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Squirrel Removal Cost

Squirrel Removal Cost

National average
$500
(inspection, setting 2-5 traps, capturing 2-3 animals and relocating them)
Low: $200

(setting 1-2 traps to capture 1-3 animals)

High: $1,000

(resetting the traps 3-4 times, capturing and relocating more than six animals, feces cleanup)

Cost to remove squirrels 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 is $500.

In this guide

All about squirrels
Signs of having a squirrel infestation
Health risks
Removal methods
Labor
Prevention
Additional considerations and costs
FAQ

How much does it cost to remove squirrels?

They may look cute in your backyard, but don’t let those bushy-tailed critters fool you – a squirrel infestation in your attic or walls can wreak havoc on wiring, insulation, and even your health! Squirrels belong outside for good reason: they harbor fleas, ticks, and disease. Plus, they love to chew on everything. Getting rid of them at the first sign that they’ve moved in is the only way to ensure that your home and family remain safe.

Evicting 2-3 squirrels from your home by setting 2-5 traps costs about $500, on average.

All about squirrels

Squirrels look innocuous, but when they find their way inside of a house, they can cause all kinds of trouble. Able to give birth to 2-3 litters of 4-6 babies each year (and living for about 12 years), even a single squirrel can turn into dozens in no time. To make matters worse, squirrels tend to be family-oriented social beings that often live in groups, so the odds of harboring just one or two of these pesky mammals are not high. Once a squirrel sets up house inside of your abode, they can quickly overtake it. While squirrels tend to take up residence in attics due to the easy access and comfy setting, these critters also commonly settle down inside walls, chimneys, closets, and other quiet, warm, and safe areas.

While other rodents may be more active at night, squirrels tend to follow a more human-like schedule, scuttering about during normal daylight hours. Also, they tend to be more active in the fall, as they look for a place to settle in for the winter.

There are many types of squirrels, and telling your pest management specialist what kind of animals he will be dealing with may be really useful. One of the most common and most destructive squirrels found in North American neighborhoods is the gray squirrel, which is between 14 and 21 inches long, features gray coloring with white undertones, and is commonly found in suburban neighborhoods. The pine squirrel is the smallest squirrel species. It is on the smaller side (about 7-9 inches long) and features a reddish color.

As opposed to the pine squirrel, the tree squirrel can reach a whopping 27 inches long and features really sharp claws. It can vary in color from reddish brown to gray or even black. Flying squirrels do not usually infest homes, but when they do, they can fit into the smallest openings. They are able to glide up to 160 feet using a muscle membrane between their legs and bodies. Ranging in size between 8 and 12 inches, flying squirrels are most active at night.

Signs of having a squirrel infestation

Your dog is whining or clawing at the walls and every once in a while you think you hear something in the attic, roof, or walls. This may leave you wondering if squirrels have infiltrated your home. Here are some telltale signs that you could be harboring these unwanted guests:

  • Noises. If there is one thing universal about squirrels it is that they are not quiet creatures. These active mammals tend to make a lot of noise as they scamper, scurry, and thump about behind your walls, on your roof, and in your attic.
  • Holes. If you have noticed small holes underneath your soffits 1, in your insulation, or even in your yard, this could indicate a squirrel problem. If they can’t find an entryway, these critters are not opposed to making ones themselves in order to find a warm, dry place to build a nest.
  • Broken gutters. If your gutters suddenly show signs of damage or loosening, squirrels could be the culprit. Gutters offer a good route onto the roof for squirrels looking for entry into a home, and all of that climbing and jumping often damages them.
  • Damage to bird feeders and garden plants. Squirrels don’t discriminate when it comes to finding food. They will go after anything they can: your garden plants, pet food, bird seed, and even garbage. Repeated damage to these areas may be a sign of squirrel trouble.
  • Fighting squirrels in your yard. While squirrels like to live in larger groups, when an area is overpopulated they do begin to fight over territory,and your home is considered part of their territory. When too many squirrels live in one area, good nesting places become scarce, forcing the critters to look inside for a place to live.
  • Caches of nuts and acorns. Finding piles of these items in and around your home is a common sign of squirrel activity.
  • Foul smells coming from your attic. The fact is, squirrels need to pee and poop just like people, and when they take up habitation in your attic they are going to do it right there. Over time (and when your squirrel population rises), that urine and feces is going to begin to smell.

Health risks

The first thing you think of when you realize that squirrels are living in your attic is the damage they may be causing to your walls, insulation, roof, and wiring. These are all valid concerns, but it’s also important to consider the health risks this infestation may pose to your family and poets.

