How Much Does Bat Removal Cost?
$231 - $668
$231 - $668
Updated December 13, 2021Written by HomeAdvisor.
Removing a bat costs an average of $441 with a typical range between $231 and $668. Small to medium-sized colonies run anywhere from $300 to $8,000 for removal and exclusion. In addition to removal, you’ll often need to clean up the excrement (also called guano) for an additional $600 to $8,500 depending on the size of your home, the colony and how much damage they did. An initial inspection runs $200 to $300 but usually gets credited towards the removal fees.
Humane bat removal is critically important, as bats serve a critical role in many ecosystems as predators of flying insects. Equally important is your household safety as bats are also known to carry rabies. It is critical to seek professional assistance, especially considering the health risk for both you and the bats.
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|Typical Range||$231 - $668|
|Low End - High End||$100 - $1,327|
Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 1,743 HomeAdvisor members.
Bat removal typically costs between $300 and $1,500 for most attics. They’ll charge a flat rate that includes everything from the materials to the labor. However, that’s just one step in the process. Each step has varying costs:
|Step||Average Cost||What it Entails|
|Inspection||$0 - $300||Initial survey of the site. Some pros don’t charge for an inspection while others deduct it from the cost of removal.<|
|Exclusion||$300 - $5,000+||The actual removal. The price depends on the size of the home and the colony living in it. This price usually includes sealing the entries.|
|Sealing||$150 - $500||Sealing up any entryways to prevent future bats. Most pros include this in the exclusion price but it’s always good to ask.|
|Cleanup||$600 - $5,000+||Any removal of excrement (also called guano) found. While not always required, this is hazardous work.|
|Repairs||$2,500 - $5,000||Any needed repairs, such as if guano saturates the insulation and any exposed drywall.|
The attic of a home is an incredibly appealing location for females that need a warm, protected space to raise their young. Because an attic infestation often includes more than one bat, removal can be difficult and dangerous due to possible rabies exposure.
Bat exclusion costs anywhere from $300 to $1,500 or more depending on the size of the colony, state laws and accessibility. DIY exclusion kits run from $25 to $150. Exclusion, the only humane and often legal way to remove the pests, involves four steps:
Inspection. Inspect the location for entry points, size of the colony, species of bat. The pro uses this information to determine the best way to go about the process.
Exclusion installation. Pros use tubes, netting and other tools to allow the pests to leave, but not get back in. They include the materials in your project price.
Promoting the colony to leave. Your pro might use harmless chemicals, light or sound to encourage the colony to leave. Most simply wait for your furry flying pests to leave since they eat on a nightly basis.
Sealing the entries. The final step involves removing the exclusion tools and traps and sealing the entry points so they can’t get back in.
In addition to these steps, consider installing a bat house to give them somewhere other than your home to roost.
Bat removal services are highly specialized with unique licensing and liability costs. Factors include:
Number of bats
Number of entry points
How much cleanup you need
Location of infestation and accessibility
Where you find bats, you might also run into other issues like raccoons, rats and termites. You might also get a flea infestation. But not all pest control companies deal with bats nor do bat removal pros always deal with other types of pests. If you suspect raccoons, termites or other pests that have created the holes for your flying colony, consider getting a free consultation from a pest control company near you today.
Other pests also add to the costs:
Insect control services cost $100-$300+.
Rats, mice and raccoon removal costs $175-$525.
Termite control services cost $225-$925.
Flea exterminator costs $75-$400.
Homeowners insurance typically doesn’t cover bat removal. Talk to your insurance rep to make sure, but it’s unlikely. Most companies consider it a maintenance issue. Bats can squeeze in holes as little as three-eighths of an inch wide and it's your responsibility as a homeowner to plug or screen all entry points.
The location of the colony plays a significant role in bat exclusion costs. The actual amount varies enough that we can't give a useful range. However, expect to pay less for easily accessed areas, like attics. Chimneys and walls might run a little higher since it’s hard to both access and clean.
The size of your infestation plays the largest role in the final price. The average colony in a typical 2-story home runs $1,000 to $5,000.
The larger the colony, the more entry points they make. The number of bat entry points increases the amount of time it takes to do a complete exclusion. Since each point requires either sealing or an exclusion device to keep them from returning, finding and setting each one up takes time.
