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#5932662 - 06/21/17 10:15 AM ADC Pricing Advice
ahb70 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/05/16
Posts: 9
Loc: VT
Just wondering what others charge for ADC work?
Do you charge per hour, or per animal?
It would be helpful if rates were posted.
I am in Vt and have no idea what to charge.
I was thinking charging per catch.

200.00 beaver

100.00 skunk

100.00 woodchuck

100.00 coon

50.00 squirrel

I was doing it as a courtesy, as well as to secure more trapping land. But now the phone is ringing and I feel I should get some compensation.

Any advice is appreciated.

Thank you!

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#5932805 - 06/21/17 02:13 PM Re: ADC Pricing Advice [Re: ahb70]
Getting There Offline
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Registered: 09/29/12
Posts: 492
Loc: West Michigan
Your phone will do a lot of ringing when you work for nothing. A lot of things will change when you start charging. Is this going to be a full time job or a part time job. It will depend on your service area and a ton of other factors. When money hits the table you have a lot of other responsibly to the customers and to other that are in this type of work. There are a lot of cost that go into the cost of running a business. I get about 85% of the jobs I look at. But you have to remember I am in a rural area. Not much help, but I am sure the full time guys will jump in. One thing I never do is try and under cut the competition. I just do my best to give better service.


Edited by Getting There (06/21/17 02:17 PM)
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#5932867 - 06/21/17 03:35 PM Re: ADC Pricing Advice [Re: ahb70]
Hoppytrapsfur Offline
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Registered: 12/29/06
Posts: 662
Loc: Central Florida
I closed, well sold my pest control business 10 yrs. ago, back then my pricing was in residential areas, not rural, no beaver.

Skunks. $100.

Squirrels, raccoons, groundhog, $35

Bats. $100.

Honey bees. $100.

Remember most states require permits and or licenses, insurance, etc.




You aren't on the trap line either. You have to Humanely Euthanize them off propert, permits are usually required for that also.

Do lots of research before you start can get yourself in BIG trouble with the game people.


Retired from fire dept, trapping and loving it here in FL. Have snared a few Armordilla for friends.


Best wishes

Hoppy
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#5933298 - 06/22/17 04:52 AM Re: ADC Pricing Advice [Re: ahb70]
TDHP Offline
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Registered: 10/19/14
Posts: 776
Loc: Massachusetts
$50 squirrels? Minimum $275 and from there the price goes ^. 9 out of 10 times you'll need to do some type of seal up unless homeowner or yourself has no interest in that type of work.

I'd do some homework "research" on this matter because you need to be able to justify your price with your skill level. Someone telling you what to charge can jam you up the long run.


Edited by TDHP (06/22/17 04:53 AM)
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#5934021 - 06/22/17 10:29 PM Re: ADC Pricing Advice [Re: ahb70]
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 1131
Loc: Central IA
There is a big reason why we dont post our rates on here...will be way too many opinions expressed and we all charge diff than each other...come to a wct seminar and talk in person
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#5934762 - 06/23/17 10:32 PM Re: ADC Pricing Advice [Re: ahb70]
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Registered: 02/23/14
Posts: 5651
Loc: Louisiana
I had the same question, and so did many others when they were first starting. Most of us got the same type of answer that wasn't very clear. It was usually something like "it depends".


While that may seem frustrating, it's true. What works for me may not work for you. The answer to how much you should charge is how much do YOU need to charge to be competitive while still being profitable and honest. You need to figure out who your clients will be, what services you're going to offer, how much it will cost you to do it, and how valuable do you feel like your services are worth.


My prices change job by job, because I don't know how much one job will need to be compared to another job down the road. You'll need to put pencil to paper to figure out your answer. You definitely want to be profitable (that's the point) while offering fair prices for you both.

Be flexible and always get paid what you're worth.


Good luck!
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#5934778 - 06/23/17 11:21 PM Re: ADC Pricing Advice [Re: ahb70]
Boco Offline
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Registered: 08/08/11
Posts: 13026
Loc: james bay frontierOnt.
I am a beaver control trapper.When I worked as an exclusive full time agent for a company,I was paid $30\hr and $100\day per diem.Full benefits also.Company supplied all equipment and vehicle.
Freelancing Its $75 per beaver and $.45\km milage.