While squirrel-borne disease isn’t rampant among humans, there are some illnesses to be aware of:

  • Salmonellosis: a flu-like squirrel disease caused by contact with squirrel feces and urine, this illness can cause common flu-like symptoms in household residents.
  • Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases: squirrels often play host to ticks. Exposure can leave the people and animals living inside at risk of developing all sorts of diseases. The most common is Lyme disease, but others include Colorado tick fever, and even typhus.
  • Tularemia: a rare infectious disease (often referred to as rabbit fever or deer fly fever), is known to attack the eyes, lungs and skin. It is caused by a bacterium that squirrels can carry, contaminating their waste as well as any water or food they come in contact with.
  • Leptospirosis: a bacterial infection that is often transmitted through urine. Since pets have the best chance of coming in contact with squirrel urine, both inside and outside of the home, they are most at risk of developing the disease. Younger animals are most prone to falling ill and may experience fever, vomiting, diarrhea, an inability to eat, weight loss, fatigue, and more. Humans may also experience muscle aches, jaundice, headaches, chills, and abdominal pain.
  • Rabies: a very dangerous and often deadly disease, rabies is almost always transmitted through a bite. That’s is why it is so important to have squirrels removed by a professional handler who knows how to take care of the infestation safely, both for you and the squirrels inhabiting your home.

Removal methods

Getting rid of a squirrel infestation isn’t always easy and can take a few days (or even a week or more). While you may be tempted to try a few homemade remedies to get rid of those unwanted guests, remember that the longer you wait to evict these pests, the harder it is going to be to get the job done.

When discussing your options with a trained professional pest management specialist, don’t be surprised if he suggests one (or a combination) of these popular removal methods:

MethodProsCons
Ultrasonic squirrel repellers ($200)

Easy to install

Inexpensive

All-natural (no chemicals)

Can only be heard by rodents

Gerbils, hamsters, rats can hear them and become agitated

If not placed properly they will not work

May not be effective for large infestation problems

Traps

($300)

Easy to use

Can be placed at every entry point

Humanely captures squirrels

Must be set and placed at the right locations

May trap other creatures

Must be checked daily

Time consuming process

One-way exclusion doors

($300)

Keeps animals from returning

A humane way to keep squirrels out

A mama squirrel may become destructive if she cannot get back to her nest/babies

May encourage squirrels to look for a new entry point


Labor

It only takes a few minutes scrolling the internet to find dozens of ways to get rid of squirrels on your own, but experts agree that it is faster, safer, and more effective to bring in a pro to handle the job of finding, trapping, and relocating them.

Remember, getting rid of squirrels quickly is vital to keeping damage to a minimum. Doing it yourself may leave you open to a bigger problem. Even hiring an expert can take days (or weeks) to finish the job. Displacing an entire family (including a nest full of babies) can take a week or more. Remember, when traps are used, they must be set up and then checked daily. This all takes time. In most cases, the pest management specialist will include several trap checks in their initial fee. But don’t be surprised at additional charges if traps must be checked more than 2-3 times. This fee can range from $45-$85 every time the specialist comes to check the traps.

In general, squirrel removal experts charge between $50 and $200 per hour for specific services (like checking traps). Keep in mind that it will be cheaper to hire a pro to handle the entire job, rather than just one aspect of it.

Prevention

If you are in the throes of a squirrel infestation, you know how hard it can be to keep them from getting back into your home. Having them removed is only part of the process. Making it more difficult for them to return is an essential step toward a squirrel-free home.

When it comes to preventing a squirrel’s return, there are a number of steps to follow, beginning with looking for and sealing off even the smallest holes. It’s hard to believe, but squirrels can fit into a hole as small as 1.5 inches in diameter. While you may have already sealed off larger entryways, be sure to look for gaps around pipes and vents, too; these are favorite entry points for squirrels. And don’t forget to cover gutters and downspouts: they, too offer an easy way for squirrels to get to your roof and inside of your home. As can cracks along your foundation, decking, and porch.

Debris allowed to pile up around your home can also offer squirrels a safe haven and entry point. Squirrels love to nest in fallen leaves, twigs, and other brush, so be sure to get rid of any debris from around your home’s foundation to keep them away.

Of course, food is always an attraction, so be sure to keep anything with a pungent smell (like garbage, pet food, and bird seed), out of reach. While you are at it, get rid of standing water. Remember, squirrels need water just as much as they need food, so look for pooled water in planters, trash can tops, etc.

