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Dead Animal Removal and Odor Control

Greater Birmingham, Alabama

Little girl holding her nose because a dead animal stinks and needs to be removed from the house.

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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by Webmaster
Nov 23, 2022 10:05:14 am.

Cold day yesterday, started in Cedartown ga, squirrels in the soffits, had them last year, he tried to fix it himself last year, didn’t work. Headed to Mableton ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Marietta ga
by Chris Collender
Nov 22, 2022 08:21:48 am.

Rainy day, started off in Cleveland ga, bats in the ridge vents, then headed down to Atlanta ga, rats in the basement, then off to Douglasville ga, squirrels chewing holes threw customers shingles
by Chris Collender
Nov 15, 2022 03:36:15 pm.

It’s a cold Monday, was out in Monroe ga this morning, customer has had a constant issue with squirrels, then out 3 jobs in Atlanta ga, rats rats rats.
by Chris Collender
Nov 14, 2022 11:51:04 am.

Busy day yesterday, started off in Hoschton ga, rats, then out to a rental property in Atlanta, rats, then to Jonesboro ga, rats, then up to Athens ga, squirrels, good times.
by Chris Collender
Nov 10, 2022 10:19:13 am.

Was out in ellijay ga today, rats in crawl space, then headed to Hiawasse ga, flyers in attic, in Athens ga now, raccoons in a house
by Chris Collender
Nov 08, 2022 11:38:20 am.

Did a quote yesterday in Watkinsville, ga bats, and a quote for snakes, different houses, then off the Athens, ga snakes in a crawl space, has mice too. Then over to Covington, squirrels in the attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 03, 2022 09:32:16 am.

Was in Sharpsburg ga, squirrels are chewing threw the shingles to get into the attic, then off to Fayetteville ga, bats in the attic. Headed to Duluth ga, squirrels chewing threw the roof junctions and now in Atlanta ga, for rats
by Chris Collender
Oct 31, 2022 01:43:13 pm.

Went to Rome ga, squirrels for years, then off to Stone Mountain ga, previous customer new house, squirrels again. Headed to Bishop ga, guess for what, squirrels. Seems like theme
by Chris Collender
Oct 26, 2022 01:29:38 pm.

Back at in, was in McDonough ga for squirrels and presences of bats, off the Athens ga for squirrels in a metal roof, over to Gainesville ga, previous customer, we sealed his other house, has flyers in his new house, now headed to Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Oct 24, 2022 01:35:08 pm.

Another busy day, Conyers ga for birds, then to peachtree city ga, bats/rats , headed to Atlanta ga and then to Decatur. Good times
by Chris Collender
Oct 21, 2022 03:14:28 pm.

Beautiful day today, was in Bremen ga for bats, then off to Fairburn ga for squirrels, up to Atlanta ga for rats, headed to Brookhaven ga for another quote, not sure the animal just yet
by Chris Collender
Oct 11, 2022 12:57:50 pm.

Busy day, quoted rats in doraville, then Cummings, rats and squirrels, then headed to Covington, he has had issues for some time, squirrels with several chewed wires
by Chris Collender
Oct 04, 2022 12:55:50 pm.

A handyman tried to use insulating foam to seal a two-inch gap between the roof sheathing and fascia and keep squirrels out of the attic of a Birmingham, Alabama home. It didn't work, of course. It never does. We have a crew of squirrel-removal professionals properly animal-proofing the house, as well as trapping and relocating the existing squirrels.
by Webmaster
Sep 28, 2022 10:16:59 am.

I was in Big Canoe this morning, rats in the crawl space, then out to Douglasville for flyers in the attic, headed to Forest park for rats in a rental property
by Chris Collender
Sep 27, 2022 11:02:03 am.

Was in hiawassee for Bats, then Suches for rats, Suwannee for squirrels, and then Atlanta for rats again
by Chris Collender
Sep 22, 2022 12:56:25 pm.

Was in winterville this morning for mice, then to blairsvile for flyers, then Cummings ga for rats. Headed to Marietta for some bats, busy day
by Chris Collender
Sep 20, 2022 01:41:02 pm.

Atlanta job this morning, flyers in the attic, then headed to Decatur, rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Sep 19, 2022 09:33:06 am.

Bats have been pretty busy this week, Atlanta to dunwoody, over to sandy springs, did a quote this morning for snakes in commerce ga, good times
by Chris Collender
Sep 15, 2022 10:09:54 am.

Was in Duluth this morning for bats, then off to watkinsville and Royston for u know, bats, now to Covington for rats
by Chris Collender
Aug 22, 2022 03:23:41 pm.

Yesterday, I was In peachtree city and then ellenwoood, for bats, then I drove lakemont and Cummings, snakes in the house.
by Chris Collender
Aug 16, 2022 07:43:26 am.

Snakes in the crawl space in carnesville ga, then off to Athens and conyers ga, bats are the attic. Now headed to villa rica for another wildlife quote
by Chris Collender
Aug 09, 2022 12:21:53 pm.

Busy day yesterday, was out in snellville for rats, then out to Bethlehem, Watkinsville and Athens all for bats
by Chris Collender
Aug 02, 2022 11:53:29 am.

Bats are flying high, was in Monroe twice for bats in the gables/house, then off to Kennesaw where the bats where in the freeze boards.
by Chris Collender
Jul 28, 2022 12:05:24 pm.

In Bishop ga, rats in a older home, next stop Athens ga, bats in the gables/ridge vents
by Chris Collender
Jul 19, 2022 09:31:22 am.

Busy day, bats in Hampton, then off to Greensboro ga, bats again, bats in loganville, and now off to squirrels in Buford
by Chris Collender
Jul 12, 2022 11:55:56 am.

Heading to a snake call in Griffin Ga.
by Jason Arruda
May 09, 2022 02:31:20 pm.

Bats and carpenter bees are flying , Hampton to Ellen, off to demorest, snakes in Hoschton.
by Chris Collender
May 05, 2022 08:49:43 am.

Bats and carpenter bees are in full effect, From Rome, ga to Hampton, ga, then off to Atlanta. Busy times
by Chris Collender
Apr 28, 2022 11:15:13 am.

Busy critter day today, went to locus grove for some bats, Riverdale to get some squirrels, several Atlanta stops, of course rats, then ended in Marietta, rats again
by Chris Collender
Apr 11, 2022 07:25:46 pm.

Beautiful weather, bats are flying, and squirrels are breading, good times. Athens to snellville, over to Stone Mountain, then out to Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Apr 08, 2022 09:31:43 am.

Rain, rain go away, Chris C wants to do Some quotes today, Morganton(flyers), Carrollton(rats), College Park(raccoons), Brookhaven(squirrels)
by Chris Collender
Apr 05, 2022 02:15:46 pm.

The Birmingham, Alabama office of Rid-A-Critter provides dead animal removal and odor control 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, Tuscaloosa, Valdosta, Vestavia, Warrior, and their surrounding areas. We are fully licensed and insured.

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