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Dead Animal Removal and Odor Control

Greater Birmingham, Alabama

A man holding his nose to symbolize dead animal stench

When animals die inside a home, they can cause a stench that can last for days, weeks, or months.

For as long as we've been in business, Rid-A-Critter has focused in non-chemical animal control that relies on trapping and removal rather than the use of poisons.

Among our many reasons for doing animal this way is that there are few things that can stink up a house quite so badly as a dead animal or bird decomposing somewhere inside the home. Another one is that finding and removing the rotting carcasses of dead animals isn't exactly the most pleasant and enjoyable work that we do. Truth be told, it's actually pretty gross.

Nonetheless, we get a lot of calls from people whose homes are filled with the stench of death, and who need our help in finding and removing the source of the smell, and cleaning up and disinfecting the area where the animal died. Sometimes the animals died of natural causes, illness, or injuries. Most of the time, however, the animals were killed by poisons left by exterminators.

Which brings us to a bit of advice: Don't believe exterminators who tell you that animals will "go outside to look for water" after consuming their baits. Some of them may actually believe that because it's an old exterminator's tale. But it's nonsense. Here's why.

When animals start feeling a little sick, they don't go out partying. They usually stay in or near their nests. They feel safer and less vulnerable to predators when they're at home. As the effect of the poison gets stronger (typically in a couple of days), the animals become too weak to leave; and in the majority of cases, they die in or close to their nests.

Long story short, the odds are that an animal that lives in your home will die in your home. If you're lucky, the animal will be polite enough to die somewhere in the open (like in the middle of the attic) rather than inside a wall or ceiling, where we have to start breaking sheetrock to remove it. But one way or the other, the odds are that if you poison an animal that lives in your home, the animal will die in your home; and when it does, it will stink.

Health Hazards of Dead Animals

Flies buzzing around a roof soffit by where an animal died inside the home

Flies buzzing around near where an animal died inside a home.

In addition to the odor problems, dead animals in your home can also cause health problems. The biggest problems have to do with flies and parasites, because rodenticides don't kill an animal's arthropod parasites like flies, other insects, and mites.

Animal carcasses are breeding grounds for flies and other disease-carrying insects, which spread germs everywhere they land. The fly feeding or laying eggs in the carcass of a dead animal in your attic may eventually wind up landing on the fruit on your kitchen table (after making a few more unpleasant stops in between, which we'll spare you the details of).

In fact, most fly problems in homes have something to do with some sort of decaying animal matter somewhere inside or near the home; and in many cases, that organic matter happens to be a dead animal. Sometimes it's the flies, rather than the stink, that first get the home owner's attention, especially if the animal is a small one like a mouse that doesn't produce as much odor as a larger one.

Displaced parasites are another health risk associated with dead animals. All animals have ectoparasites like fleas, ticks, lice, and mites on their bodies, and when the host animals die, the parasites need to find new homes. Because most parasites aren't real picky about their preferred hosts (and even the picky ones will usually feed on a non-preferred host rather than die of starvation), disease-carrying parasites that are displaced when their hosts die will immediately start looking for new hosts -- which may well be the people or pets living in the home.

Avoiding Dead Animal Problems

The best (and most pleasant) way to deal with dead animals and the odors they cause is to try to avoid the problem in the first place. There are several simple steps that you can take to help prevent animals from getting into your home and being rude enough to die there. Here are the two most important steps to take to avoid dead animal problems:

1. Avoid toxic rodenticides. Most dead animals that we're called upon to remove were killed by poisons. Even poisons placed outside your home can cause animals to die inside your home because most animals that live in houses go outside to feed. Because most rodenticides are slow-acting, even if they eat the poison outside, they'll live long enough to get back inside -- and die there.

Non-chemical animal control is safer, more effective, more permanent, and avoids the problem of animals dying in your home. In the case of most animal species, it's also the only legal way to control them.

2. Animal-proof your home, especially if it's a new home or one you just purchased. You'd be amazed how many gaps there are, even in brand-new homes, that are like open invitations for animals to come in. Preventive animal exclusion is one of our most popular services, so please feel free to contact us for an inspection.

Removing Dead Animals and their Odors

Contaminated insulation from a Birmingham dead animal removal job

Contamination and filth removed from a Birmingham dead animal removal job

Unfortunately, if you're reading this page, that probably means that you live somewhere in the greater Birmingham, Alabama area, that you already have a dead animal in your home, that it's already started stinking up your home, and that you just want it gone.

No worries. We perform dead animal removal and cleanup services throughout our Alabama service area.

Our dead animal removal services begin with finding the dead animal or animals (if you haven't already made that unpleasant discovery yourself). We then remove the animal or animals, sanitize the area where it was found, and apply products designed to break down the compounds that are causing the odors.

Finally, we also inspect your home to find how the animal got in, and make recommendations for things you can do to prevent the problem from happening again. These recommendations may include things like sealing holes to keep animals out, replacing contaminated insulation, and so forth.

So if you're having a problem with dead animal odors, please call us for more information about dead animal removal, or any of our fine services.

 

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Heading to Lincoln to look at a bat problem for a customer. Then off to talladega for squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Sep 05, 2019 09:22:36 am.

Squirrel calls are coming in. Is your home protected? Call us for a free quote today.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 04, 2019 12:40:03 pm.

Out seeing clients today in Birmingham, Anniston, Leeds and Center Point Alabama. Having issues with Nuisance animals in your home or business call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 29, 2019 12:14:08 pm.