Lastly, do what you can to keep squirrels off of your roof. This means cutting back tree branches far enough from the roof to prohibit squirrels from jumping from trees to your home.

Additional considerations and costs

Not every removal job is the same. There are a lot of different factors that can affect the final price tag. Here are some additional things to consider when hiring a professional to remove squirrels from your home.

  • Regulations. Every community has its own rules and regulations regarding trapping and euthanizing wild animals. Be sure to check with your local animal control office regarding these rules and any requirements regarding licenses needed by your pest management specialist.
  • DIY. While it is possible to use some homemade methods of squirrel eradication including moth balls, predator urine, ammonia, flashing lights, and squirrel repellent sprays, the safest and easiest way to rid your home of these unwanted visitors is to hire a professional who has been trained in trapping and relocating them.
  • Lowball offers. Remember, you get what you pay for. Yes, there are pest management specialists that charge a fraction of the average cost, but keep in mind that the most experienced specialists can get the job done more quickly, which will save you both money and stress in the long term. The longer those squirrels are left in your home, the more damage they will do, and the more it will cost to clean up the mess they leave behind.
  • Outside vs. inside removal. If you just have squirrels outside your home, in your backyard, or near the entry, the cost will be lower. It is always easier to get rid of squirrels from their natural environment. Once they have entered your home, the specialist must find them and then get them out. This takes time, which will ultimately cost you more.
  • Squirrel babies. If a nest full of babies is discovered, be prepared to pay a bit more to have them removed from your home. The process is delicate and special care must be taken not to upset the mother. This usually costs about $200.
  • Sick squirrels. If any of the squirrels are sick, plan on adding an additional 25%-40% to the final bill. Anytime a specialist must deal with sick animals, the cost is bound to rise due to an increased exposure risk.
  • Relocation vs euthanasia. Do you have a preference as to whether you want the squirrels removed from your home and then relocated or euthanized? Anytime squirrels are sick, euthanization is necessary, but also sometimes relocating them is not practical since they must be rehomed at least 10 miles away or they will be likely to return. Depending on where you live and how far the animals must be taken, relocation can cost a bit more. Be prepared to pay a $100-$175 travel fee. Of course euthanizing them humanely can be pricey, too and varies by area and the process used, with an average cost of $100-$300 for 1-5 squirrels.

FAQ

  • How do you get squirrels out of the house?

There are a variety of ways to get squirrels out of your home, but the fastest, easiest, and safest way is to hire an expert to trap them and then relocate the animals at least 10 miles from your home. Otherwise, they may return.

  • Does Terminix get rid of squirrels?

Yes, Terminix does offer squirrel removal, but they tend to work outside of the home more than inside.

  • Do squirrels leave the attic during the day?

Unlike other rodents, squirrels are most active during the daytime. That means they often come and go as they forage for food, bringing it back to their nest to store, eat, or feed to their babies.

  • How much does wildlife removal cost?

Wildlife removal costs between $50 and $200 per animal, depending on how many animals are present and what processes must be used to get rid of them.

  • How much does it cost to get a squirrel removed from your home?

Getting rid of a single squirrel may cost as little as $100. Of course, removing an entire family of squirrels could cost up to $1,000.

  • What is the best deterrent for squirrels?

The absolute best way to keep squirrels out of your home is to block every entry point. This includes even the smallest crack or hole that may give them access to the inside.

  • How do you keep squirrels out of your attic?

Squirrels often get to your attic through the roof, eaves 2, and gutters. Be sure to block entryways and keep trees cut back so squirrels are not attracted to your roof.

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Cost to remove squirrels varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

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Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Allentown, PA
+11%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Boston, MA
+40%
Bowie, MD
+16%
Brockton, MA
+38%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Cary, NC
-5%
Cedar Rapids, IA
+6%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chester, PA
+26%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Corona, CA
+19%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Dayton, OH
-7%
Denver, CO
+1%
Des Moines, IA
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Durham, NC
-1%
Elizabeth, NJ
+39%
Escondido, CA
+9%
Everett, WA
-14%
Fort Wayne, IN
-7%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Fresno, CA
-6%
Henrico, VA
+6%
Homosassa, FL
-36%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jersey City, NJ
+23%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Lexington, KY
+1%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
New York, NY
+77%
Oceanside, CA
+8%
Omaha, NE
-10%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Palo Alto, CA
+44%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Pittsburgh, PA
+9%
Quincy, MA
+38%
Richmond, VA
+4%
Saint Louis, MO
+16%
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