What to do if there’s a dead animal in your house?
Homes across North America are regularly targeted year-round by a variety of household pests, from rats and squirrels to bats and raccoons. More often than not, these home invaders are only seeking a reliable source of food and/or shelter, especially in the winter months when sustenance and warmth become scarce. But many of them can cause a lot of damage to our homes if left alone and can be a real pain to try and remove. For example, many mammals like rats and squirrels have sharp incisor teeth that never stop growing so they need constant maintenance.
To do this, they will gnaw or chew at any rough surface they can find, such as the wooden beams of an attic or electrical cables, which can result in significant damage. Although there are many effective methods of natural pest removal, some pest control companies resort to using or recommending harmful chemicals that kill the pest, but this can lead to all sorts of other problems.
For example, the creature may die in a difficult to reach a place, which gives its body plenty of time to decompose and pose a great threat to you and your family. To start, the dead animal’s carcass needs to be removed as soon as possible. This must be handled safely, with proper protective equipment, as many household pests carry harmful diseases that may easily transmit to humans by touch. Examples of protective clothing you should wear when handling dead animals in your home include gloves, eye goggles, and a face mask or respirator so that you are completely protected against any harmful pathogens. After they are removed, many dead animals leave behind pungent odors.
This can last long after they are gone and can attract a host of other unwanted pests like flies, maggots, and roaches to your home. There are plenty of odor elimination choices available, such as products that break down the molecules in the air using enzymes. You should also make sure to thoroughly clean and disinfect the area where you found the animal afterward, to eliminate any residual pathogens that may linger.
When disposing of the body, check local state laws for information on how to safely and legally remove it.