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Squirrels are in the nuisance wildlife category due to the damage they can cause. Removing them is vital as they can chew power lines, siding, eaves, and insulation. Once in the home, they may build nests and leave droppings resulting in unsanitary conditions.

The typical method of removing squirrels is through relocation and prevention of further infestation. The national average cost ranges from $250 to $500, and most homeowners pay around $350. If it is just a matter of trapping the squirrels and moving them somewhere else, the cost could be as low as $200. If extensive damage has been done and clean-up required, the costs can go as high as $1,500.

Squirrel Removal Cost

Squirrel Pest Control Cost
National average cost$350
Average range$250-$500
Minimum cost$200
Maximum cost$1,500

Squirrel Removal Cost by Project Range

Setting 1-2 traps to capture 1-3 animals
Average Cost
Outdoor/indoor removal, relocation, seal points of entry, mild clean-up
Indoor removal, extensive clean-up, decontamination, odor removal, relocation, seal points of entry

Average Cost for Squirrel Removal by Method

The average cost to remove a squirrel is $75 to $500. 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 will 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 humane squirrel removal methods:

Cost to Relocate Squirrels, Install Traps and Exclusion Doors

Cost to Relocate Squirrels, Install Traps and Exclusion Doors

Relocation$75 - $125
Traps$300 - $500
Exclusion Door$300 - $500

Squirrel Relocation

In general, wildlife relocation services cost about $75 to $125. Once removed from a trap or exclusion door/funnel, the squirrel(s) need to be relocated. Otherwise, they will just return and may find more ways into your home. Relocating the squirrels is usually a part of the package using the traps or exclusion devices, so there isn’t any additional charge for this service. Some professionals say three miles is far enough, while others claim it should be at least ten miles.

Squirrel Traps

The cost for squirrel traps is $300 to $500. It includes the trapper returning to get the squirrels and taking them to a better area. Professionals often use squirrel traps to catch and remove squirrels from property and homes. These rodents can make their way into the nooks and crannies of your home, destroy your garden, and eat all of the bird feed meant for the birds! Squirrel traps are a safe, humane way to relocate these pesky creatures. The number of squirrels that have to be removed also affects the price.

Squirrel Exclusion Door

A professional’s fee to install a one-way exclusion door or funnel at your home is around the same as traps at $300 to $500. A one-way exclusion door for squirrels is usually part of the process of getting rid of the creatures in your home. This door is used on the main entrance that the squirrels are using while all other entrances are sealed. As the door only goes one way, the squirrel can leave, but he cannot return. Another way to remove a single squirrel is a squirrel exclusion funnel. Much like a one-way door, a one-way squirrel exclusion funnel allows the squirrel to leave, but he can’t re-enter the home. Traps may be more effective as they draw in multiple squirrels who can then be relocated.

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Average Cost of Squirrel Removal by Location

The average cost to remove a squirrel by location is $100 to $1,500. 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 process takes time and ultimately costs you more.

Cost to Remove Squirrels from Lawn, Yard, Roof, Wall, Attic, Bathroom, Ceiling...

Cost to Remove Squirrels from Lawn, Yard, Roof, Wall, Attic, Bathroom, Ceiling...

Lawn$100 - $200
Yard$100 - $200
Shed$100 - $200
Basement$100 - $200
Roof$200 - $300
Chimney$200 - $300
Garage$300 - $500
Wall$300 - $500
Soffit$300 - $500
Attic$300 - $500
Bedroom$300 - $500
Bathroom$300 - $500
Ceiling$750 - $1,500

How to Get Rid of Squirrels from Lawn

The cost to remove squirrels is less in the yard than in the house at about $100 to $200. Nuts, fruit, flowering plants, and birdseed attract cute little squirrels. While their actions are comical, they can become a nuisance digging in the yard and becoming attracted to your home as they search for food. The best thing to do is to squirrel-proof the yard as much as possible by picking up nuts or fruits that fall to the ground, harvesting fruit before time, and using squirrel-proof bird feeders.

Squirrel Problem in Yard

A squirrel problem in the yard will cost about $100 to $200 to remedy. Squirrels can get into the garden, destroy your plants, and eat the fruits and vegetables you are growing. Additionally, they leave droppings and urinate in the area, making it unsanitary to work in for gardening.