Costs for colony sizes & entry points include:
1 bat with a single entry point: $100-$300
2-50 bats with multiple entry points: $300-$1,500
50-200+ bats and multiple entries: $1,500-$8,000
Bat guano is another term for bat excrement or feces. It’ll cost anywhere from $600 to $8,500 to remove guano from your home depending on the size of the house and the extent and duration of the infestation.
|Single story||$600 - $3,000|
|Two story||$1,400 - $5,500|
|Three story||$1,400 - $8,500|
A few things to note about guano cleanup:
Not every situation requires removal. Talk to your professional to see if the location and quantity are worth removing.
Wait to clean it up until the bats have left. Anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to make sure the exclusion repairs work.
It’s extremely important to have a professional clean up bat guano. Bat guano can cause histoplasmosis, which is an infection resulting from breathing in spores of a fungus that grows on bat and bird droppings. The spores usually only become airborne during the cleanup process or renovation construction.
Restoring your attic costs anywhere from $2,500 to $5,000 or more after you’ve excluded the pests and cleaned any guano. You’ll need to consider restoring the insulation and sometimes the wall and floor coverings.
Installing new insulation costs $1,700-$2,100.
Blown in attic insulation costs $950-$2,100.
Installing drywall costs $1,000-$2,900.
Bat houses cost $100-$2,700, with labor adding another $100-$500 or free if you can hang it yourself. Placing one of these human-made structures on your property, away from your home, gives these vital creatures an alternative roosting space. But a couple points to note before you call the handyman:
Bat houses only work about 35% of the time. The low success rate likely has to do with placement. And, while 35% isn’t great, it’s still better than zero.
Place them properly. Install them at least 100 feet from your home and at least 12 feet high.
Relocate instead of exterminating. If rabies or other diseases aren’t an issue, consider this a way to promote natural insect control.
It’s almost always a better idea to remove and exclude your bat colony rather than exterminate them. Some facts to consider:
It’s often illegal to exterminate them. Depending on the state and the type of bat, you might not have a choice.
There are no approved bat pesticides. Nonharmful bat deterrents are the only chemicals available.
Because of white noise syndrome, some species are endangered. You cannot kill them and must remove them safely and alive.
They provide excellent flying insect control. In fact, one bat eats between 6,000 and 8,000 insects in one night or about 1,200 mosquito sized insects.
Extermination poisons harm humans and pets. There are no chemicals licensed in the United States for use on bats.
Use exclusion followed by sealing entry points and providing an alternate roosting location. It’s the most effective, safe and humane way to deal with a colony.
While there are plenty of websites and DIY experts that offer free bat-removal solutions for homeowners, trying to eliminate a colony on your own is both dangerous and often futile. Before trying a DIY approach, consider the following:
Bats carry disease, namely rabies and fleas, which carry other parasites and viruses. Coming into contact without the proper protection and vaccinations puts homeowners at extreme risk.
Guano presents a serious health risk. Bat droppings are known carriers of histoplasmosis, an infectious fungus that causes lung and breathing problems.
Always hire a professional bat remediation specialist near you to inspect your home and perform all exclusion and cleanup services.
There are many unseen factors that play into the cost of bat removal, including:
Specialization. Bats are unlike other pests that are easily exterminated using chemicals or other methods.
Potential dangers. Pros are usually working in small, high up spaces. Not to mention their exposure to rabies, guano and bat bites means that insurance rates for this type of work are higher than average.
Attention to detail. Bats can fit in incredibly small spaces, which is why detecting and sealing off existing holes can take time.
Most exterminators don’t actually exterminate bats but instead drive them out with repellents and stop them from entering again with tubes and nets, a process called “exclusion.”
Bat remediation usually takes 2 to 4 days but can take as long as a week. During colder months when they hibernate, remediation can take far longer or might not be possible at all. Because chemicals are not used, you do not need to leave your house during this process.
Seal up any entry points around your home over one-quarter inch wide as bats can fit through openings three-eighths of an inch or more. Have a bat exclusion expert inspect your home for possible entry points and seal them.
Here are three signs you have a bat infestation:
Sounds. Bats crawling, squeaking and scratching at dusk or dawn.
Bat guano. Bat feces found around the home. Have an inspection if you suspect bat guano.
Stains at entry points in the wall or around the eaves. They leave an oily residue when they enter and leave your house.
Bat deterrents include mothballs and chemical repellents which contain naphthalene. Electronic audio and light deterrents claim to confuse and repel the flying creatures, with some mixed reviews.