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Squirrels in the Attic Removal Cost

Squirrels in the Attic Removal Cost

National average
$750
(trap and removal of two or three squirrels, two re-visits to check traps, relocation, minimal cleanup)
Low: $250

(trap and removal of a squirrel, one re-visit, no cleanup)

High: $1,200

(trap and removal of nest of baby or sick squirrels, three re-visits, thorough cleanup)

Cost to remove squirrels from the attic varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from animal/pest control specialists in your city.

The average cost to remove squirrels from the attic is $750.

In this guide

Cost factors
Signs of having squirrels in the attic
Health risks
Removal methods
Damage
Squirrels in attic fans
Labor
Prevention
Additional considerations and costs
FAQ

How much does it cost to remove squirrels from the attic?

If you have an attic, be on the lookout for squirrels. If given the opportunity and means of access, these rodents will sneak into attics seeking warmth and a place to nest. As cute as some may feel they are, squirrels are pests that can do serious and dangerous damage to your home if given the chance.

Ridding an attic of squirrels, including humane removal with relocation is a task best left to the professionals. Expect to pay around $750 to remove 2-3 squirrels from your attic, on average.

Cost factors

There are a number of factors that contribute to costs and that can drive up the price tag for removing squirrels from the attic. Accessibility is a big consideration, as many squirrels nest in the highest parts of your attic space and reaching these nests may additional time or manpower. Additionally, it may require multiple visits for effective squirrel removal; professional wildlife control professionals charge approximately $50 and up each time they return to check their traps.

Know that nesting squirrels will multiply during breeding season, which is usually February to April depending on where you live. If you have a nest of babies in your attic, special handling is required that could add an additional $200 to the final cost. It also costs more if the squirrels removed are ill or have diseases. The exposure risks add another 25%-40% to the overall cost of removing squirrels from your attic.

Signs of having squirrels in the attic

Think you have squirrels in your attic? Even if you haven’t seen them, there are signs that they could be taking over your home’s attic space. Perhaps the first indication of squirrels is scampering, scratching, and rustling sounds overhead, especially early in the morning or at dusk. Take a closer look at your furniture, woodwork, and any wires in or around walls; chew marks on wires or gnaw marks on furniture and woodwork could be a sign you have squirrels. Also, if you notice a rank odor, it could be the smell of squirrel droppings and urine, which can carry disease.

Health risks

In addition to squirrel droppings causing disease, there are numerous health risks associated with squirrels in the attic. Squirrel bites are often a consequence of trying to get rodents to leave the home without professional assistance. If you are bitten, first clean the wound and head to the doctor’s office for a tetanus shot if you can’t recall when you last had one. Squirrels can carry fleas, ticks, and a host of diseases.

  • Lyme disease. It is common for squirrels to have ticks, which transmit Lyme disease. Ticks can also carry typhus and tick fever.
  • Salmonella. Salmonella may be caused by exposure to squirrel droppings and urine, and it manifests in flu-like symptoms for anyone living in the home.
  • Tularemia. Though rare, Tularemia is infectious and transmitted through exposure to squirrels. It causes disease in the eyes, skin, and lungs.
  • Leptospirosis. Bacterial Leptospirosis is carried through squirrels’ urine and often transmitted through pets that come in contact with squirrels and their waste. Signs of this disease include vomiting, weight loss, and fatigue in pets, while people may experience aches, pains, and chills, too.
  • Rabies. Rabies remains a very serious and dangerous health epidemic that is transmitted through the bite or scratch of an infected animal. Don’t risk exposure; call the pros.
  • Hantavirus. Hantavirus is an infectious disease that impacts the kidneys, and that is transmitted through urine, droppings, and saliva of rodents–including squirrels. This makes squirrel bites particularly hazardous and merits strict measures when cleaning up squirrel waste in the attic to prevent illness.

Removal methods

There are several removal methods employed by wildlife removal experts to rid the attic of squirrels. These tactics are humane, as long as the removal expert removes and relocates any trapped squirrels.

MethodProsCons

Ultrasonic squirrel repellents

$200

Easy to install

Inexpensive

Eco-friendly

May agitate other animals

Often ineffective for larger-scale issues

Traps

$300

Easy to use

Flexible; can be moved to varying entry points

Moderately priced

Could trap other creatures

Time consuming

Hit or miss

Requires daily maintenance

Costs of follow up visits

One-way exclusion or funnel doors

$300

Prevents animals from re-entering

Moderately priced

Can cause agitation/damage for squirrels trying to return

Could prompt squirrels to create new entry point

May leave baby squirrels in attic on their own


Damage

Squirrels cause property damage and it can be extensive. They tear up insulation, gnaw on fixtures to build nests, and chew through roofing or under eaves 1 to gain entry. Screens, vents, and flashing are not safe when squirrels are nearby, and their consistent chewing can cause wiring issues, including fire.

Squirrels in attic fans

Squirrels often find your home’s attic fan a convenient and easy means of access to the home, which is why this is a common spot that squirrel removal specialists may check first. Squirrels find their way in through attic fans when seeking out spots to nest, so delaying action may result in a litter of babies in your attic. It may take the skills of a removal expert or contractor to access the nest, which will cost a minimum of $50 per hour to resolve. Your removal professional may recommend that you install a squirrel-proof attic fan vent cover to prevent future entry and access. The particular danger comes from the exposure that the squirrel has to wiring that they gnaw and that presents a fire hazard in the home.