Squirrel in Shed

In this case, a professional service may opt to trap the squirrels and relocate them at the cost of $100 to $200. You are less likely to see a squirrel inside of your shed than underneath it. They like to be in the dark and undisturbed. However, if you don’t use the shed frequently, squirrels may enjoy nesting inside of it.

Squirrel in Basement

A trap can be set, and the squirrels relocated with all entry areas sealed for around $100 to $200. Just like the attic, squirrels enjoy living and nesting in the basement, particularly if it is dark and mostly unoccupied. Removing squirrels from the basement is usually a little easier as there is no need for climbing around in difficult to reach areas.

Get Rid of Squirrels in Roof

Removing squirrels from your roof and relocating them would cost $200 to $300. Squirrels are crafty creatures and love climbing, jumping, and exploring. This is why your roof could become a fun place for them to live and play. However, this also presents a problem: they are usually looking for a place to nest and have babies, resulting in an entry into the house. They are good at finding small holes to get inside, so it is best to keep them off the roof. It is less expensive to catch and relocate them when on the roof than once they get inside the attic.

Cost to Remove Squirrel From Chimney

Removing squirrels from the chimney can run around $200 to $300. Squirrels always look for a quiet place to nest, and chimneys are especially quiet during the warm months. Squirrels that nest in your chimney make it inoperable during the colder months. Additionally, a chimney lined with metal or clay makes it difficult for a squirrel to get out once inside. You will need to hire a professional wildlife removal company to get the squirrel out and relocate it.

Get Rid of Squirrels in Garage

The cost of installing a device to get rid of squirrels in the garage is $300 to $500. Although squirrels are not as common in a garage, professionals can attest that they sometimes get in them. Again, they are typically looking for a warm, dry, quiet place to nest, and if left undisturbed, they could be a problem in the garage. Having squirrels in the garage can damage drywall, wiring, stored items. They are also dangerous with small children or pets. The best way for a professional to remove the squirrel is with a one-way exclusion door. The squirrel can leave, but it can’t get back in.

Squirrel in Wall Removal

You can expect to pay about $300 to $500 for this service. A squirrel infestation in house walls is a serious situation. These creatures can do lots of damage over time and create an unsanitary situation within your home. The smell will become overpowering as they defecate within the walls. The first step is to have an exclusion door or funnel installed, and then all points of entry should be sealed with steel or other material that cannot be chewed through. Again, the best method is a one-way exclusion door because you don’t want the squirrel to die inside the walls. The wildlife removal company will put in the door and seal other points of entry.

Get Rid of Squirrels in Soffit

The cost may be a little more at $300 to $500 as it involves getting on a ladder to reach these areas and possibly removing and reapplying some of the soffits 1. The soffits are the area underneath the eaves 2 of your home. Squirrels will often enter through the soffits to reach the attic area to nest and live. You may hear these guys running through the soffits. If you do, it is time to act. This may be a more extensive removal as they are inside by this time. Setting up a one-way exclusion funnel or door while sealing all remaining entries may work best at this point.

Squirrels in Attic Removal Cost

The cost to remove squirrels in your attic starts at $300 to $500 but can be as high as $1,500. Finding out you have squirrels in your attic may seem creepy, but this is often their favorite spot. It is dark and quiet, allowing for undisturbed nesting and food foraging. However, if left to their own devices, squirrels can chew through wiring and insulation and wreak havoc on your attic. The clean up can become extensive depending on the number of squirrels, how long they are there, and how easy it is to access your attic.

Squirrel in Bedroom

The cost to remove squirrels from the bedroom is $300 to $500. Squirrels don’t generally like to be where humans are, so seeing one in your bedroom is unique. Do not attempt to touch the squirrel. Remove pets and children from the situation. Squirrels can become aggressive so calling an expert is the best idea. The wildlife removal company will trap the squirrel and look for a nest or juvenile squirrels elsewhere in the home. Relocation will be used to move the squirrel and her family somewhere else to make sure they don’t re-enter the home.

Squirrel in Bathroom

Removal should be done by a trained professional and would cost about $300 to $500. It may seem strange that a squirrel is in your bathroom, but they often gain access through the fan vent outside your home. Typically, they then go through the ductwork to reach a more secluded area like the attic. It is possible that they may get distracted or confused and end up coming into the bathroom via the vent. Again, if this happens, don’t attempt to remove the squirrel yourself, as they can attack and bite you.

