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Dead Animal Removal and Odor Control

Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Regional Office of Rid-A-Critter

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

There are few things that can take the "sweet" out of "home sweet home" like the smell of a dead animal rotting away somewhere in a wall void. Even the carcasses of small animals like mice can make your home smell unpleasant for a week or two; and the rotting carcasses of larger animals like rats, squirrels, or raccoons can create an unbearable stench that can last for months.

Animals can die inside your home for all kinds of reasons, but one of the most common ones is because an old-fashioned exterminator set poison out for rats or mice. When these animals (or others) eat the poison, the chances are that they will die in your home. Don't believe the silly old wives' tale that they'll "go outside to seek water." Like humans, when animals start feeling sick, they go home: and if "home" happens to be inside your house, then that's likely where they'll go to die.

Animals living in your home who are injured in the wild or become sick from other causes can also die inside your house, as can those who simply die of old age. Again, if your home is also their home, that's where they're likely to die.

Whatever the reason, however, dead animals can stink up your home. They can also also attract insects like flies that spread disease, creating health hazards that require action to make your home healthy to live in again.

Health Risks Associated with Dead Animals

The smell of a dead animal in your home is only part of the problem. There can also be disease and health hazards. Some of these include:

Displaced Parasites. While they're alive, most animals have parasites like fleas, ticks, mites, and lice living or on their bodies; and many of these parasites can transmit serious diseases. When the host animal dies, the parasites go looking for a new host; and some of them aren't too picky. If you or your pets are the tastiest-looking hosts they can find, you may well become their next meal.

Flies and Other Insects. Dead animals serve as breeding media for many species of flies, beetles, and some other insects, many of which can cause disease. Flies are among the biggest disease vectors, especially when they move from feeding on or laying eggs in an animals carcass to landing on human food or food preparation surfaces.

Bacteria. One of the reasons why dead animals smell so bad is because their carcasses serve as breeding media for all kinds of bacteria, many of which emit foul-smelling gases. This is why humans and other animals have adapted to not eat meat that smells bad. It's because rotting meat smells bad because it really is bad. It can make you sick.

Molds and Fungi. There are also many mycotic organisms like molds and fungi that thrive on decaying animal matter and droppings, and some of these organisms are harmful to humans, often causing respiratory problems, skin irritation, or systemic infections.

Long story short, a dead animal in your home doesn't just smell bad. It very well might make you sick. It needs to be removed.

Dead Animal Removal

The Athens, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides dead animal removal throughout Athens-Clarke County, Georgia and the surrounding area. We also provide sanitizing and odor-control services, if needed, to help your house smell better and to prevent possible health problems.

Our animal carcass removal and odor-control services may include (depending on the situation):

How to Avoid Dead Animal Problems

Obviously, the most important step in avoiding dead animal problems is to avoid live animal problems. If one animal got into your home and died, then others can do the same. Please consider calling us so we can arrange an inspection of your home to see if you need animal exclusion.

Other things that you can do yourself to reduce the risk of animal problems include:

For help with any animal problem -- even dead animal problems -- please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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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.

Macon, Warner Robins, Perry and Forsyth Ga today bidding jobs and warranty services. Got crews all over south Ga as well sealing homes against bats and squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Apr 04, 2022 02:12:52 pm.

Customer in Macon Ga.called in having issues with snakes entering her basement. Going out there now.
by Jason Arruda
Apr 01, 2022 10:28:59 am.

Mouse droppings in the pantry? Bats in the gables? Rats overtaking your living area? Squirrels nesting in your attic? Noises in the walls? Scratching noises coming from you attic? Snakes in your crawl space? We handle them all.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 31, 2022 04:29:56 pm.

Got critters? Squirrels, bats,rats, raccoons, birds etc. Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee give a call for a free consultation.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 31, 2022 12:34:04 pm.

Newnan this morning for raccoons, then off to sharpsburg for mice and down to Atlanta for rats.
by Chris Collender
Mar 29, 2022 02:15:53 pm.

Crazy week so far, bats and carpenter bees are in full swing, from Athens to Suwannee, over to Duluth then to Alpharetta and Atlanta. Now this morning, I am in conyers with rats and squirrels
by Chris Collender
Mar 23, 2022 10:48:04 am.

Busy day today. Leaving a Tifton Ga bat quote that we’re going to seal next week. Headed to Coolidge Ga for another bat quote. Droppings on the driveway got the customers attention and squeaky sounds coming from the attic. Give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 21, 2022 12:24:07 pm.

Yesterday was another busy day, Ellijay had some flyers, then to norcross for rats, Athens with grey squirrels and woodstock with bats and rats
by Chris Collender
Mar 16, 2022 08:03:54 am.

Rats in temple ga, squirrels are running crazy in Dallas, ga
by Chris Collender
Mar 14, 2022 09:16:15 am.

Bats and squirrels today in Macon, Warner Robins and Perry Ga. Going out to give free quotes today to help protect their homes and businesses.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 10, 2022 06:55:24 am.

Bats are flying, went from lula ga, to bogart, down to newnan and McDonough.
by Chris Collender
Mar 09, 2022 01:59:40 pm.

Busy day, did 2 quotes for rats, Locus grove and then Atlanta, then headed to Marietta, squirrels and more squirrels
by Chris Collender
Feb 28, 2022 07:30:00 pm.

Went to blue ridge, flyers in the metal roof, headed to Atlanta with rats in the basement
by Chris Collender
Feb 14, 2022 11:15:00 am.

Not a bad day, flyers in McDonough, rats in dacula and Decatur, headed to Marietta now for squirrels
by Chris Collender
Feb 07, 2022 12:25:06 pm.

The Athens, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides dead animal removal and decontamination in Athens-Clarke, Greene, and parts of Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, Banks, Jackson, and Oconee Counties in Georgia, including Athens, Auburn, Bogart, Commerce, Good Hope, Greensboro, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Watkinsville, and Winder. We are fully licensed and insured. Your town not listed? Contact us.

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