It starts slowly, a trace of something not quite right as you walk down a hall or past a specific area. Later, the odor gets stronger, but remains a mystery. Progressively, the smell becomes ever more foul until you finally realize what it is: a dead animal.
Vermin, such as rats, roaches, and mice, have found humanity to be a great source of food and shelter, which attracts them into homes and businesses. When these vermin die, the natural decomposition that takes place can be a source of horrible smells and even diseases for family members and pets. Compounding the problem, ants and cockroaches then feed on the carcass, spreading disease as they travel.
While natural deaths certainly happen, dead animals in the home most often occur when poisoning has been doneis used as vermin control. Pests, such as rats and mice, will consume the poison, sicken, and find an isolated location to die. Unfortunately, that location is often inside walls, chimneys, attics, and basements. As these bodies decompose, other pests are attracted and compound the problem.
Prevention is the easiest way to deal with this health threat:
Finding the source of a dead animal smell can be difficult. Odor levels can fluctuate with temperature, humidity and air flow changes, as well as the stage of decomposition. Understanding an animal’s natural desire to be alone as it sickens can help locate the body. Basements, attics, chimneys, and crawl spaces are common places to search. If it appears the animal has died within a wall, professional extraction can minimize the damage by isolating the location more specifically and removing the dead animal without tearing down extensive sections of wall.
Since dead animals can carry diseases, it is very important to dispose of them properly.
Neutralizing the odor of dead animals is always paramount in this situation. Just as smoke damage lingers after a fire, the pungent aroma of dead animals can linger long after the animal itself has been removed. Activated charcoal packets, odor absorbing paint, and a thorough cleaning can rid your home or office of dead animal smells. If these efforts are not enough, professional odor removal services may be necessary.
Preventing the problem is always a good idea, but when a dead animal smell occurs, it is important to locate the source of the smell, disinfect and dispose of the problem, and take steps to regain the sweet smell of success in the battle against pests.