Wild animals enter homes and businesses in search of food, warmth, and shelter from predators and the harsh outdoor elements. Oftentimes, an animal is wounded or nearing the end of its life when it ventures indoors. An animal carcass rotting in the attic or walls of your home can result in a terrible odor that can linger long after the dead animal is removed. Here are some effective methods for removing a dead animal smell from your home.
Locate and Remove the Dead Animal
Obviously, the fastest way to reduce the overpowering stench of a dead animal is to dispose of it. However, this is easier said than done. It can often prove difficult to locate the source of the smell when it seems to fill every part of your home. Trained and experienced, a pest removal specialist can be of great assistance in your search for the dead animal. They can successfully locate even the tiniest of invasive animals by using tools that check the attic and wall crawl spaces that pests like to frequent.
Neutralize the Smell with Chemicals
Over-the-counter household cleaners and home remedies that can provide relief from foul dead animal odors include:
- Bleach – a powerful chemical that kills many microorganisms, bleach is almost too powerful as it can stain surfaces and cause an overwhelming odor of its own.
- Baking soda – commonly used to freshen and cleanse refrigerators of foul smells, baking soda can be mixed with water to create a cleaning substance helpful in reducing surface-level odors.
- Enzyme-rich cleaners – a non-toxic protein, enzymes isolate and dissolve odorous molecules.
While these cleaners may help to neutralize the smell of a dead animal, they may not completely eradicate all of the harmful contaminants dead wildlife contain.
Hazardous Dead Animal Risks
A decomposing carcass can seep disease-causing bacteria into the drywall, insulation, and wooden structures of your home. Such bacteria can contaminate your home and infect your loved ones. To ensure all harmful traces of the dead animal are removed, you should rely on the industry-strength solutions of professional pest removal experts.
Professional Dead Animal Cleaning and Decontamination
After locating and removing the dead animal’s carcass, our team of experts will clean up any mess and repair any damage that the animal caused while still alive. We will also reduce future infestations by sealing-off any access points that the animal could have used to gain entry into your home.