Death is a debt to nature which will ultimately be paid by every living organism. The price of time on this earth, whether for humans or animals is an eventual death. Animals die in and around your home for a myriad of reasons. Nature can be cruel; a racoon or an opossum may meet a violent end, but sometimes animals sneak into your home and simply cannot get out. Whether a deer dies in your yard or a rat dies behind a wall of your home, you need to remove the carcass as soon as possible.
If they can help it, animals do not tend to die out in the open; they often attempt to find a well-hidden spot that will afford them some peace and tranquility as they pass. Your nose will most likely alert you to the hidden carcass inside or near your home. This animal passing serves many other organisms in their fight for survival. The carcass quickly becomes food for some creatures and a prime breeding ground for others. Flies, beetles, worms, vultures, and other scavengers feast on the remains of the dead. Along with the ghastly odor of the animal carcass, the pests feeding on it can cause additional complications in your home. The rate of decomposition varies with location and temperature conditions, but generally speaking, removing the animal quickly is always the best policy.
You should take caution when dealing with dead animals yourself. The bodies and liquids of some dead animals can spread disease and parasites. Always wear protective equipment such as gloves and a respirator when removing dead animals. Many localities have regulations regarding disposal of animal carcasses including burial depth and proximity to water.
By quickly removing the carcass of the animal, you limit your exposure to disease, odor, and insect infestations. The professionals at Nextgen Pest Solutions have the experience and the fortitude to safely and ethically remove the animal corpse from your home or yard.
Who to Call for Dead Animal Removal
Under certain circumstances, a government agency may remove dead animals. If the dead animal you are concerned about is on the road, and considered “roadkill”, contact your local sanitation department. The sanitation department or the Department of Transportation have the responsibility to keep the roads cleared.
If the species you have found is endangered or the manner of death seems usual or unique, you may contact your local wildlife department. If they would like to study the specimen, they will send a team to pick it up.
Veterinarians are the experts at dealing with deceased pets. Please do not call animal control for a deceased pet. Many veterinarians have incinerators to cremate the body and provide you with the ashes for memorial if you desire.
In most all other circumstances, you are responsible for the animal that has died in or near your home. As this is not within the realm of everyday home repair or maintenance, many people prefer to hire this job out. Commercial Nuisance Wildlife Control Professionals, such as those at Nextgen Pest Solutions, can come in and eliminate the issue quickly and efficiently. Our training and experience ensures the job is done with as little interruption to your life as possible.
Dead Rat Smell in the Wall
If you have ever had a rat infestation, likely the most memorable part of the episode is the dreadful odor of a dead rat. What begins as, “Hmmm, what is that smell?” quickly escalates to nausea inducing nose searing horror. Most rats weigh less than 1 pound. The amount of stench that emanates off this relatively small mammal is mind boggling, and it may last for weeks unless you can remove the carcass.
Rats dying in the walls is most commonly associated with the use of rat bait indoors or in the attic, rather than attempting to trap the rats. As the rats become ill, they go to the most remote corners of the attic and often fall down a wall void. Once the smell emanates throughout the entire area, it is very difficult to pinpoint the exact location of the carcass. We have seen homeowners break through multiple pieces of drywall before calling us to find the rat in the wall. Our animal removal specialists have experience following the rat scent and other clues to locate and remove the rat from the wall.
Once the carcass is removed, we also offer services to deodorize the area. If the carcass festered for a week or so, there will be liquid staining and spotting as a result of the carcass. A thorough clean up is necessary to ensure your home is bacteria free and ready to host Sunday dinner again.
Working daily with wildlife, we often see where nature expands the probabilities. While it is common to have rats die in hard-to-reach places, they are by no means the only animals that tend to die indoors. If they can gain access, opossums, racoons, bats, and squirrels all have a proclivity of nesting indoors. If and when they die indoors, they need to be removed immediately. Often these larger nuisance wildlife infestations require trapping and/or removal of all the living animals, removal of all carcasses and urine and fecal matter, and sealing the home so that they do not come back.
Dead Squirrel or Possum in Yard
Every nuisance wildlife situation is unique, and every homeowner has different tolerance level for what they are willing to do themselves. If the deceased animal is outdoors and is not of scientific interest to the Fish and Game Department, it is yours to fend with. Scavengers will descend upon the carcass quickly, so you should not delay making a decision. Either bury it quickly or call us to come pick it up. Our wildlife specialists are already out and about setting traps and removing critters. By quickly removing the animal, whether it’s a small squirrel or a large racoon or opossum, your children and pets can enjoy the yard once again.
Dead Animal Pickup Service
Whether the animal is inside or outside, carcasses need to be dealt with. To delay this measure invites unthinkable odor, flies, maggots, worms, vultures, crows, potential disease, and perhaps even coyotes. Nextgen Pest Services can locate and remove the hard-to-find critters and pick up the ones in the yard as well. Our mission is your complete enjoyment of your pest free home and yard.