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Removing Dead Animal Carcasses from Your Home & Yard

Any wildlife animal that can get into your home or business can sadly also die there. The idea of an animal dying in or around our home may be an unpleasant thought but it does happen occasionally. The presence of a deceased animal is unnerving; fortunately, Creature Control’s technicians have the experience to promptly and professionally remove carcasses. Though every case is different, all dead animal removal jobs fall into two categories: exterior or interior.

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Exterior Carcass Removal

It is not uncommon for deer and other larger mammals such as racoons, opossums, and skunks to occasionally wander into your yard and die; either from a failed hunting excursion or struck by a car, animals can sometimes survive for a long time. They wander off trying to recoup only to settle in a nearby yard preferably within an enclosed space where they die. Homes and businesses situated within 100 yards from a major road unfortunately encounter this more often.

The type of animal and its location determines the complexity of its removal. Most animals, if they have the choice, prefer to die in an enclosed location rather than out in the open. Under decks, beneath additions, in Michigan basements, and underneath porches are common areas for animals to retreat before dying. Exterior carcass removal includes first locating the carcass and then extricating it from the area it has passed in.

The cost of carcass removal is more or less dependent on the amount of work needed to remove the carcass and the laws regulating its disposal. For example, in the case of animals larger than a raccoon, such as a deer, Michigan state laws require that the carcass be disposed of in a pit at least 3.5 feet deep, on private property, and not adjacent to any standing water.

Interior Carcass Removal

Interior carcass removal can be complicated since homeowners usually don’t know exactly where an animal has died within the home. The first sign of a dead animal within your home or business is typically a rank, putrid smell. This stench may be limited to one room or an area of a room, or it may permeate the entire premises. The extent of the smell has nothing to do with the size or number of animals that may have died, but rather the location of the carcass. A single dead mouse can stink up an entire house if it dies in the “right” place. For example, if a mouse dies near a heating and cooling duct, the duct can suck in air from outside itself and spread the stench of the rotting carcass throughout the entire home. Deceased mice inside wall voids, however, may pose only a slight scent within the immediate vicinity of the carcass.

A carcass in the home may also be accompanied by the presence of large bottle flies or “hide” beetles (little brown or black beetles that feed on decaying carcasses). An animal that dies in a drop ceiling may cause a small wet spot to appear on the underside of the ceiling due the carcass sweating. This is especially common in the case of dead mice and dead rats.

Usually animals that die inside the home do so in the attic or within wall voids. Removal can be simple (going up into the attic and retrieving the carcass), or quite complicated, sometimes necessitating cutting into the wall and using fiberoptic cameras and lights to locate a carcass. The cost of interior carcass removal depends on the extent of work involved in locating and removing it. You can trust the experienced technicians at Creature Control to provide prompt carcass removal with competitive pricing.