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A Bad Smell in the House

If you have a bad smell in the house, there's a chance it could be a dead animal causing the odor. Wild animals live in buildings all the time. Common culprits include mice, rats, squirrels, opossums, and raccoons. Heck, sometimes even house cats die in the attic or walls. Most of the wild animals inhabit the attic space, or live in walls, or under the house. They'd rather die inside the house than outside, and when they do die, they rot and decompose and get covered with maggots, and the smell in the home is absolutely terrible.

It's my job, or the job of any qualified nuisance wildlife operator, to find and remove the dead animal. The bad odor in the building will not go away until the animal is removed. In my many years as a wildlife removal specialist, I have gotten very good at locating the carcasses within the architecture, and in cutting open anything I need to in order to get to the body and extract it. Most of the time, cutting isn't necessary. I can simply crawl in the attic or under the house and find the deceased critter. But if it's died in a wall, or under floorboards or something, then I need to cut a hole. If you want to hire a professional like me to remove your dead animal in your house, click on my nationwide list of 100's of professional wildlife removal guys serving all 50 states.

If it's not a dead animal causing the odor in the house, what could it be? I've seen several other sources of bad odor, including leftover food that was left out to thaw (usually meat), or the drippings in the refrigerator pan, often after a power outage, or even a couple of cases of really bad mold growth. But 99% of the time, it's a dead animal. And if you've had a rodent problem and left out poison, then I guarantee you that you've got dead rats or mice in the attic or walls, and they stink to high heavens.

If you have a dead animal under the house, I simply put on a biohazard suit, a dust mask and a headlamp, and I crawl under there and bag the animal. Problem solved!

Once I remove the dead animal(s), I mop up any bodily fluids and maggots, I remove any soiled insulation, and I spray down the area with a special enzyme-based cleaner that destroys biohazard waste. The removal of the dead carcass is 90% of the problem, of course, and if you let the house air out after that, (opening windows helps) the odor will be gone very quickly. If you don't remove the dead animal, the horrible stink will remain in your house until the animal completely decomposes and gets eaten by maggots, and the whole process will take a little more than a week with a small animal like a mouse or rat, and over a month with a big animal like a raccoon or opossum. I do recommend that you have the animal removed. The bad smell will go away within an hour.

For more information about dead animal removal from various areas, read the below articles.

Dead Animal Removal
Dead Animal in Chimney
Dead Animal in Wall
Dead Animal in Attic
Dead Animal in Duct or Vent

My name is David, and I am an expert on dead critter carcass extraction from homes and buildings. If you have a deceased animal in your house, I can remove it. If you don't live near me, click on my home page, and I have listed hundreds of wildlife removal companies who specialize in dead wildlife body removal, odor control, waste removal, and deodorization.

Dead Animal Email Sent to Me: Hi - I have come upon your site and I think you serve the Fort Worth, TX area. If I am wrong, then never mind and have a great day! However, I need some help if you are local. I'm fairly certain that some animal has crawled under my house and died. The stench is awful and I did notice my dogs sniffing at the crawl space under my house a few days prior to the noticeable smell. I had some work done recently and I think the crawl space was left partially open. I have since closed it off but the smell remains. Anyway, I wanted to know what you would charge to remove the carcass.

My response: Hmm, could be a possum, raccoon, or cat. I can't help you, because I live in Orlando. My friend in Fort Worth can help you. I don't know his prices, but it's worth it to get a dead animal out from under the house. If you don't do it, the bad stench will last for a very long time, over a month, usually.
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