Dead Animal Removal

Dead animals in your home? Our experienced professionals at Norcal Wildlife Removal will safely and hygienically remove animal remains in your home or business.

Norcal Wildlife Removal specializes in handling unwanted animal guests in any form, we remove both live and dead animals, and handle a variety of species from birds to reptiles and mammals. We are available to residents and businesses across towns and cities in Santa Clara County, San Francisco County, and San Mateo County.

The foul stench of decomposing flesh is usually the first sign that there may be a dead animal somewhere around your property, and this is because animals rarely die in plain sight. They prefer to crawl up into a place with some form of shelter. The rotting remains of any animal are unpleasant and unhygienic for anyone to handle, except if you have the proper training on how to handle it.

The remains of wild animals are usually a site crawling with tons of disgusting maggots and unfriendly microorganisms that can infect humans and cause a number of deadly infections and diseases. Plus, it attracts lots of insects including cockroaches, moths, flies, mites, wasps, etc. Even while alive, many animals act as hosts to pathogenic microorganisms that cause deadly diseases to humans and pets, and when they die their carcass is still able to spread deadly diseases, especially when handled unprofessionally.

To remove dead animals from your property we first have to find them, this is easy if the animal died in plain sight. But if your only evidence of a dead animal is an unpleasant smell, then our first assignment will be to find the carcass.

You will be surprised at where animal carcasses can be found, animals can die inside walls, beneath the insulation, in the ductwork, under the bathtub, and some other crazy places. And when trying to locate the carcass, our most valuable tool is our sense of smell. Yes, we use our noses to find the animal.

Disposing of rotting carcasses and cleaning up the contaminated site can be a tricky business and without the proper precautions you can get yourself infected with some deadly virus or fungus, and even worse spread the infection to those around you.

Removing dead animals requires some form of safety measure such as wearing protective clothing, cleaning up and sanitizing the affected area with a powerful disinfectant, deodorizing the environment to restore some form of normalcy, and generally making it safe again for humans and pets.

If there is a foul smell in your home, and you suspect it’s a dead animal, give us a call and we will come quickly to get it out.

What happens if you have a dead animal in your house?

When an animal dies in your house, the very first sign will most probably be the unpleasant but unique smell of decomposing flesh. Except of course you stumble on the body before it starts to decompose. When an animal dies, the body is immediately attacked by different microorganisms which trigger decomposition. That unmistakable stench of death is caused by a cocktail of volatile organic compounds produced by the activity of microorganisms on the carcass. 

Bacteria working on the carcass of an animal will trigger a series of chemical reactions in which large amounts of sulfur-containing compounds are released. Over 400 volatile organic compounds are released from a dead animal including compounds like sulfur dioxide, methane, benzene derivatives, and multiple hydrocarbons. 

Once the body of an animal has started to decompose, it’s highly recommended that you do not approach it for any reason because the site will be highly contaminated with pathogenic microorganisms. 

Dead animals also attract scavengers which act as hosts to a number of pathogens. Whether an animal dies in your ceiling, attic, under the deck, in the walls, or in your basement, it’s important that you call animal control experts to professionally handle the removal to avoid the spread of diseases around your home and property. 

How Long Does a Dead Animal Smell Last?

The smell of death starts at the onset of decomposition and will last for as long as it takes the carcass to completely decompose. This means that there isn’t any specified amount of time it takes for the smell to go away. If it’s a baby rodent that died, the decomposition will last for just about a day or two and so will the smell because the animal is very small. 

An animal as big as a squirrel may take up to one week to completely decompose and the smell will also last for about a week. But if you’re dealing with something significant like a raccoon or a skunk, which are bigger animals, then expect the smell to be stronger and last for much longer. 

An animal as big as a raccoon or skunk will take several weeks to completely decompose. In this case, the stench will be unbearable, especially if the animal died within or very close to your house. 

Nobody should have to endure the awful smell of decaying flesh for whatever reason, once you get the first whiff of dead animal smell in your home, ensure you quickly reach out to Norcal Wildlife Removal for emergency dead animal removal, clean up, and sanitization.   

How Can You Get Rid of the Smell of a Dead Animal?

You can only completely eliminate the awful smell of decomposing dead animals if you find and remove the carcass. The smell will never go away provided the dead body of the animal is still there. To get rid of a dead animal or animals, invite wildlife control experts to carefully remove the remains and clean up the affected area. 

When we remove dead animals from a place, we completely clean up and disinfect the site with a powerful disinfectant. This is to ensure that no disease-causing bacterium escapes because they have the potential to infect humans and pets and can cause very serious health problems. Our technicians will also treat the odor using an odor neutralizer which contains enzymes that break down the chemical compounds responsible for the bad smell.

Cities we serve include:

Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Woodside, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Campbell, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, San Francisco, etc.

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