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Dead Animal Removal and Odor Control Service

What's that smell?

Little girl with disgusted expression holding her nose

One of the first and worst signs of a dead animal in a house is the horrible smell

Frankly, dead animal removal and odor control are not the most glamorous jobs that animal control technicians perform. To put it plainly, removing a dead, rotting animal from a building is pretty disgusting work.

Animals that get trapped and die inside of attics and other parts of buildings decompose rapidly in the Southern heat, and the dead animal stench can become unbearable.

Dead animal removal can be physically demanding work. The fine old buildings found in Atlanta and throughout Georgia and Alabama are full of nooks and crannies that give animals plenty of places to roam, hide, die, and stink, making dead animal removal a physically demanding and difficult job.

But dead animal removal is important work. Dead animals trapped in walls, ceilings, crawl spaces and other places in a building can cause all sorts of problems:

Removing dead animals from walls, ceilings, crawl spaces, and other structural areas is risky and generally should not be attempted by homeowners. Aside from the the physical risks involved in finding and extracting the dead animal (and the often-nauseating dead animal stench), dead animals can transmit disease pathogens, especially when they have been infested with fly larvae or when displaced ectoparasites are looking for new hosts. Never touch a dead animal with your bare hands!

Finding and Removing Dead Animals

Flies buzzing around a roof soffit adjacent to a dead animal trapped in the homeFlies buzzing around adjacent to a trapped, dead animal

You know what the hardest part of dead animal removal is? Finding them in the first place. That's where professional knowledge of wildlife biology comes in.

Understanding the habits and biology of the animal when it was alive is vital to finding its carcass after it's dead. Obviously, the animal was alive when it got into your home. People don't generally drag dead animals into the house with them when they come home from work. So finding and removing a dead animal begins with thinking like a live one.

Dead rat removal, for example, begins with understanding the behavior of rats, and then using that knowledge (along with the technician's senses -- especially his sense of smell) to determine where the rat was most likely to have traveled before it died.

It also helps if we know what kind of animal we're looking for. Many times, we get called to remove a dead animal after a chemical rat control job was performed, and either a rat or some other animal ate the bait and died inside the house somewhere. In fact, one of the biggest reasons not to use poisons for rat control is that an animal may decide to drop dead in some hard-to-get-to area inside your home. (That's one reason why we prefer to perform non-chemical rat control, by the way. )

Our animal control technicians apply their knowledge of animal behavior to dead animal removal work of all kinds, whether it be dead raccoon removal, dead bird removal, dead squirrel removal, dead rat removal, dead opossum removal...

Okay, okay, we're sure you get the point. If there's a dead animal stinking up your house and you want it removed, give us a call.

Dead Animal Cleanup and Odor Control

Contaminated insulation from rat droppings Contaminated insulation removed from a ceiling during a dead rat removal job in Atlanta.

Getting rid of the odor from a dead animal begins with finding and removing the animal's carcass and wastes. We also remove contaminated insulation.

Once the body and wastes are gone, most of the odor will go away with them. But to assure that odors from dead animals are eliminated quickly, we use a variety of non-toxic, biodegradable products that don't just mask odors, but actually eliminate dead animal odors through bacterial and enzymatic action.

This helps eliminate odors caused by dead animals and the fluids and by-products that ooze from their lifeless bodies.

Animal Exclusion and Animal Damage Repair

Finally, if an animal crawled into your home and died, chances are that sooner or later, others will follow. Not to worry: Rid-A-Critter is Georgia's leader in animal exclusion and animal damage repairs. We can track down the entryways that animals used to get into your home or building, and make sure that new ones don't get the same idea.

We also offer animal damage repair and insulation replacement to remove any odors, filth, or health risks created by animals who may have been infesting your attic or other insulated areas.

Please contact us for more information about animal carcass removal or any of our animal-control services.

 

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Hope everyone stays safe from the storms. Listen out for animals, they might be taking shelter too!
by Amber A.
Mar 17, 2021 05:45:47 pm.

Today is a wonderful day to call Ridacritter for all of your nuisance animal exclusion needs! We cover rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, and more!
by Jake A.
Mar 12, 2021 02:54:13 pm.

Warm weather brought out calls for several animals today! From Snakes, to squirrels, mice and bees!!
by Amber A.
Mar 10, 2021 07:41:48 pm.

Rats, mice and squirrels today. Wildlife repairs with trapping. Animal exclusion needed call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 25, 2021 10:58:52 am.

