Raccoons will use just about any space they can access for shelter inside or outside a home. This includes trees, sheds, garages, attics, crawl spaces, porches, patios, decks, walls, roofs, and more. They seek out these areas for warm shelter and safe breeding. Mother raccoons will make their nests and birth their young, caring for them all winter long until spring brings more suitable weather. The problem with sharing your personal space with raccoons is the structural damages they cause and the infectious diseases their presence can spread to both humans and pets.
Damages can become extreme and require costly renovation and repairs if left alone for long periods of time. It only takes one season for a raccoon colony to cause a heap of destruction in your home. The combination of their urine, droppings, birthing debris, and decayed food scraps are known to cause unsightly leaks in the walls and ceilings, unbearable odors inside the home, and upper respiratory illnesses. Their mere presence is a threat to your health since they are known carriers of infectious diseases like Leptospirosis, as well as the Rabies virus. They can also carry fleas, ticks, lice, mites, and more that can spread through the home.
For these reasons and more, it is important to get rid of raccoons immediately after discovering them on your property. If you have only spotted them outside, then it is best to have your home inspected for holes and vulnerable spots, and seal them up before winter is here. Then implement certain practices to keep raccoons away from your property, such as removing pet food from outside, locking trash can lids, installing motion sensor lighting, and more.
Cost of Raccoon Removal
A DIY raccoon removal from attics will cost much less, but might not be as effective, or effective at all. It is best to trust a licensed and trained wildlife control contractor because they have the industry know-how and resources to safely and humanely extract raccoons, cleanup after them, restore attic insulation and drywall, and prevent wild animal intrusions in the future. They can provide all of these services in a time frame that is convenient for you, and at a reasonable cost. Look below for raccoon removal cost averages:
$300 Per Hour
Some companies offer written or oral instructions for animal identification and DIY removal, but this is NOT recommended.
$150 Service Fee – $75 to $250 Hourly
These rates fluctuate and largely depend on the company’s business model, the type of animal, the number of trips it requires, and the complexity of the project. Some companies charge flat rate fees for a certain type of animal, and increase those fees for larger quantities. Basically, raccoon removal can cost anywhere from $100 to $1000, depending on the circumstances.
$150 to $500 or More
Depending on the amount of damage and risk, the cost of raccoon cleanup and sanitation will vary.
Raccoon Damage Restoration
$300 to $2,000 or More
Some companies offer minor restoration services for raccoon damages, such as insulation replacement and drywall repair. But the cost for these services vary depending on the extent of damages. It is best to hire a company for an estimate, and compare estimates for the best overall deal.