Get Rid of Squirrels in Ceiling

The cost can go as high as $750 to $1,500, depending on the extent of the infestation. It’s late a night, and you hear a scratching sound above your head. Sounds from a squirrel in the ceiling can include light running, scurrying, and the rolling of the acorns as they move them from one area to another. You may even hear this during the day as the attic area or ductwork is dark all the time. Removing squirrels from the ceiling is a little more extensive than just the attic because it is a larger area to cover and often leads to squirrels in the attic too.

Squirrel Removal Cost by Company

The average cost of squirrel removal depends on the company and runs about $95 to $500. Due to the propensity to become aggressive, squirrel removal should always be done by a trained and insured professional. Many companies offer these services, so it is helpful to know some characteristics of them. Although this list isn’t exhaustive, it will help you know the questions to ask when seeking a squirrel removal company. Be aware that some companies that are traditionally pest control have expanded to wildlife control and removal. Most of these organizations are just as professional and adept at the withdrawal and relocation of nuisance animals.

Cost of Expel Wildlife Service, Terminix, Wildlife Removal USA, and Orkin Squirrel Removal Services

Cost of Expel Wildlife Service, Terminix, Wildlife Removal USA, and Orkin Squirrel Removal Services

Expel Wildlife Service$95 - $500
Terminix$100 - $500
Wildlife Removal USA$100 - $500
Orkin$250 - $500

Expel Wildlife Service

Costs range from $95 to $500 for removal and other services. With a little over ten years of experience in the industry, Expel isn’t a nationwide company. However, it covers most of the Southeast and Louisiana, Kentucky, Texas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Chicago. Specialists are trained and licensed to handle all forms of wildlife removal. The company offers inspection, clean-up, restoration, and parasite prevention and control. Infestations can result in a flea and tick problem as wild creatures often carry these pests. Expel treats these as well.

Terminix Squirrel Removal Cost

To inspect, remove squirrels, relocate them, and seal all entry points with Terminix will cost $100 to $500. With a long history of pest control satisfaction, Terminix is another well-known name. A close second to Orkin in experience at over 90 years, the company is rated four to five stars for customer service, reliability, features and services, and costs. Terminix also offers a wide variety of wildlife removal and has gained the same following in this field as they have in pest control.

Wildlife Removal USA

Costs for inspection, squirrel removal, and relocation range from $100 to $500 with this company. Concentrating only on wildlife trapping and removing, Wildlife Removal USA features over 300+ locations throughout the U.S. Many of these offices boast of 20+ years of experience, and the minimum is five years. Every technician receives expert training and continuing education on the proper ways to treat this problem humanely. Each location gains extensive familiarity with local and state laws and has a vast understanding of disease control. Wildlife Removal USA also does decontamination and odor control once the squirrels are removed.

Orkin Squirrel Removal Cost

The cost for squirrel removal is $250 to $500. Orkin is a household name for pest control, but you may not realize they also do wildlife control. With over 100 years in the industry, Orkin has a reputation for excellence. They offer squirrel inspection, removal, and relocation. Each Orkin wildlife removal specialist receives training and licensing to trap and remove nuisance animals. Additional services include sealing entry areas to avoid reinfestation.

Labor Cost to Remove Squirrels

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 includes several trap checks in their initial fee. But don’t be surprised at additional charges if traps must be checked more than two or three times. This fee can range from $45 to $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.

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Squirrel Inspection

The first step in getting rid of squirrels is the squirrel inspection. The contractor will thoroughly inspect the home’s interior and exterior for signs of infestation, points of entry, and damage and determine the type of animal that is causing the problem. Some inspections will include work started that day as traps can be set and entry points sealed. Homeowners will find that some companies charge for the initial inspection at the cost of $100 to $250 while others inspect for free. Higher cost inspections usually include the setting of the traps. An additional return visit fee may be charged.

