A small opening, loose flashing, or missing pieces of soffit can all provide access to safety and shelter in your home for many types of animals. Here in Florida that can include raccoons, squirrels, skunks, opossums, and rodents. County animal control agencies typically don't provide any help with those types of animals. Each county is different but they usually only catch loose cats and dogs. If you have other type of wildlife in your home you will need to either try to catch them and remove them yourself, or hire a wildlife removal company like Phoenix Pest Management & Wildlife Control.
What choosing a wildlife removal business, the first question most people want to know is what it's going to cost. CostHelper recently published an article on this subject with some useful information. Keep in mind that the costs will change depending on the animal and the local area.
Professional animal removal can cost $200-$1,000 or more, depending on the type of animal and how hard it is to capture. Some companies charge a flat rate for a specific type of animal including repeated trips for setting and checking the trap, while others charge a minimum inspection or service call fee of $150-$250 for the first 30 minutes plus an hourly fee of $60-$250 after the first 30 minutes, depending on the services provided.
For example, Houston Wildlife Patrol in Texas charges $350 for a raccoon or opossum in the attic regardless of the number of trips required, but the price increases to $450 if a litter of baby raccoons is present, and there may be additional charges if the babies are more than four weeks old because they can be harder to trap.
Do-it-yourself removal is possible with animal traps that start at $5-$100 and can increase to $150-$350 for larger humane (catch and release) cages. A wildlife rehabilitation or rescue organization can help arrange for its release.
Cleanup, repair, sanitizing and decontamination of the affected indoor area may be needed, and usually costs extra. It may also be necessary to make repairs to prevent future entrance by other animals. Repair and cleanup are usually quoted after the animal has been captured and removed. Costs can range from $100-$1,000 or more.
Animal removal companies are generally a separate business from pest control services. Some pest control companies have a division that removes wildlife, but typically with a completely separate staff from its pest control services.
Phoenix Pest Management & Wildlife Control has a fully trained staff that is certified not only in pest control but also in removing wildlife from many types of structures. Their service includes finding the entrance and closing it so no other animals can get in. If attic restoration is needed, which includes cleanup, repairs and decontamination, they provide that service as well. Having been in the business for 20 years, they are experts in any kind of wild animal removal and they have one of the strongest guarantees in the industry.
Source of data: CostHelper