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Dead Animal Removal and Odor Control Service

Ooh, 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 home Flies 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.

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Rid-A-Critter provides dead animal removal in North Georgia. Please contact us for more information.

 

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Visiting clients in Albany Ga. on this Presidents Day. Be safe!
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2019 11:52:47 am.

Wow, this warm weather has these bat calls on the rise. Bats are gonna be out early with this warm weather and early spring.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 06, 2019 11:57:56 am.

Well it was a good Monday seeing clients in Carrollton, Dallas, Rockmart and Bremen Ga. today. Time to head home. Be safe everyone.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 28, 2019 04:25:42 pm.

As always it’s nice to visit with our clients in the Albany Ga area. Thanks to all companies and people who refer us to your friends and family for wildlife needs.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 21, 2019 02:47:07 pm.

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by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2019 05:52:35 pm.

Had a good day visiting some of my clients in the Gainesville Ga. area today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 17, 2019 02:38:57 pm.

Squirrels, squirrels, and rats. Just left a house in Vestavia Hills. We are sealing that one today for squirrels and rats. On my way to pehlam for gray squirrels. Then back up to Birmingham for more gray squirrels. Then to Irondale.
by Chris Scott
Jan 17, 2019 11:14:15 am.

Safety training in Jasper Georgia today. Couldn’t ask for a better view.
by Dean Scott
Jan 11, 2019 10:33:18 am.

It’s was a great day in Birmingham Alabama today. I got to see a lot of friendly faces again. Our relationship with the pest control industry has been and is amazing. Thanks to all the Pest Control companies that refer us for wildlife.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 10, 2019 03:08:08 pm.

Good morning team. I’m headed to Albany Ga. today to see some clients. Hope you all have a great day.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 09, 2019 08:05:26 am.

Its finally a beautiful day in the south! The sun is shining and the temperatures are nice. Our techs are out in the filed removing attic critters and excluding them from homes. If you have rats, mice or other varmints in your home call us.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 05, 2019 12:02:27 pm.

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by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2018 11:26:02 am.

Seeing clients in and around Griffin Ga today.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 28, 2018 01:07:45 pm.

New Google+ Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2018 10:43:21 am.

Spent the day with clients in South Georgia from Albany to Valdosta. Time to head back to Pike county.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 17, 2018 05:06:48 pm.

Good luck 🍀 to all students taking their midterm exams this week.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 17, 2018 04:25:14 pm.

Video of Carl Correcting Another Animal-Removal Company's Work
by Webmaster
Dec 11, 2018 09:55:45 am.

Wow, it’s been a lot of wet and cold weather here in Ga. and has the phones ringing. Make sure your home is secured against all the wildlife looking for warmth and shelter.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 10, 2018 04:42:47 pm.

In McDonough Ga seeing some of our clients that referred us last month to say Thank You!!
by Jason Arruda
Dec 07, 2018 11:40:58 am.

This Video Shows How Poor Home Upkeep can Lead to Animal Problems
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Nov 23, 2018 05:19:58 am.

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Nov 21, 2018 11:11:26 am.

Our Heartfelt Thanks to All Our Veterans and Service Members, Past and Present
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Nov 09, 2018 06:10:15 am.

Picture of Tim Removing a Dead Animal from a Chimney
by Webmaster
Oct 31, 2018 12:39:47 pm.

Tim Found a Surprise in the Attic of the Kramden Home
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Oct 05, 2018 10:34:32 am.

Tess Found a Huge Animal Entry Gap at a House in Dunwoody
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Oct 03, 2018 11:09:10 am.

Fortunately, Rid-A-Critter Can Handle Big or Small Animal-Control Jobs
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Sep 25, 2018 10:23:53 am.

Chris Sent a Picture of a Black and Yellow Garden Spider
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Sep 04, 2018 10:53:34 am.

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Aug 31, 2018 09:45:47 am.

Here's a Video of Bats in a Gable Vent
by Webmaster
Jul 23, 2018 09:59:00 am.

An Animal Inspection Revealed a Crack in the Foundation
by Webmaster
Jul 23, 2018 09:51:02 am.

There Can Be Many Hidden Animal Entry Points on a House
by Webmaster
Jul 18, 2018 09:57:01 am.

Here's Carl Animal Proofing a House
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Jul 17, 2018 09:09:12 am.

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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