Do you have a Dead Animal in your House?

Do you have a Dead Animal in your House?

Unfortunately for many of us, our pets are not the only animals we may end up sharing our home with. Rats, mice, raccoons, squirrels, and other critters have a knack for entering and nesting in homes- in many cases, undetected. It’s hard to say which is worse- the thought of having a live rodent in your home, or a dead, rotting one. Either is unpleasant, but the latter can put you in a tricky situation. Finding, handling, and removing a dead animal in your home requires extreme caution and know-how. Follow these steps to determine what you need to do if you find a dead animal in your house.

1. Take Note of the Small Signs

At first, you might easily mistake signs of a dead animal in your home for other things. For example, you notice a new presence of ants in the house or a stain on the ceiling. You might become worried about an insect problem or water damage; but really, these are both signs of a dead animal in the house. Or, you could catch a whiff of a foul stench and dismiss it as rotten food in the garbage. But if the stench persists (it will be unbearable) then you know there’s a dead animal rotting somewhere in your house, and you’ve got to deal with it ASAP. What you are smelling is the bacteria and microscopic organisms breaking down the tissue of the deceased animal. The awful odor will be enough to make you lose your sanity! After all is said and done, you’ll want to look into professional odor removal services.

2. Sniff out the Problem

The fastest way to handle things is to follow your nose to the source of the smell. If the odor has become so repugnant that your senses are completely overwhelmed, try using a pet dog (if you have one) to sniff it out. If you are without a pet and are feeling squeamish, it would be a good idea to call in backup. The professionals at Green Rat Control can take over and locate the dead animal quickly and efficiently.

3. Check the Attic, Basement and Crawl Space

There are a few places that people most commonly uncover dead rodents: in the attic, the basement, and the crawl space. These are areas that rodents and wildlife are most attracted to because they are isolated, warm, moist and can be accessed from the exterior (without the homeowner being the wiser). In the worst-case scenario, the dead animal may be trapped inside a wall in your home.


If the smell leads you to the attic, you need dig around and investigate in the insulation. Roof rats and other rodents love to shred attic insulation and nest inside of it. If you follow your nose to the basement, look for spots where it is especially moist or where there may be a leak. Sick animals or animals near death often seek out a water source right before they die. If the stench is emanating from directly inside a wall, you’ll have to use a drywall saw to cut a hole in the wall at that point.

4. Excercise Safety Precautions or Call a Professional

When you find the dead animal carcass, you need to take safety precautions when you remove it. Always wear rubber gloves, and consider wearing a protective face mask or goggles. Place the carcass in a plastic bag. A rat, mouse, or squirrel can go out with the regular trash. Any other animal needs to be buried or incinerated. Unfortunately, the job is not yet done. Where there’s a dead animal carcass, there’s usually insects and maggots. Clean the area with enzyme-based cleaner, and remove any live maggots. Watch this video with step-by-step dead animal removal instructions from professionals!

The most important things to bear in mind when removing a dead animal are to act quickly and safely and when in doubt, contact your local professionals at Green Rat Control.

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