

For the yard moles removal, you will have to pay between $100 and $550 including live trapping and relocation. Methods such as fumigation and poisonous bait can also be used, but those methods are considered inhumane and therefore not so popular.

Opossums

For opossums removal, you will have to pay between $250 and $500 for live trapping and sealing off your home from future visitors. It is very important to identify and remove opossums very quickly because they can cause big damage in a short period of time.

Mice and rats

To remove these “cute” creatures along with all types of rodents you will have to pay between $175 and $550. Live trapping is the most common removal method. Professional removal services use poison as a last resort because it can harm people and household animals. Mice and rats breed and multiply very quickly so removing them as soon as possible is very important.

Raccoons

The usual cost range for raccoon removal is between $400 – $600 including services like live trapping, sealing the entry points to your home, and relocating the raccoons. Since many states protect raccoons by law, they must be properly removed and relocated by professionals.

Skunks

For skunks removal professionals charges between $300 and $600 including live trapping, sealing home entrances, and relocation of the animals. Skunks can easily find their way into crawl spaces and basements while looking for food. My recommendation for you is always to call a professional for skunk removal since their spray can stick with you and the house.

Squirrels

Expect to pay between $200 and $600 for squirrels removal from your home including live traps and animal removal. Once the squirrels enter your home they are very active and it is very important to remove them as soon as possible is very important. They can easily cause damage to your walls, insulation, and siding by building their nests so you will have to pay for repairs too.

DIY wildlife removal

It is always a good idea to save money by DIY some household tasks. While it seems easy to remove or trap some animals and repair the damage they have caused remember that it can be a tricky job.

For example, when you seal up skunks or squirrels’ entry points you can trap the animal inside. Dead animal leads to a terrible smell coupled with bugs and rot. Removing dead animals from your property is more expansive than trapping and releasing live ones. So call a pro to do it correctly.

How to remove wildlife yourself?

While it is recommended to call a pro in situations like this, follow your state’s wildlife management methods if choose to take the DIY route. It is good to know that certain animals require a special license to trap and released.

Sometimes you must remove the wildlife by yourself because certain species of wildlife, woodpeckers, for example, are outside the basic authorities given to removal companies. Take the following steps if you attempt to remove wildlife yourself:

Identification: You must identify the animal so you can make a decision about what removal method to use.

Plan the action: It is very important to humanely catch and remove the animal from your property. Your local municipality can help you find a safe space to release the animal.

Live trapping: If you choose this method you will need a proper trap and the right bait for the appropriate animal. When you catch the live animal you will have to release it back into the wild safely and as soon as possible.

Repellents: You can buy or you can make your spray and use it as a repellant against critters to keep them away from your garden and home. You must know that repellents won’t guard your home against large infestations.

Noisemaker devices: Another way of preventing wildlife is by using noise maker devices but you must move the device around the property since animals get used to the sound.

How to save money on wildlife pest control?

If you have a big infestation and severe damage from wild animals the cost will go up. However, there are several tips to save money on wildlife removal costs.

  • Get at least three estimates from wildlife animal removal services to get the best possible service;
  • Act as fast as possible at the first signs of an infestation and call a wildlife removal service;
  • Mouse traps should be set and reset quickly;
  • Remove an inactive bird’s nest, humanely;
  • Inspect your home’s foundation for cracks and seal them up;
  • Seal your roof, vents, and pipes to eliminate possible entry points for wild animals.

Dead animal removal

Discovering a dead animal on your property can be a bigger nightmare than a live one. Dead animals start to decompose very fast, especially in attics, basements, and behind walls. They are often detected because of the terrible smell.

Dead animal removal costs between $150 and $250 and the cost will increase if walls need to be broken to retrieve the animal. Usually, if the dead animal is visible you can dispose of it by yourself, but if the animal is hidden behind the wall you must call a pro to locate, remove, and dispose of the animal.

After the removal of the dead animal, my recommendation is to pay for a professional cleaning service to have the space properly cleaned and sanitized.

What to ask when hiring a pro?

It is always helpful to hear opinions from your friends, neighbors, and relatives about some company that you plan to hire. However, their personal experience shouldn’t be crucial when making a final decision. Ask the following questions to the professional company and decide by yourself.

  • Years of experience in the business.
  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • Type of wild animals you have worked with so far.
  • Are there animals that you don’t handle?
  • Do you practice humane methods?
  • What includes the removal and relocation process?
  • Does the process include poison?
  • Do you provide a written inspection report?
  • Do you provide recommendations for further treatment?
  • Do you offer exclusion services and a guarantee of the work?

FAQ's

Local municipality wildlife animal control companies usually remove only domestic animals such as dogs and cats. So for wild animal removal, you will have to hire a pro because of the skills, knowledge, resources, and tools they possess to properly trap, remove, and relocate.

Most people on the first signs of wildlife presence on their property call a pest control company. It is not a mistake but you must know that pest control companies deal with insects and use poisonous sprays.

On the other hand, wildlife removal companies only use poison as a last resort and try humane methods to trap wild animals and release them safely and unharmed in the wild.

There are a few signs that there are unwanted wildlife guests on your property and you need to react as soon as possible:

  • Scratching noises in the walls and roof;
  • Animal droppings;
  • Unpleasant odor;
  • Mounds of dirt in the yard;
  • Animal sightings;
  • Trash can disturbances.
Scott Williams
Author: Scott Williams - Scott is a pest control expert and has worked in the industry for over 20 years, most recently in NYC, where he runs a pest control business. Scott loves to write articles, share his knowledge on exterminator services, and advise on safe DIY method.