Deceased Animal Removal & Decontamination

Picture of dead rat

Is there a dead animal in your attic, house, or on your land that requires dead animal removal services? Do you have any living animals that have made their home in your attic? Contact us today to learn more about our animal removal services. It’s time to bid farewell to unwanted animals, both dead and alive.

When local wildlife decides to make a nest in your home or office, you can only expect disaster. Wild animals can cause significant damage to a home or business, which can be overwhelming to a homeowner or business owner.

Furthermore, they may leave contaminated waste behind, which seeps into the structure of the building and poses a health risk to everyone nearby.

Fortunately, our pre-qualified nuisance animals experts can assist with the removal of dead animals and the decontamination of affected areas. We also assist with cleaning and restoring wildlife-infested attics, including the replacement of ruined insulation.

Why Have Wild Animals Died In My Home?

Photo of dead rat decaying in atticMany animals die in houses because they are unable to move or because they have been injured. Injured animals will isolate themselves from other animals. This is because they are afraid of being killed by predators or being injured accidentally by other animals.

All animals require constant care from their parents at some point in their lives. However, in some cases, such as the death of a parent, there may be no one to care for the animals, which means there is no one to find food for them or keep them safe. This renders the young children defenseless and vulnerable to harm.

Poisoned animals prefer to stay indoors to avoid the agony that comes with poisoning. They may be found in dark corners or isolated locations such as basements, under cupboards, and attics. Animal control poisons may cause the poisoning, or it could simply be a case of food poisoning from eating contaminated grain or foods. That is why, rather than poisoning, wildlife infestations should be humanely excluded or trapped.

Common Locations Dead Wildlife Are Found

  • Attics
  • In the shadows of porches
  • Yards
  • Floating in Swimming Pools
  • Crawlspaces
  • Walls
  • Below the floorboards

Signs That An Animal Has Died In Your Home

Picture of raccoon dead in backyardWhile a foul odor could be caused by mold, it is frequently an indication that you have a dead animal trapped somewhere. Because it can take months for a dead animal to decompose, it’s best to contact an expert as soon as possible to see what they can do to help.

If you notice a new stain that you can’t explain, it could be caused by the decomposing animal. It could also be an indication that you have other animals or insects living in your home.

Flies and other insects feed on the remains of dead animals. If you’re having insect problems regularly, it could be a sign that there’s a dead animal in the house.

Dangers Of Deceased Wildlife In The Home

Dead animals have been linked to the spread of human disease and may pose a risk to employees, students, and visitors.

The most significant risk associated with dead animals is the potential for disease transmission to humans via live animal parasites (fleas and ticks). Most wild animals are parasitized by fleas and ticks, which feed, breed, and live on them. Fleas and ticks both have itchy bites and can spread disease. Because these parasites actively seek a live host and may be abundant on the animal or in the immediate area, the risk of exposure to fleas and ticks increases when handling dead animals. Only trained wildlife removal technicians should handle dead animals. 1Go To Source -“Dead Animal Hazards”

Dead Animal Carcass Removal Process

  1. Step 1: The first step is to locate the source of the animal carcass’s odor. Wildlife professionals are equipped with specialized equipment (ex. infrared cameras) that will allow them to discover the dead animal quicker.
  2. Step 2: Next, the wild animal control technician will consider the architecture of the structure. This is crucial because it will determine how the animal can be reached and determine if the technician will need to tear apart walls to reach the carcass.
  3. Step 3: Now that all the required information is gathered, the wildlife control professional will formulate a plan to remove the animal. The plan will be cleared with the property owner to ensure everyone is on the same page.
  4. Step 4: The next step is to execute the dead animal removal plan that is tailored specifically to your property. The deceased animal will be removed using hazard-proof equipment to prevent the spread of disease and bacteria.
  5. Step 5: After the dead animal is removed, the wildlife control expert will inspect the infected area to determine if decontamination is necessary.
  6. Step 6: If attic restoration or cleanup services are needed, homeowners will be provided with the best decontamination options. They will also be provided the extent of the damage and educated on the risks involved with handling dangerous materials such as contaminated insulation, wildlife feces, and other hazards.

Dead Animal Cleanup

The cleanup process is designed to eliminate all manure, dirt, debris, and contaminated items that can’t be disinfected. This will allow detergents and disinfectants to be applied to all surfaces. Because the presence of organic material (feces, urine, blood) reduces the effectiveness of disinfectants, this is the most crucial step in the cleanup process.

Using a cleaner/sanitizer or detergent compound, nuisance animal technicians will flush all droppings and organic material from the infested areas. After cleaning, the detergent or sanitizer must be rinsed entirely or washed away. 2Go To Source -“Decontamination of Sites & Carcasses”

Are You In Need Of Dead Animal Removal?

Most animal control officers will refuse to enter your home or property to remove a dead animal.

The carcass can cause health hazards, insect infestations, stains, and lingering odors, and it can also lead to health hazards, insect infestations, stains, and lingering odors. Individuals should not handle a dead animal that has been discovered in their home or yard.

Residents should contact Animals Happen to connect with local wildlife removal experts trained to safely dispose of dead animals to prevent the spread of diseases and parasites. Animal carcasses will be removed, along with the dangers and potential pest infestations that come with them. If you believe a wild animal has passed away inside your home, give us a call at 833-633-1120.



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