What to do if there's a dead animal in the wall?
Pest control services in the United States are constantly needed to handle the multitude of creatures that regularly invade our homes. With the right equipment and training, professional services can make sure any threat to your home and your family is dealt with efficiently and safely. This can often work out cheaper than trying it yourself, as you may get it wrong and need more costly services later down the line to fix these mistakes.
Discovering a wild pest in or near your property is any homeowner’s worst nightmare. Depending on the creature or scale of the infestation, some may opt for the easy route of using pesticides and other chemical-based methods to eliminate the threat. But going down the route of extermination may actually do far more harm than good.
Pesticides and other chemicals can be effective at killing the pest, but then the homeowner has to contend with the prospect of a dead animal corpse. Not only can this be potentially more harrowing to handle, but it can also be equally hazardous to the health and safety of you and your family. This is especially the case if the animal died inside the walls, as it can be very difficult and costly to extract it.
If you can smell a strong and foul odor coming from somewhere in your home but cannot locate a carcass, chances are you have a dead animal in your walls. To properly locate it, try to restrict airflow as much as possible to help you narrow down where the dead animal is within the walls.
Once located, you will need to open a hole in the wall so you can reach the dead animal’s body. After this, you will need to wear plenty of protective clothing, including gloves, goggles, and a face covering like a respirator mask, to avoid catching any harmful pathogens from the animal’s body or the odor it emits. Then you will need to thoroughly disinfect the area and eliminate the odor before sealing up the hole again.
Doing this can take an incredibly long time, especially just the act of locating the body, whilst making a hole and sealing it can swiftly become expensive. This is why it is generally recommended to avoid using pesticides and chemicals to handle household pests.