How to Get Rid of Dead Animal Smells

Dead animal odors in your home are–you guessed right–the result of a dead animal carcass on your property. The first step in the process to get rid of dead animal smells will be to locate the carcass and remove it promptly. You may enlist the services of a wildlife removal specialist who will have the proper tools to do wall extractions and will have the proper safety gear to operate where other live creatures may be.

Locating the Source of the Smell

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Follow your nose and site to find a dead animal carcass. Flies and other insects seek out dead animals in hard to reach places in a home like attics and walls where the buzzards can't smell or can't reach them. Once you have found the carcass, take the approrpriate steps to remvoe and sanitize the area. We discuss removal and sanitation for many different types of animals in this article series that you can read and refer to for expert advice.

Sanitizing the Area Where You Found the Dead Animal Carcass

If there's a dead animal, there's likely feces left behind to remove as well. Take care of this and remove any materials saturated with droppings, urine, oils, and any nesting materials. Once this is complete and the area is cleaned properly on the surface, the smell will likely linger in the air for a long time. Not to mention, the bacteria from the excrement and liquid waste that you removed will still be in the air. This is when you get your hands on an antimicrobial sprayer and eliminate the odor and bacteria in the air.

Antimicrobial Sprays and Deoderizers to Get Rid of Dead Animal Smells

There are many options out there to serve the purpose of deodorizing and cleaning the air where a dead animal has been. You can purchase your own machine and the chemicals, or hire a wildlife removal or wildlife sanitation company to do this work. They will spray the area and use all of the proper safety gear to ensure they will not get sick from the chemicals. They may ask you to leave your house for an extended period of time in order to allow any harmful chemicals to disappate.

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I Cant Smell the Dead Animal Anymore, is the Smell Gone?

Getting rid of a dead animal smell can be labor intensive and can take a long time. Often we experience a phenomenon commonly referred to as "nose blindness" where we become accustomed to a scent and cannot recognize its presence anymore. If you are removing dead animal smells from your home, take breaks from cleaning the area where the smell is the strongest, and if possible, leave the home for a short period of time so that you can tell if the scent is still there.

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