How To Remove a Dead Animal From Your Home

Do you have a wildlife animal that died inside of your home? Today’s post will help you remove it from the home as safe as possible. For the video version of this post, click HERE now.

If you’d like to call us for help, we’d be happy to! Dial 855-WILDLIFE now.

Inspecting Your Home

If your home isn’t properly sealed, then wildlife animals may attempt to sneak inside of it. This happens frequently in Winter as animals search for a warmer place to stay in.

Inspect your home for cracks, holes, and other entrances wildlife animals could sneak in from. Make sure your chimney is sealed as well because we’ve found raccoons sneaking in there before.

Even the tiniest of holes can prompt wildlife animals to enter. Many small rodents can shrink their body size, and others such as rats can chew the hole to become bigger.

If they sense they can get it, they will be persistent in breaking in!

Step 1: Handle the Problem ASAP

If you think an animal has died inside the home, handle the problem as soon as possible. The longer the wildlife animal lays, the large the risk of disease spreading or an odor getting stuck inside of the home.

The dead wildlife animal can also attract insects & other bacteria which is not good for you, your home, or your pets.

Step 2: Locating the Animal

If you already have located the dead animal, skip to the next step.

A bad smell or odor will often be indicative or a dead animal in your home. If you can’t easily locate the wildlife animal, then it could be stuck under the home, in ventilation, between the walls, in the attic, or in another hidden location.

Checking the outside of your home for possible entry points could help you discover where the dead animal is.

Generally speaking you should be able to follow the smell to locate the dead animal. If the dead animal is between the walls or in another inaccessible location, you may need a specialist to safely remove it without damaging the home. We’d be happy to help- call us at 855-WILDLIFE.

Step 3: Disposing the Animal

Once you’ve located the dead wildlife animal, it’s important to stay as sanitary as possible as to prevent the spread of disease and bacteria.

Grab a plastic or trash bag that doesn’t have holes and won’t leak should there be any fluids. This bag should be fit for dead wildlife animals.

Put on disposable gloves that are thick. Grab the animal using minimal contact and put it in the bag.

Research the local laws of or your city, state, or country because the rules of disposal could be different where you live. In most places you should be able to throw the dead animal in the trash, but in other cases such as if it’s a large wildlife animal you may have to call a specialist to pick it up.

It’s important to thoroughly wash yourself & your clothes after disposal. Make sure the area contacted by the dead animal is cleaned, replaced, or removed.

Basic cleaning solution is bleach & water; however there are other great commercial cleaning solutions available as well. Just make sure you remove all fluids and remaining matter to stay as sanitary as possible.

Call Us!

If you aren’t excited to deal with dead animals, we’d love to handle it for you. Give us a call at 855-WILDLIFE and we’ll see what we can do for you!

Have a great day,

-Wildlife x Team International

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