Estimate for attic rodent exclusion

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Old 11-15-20, 11:30 AM
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Estimate for attic rodent exclusion

We have roof rats in our attic! We had an inspection yesterday (local company that combines handyman and extermination services), and I'm just trying to get a sense of whether these costs seem reasonable:
  • $1,700 for exclusion - this includes inspecting roughly 200 linear feet of roofline (under the gutters) and sealing possible entry points with galvanized flashing; sealing a hole in our cellar door; replacing screens on our exterior exhaust vents; sealing crawl vents with steel mesh; patching a hole in the roof near the entry of our utility lines; sealing a few openings in our carport closet (that lead to the roofline); setting traps in the attic and basement; checking traps for 4 weeks; and a 1-year warranty
  • $1,500 to install 200 linear feet of gutter guards (includes a gutter cleaning) - we've been thinking about doing this anyway. We have a lot of tree cover, and I have to clean the gutters several times a year. From the info I got from the estimator, this isn't necessary, but it'll help ensure the roofline stays sealed. My research appears to indicate that this is in line with market cost in our area.
  • $1,600 to vacuum droppings from the plywood and beams in the attic; disinfect and deodorize the attic with a fogger; add 1600 sq feet of r10 insulation on top of existing batted insulation; and seal the pull down attic stair cover (this is more for heating cost than rodent issues)
This is our first home, and we've only been here for a year. I'm also not particularly handy. I have no frame of reference for which of these items is necessary and whether the costs are reasonable. The guy who performed the estimate seemed professional and trustworthy, and the company has great reviews. I don't have any real reason beyond my own inexperience to think I could be getting fleeced. The bottom line is that this is more than I expected to spend, and I won't feel good about it unless I've done my DD.

Let me know what y'all think. TIA!
 
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Old 11-15-20, 12:52 PM
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That amount of money will buy a lot of tools, ladders, and snap traps, thats the intend of this DIY site.

Personally no way would I spend that kind of money to resolve a relatively simple problem!
 
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Old 11-15-20, 05:46 PM
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$1700 for exclusion and pest control work seem reasonable, though it is still a lot.

$1500 for gutter guards-I have no sense of those prices but you've done your research there, so I'd feel good about it.

$1600 for vacuuming, disinfecting and deodorizing seems excessive to me. That said, I've never done that kind of work in my pest control career (retired 5 years now). It's only been in recent years that this work is being sold and performed. I haven't heard of anyone getting hantavirus or related rodent diseases anymore though I know they still exist. Just re-read that paragraph, and he is adding insulation so maybe that makes it worth it. Is he not removing the old insulation? If it's not compromised badly by droppings and tunneling, then I'd have to wonder if the vacuuming and disinfecting are needed. If you've ever felt like trying diy, then this aspect of the job may be a good one to start with. Once the roof rats are excluded and trapped out, the urgency of the situation isn't there anymore. On the other hand, if you trust the guy, and it sounds like you've done your homework, then "pay once, cry once" is also a good strategy. There's a lot to be said for getting things done and keeping life simple and focused on career, family, etc.
 
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Old 11-15-20, 07:24 PM
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Thank you both for the replies! I am going to try and get another estimate ASAP for peace of mind purposes.

There's a lot to be said for getting things done and keeping life simple and focused on career, family, etc.
That's pretty much where I'm at with the exclusion/pest control work. I do realize this is a DIY site. I'm fairly confident that I could seal the cellar door, hole near the utility line, the carport closet, etc. and install new mesh on the vents. And set traps, of course. But I'm less confident about the roof lining. I work 50-60 hours/week and make decent money, and I definitely see the value in paying a bit more money to have things taken care of and off my mind.

Re: the gutter covers - at the rate I'm going, I'll have to get on the roof and clean the gutters out at least 4 times per year. Maybe more. If I hired someone to do it, my sense is that it wouldn't take long to get to the $1,500 it'll cost to have covers installed. So once again, "pay once, cry once."

I am leaning towards DIY on the cleaning and sanitation. I think we caught this problem quite early - we started hearing noise in the attic maybe a week and a half ago. The insulation seems to be in good shape. I think the wife and I can tackle this and save the $1,600. That takes a lot of the sting out of this whole thing.

Thank you both again for the feedback.
 
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Old 11-16-20, 12:08 AM
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Ill give you an option for the gutters, Ive been using Gutter Guard products for the past 10 years and have found it to be one of the easiest and most cost effective products. Runs about $1 per foot, lasts about 10 years and super simple to install!
 
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