Headed south to Vidalia,Ga for a bat exclusion quote. Nice day today with cooler temps. Going to be a busy fall.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 26, 2019 11:29:27 am.

Getting a little squirrelly in Georgia. We’ve seen babies already.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 01, 2019 09:54:09 am.

In Warner Robins this morning and sold a exclusion. Gonna be another happy customer. Now headed to Valdosta to see some clients.
by Jason Arruda
Jul 25, 2019 01:42:30 pm.

Down here on Lake Blackshear quoting a home with what was thought to be bats. After evaluating the home it turns out to be Chimney Swifts which can’t be relocated due to being a migratory bird. We’ll be back to cap flue when they’re gone.
by Jason Arruda
Jul 22, 2019 01:37:32 pm.

Love it when a really good song comes on the radio in between stops. Gets me a little squirrelly. Lol Have a Good Friday everyone.
by Jason Arruda
May 31, 2019 11:48:33 am.

Out seeing our wonderful clients in the pest control industry that refers us for wildlife (rats, bats, snakes, squirrels , bees, etc. Thank you from all of us!!
by Jason Arruda
May 30, 2019 01:45:40 pm.

Great day in Valdosta. I helped one of my clients customer with a honey bee problem and set them up for our technicians to quote extraction.
by Jason Arruda
May 07, 2019 03:13:38 pm.

Squirrels in my attic, rats in my crawl, bats flying in my house to snakes in my yard. Yes we can handle it all from Hiawassee to Valdosta .
by Jason Arruda
Apr 30, 2019 12:37:58 pm.

Awesome day in Macon Ga. visiting clients. South Ga. pest control companies are referring us more and more bat jobs. I explained that now is the season. Thank you for referring us
by Jason Arruda
Apr 04, 2019 02:36:39 pm.

Well it was a great day in Alabama seeing my Pest Control clients that refer us. If you don’t know by now majority of Pest Control companies refer us for squirrels, raccoons, rats, bats, bees and more. Now it time to head back to Georgia.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 28, 2019 03:24:50 pm.

Excluding animals is a continuous task. That’s why our Warranty Division is always hard at work keeping those reoccurring, persistent, and pesky Critters out of your home. Have you let your Warranty coverage lapse?? Get caught up today !!
by Tim McDavid
Mar 28, 2019 09:29:04 am.

In Columbus Ga today meeting new clients.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 14, 2019 12:45:31 pm.

Visiting clients in Albany Ga. on this Presidents Day. Be safe!
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2019 11:52:47 am.

Had a good day yesterday!!! Quoted several houses in the Birmingham area with gray squirrels. Got a couple squirrel quotes in Birmingham today. Then off to Pell City to quote a customer with bats in their game room, attic, and walls.
by Chris Scott
Feb 12, 2019 08:08:55 am.

Wow, this warm weather has these bat calls on the rise. Bats are gonna be out early with this warm weather and early spring.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 06, 2019 11:57:56 am.

Well it was a good Monday seeing clients in Carrollton, Dallas, Rockmart and Bremen Ga. today. Time to head home. Be safe everyone.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 28, 2019 04:25:42 pm.

Heading to Birmingham to quote a house with squirrels in the attic. Then off to pick up some rats in Homewood. Couple more squirrel quotes in Birmingham.
by Chris Scott
Jan 24, 2019 08:47:16 am.

As always it’s nice to visit with our clients in the Albany Ga area. Thanks to all companies and people who refer us to your friends and family for wildlife needs.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 21, 2019 02:47:07 pm.

News Flash: Our new company blog is live!
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2019 05:52:35 pm.

Had a good day visiting some of my clients in the Gainesville Ga. area today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 17, 2019 02:38:57 pm.

Squirrels, squirrels, and rats. Just left a house in Vestavia Hills. We are sealing that one today for squirrels and rats. On my way to pehlam for gray squirrels. Then back up to Birmingham for more gray squirrels. Then to Irondale.
by Chris Scott
Jan 17, 2019 11:14:15 am.

Safety training in Jasper Georgia today. Couldn’t ask for a better view.
by Dean Scott
Jan 11, 2019 10:33:18 am.

It’s was a great day in Birmingham Alabama today. I got to see a lot of friendly faces again. Our relationship with the pest control industry has been and is amazing. Thanks to all the Pest Control companies that refer us for wildlife.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 10, 2019 03:08:08 pm.

Good morning team. I’m headed to Albany Ga. today to see some clients. Hope you all have a great day.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 09, 2019 08:05:26 am.

Its finally a beautiful day in the south! The sun is shining and the temperatures are nice. Our techs are out in the filed removing attic critters and excluding them from homes. If you have rats, mice or other varmints in your home call us.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 05, 2019 12:02:27 pm.

New Google+ Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2018 11:26:02 am.

Seeing clients in and around Griffin Ga today.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 28, 2018 01:07:45 pm.

New Google+ Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2018 10:43:21 am.

Spent the day with clients in South Georgia from Albany to Valdosta. Time to head back to Pike county.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 17, 2018 05:06:48 pm.

The Birmingham, Alabama office of Rid-A-Critter provides dead animal removal, odor control, and decontamination in Birmingham, Alabama and the the entire Metro Birmingham area including Anniston, Bessemer, Brighton, Chelsea, Fairfield, Heflin, Homewood, Hoover, Hueytown, Irondale, Jasper, Leeds, Midfield, Moody, Mountain Brook, Oxford, Pell City, Trussville, Valdosta, Vestavia, and their surrounding areas.

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