Dead Animal Cleanup, Carcass Removal & Odor Control

You found a dead animal in your home, what do you do now?


When an animal enters a house, they tend to avoid humans and gravitate towards attics, basements, crawlspaces, and between walls. If an animal were to die in your home, it tends to be in one of those locations.

Property owners must be on the lookout for dead animals in their yards and homes.

Proximity to animal carcasses leads to a variety of issues such as repugnant odors and an increased risk of contracting fatal or debilitating diseases.

In many ways, finding dead animals can be more unnerving than encountering infestations of living creatures.

How to Find a Dead Animal in Your House

The surest way to know if you have a dead animal hidden in your home is the smell. While animals can technically die anywhere in buildings or lawns, they seem to favor secluded locations with some form of cover.

Animal carcasses are frequently found inside building walls as well as in attics, sheds, and barns.


The general appearance of an animal carcass depends on what type of animal died and how long the animal has been dead. Common pest animals that die in residential areas include squirrels, bats, chipmunks, mice, rats, various species of birds, raccoons, and skunks. Of the five stages of animal decay, property owners are most likely to come across fresh carcasses or ones passing through the bloat stage, which makes animals appear puffy.

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Problems, Damage & Disease

The vile smell that accompanies decaying flesh is the most apparent problem associated with dead animals, but it is also the least harmful.

The vile smell that accompanies decaying flesh is the most apparent problem associated with dead animals, but it is also the least harmful.

Property owners must be more concerned with the diseases animal carcasses are capable of spreading to nearby humans and pets. Individuals should never handle dead animals, as they may carry rabies or have worms. Bird carcasses are notorious for transmitting West Nile Virus. Additionally, decomposition attracts pest insects like flies, beetles, mites, moths, and even some wasp species.

Dead Animal Prevention

After removing a dead animal, there still is a risk for animals to enter your home.

  • Sealing all cracks with caulk
  • Replacing broken windows & door screens
  • Adding mesh wire to chimney openings
  • Buying tightly fitted lids for trash bins
  • Removing debris from yards
  • Trimming tree branches so nothing hangs over roofs
  • Cleaning clutter from basement and attics

Ignoring exclusions and prevention leaves your property vulnerable to future wildlife pest infestations.

Can I get sick from breathing in a dead animal smell?

You cannot catch a disease from the dead animal smell itself. Your sense of smell developed to warn you about something dangerous. If it smells bad, it is bad for you.

Who to Call for Dead Animal Removal?

Not only will most local animal control offices not enter private property to remove a dead animal, but they also will not clean up or disinfect your home.

Effective removal of dead animals entails the proper disposal of carcasses, disinfection of surrounding areas, and deodorization of the affect area.

You should never handle dead animals, even with gloves on, and improper burial may result in the contamination of ground water.

Property owners should rely on professional wildlife specialists to remove animal carcasses. Technicians have the tools necessary to safely, legally, and sanitarily dispose of any dead animals.

Can I bury a dead animal in my yard?

Regulations vary by city. A decomposing animal carcass could contaminate groundwater so make sure to review your local ordinances.