Dead Animal Cleanup, Carcass Removal & Odor Control


All living things die. As such, property owners must be on the lookout for dead animals in their yards and homes in addition to all the standard signs and problems associated with pest activity. Close proximity to animal carcasses leads to a variety of issues, including repugnant odors and heightened possibility of contracting fatal or debilitating diseases. In many ways, finding dead animals can be more unnerving than encountering infestations of living creatures.


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.

Locations Dead Animals Are Found

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. Dead animals are also commonly found in uncovered pools.

Problems, Damage & Disease

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

Prevention & Exclusion

To prevent dead animals from showing up on private properties, individuals must work to exclude living pest animals from the area. Some actions to take include sealing all cracks in building foundations with caulk, replacing broken window and door screens, adding mesh wire to chimney openings, buying tightly fitted lids for indoor and outdoor trash bins, cleaning clutter from basements and attics, removing debris from yards, and trimming tree branches so nothing hangs over building roofs.


Effective removal of dead animals entails the proper disposal of carcasses and disinfection of surrounding areas. As individuals 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.