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#5934971 - 06/24/17 10:19 AM Re: ADC Pricing Advice [Re: ahb70]
BillyTraps Offline
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Registered: 08/26/16
Posts: 279
Loc: eastern washington
Where I live..
If I needed a plumber to glue plastic pipes together, he would charge about $70 hr
If I needed carpenter to hit his thumb with a hammer, he would charge about $70 hr
If I needed an electrician to check my shorts, he would charge about $70 hr
Q: so what should I expect to pay a professional, with license and insurance, to remove nuisance wildlife?
A: more $$$ than those examples, because the job requires more skill and harder work.

just my opinion

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#5935000 - 06/24/17 11:16 AM Re: ADC Pricing Advice [Re: ahb70]
Boco Offline
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Registered: 08/08/11
Posts: 13026
Loc: james bay frontierOnt.
Charge what you want,Just saying what I work\worked for.I made a good living,and got a good pension out of it to boot.Doing the freelance you obviously have to charge more because you have all the overhead and have to provide for your own pension,benefits etc,unlike when hired on as an exclusive agent.

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#5935222 - 06/24/17 07:06 PM Re: ADC Pricing Advice [Re: ahb70]
Jim Bethell Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 932
Loc: Woodhull, Illinois 74
The difference in animals bothers me a lot. It cost me just as much to catch and dispose of a coon as it does a skunk. It takes just as much gas, wear on tires, insurance to catch a ground hog as a skunk. Why would you charge less for one than the other.

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#5935375 - 06/25/17 01:44 AM Re: ADC Pricing Advice [Re: ahb70]
TONY.F Offline
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Registered: 03/02/14
Posts: 2124
Loc: N.C MO
those rates seam high but the cost of doing business is high in its self do you all guarantee your work? by that I mean if john doe calls and says I have coons knocking over my trash cans do you guarantee to fix the problem and for how long? I know you cant say forever because eventually new ones will disperse in,or heck it might be a different critter all together. I was always scared to charge for a nuisance job always figured it was like selling air! the un forseen can make you look bad! when actually your in the right but the general public has no idea what is truelly going on
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#5936280 - 06/26/17 09:27 AM Re: ADC Pricing Advice [Re: Jim Bethell]
Uwe Offline
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Registered: 11/10/16
Posts: 95
Loc: Wisconsin, USA
Originally Posted By: Jim Bethell
The difference in animals bothers me a lot. It cost me just as much to catch and dispose of a coon as it does a skunk. It takes just as much gas, wear on tires, insurance to catch a ground hog as a skunk. Why would you charge less for one than the other.


Could it have something to do with free market, like supply and demand?
You can probably find somebody to trap a raccoon or a ground hog for little money all day long, but fewer people may be inclined to trap a skunk for that. It also has to do with how inclined the client is to pay a certain amount for an animal's removal. A person may be more eager to get rid of a skunk because it smells bad and they don't want to get themselves or their dogs sprayed by a skunk. A ground hog somewhere under a pile of wood in the yard is way less concerning. A skunk den under the front porch is nothing people want to put up with. So there.

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#5936284 - 06/26/17 09:30 AM Re: ADC Pricing Advice [Re: TONY.F]
Uwe Offline
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Registered: 11/10/16
Posts: 95
Loc: Wisconsin, USA
Originally Posted By: TONY.F
those rates seam high but the cost of doing business is high in its self do you all guarantee your work? by that I mean if john doe calls and says I have coons knocking over my trash cans do you guarantee to fix the problem and for how long? I know you cant say forever because eventually new ones will disperse in,or heck it might be a different critter all together. I was always scared to charge for a nuisance job always figured it was like selling air! the un forseen can make you look bad! when actually your in the right but the general public has no idea what is truelly going on


No! Because you can't, period.
Does the weather man guaranty you the sun will shine tomorrow?

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#5937061 - 06/27/17 08:21 AM Re: ADC Pricing Advice [Re: ahb70]
ahb70 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/05/16
Posts: 9
Loc: VT
Thanks to all for the feedback.
It has given me some things to consider.

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#5937174 - 06/27/17 11:48 AM Re: ADC Pricing Advice [Re: ahb70]
TONY.F Offline
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Registered: 03/02/14
Posts: 2124
Loc: N.C MO
Nuisance removal has always been of interest to me. But the general population in this area will not pay to have any critters removed. As long as it isn't destroying things right under their noses they could care less. But honestly I feel like a scab when I don't get something out of the ordeal. And quite honestly its a one and done operation if I don't at least get trapping rites on their property. But I know how much it cost to run a buisness. So im not going to step on toes by undercutting the guy that forks out the major cash to operate a company. As of now their isn't a nuisance removal company within 100 miles from me. So im not stealing food of any ones plate
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#5937254 - 06/27/17 02:50 PM Re: ADC Pricing Advice [Re: ahb70]
bobsheedy Offline
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Registered: 04/17/08
Posts: 1448
Loc: Albany, NY

Your pricing will depend on your location--urban, suburban, rural. Also take into consideration the distance from home. I think the beaver price is too high unless you're dealing with rich people from NYC. How much can a dairy farmer really spend? The squirrel will take about as much work as your other animals. PM me if you need to.

