Depending on the damage, repairs resulting from animal removal can cost tens, hundreds, or possibly thousands of dollars
Pests and wild animals can quickly become problems when they move in, costing anywhere from $150 to $5,000 or more to deal with. They’re also really bad tenants that can leave a mess after a forced move-out (and you never even got the chance to collect a security deposit).
Nonetheless, you’ll have to foot the bill, as the damages can compromise your home and possibly your health. Costs will vary widely based on the nature of the repair, so we’ve broken everything down below.
How Much Does It Cost to Repair Animal Damage Yourself?
In many cases, you can save some cash by taking on your own repairs after the animal removal. However, you’ll want to hire a professional to remove biohazard cleanup from droppings, urine, and dead animals, as these can harbor infectious diseases. It takes special gear and training to clean things up wholly and safely, so you’ll want to invest the extra money in hiring an experienced pro.
DIY Insulation Replacement
If wild animals make themselves at home within your walls, attic, or crawlspace, your insulation will likely get chewed (or used as an outhouse). Luckily, it’s relatively simple and inexpensive to replace on your own.
Insulation prices vary based on the type you need. These are the average material prices per board foot:
|Material||Cost per Board Foot|
|Batting||$0.30 – $1.50|
|Spray foam||$1.10 – $3.50|
|Loose-fill or blown-in||$1 – $2|
|Radiant||$0.20 – $1|
|Weatherstripping||$4.50 (10-foot roll)|
Along with that, you’ll need roughly $85 to $200 worth of tools and supplies unless you’ve already got them handy. Here’s what you’ll need:
|Flashlight||$5 – $30|
|Hammer||$8 – $20|
|Dust mask||$13 (5-pack)|
|Safety goggles or glasses||$2 – $20|
|Straight-edge ruler||$20 – $25|
|Utility knife||$7 – $10|
Note: If animal droppings or other biohazards are present, you should have a pro remove the old insulation before laying new insulation.
DIY Drywall Repairs
Repairing small holes in your drywall costs around $10 to $45, depending on how big the hole is. For a gap that only measures a few inches wide, you can purchase a drywall repair kit for $10 to $30. Otherwise, an 8-by-4-foot drywall panel and installation materials will cost about $45.
DIY Lawn Repairs
In some cases, a pesky critter won’t make it into the house, but it will cause plenty of damage to your lawn. If you’re a determined DIY-er with around 40 hours to commit, resodding your lawn costs about $2,000 on average. Fresh sod goes for $0.35 to $0.85 per square foot or $150 to $450 per pallet. In addition, you’ll need topsoil for $12 to $30 per cubic yard.
You can also regrow your lawn if pests and wild animals ravaged it. $90 to $150 will buy you a 50-pound bag of grass seed. You might also consider purchasing a grass seed spreader for about $30 or renting a push aerator for around $20 per hour.
How Much Do Different Types of Professional Repairs Cost After Animal Removal?
From tearing up your insulation to defiling your lawn, pests and wild animals can leave severe damage behind. Your repair cost depends on the type of damage, as well as the extent of it.
The cost to replace insulation is around $2 to $7 per square foot. Plus, removing insulation costs $1 to $1.50 per square foot, not including any disposal fees. If there’s a lot of gnawing, clawing, and little “gifts” left from pests in your home’s insulation, replacing it will usually be your best option.
Most biohazard cleanup jobs cost between $1,500 to $5,000, or possibly more, depending on the severity of the situation. Aside from the “ick” factor, animal droppings and urine can carry diseases such as E. coli, salmonella, and hookworms. They can also cause or worsen breathing problems, such as Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, if left untreated, so it’s important to have them cleaned as soon as possible.
Dead Animal Removal
Dead animal removal costs anywhere from $150 to $600, including a patch for your drywall. If the animals are in an attic, crawlspace, or any other area that’s easily accessible, removal can cost $150 or less. You’ll want to take care of this right away, as animal remains can quickly turn putrid and become fine cuisine for hungry insects.
Roof Soffit Repair
Replacing damaged sections of roof soffits will cost an average of $300 or less. Soffits are the horizontal sections beneath your roof’s overhang—and they’re like a Motel 6 for insects and small critters. Removal typically costs about $3 to $7 per linear foot, along with $3 to $5.50 per linear foot to cover labor and materials.
Attic or Crawl space Repair and Cleanup
Repairing your crawl space after an animal removal can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $15,000. The total price tag will depend on the size and accessibility of your crawl space, as well as what needs to be removed.
Repairing drywall usually ranges between $300 and $900, depending on the extent of the damage. Hiring a handyperson will cost about $60 to $90 per hour or around $50 to $75 per square foot.
After you’ve footed the bill for the cost of groundhog removal, or the removal of any small burrowing critters, your poor lawn may be in shambles. If the sight is too depressing to bear, resodding costs about $1 to $2 per square foot (including materials). Removing the old sod might tack on another $1,000 to $2,000, plus up to $3,000 more for grading.
If you’re not in a hurry, the cost to reseed or overseed your yard is considerably less at about $0.10 to $0.20 per square foot.
What Factors Influence the Cost of Repairs After Removing Animals and Pests?
Many factors come into play when budgeting for your post-animal removal cost for repairs. These include:
The extent of the damage
The nature of the damage
The type of infestation
The accessibility of damaged areas
DIY-ing versus hiring a pro
Whether or not biohazards are present
FAQs About Repair Costs After Animal Removal
How much does animal removal cost?
Animal removal costs around $365 on average but can range from $85 to $1,260 (or possibly more in extreme cases). An animal removal company near you can provide the most accurate estimate for your unique situation.
What’s the best way to prepare for animal removal?
The best method to prepare for animal removal is to keep track of the raccoons, wild animals, or pests you’ve seen on your property. This record will help the animal removal company understand the nature of your problem and deal with it accordingly.
Will homeowner’s insurance cover damage from wild animals?
Most policies will cover structural damage to your home caused by larger wild animals, such as deer or bears. Some will cover losses from raccoons, squirrels, and smaller animals, but not all of them. Unfortunately, personal belongings inside the home typically aren’t covered. Contact your provider for specific details of your plan’s coverage.