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Starting a nuisance removal business #7002377
09/27/20 08:14 PM
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I have been putting some thought into starting my own nuisance removal business. I have done a few small jobs over the years trapping beavers in ponds and raccoons and skunks around peopleís property, but I havenít ever really publicized it much . I do work a full time job, so it would be more of a side gig. Donít get me wrong I would love to do it full time because I just love to trap , but it would have to really grow for me to give up my everyday job. I would be happy just to get a few extra jobs to bring in the extra money here and there . With that said I am getting some business cards made to hand out and a few shirts and stuff like that made . So for all you guy and gals out there that have done this , what are your thoughts on doing this ?

Re: Starting a nuisance removal business [Re: porkchop024] #7002389
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Iím considering the same side hustle. Best of luck... I hope to learn form the responses also.


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Re: Starting a nuisance removal business [Re: porkchop024] #7002391
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My thoughts are that the bigger money is in exclusion. Bats are huge too.

Better yet, excluding bats. People tip big for bat work.

I do it as a side gig when it isn't cold. My carpentry skills combined with critter knowledge makes way more than just trapping.

Beaver are easy here. I generally push people off a bit till I have two or three jobs at once. Leave the dock, set seven or eight traps, $150/ beaver and I have a good night. Two checks and done hopefully. My 22 mag has also paid for itself ten times over.








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Re: Starting a nuisance removal business [Re: DelawareRob] #7002406
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Originally Posted by DelawareRob
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I’m considering the same side hustle. Best of luck... I hope to learn form the responses also.

If you think nuisance work is a "side hustle" your going into it behind the eight ball already.Wrong attitude.I have trapped all my life,,and been running my own nuisance controll business for the past 28 years.You have a huge responsibility when taking on nuisance work.Nuisance work entails a LOT more than setting a few mink traps on the creek bank.Thats all Im going to say.

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Re: Starting a nuisance removal business [Re: Hutchy] #7002414
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I have never trapped bats. Iím sure there is good money in it , but I just never hear of anybody around here having bat problems . Would definitely give it a try if I got a call , but I wouldnít know where to start to trap them . Most of the jobs I have got calls from are from beavers . I see you charge per beaver you catch . Thatís what I also have been doing . I feel itís fairest for the landowner and the trapper . Although I do also charge a set up fee if I set a trap, but I do give them a free look around . Sometimes I donít see sign and I will tell them that I donít feel like they are there but if they insist on me setting a trap , they will be charged a set up fee of 100 dollars .

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Originally Posted by upstateNY
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I’m considering the same side hustle. Best of luck... I hope to learn form the responses also.

If you think nuisance work is a "side hustle" your going into it behind the eight ball already.Wrong attitude.I have trapped all my life,,and been running my own nuisance control business for the past 28 years.You have a huge responsibility when taking on nuisance work.Nuisance work entails a LOT more than setting a few mink traps on the creek bank.Thats all Im going to say.


My situation and where I live makes evenings and weekends possible.

I wouldn't know a lot of places I could make it work as part time like I do

Re: Starting a nuisance removal business [Re: porkchop024] #7002419
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The better money is in the repairs and prevention(exclusion)

Your ability to do well or go full time probably has more to do with your proximity to a large enough human population than anything else.


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Re: Starting a nuisance removal business [Re: upstateNY] #7002421
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Originally Posted by upstateNY
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I’m considering the same side hustle. Best of luck... I hope to learn form the responses also.

If you think nuisance work is a "side hustle" your going into it behind the eight ball already.Wrong attitude.I have trapped all my life,,and been running my own nuisance control business for the past 28 years.You have a huge responsibility when taking on nuisance work.Nuisance work entails a LOT more than setting a few mink traps on the creek bank.Thats all Im going to say.


Oh, I agree... it is a full time job, even to be part time.

That is why I said considering, it would be super hard to do that without it being a primary business.

I could do it as a once here or there thing for small things, or more than likely, just tell people to call my friend Bud, who does it professionally.

Because they pay him for his knowledge and experience
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Re: Starting a nuisance removal business [Re: upstateNY] #7002423
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Originally Posted by upstateNY
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I’m considering the same side hustle. Best of luck... I hope to learn form the responses also.

If you think nuisance work is a "side hustle" your going into it behind the eight ball already.Wrong attitude.I have trapped all my life,,and been running my own nuisance control business for the past 28 years.You have a huge responsibility when taking on nuisance work.Nuisance work entails a LOT more than setting a few mink traps on the creek bank.Thats all Im going to say.



I understand fully what you are saying . And I would love to do it full time . And maybe it will come to that . For right now just getting started out I canít afford to quit my main income in hopes of it working . The people I have done jobs for have seemed to be please , because they are returning customers over the years.

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Originally Posted by porkchop024
I have never trapped bats. Iím sure there is good money in it , but I just never hear of anybody around here having bat problems . Would definitely give it a try if I got a call , but I wouldnít know where to start to trap them . Most of the jobs I have got calls from are from beavers . I see you charge per beaver you catch . Thatís what I also have been doing . I feel itís fairest for the landowner and the trapper . Although I do also charge a set up fee if I set a trap, but I do give them a free look around . Sometimes I donít see sign and I will tell them that I donít feel like they are there but if they insist on me setting a trap , they will be charged a set up fee of 100 dollars .



Normally always charge for your time.

I charge per critter because I am cocky enough to think I can always pull it off.

I have never once had a complaint about a bill, but I will charge for gas if it takes longer. I also have regulars who just want me to keep their island and docks beaver free. I don't even ask, just trap them if I see a problem. And send the bill.

