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Dead Animal Removal and Odor Control

Augusta, Georgia Regional Office of Rid-A-Critter

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Odor control after dead animal removal can help make your home sweet again

For everything there is a season, and all living things eventually die -- including wild animals.

Animals die inside homes for all kinds of reasons. One of the most common is that an exterminator set out poison to kill them (which is one of the reasons why we almost never use poisons, even for rat or mouse control). The old wive's tale that animals will "go outside to seek water" and die there is nonsense. Most animals die where they live, and if they live in your house, chances are that that's where they'll die.

Another reason why animals may die inside your home is if they're injured somewhere, but manage to limp their way back home before they succumb to their injuries. Again, if their home is your home, then most likely that's where they'll die. Other animals may die of illnesses inside your home, and others simply die of old age.

Whatever the reason for the animal's demise, there aren't too many things that smell worse than a dead animal's carcass. When animals or birds die inside your home, they can stink it up for weeks or even months, depending on the size and kind of animal, the temperature and humidity, and where it died.

Animal carcasses also present a health hazard. Many insects (especially flies) use dead animals' bodies as food, breeding media, or sometimes both. The insects then transfer disease-causing bacteria to wherever they happen to land next, including places like food preparation surfaces.

There's no way to get rid of a dead animal's smell and the concurrent disease risks other than to get rid of the dead animal. Very often, it's also necessary to sanitize the area and apply odor-control products. It's extremely unpleasant and often difficult work.

Health Risks Associated with Dead Animals' Carcasses

As mentioned earlier, having a dead animal in your home can present health risks. Here are some of the specific problems associated with dead animals.

Displaced Parasites. Most birds and animals harbor parasites like fleas, ticks, mites, and lice. When their host animal dies, these parasites will see a new host, and that new host may be you. Although many parasites are host-specific, some are not. Others may prefer a particular kind of host but will settle for humans if their favorite animal isn't available.

Flies and Other Insects. Dead animals' carcasses are used as breeding media or food sources for many types of flies, beetles, and some other insects.

Bacteria. The main reason why dead animals smell so bad is because of the foul-smelling gases emitted by bacteria involved in the decomposition of their bodies. Like most other animals, we have learned to associate harmful bacteria's odors with illness, and so we perceive of it as being very unpleasant.

Molds and Fungi. There are many fungal organisms that thrive on decaying animal matter. Some of these organisms are harmful to humans, often causing respiratory problems, skin irritation, or systemic infections.

Dead Animal Removal

The Augusta Regional Office of Rid-A-Critter provides dead animal removal in Augusta and all of its nearby communities.

Our animal carcass removal and odor-control services may include, as needed:

How to Avoid Dead Animal Problems

The most sure-fire way to avoid dead animal problems is to avoid live animal problems. Please consider calling us so we can arrange a no-obligation inspection of your home to find out how animals are getting in, and what needs to be done to keep them out.

Other ways to reduce the risk of animals getting into your home include:

For help with dead animal removal or any animal problem, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.


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The Augusta, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides dead animal removal, odor control, and sanitization in Augusta Georgia and its surrounding areas, including Appling, Evans, Grovetown, Hephzibah, and Martinez, Georgia. Your town not listed? Contact us.

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