Squirrels can find their way into spaces that you would not expect–tiny gaps, cracks, and holes are all that they need. They are also prone to find spaces between drop-ceilings or gaps under the eaves of the house.

Labor

Hiring a professional to take care of removing squirrels from the attic makes sense, but it may not be quick. Removal experts will return to check traps, which could take weeks depending on the extent of your infestation. To remove an average family and nest usually takes a week and costs around $1,200, though prompt action and removal of one or two adult squirrels may only cost $250. Fees to come back and check the traps for squirrels is at least $50-$200 per hour, but may cost more if there are squirrels to relocate from the traps; the cost of this depends on where the squirrel is being relocated to in terms of distance or if there are babies involved.

Prevention

To prevent squirrels, you first need to make sure they have all been removed. Next, focus on sealing up any and all entry points that squirrels may be using. Keeping trees trimmed near and around the house can also help prevent squirrels from using your home to nest. Remove any incentives, like food sources, and create barriers to getting inside your home, going onto the roof and eventually getting in the attic. Some homeowners report that hanging ammonia-soaked rags from nearby tree branches deters squirrel activity, but you’ll have to make sure to reapply after each rainfall for continued efficacy.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Legislation. There are likely regulations and laws regarding trapping squirrels in your area; make sure that you are not illegally trapping these animals or you will face fines and legal ramifications. Check with your municipal animal control offices to determine what you can do within the law to remove squirrels from your home, or call in a removal expert who already knows the laws for your region.
  • DIY. This is a time when it makes sense to hire a pro immediately. While there are DIY steps that can be taken to prevent squirrels from invading your attic, getting rid of squirrels is time-sensitive and merits professional intervention from a wildlife removal expert. Furthermore, there are health risks associated with handling squirrels; be safe and call in a professional.
  • Avoid cheap solutions. Don’t cut corners when it comes to a squirrel infestation. If you want the job done right, with the squirrels removed and humanely relocated, hire a reputable professional in your area. The longer it takes to remove the squirrels, the more property damage will occur. Also remember that this significantly increases the health risks, too.
  • Attic cleaning. Attic cleaning after removal is necessary to remove waste and excrement; expect to pay an average of $25-$75 per hour, an estimated $80-$120 for this service.
  • Repairs. If the squirrel is removed from inside a wall, you will need to pay drywall 2 repair costs of an additional $150 on average.
  • Dead squirrels. Make sure you are vigilant about looking for trapped or dead squirrels in the attic to prevent an insect infestation later. To remove a dead squirrel from the attic costs around $200.
  • Precautions. Squirrels bite when they feel attacked or cornered. Never try to handle or pick up a squirrel without wearing protective gear, such as gloves, and know that they transmit diseases.
  • Take action as soon as possible. Remember that squirrels have an average of two-to-three litters each year, typically around five babies each litter. And, squirrels live to be around 12 years old, which makes an infestation inevitable if you delay action.

FAQ

  • How much does it cost to remove squirrels from attic?

It costs an average of $750 to remove squirrels from the attic, but depending on the circumstance, it could be as little as $250.

  • How do I get squirrels out of my attic?

The best way to get squirrels out of the attic is to prevent them from getting inside to begin with by blocking entry and removing food sources. If you believe you have squirrels in your attic, don’t delay; call a professional to come trap and remove these pests.

  • Will animal control remove squirrels?

Government-run animal control services do not typically remove squirrels from your attic. You want to find a wildlife removal expert, and animal control may be able to point you in the right direction when called upon. It makes sense to first call animal control for your municipality, just in case they will address the issue, though you are responsible for any repairs or issues that ensue.

  • Will squirrels leave attic on their own?

Squirrels are reticent to leave if they are comfortable, or if they have recently had babies. If you evict adult squirrels from the attic so they can’t return, you may be leaving a nest of baby squirrels behind; call a removal expert to look for nests, particularly during February through April, when squirrels typically have litters.

  • How do I get rid of squirrels in my roof?

The best way to get rid of squirrels that are plaguing your home’s roof is to maintain clean gutters, keep tree canopies trimmed, and fill or repair any gaps, cracks, or holes along the roofing eaves. This will curb activity near your roof and decrease the chance of squirrels getting inside the attic.

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1 Eaves: The edge of a roof that connects with the wall of the building. Usually this part of the roof comes out further than the wall
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Cost to remove squirrels from the attic varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Grey squirrel about to enter the attic

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Allentown, PA
+11%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Avon, MA
+38%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Berwyn, IL
+40%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Buffalo, NY
-1%
Cary, NC
-5%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chester, PA
+26%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Columbus, NE
-11%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Corona, CA
+19%
Dayton, OH
-7%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Durham, NC
-1%
Erie, PA
-17%
Escondido, CA
+9%
Fort Wayne, IN
-7%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Fremont, CA
+35%
Fresno, CA
-6%
Hicksville, NY
+31%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jersey City, NJ
+23%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Lexington, KY
+1%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Marietta, GA
+10%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
New York, NY
+77%
Newark, NJ
+27%
Oakland, CA
+36%
Oceanside, CA
+8%
Olympia, WA
-15%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Palo Alto, CA
+44%
Pensacola, FL
-19%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Pittsburgh, PA
+9%
Quincy, MA
+38%
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