Re: Starting a nuisance removal business [Re: Hutchy] #7002428
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I have never trapped bats. Iím sure there is good money in it , but I just never hear of anybody around here having bat problems . Would definitely give it a try if I got a call , but I wouldnít know where to start to trap them . Most of the jobs I have got calls from are from beavers . I see you charge per beaver you catch . Thatís what I also have been doing . I feel itís fairest for the landowner and the trapper . Although I do also charge a set up fee if I set a trap, but I do give them a free look around . Sometimes I donít see sign and I will tell them that I donít feel like they are there but if they insist on me setting a trap , they will be charged a set up fee of 100 dollars .



Normally always charge for your time.

I charge per critter because I am cocky enough to think I can always pull it off.

I have never once had a complaint about a bill, but I will charge for gas if it takes longer. I also have regulars who just want me to keep their island and docks beaver free. I don't even ask, just trap them if I see a problem. And send the bill.



Do you charge a certain rate per hour ? Or per week ? I just feel like if I charge them for a service , and donít have anything to show them for my work , then they feel ripped off or took advantage of . Thatís why I have charged per nuisance in the past .

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I know a few people that do nuisance work here in MS. They charge by the hour.

Re: Starting a nuisance removal business [Re: upstateNY] #7002433
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Originally Posted by upstateNY
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I’m considering the same side hustle. Best of luck... I hope to learn form the responses also.

If you think nuisance work is a "side hustle" your going into it behind the eight ball already.Wrong attitude.I have trapped all my life,,and been running my own nuisance control business for the past 28 years.You have a huge responsibility when taking on nuisance work.Nuisance work entails a LOT more than setting a few mink traps on the creek bank.Thats all Im going to say.


^ This. I've been at it 31 years this year. In that time, there has been just 24 days I did not have traps to check. It's hard to really explain to someone that doesn't do this exactly what it entails. I will say like the other people have already stated, there is a bunch more money to be made doing the exclusion and repair work, than the trapping aspect of it. I enjoy the trapping part, (and don't want to become a carpenter), and am lucky enough to have a couple excellent contractor companies that I can refer, and co-ordinate with to do the larger repairs.

Re: Starting a nuisance removal business [Re: porkchop024] #7002435
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I found that the cost of liability insurance was way too high for a part time business.
Some specialties mentioned here that are needed; bat exclusions, squirrel exclusions, removal of coons and flying squirrels from chimneys, skunks without spray, nuisance beaver, snake removal, just to name a few.

Re: Starting a nuisance removal business [Re: porkchop024] #7002441
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I've learned the lesson about free consults/estimates. If I attend a site there's a set up and consultation fee. I've been burned by the odd individual looking to get set on the right path after already making a mess with their walmart cage traps. I like charging by the animal, it keeps you focused on solving the problem not making a wage. That fee might also include vehicle mileage, travel time, a bait and lure fee, relocation of incidentals, and exclusion work. I'm a little cocky too Hutchy and don't mind a little gamble, sometimes the payoff is big other times you're humbled, lol. I've never advertised at all, my work has all been word of mouth (and good networking) but if I wanted to go big I would rely heavily on the internet and social media.

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Do you charge a certain rate per hour ? Or per week ? I just feel like if I charge them for a service , and donít have anything to show them for my work , then they feel ripped off or took advantage of . Thatís why I have charged per nuisance in the past . [/quote]

No hourly rate. I charge what I think is fair and explain it on the bill.

I have knocked out six beaver at one job in a night.

I didn't charge $900. I charged $750. Had about four hours into the job, so I felt that was more fair.

That said, you should develop some kind of pay structure so you look more professional

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Originally Posted by Crit-R-Dun
I've learned the lesson about free consults/estimates. If I attend a site there's a set up and consultation fee. I've been burned by the odd individual looking to get set on the right path after already making a mess with their walmart cage traps. I like charging by the animal, it keeps you focused on solving the problem not making a wage. That fee might also include vehicle mileage, travel time, a bait and lure fee, relocation of incidentals, and exclusion work. I'm a little cocky too Hutchy and don't mind a little gamble, sometimes the payoff is big other times you're humbled, lol. I've never advertised at all, my work has all been word of mouth (and good networking) but if I wanted to go big I would rely heavily on the internet and social media.


I hate the occasional humbling lol.

I don't advertise, although I did make cards for referrals. Everyone knows me anyway here.

I have a good deal in that I generally only work seasonal cottages on my trapline. I manage a construction company here looking after a lot of those same cottages, so no one else is doing nuisance work here too.

I do the odd bear job too. People pay big to have you haze bears with rubber bullets and stuff also. Sometimes it actually works. They pay extra to have me re train a bear to fear people and "save it's life"

Then I shoot it in hunting season anyway lol

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Thanks for all the advice so far. The pros and the cons . Thatís exactly what I was hoping to hear about. I understand itís hard work involved and Iím up for that challenge. One thing about me I have always worked extremely hard with any job I have ever done , so therefore if my dream does come true and I can have enough work to do it without having to punch a time clock , I will put all effort in it to make sure it doesnít fail. For right now Iím just testing the waters to see how it works out.

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Originally Posted by porkchop024
Thanks for all the advice so far. The pros and the cons . That’s exactly what I was hoping to hear about. I understand it’s hard work involved and I’m up for that challenge. One thing about me I have always worked extremely hard with any job I have ever done , so therefore if my dream does come true and I can have enough work to do it without having to punch a time clock , I will put all effort in it to make sure it doesn’t fail. For right now I’m just testing the waters to see how it works out.


I've done 45 and expect to hit 50 plus beaver for September and it's strictly a side hustle. I have to pinch myself, for me It's like getting paid well to go fishing.

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Do you do politicians or relatives... ??? You can probably make a fortune about now.

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