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#5937814 - 06/28/17 07:50 AM Re: ADC Pricing Advice [Re: Uwe]
Michigan Trappin Offline
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Registered: 05/20/14
Posts: 2934
Loc: MI
Originally Posted By: Uwe
Originally Posted By: Jim Bethell
The difference in animals bothers me a lot. It cost me just as much to catch and dispose of a coon as it does a skunk. It takes just as much gas, wear on tires, insurance to catch a ground hog as a skunk. Why would you charge less for one than the other.


Could it have something to do with free market, like supply and demand?
You can probably find somebody to trap a raccoon or a ground hog for little money all day long, but fewer people may be inclined to trap a skunk for that. It also has to do with how inclined the client is to pay a certain amount for an animal's removal. A person may be more eager to get rid of a skunk because it smells bad and they don't want to get themselves or their dogs sprayed by a skunk. A ground hog somewhere under a pile of wood in the yard is way less concerning. A skunk den under the front porch is nothing people want to put up with. So there.


^^^^^^^^^^^ yep

Skunks require a little more risk to the ADC operator too, I use open cages for skunk trapping just like raccoons (because I have had zero success with enclosed traps). Walking up and grabbing a cage with a raccoon in it and putting it in the back of the truck, that don't work with a skunk, they tend to spray you if you do it like that. You need to take the time to cover it, then you need to transport it, then release or euthanize it. Each step requires risk on the operators part because if it sprays now you have some cleanup cos too. Cousin bob can catch that raccoon and relocate it, but he will not take care of a skunk in a trap


Beavers are more work than raccoon too. Beaver work is hash all not in the customer back yard under the bird feeder

And resetting a 330 takes longer than putting a new cage trap down. Pricing is the hardest part of ADC work, because if you are going to do it full time. You need to make a full time wage. So it's not a "well it only takes a few minutes to set a cage trap and then pick it up and dispose of the animal"

Typical single raccoon causing problem:
Customer calls and takes 15 minutes to discuss their issue with you
Drive to customers house 10-50 minutes
Discuss at site the raccoon problem, write contract, set and bait cage, customer hand-holding as you explain everything they want to know 15-45 minutes
Return next day to pick up raccoon, talk with customer, get payment for raccoon 15-20 min
(No time added for driving to pick up as it should be in route for day)
After you return home for the day you need to take care of raccoon, release or euthanize & dispose 15 minutes, and clean cage and reload in truck
So this is basic easy raccoon job : 1 hour minimum to 2 hours

So how much per hour. Oh and is that raccoon job going to be the 1 hour or 2 job, do you know before you price it? Or do you decide to charge for an average if 1.5 hours per raccoon ?

Oh wait you have to record the capture and keep records of it 10 minutes for administrative time

What about the time on the phone with the person that decided not to hire you, or worse the one that had you come out to the house and didn't hire you. (Someone has to pay for that)

Insurance? Advertising? Phone? Vehicle cost ?

$69-$100 hour is what may cover all above costs for that raccoon

So cost to capture one raccoon $138-$200

And the customer sees you at their house for maybe 25-45 minutes

SEE WHY EVERYONE SAYS " it depends"

Some operators numbers are lower some are higher. This is just an example, hope it helps
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#5937836 - 06/28/17 08:20 AM Re: ADC Pricing Advice [Re: ahb70]
Michigan Trappin Offline
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Registered: 05/20/14
Posts: 2934
Loc: MI
And in the north you have 7-8 months to make 12 months of wages
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#5937875 - 06/28/17 09:24 AM Re: ADC Pricing Advice [Re: ahb70]
Uwe Offline
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Registered: 11/10/16
Posts: 95
Loc: Wisconsin, USA
very well said Michigan Trappin!

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#5938065 - 06/28/17 01:41 PM Re: ADC Pricing Advice [Re: ahb70]
AirportTrapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/18/16
Posts: 341
Loc: Louisiana
I no longer charge per animal. I give a flat rate based on my overhead and profit I want to make. Head count can cost you money. Like when a homeowner calls and the mother raccoon has moved on because they beat on the walls. Or landowner shoots the beaver so you don't catch as many. Too many things to vary as said that will determine what YOU should charge. Good luck
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