(WKOW) -- It can happen any time. A mouse, a bat or some other unwanted creature finds its way into your house and starts making itself at home.
In our Angie's List report, Angie's List founder Angie hicks explains, you need to act quickly, but getting the animal out is only part of the job. "If you have unwanted guests in your home - raccoons, squirrels, mice - you want to get rid of them right away because not only is their waste dangerous to your health, but also they can do a lot of damage, whether chewing through insulation or even chewing through wiring, which could be a fire hazard," says Hicks.
Animal removal expert Cory McClung has been removing animals, bats, birds and rodents from homes for years. He loves it because every day is different, but says you always need to be careful. "If you're removing an animal that has young, they're going to be the most aggressive," says McClung. "A mother raccoon is going to be very upset that you're in her area with her young."
To give you an idea of price, if the removal workers can get your pest out on the first try, Angie's List reports the cost will be about $250. Some companies charge per visit and even per animal, so ask how pricing works before you hire.
Even after critters are caught, there's still work to be done. "You need to find out how they were getting into your home so you can seal it properly so you don't have them back," says Hicks.
"We'll repair the immediate hole where the animal was getting in active, and then we will show the customer other high-risk entry points on the home that we can work on to stop a future problem," says McClung. "If you can put a number two pencil through it, a mouse can get through it." That work will likely cost extra. Some companies don't offer repair work, so find out the range of services prior to hiring.
A permit is required to transport wild animals off of your property, so Angie's List cautions against removing wildlife on your own.