Rainy all over Georgia it seems like. Hard for us to keep dry when we’re determined to evict the animals and seal to keep them out. In Albany Ga now for a couple quotes and then to Zebulon Ga for another quote for squirrels removal. Be safe
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2021 11:10:35 am.

Headed over to Albany Georgia for a quote to exclude squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 02, 2021 11:44:36 am.

Give Ridacritter a call for any of your nuisance animal needs. From Bats, to Bees, Squirrels, to Rats, Ridacritter solves all of your problems. Call for an exclusion today!
by Jake A.
Jan 30, 2021 10:25:50 am.

Very busy right now. Lots of squirrels and rats in the Birmingham and surrounding areas. Looks like bats are flying already as I’ve got several bat jobs to look at this week. Had a customer yesterday with squirrels and bats.
by Chris Scott
Jan 26, 2021 08:07:01 am.

In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
by Chris Scott
Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 am.

In Alpharetta, Ga this morning providing a clearance letter to a customer so their buyers can rest assured they’re purchasing a Critter Free home. Did I mention our Warranty is 100% transferable??
by Tim McDavid
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:57 am.

Lots of squirrel calls today. It appears gray and flying squirrels are attempting to take over every attic in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
by Chris Scott
Jan 04, 2021 05:58:27 pm.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2020 10:41:11 am.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2020 11:23:46 am.

Finishing up on a exclusion in Cordele Ga and headed to Valdosta Ga for some trap checking. Good times. Happy Monday.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 07, 2020 10:46:24 am.

We have a technician replacing the garage door weather seal at a Roswell, Georgia mouse-control job. The mice gnawed through the old seal to get into the garage. We're non-chemically treating the mouse problem and mouse-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 02, 2020 10:23:01 am.

We have a technician building a new crawl space door to replace an old, warped one that was letting mice into the crawl space of a house in Temple, Georgia. We'll also seal any other gaps we find to make the house mouse-proof.
by Webmaster
Oct 08, 2020 10:22:24 am.

Headed down south today to Albany Ga to give a quote for a bat exclusion. Animals in the attic scratching and bats are keeping the customers up at night. Time for us to step in.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 10, 2020 09:42:30 am.

Video of Bats Sealed Out of a House in Blairsville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 02, 2020 10:24:35 am.

One of our crews is replacing an old, rotted crawl space door to keep Norway rats out of a house in Colbert, Georgia. Once the rats are sealed out, we'll set traps to remove the rats that are already in the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 26, 2020 11:41:21 am.

Jason and Justin Deodorizing an Attic After Animal Removal
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2020 10:10:29 am.

Video of Jason A Releasing an Opossum Removed from a House in Griffin, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 05, 2020 05:51:46 am.

Video of Serious Rat Damage at a Warehouse in Suwanee, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 04, 2020 10:54:35 am.

News: CDC Warns that COVID-19 Lockdowns are Making Rats and Mice More Desperate
by Webmaster
May 27, 2020 09:43:37 am.

A rat-control crew from our North Georgia office is on its was to seal Norway rats out of a brick house in Dalton, Georgia.
by Webmaster
May 18, 2020 10:34:55 am.

Video of Justin Sealing Rats and Mice Out of a Loading Dock
by Webmaster
Apr 30, 2020 10:02:16 am.

A team of bat-removal technicians is sealing the soffit of a house in Morgantown, Georgia to keep bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 23, 2020 10:47:04 am.

Noises in your attic? We can help in certain case we can seal and remove animals from your home with no personal contact.
by Dean Scott
Apr 02, 2020 11:16:28 am.

From our family to yours we wish you good health and safety. During this uncertain time related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to assure you as a approved business for essential Services. Rid-A-Critter remains open. Thanks
by Jason Arruda
Mar 27, 2020 03:07:31 pm.

We're busy removing bats from the attic of a house house in Canton, Georgia and sealing the roof to keep them out.
by Webmaster
Mar 27, 2020 10:59:23 am.

Here's Dan Humanely Removing Animals from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 10:05:57 am.

This Video Shows How to Humanely Remove an Animal from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 09:57:33 am.

Rid-A-Critter provides dead animal removal, odor control, and decontamination in all of North Georgia, including Athens, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Canton, Carrollton, Cartersville, Cumming, Dacula, Doraville, Dunwoody, Ellijay, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Kennesaw, Jasper, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Macon, Milton, Norcross, Rome, Roswell, Suwanee, Villa Rica, Winston, Woodstock, and everywhere in between.

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