Dead Squirrel Removal

Finding a dead squirrel leaves you feeling gross. Squirrels live about 12 years but can be killed by larger animals, diseases, childbirth, or liver or kidney issues. If you discover a dead squirrel, it is best to call a professional to remove it as they carry diseases. A dead squirrel in the wall can create smells in your home, so decontamination and odor abatement are advised. Often, a dead squirrel in the attic leaves behind babies, so it is best to have an inspection and possible removal done. A professional will charge $150 to $250 to haul away a dead squirrel. The pricing depends on the location and how easy it is to access it.

Emergency Squirrel Removal

An emergency squirrel removal is usually after hours, on weekends, or holidays, or when you need immediate assistance. Most people can wait until normal business hours unless the squirrel is lost in the house or if you find a dead squirrel in the house. It is important to have a dead or lost squirrel removed immediately. Expect to pay at least $100 more for emergency squirrel removal. This brings the cost to $200 to $600 depending on the extent of the removal.

All About Squirrels

Squirrels look innocuous. However, when they find their way inside a house, they can cause all kinds of trouble. Squirrels can give birth to two or three litters of four to six babies each year, with each one living for about 12 years. So, 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. 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.

Many types of squirrels may be found in or near your home. 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. It measures 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 seven to nine inches long) and features a reddish color.

As opposed to the pine squirrel, the tree squirrel can reach a whopping 27 inches long and has really sharp claws. It can vary in color from reddish-brown to gray or even black. Flying squirrels do not usually infest homes, but they can fit into the smallest openings when they do. They can 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.

Red American Squirrel Holding a Nut

Where Do Squirrels Nest?

Squirrels love to nest in warm, quiet places. Popular places include your attic, basement, walls, eaves, ductwork, and more. They are very family-oriented and give birth two or three times a year. Thus, the numbers soar fairly quickly. It is quite common to find a squirrel nest in the chimney of your home as it is high up and quiet during the spring, summer, and sometimes into the fall. It is not unusual for a homeowner to discover a nest in the chimney before fire season starts.

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Signs of Squirrel Infestation

Your dog whines or claws at the walls, and every once in a while, 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 make 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, 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 one 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. 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, birdseed, 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, they fight over territory if an area is overpopulated. 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 odors coming from your attic. The fact is, squirrels need to pee and poop just like people. When they take up habitation in your attic, they are going to do it right there. Over time (and when your squirrel population rises), urine and feces begin to smell.

Are Squirrels Dangerous?

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 pets.

While squirrel-borne disease isn’t rampant among humans, you should be aware of some illnesses:

  • Salmonellosis: This flu-like squirrel disease is 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, water, or food they contact.
  • 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 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.

Squirrel on Top of a Roof

What Attracts Squirrels to Your House?

Squirrels enjoy quiet, secluded, warm places. It is best to keep the bushes, trees, and plants cut back, the yard mowed, and areas around sheds and under the house clear and free of debris. Squirrels like to enter through small holes seeking a place to nest, so sealing these areas will prevent entry. Nuts and fruit trees are attractive, especially if food is falling on the ground and left there. Gardens are another area that attract squirrels, so consider installing squirrel deterrents or a statue of a predator such as an owl or fox to avoid damage and infestation. Large trees close to the house allows easy access to the roof and attic area. Food and water sources such as bird feeders, pet food and water bowls, human food left outside or inside, unsealed pantry foods such as bread, cereals, and grains draw squirrels and other rodents to your home.

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How to Prevent Squirrels

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 several 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. These are favorite entry points for squirrels. Cover gutters and downspouts because they offer an easy way for squirrels to get to your roof and inside of your home. Cracks along your foundation, decking, and porch make excellent entry points.

Debris allowed to pile up around your home offers 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 birdseed) 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, and any other place water accumulates. It is believed that squirrels dislike certain smells such as cayenne and red pepper, cider vinegar, peppermint, and garlic. However, these scents should be reapplied regularly and always after rain or sprinkler cycles.

Finally, 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.

Squirrels Damage to House

Not only is the presence of squirrels unsanitary, but they can also cause extensive damage to your home. Repair bills cost anywhere from $150 to $1,500. Squirrel lawn damage includes digging and chewing, as well as yellow patches due to urination. Squirrel damage to the roof can include chewed areas, loosened shingles 3, and scratches that may decrease the integrity of your roof. Squirrels on the roof can lead to squirrel attic damage such as chewed and destroyed wiring and insulation. Wall damage can ruin drywall 4. Wire damage can lead to a fire. A squirrel urine stain on the ceiling means you have a real problem as the area above your ceiling is fair game for scuttling through the entire house. Squirrels chewing car wires can result in a car that won’t start. Your house insurance does not usually cover damage caused by squirrels. But, you can check with your agent.

