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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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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.

Just enjoying this Georgia weather this weekend. At my parents house fishing and noticed the wildlife out here where they belong. They can become a nuisance though when they find their way inside your home. In that case give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 01, 2020 12:24:17 pm.

Well it’s North Ga today. Seeing clients in Buford, Gainesville, Blue Ridge, Blairsville and Hiawassee Ga.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 27, 2020 11:30:35 am.

Rainy days mean animals like to stay in. If you are hearing noises in your attic on this rainy day it could be more than rain.
by Dean Scott
Feb 13, 2020 09:27:56 am.

Going to Bainbridge Ga today for quotes for exclusions. Bats, rats and gray squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 23, 2020 11:05:03 am.

Excited to be at the Athens pest control conference this week. Let’s talk about wildlife and what services we provide to help.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 06, 2020 11:57:03 am.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2019 11:39:15 am.

Want to put a stop to those pesky critters getting in your home for good? We can do that!!
by Jason Arruda
Dec 30, 2019 12:14:14 pm.

Heard it all. Squirrels in my attic, scratching noises in my attic, attic noises, animals partying in my attic, then there’s the crawlspace. Rats in my crawlspace, opossum in my crawlspace and there’s something dead in my crawlspace/attic.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 30, 2019 12:07:59 pm.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2019 11:07:00 am.

Just want to say. I’m so grateful for the relationships we have with the pest control companies in Georgia and Alabama and Tennessee. Thank you all for the referrals.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 19, 2019 01:01:20 pm.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Squirrels are busy this season as usual. I’m headed south to take a look at a commercial job in Macon for Bats. Yep bats their still hanging around with us despite the cooler temps. Have a good day.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 05, 2019 10:27:19 am.

New Blog Post: What Software Do We Use to Maintain this Site?
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Dec 04, 2019 06:29:03 pm.

New Blog Post: Happy Thanksgiving!
by Webmaster
Nov 27, 2019 11:45:10 am.

Havoc in you attic. Call us
by Jason Arruda
Oct 10, 2019 02:29:13 pm.

Having a blast down here in Tifton Ga at the GPCA Fall Conference meeting new clients. Glad to be in great relationships with the pest control industry.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 10, 2019 10:45:32 am.

Been a busy day in South Georgia today with attic noises and scratching noises in walls. Squirrels are here.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 19, 2019 02:34:56 pm.

Squirrel calls are coming in. Is your home protected? Call us for a free quote today.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 04, 2019 12:40:03 pm.

Out seeing clients today in Birmingham, Anniston, Leeds and Center Point Alabama. Having issues with Nuisance animals in your home or business call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 29, 2019 12:14:08 pm.

Headed south to Vidalia,Ga for a bat exclusion quote. Nice day today with cooler temps. Going to be a busy fall.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 26, 2019 11:29:27 am.

Very Poor Maintenance Led to a Rat Problem at a House in Cumming, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 15, 2019 11:35:11 am.

Getting a little squirrelly in Georgia. We’ve seen babies already.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 01, 2019 09:54:09 am.

In Warner Robins this morning and sold a exclusion. Gonna be another happy customer. Now headed to Valdosta to see some clients.
by Jason Arruda
Jul 25, 2019 01:42:30 pm.

Down here on Lake Blackshear quoting a home with what was thought to be bats. After evaluating the home it turns out to be Chimney Swifts which can’t be relocated due to being a migratory bird. We’ll be back to cap flue when they’re gone.
by Jason Arruda
Jul 22, 2019 01:37:32 pm.

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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