Squirrel Removal vs Squirrel Extermination Cost

Anytime squirrels are sick, euthanization is necessary. Sometimes, relocating them is not practical since they must be rehomed at least 10 miles away or are 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 to $175 travel fee if the relocation area is far from you. Of course, euthanizing them humanely can be pricey, too. The cost varies by area and the process used, with an average cost of $100 to $300 for one to five squirrels. However, some professionals feel that squirrel relocation is inhumane as the animal becomes confused and may end up the target of other territorial squirrels. Using traps that kill the squirrel immediately or euthanization is often a preferred method. Some cities have a nuisance animal control center that euthanizes for free.

Chipmunk vs Squirrel

The cost to remove a chipmunk versus a squirrel is very similar at an average of $350. Confusing chipmunks and squirrels happens sometimes when you see a ground squirrel. Chipmunks have stripes from the face to the top of the head down to the bottom of the tail. A ground squirrel has stripes only on its back and tail. Tree squirrels do not have stripes at all. Tree squirrels tend to be much larger than chipmunks or ground squirrels. Squirrels tend to enjoy grassy places. Chipmunks are more prone to be woodland or forest creatures. Chipmunks eat nuts, berries, and seeds. While squirrels like those things as well, they tend to eat plants like corn and wheat.

Difference Between a Chipmunk and a Squirrel

Difference Between a Chipmunk and a Squirrel

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Additional Considerations and Costs

  • 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. Using some homemade methods of squirrel eradication, including mothballs, predator urine, ammonia, flashing lights, and squirrel repellent sprays, are possible. 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. However, keep in mind that the most experienced specialists can get the job done more quickly, saving you both money and stress. 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.
  • 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. Be advised that it isn’t usually safe to move babies until they are older and stronger. Experts say they will most likely die.
  • Sick squirrels. If any of the squirrels are sick, plan on adding 25% to 40% or $750 to $1,000. Whenever a specialist must deal with sick animals, the cost is bound to rise due to increased exposure risk.
  • Guarantee. Some professionals provide a guarantee that squirrels will not return. It is generally a 30-day guarantee. The idea is that they will return to remove any squirrels that get back into the area.
  • Ultrasonic squirrel repeller. These devices emit a noise that humans can’t hear and are supposed to drive the creature crazy, causing them to leave the premises. However, none of this is backed by science and may be a waste of money. Additionally, some experts say the repellers work, but eventually, the animals get used to the sound and return to the scene.


  • Who to call for squirrel removal?

Squirrel removal should always be done by a professional. Wildlife removal companies and pest control companies provide an inspection, trapping, and removal of the culprits. Included with this service is the sealing of all points of entry, so you don’t have another infestation.

  • What to do if there's a squirrel in your house?

Do not attempt to catch or corner a squirrel inside your home as they can become aggressive quickly. Calling a professional to remove the squirrel is the smartest thing to do.

  • How do you get squirrels out of the house?

There are many 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 ten miles from your home. Otherwise, they may return.

  • Does Terminix get rid of squirrels?

Yes, Terminix offers 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 their babies.

  • How much does wildlife removal cost?

Wildlife removal costs between $100 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, and gutters. Be sure to block entryways and keep trees cut back, so squirrels are not attracted to your roof.

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glossary term picture Soffit 1 Soffits: Construction material, typically composed of vinyl or aluminum, used to enclose the underside of eaves and ceilings
2 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
glossary term picture Shingle 3 Shingles: A smooth, uniform, flat piece of construction material, available in a wide variety of materials and laid in a series of overlapping rows, used to cover the outside of roofs or walls to protect against weather damage and leaks.
glossary term picture Sheetrock 4 Drywall: Type of plasterboard, commonly used to build walls and ceilings, composed of gypsum that is layered between sheets of heavy paper

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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.

The information provided by our cost guides comes from a great variety of sources, including specialized publications and websites, cost studies, U.S. associations, reports from the U.S. government, contractors and subcontractors, material suppliers, material price services, and other vendor websites. For more information, read our Methodology and sources