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Dead Critter Removal

What do you do if you find a dead critter on your property?

If an critter dies in the walls or attics of homes or in residential yards, problems may arise that may be difficult to handle without the help of professionally trained wildlife removal experts.

Commonly found critter’s include squirrels, raccoons, mice, rats, opossums, and skunks. Homeowners risk unpleasant odors and stains, disease, contamination, and further pest infestation when dead critter bodies are left unattended in homes or yards.

How do you know if there is a dead critter in your home?

Typically, an critter does not die in plain sight. The surest sign there is a dead critter is the putrid stench caused by decomposition.

Fluids drain out and leech into nearby materials, causing foul stains that spread and grow as the critter’s body continues to rot.

How long does a dead critter stink?

The smell could last anywhere from a few days to a few months. It depends on the size of the critter and the environmental conditions for the carcass to dry out.

These signs may cause concern and unpleasant circumstances for humans and attract other insect or critter pests that feed on carcasses.

How to find a dead critter in your house?

Squirrels, raccoons, bats, mice, and rats often make their homes within a house. Whatever areas the critter’s frequented during their lives are where the dead critter carcass can be found.

Typical locations to look for an critter carcass

  • Walls
  • Attics
  • Under floorboards
  • Under porches
  • Crawlspaces
  • Yards
  • Floating in Pools

If you set traps to catch wildlife pests, check them frequently. Toxic baits increase the chances of the critter’s dying and decaying in hidden or unreachable places.

Problems & Disease

How do I get rid of the dead critter smell?

Critter Bros. Wildlife Technicians employ a pet-safe odor eliminator crafted from natural organisms and enzymes. These agents consume decaying organic matter that causes odors, effectively eliminating the odor source. In instances where removing the source isn’t feasible, we utilize aerosols, oxidizing agents, foggers, and disinfectants with germicides to mask the smell until nature completes the task for you.

Can dead critter's make me sick?

The smell of dead critter’s cannot make you sick, but your sense of smell often alerts you to potential danger. If it smells bad, it is bad for you.

Certain insects and critter’s, such as flies, beetles, worms, crows, and vultures, feast on critter carcasses. Fly larvae hatch and grow among corpses, and beetles and worms eat the leftovers. Many such creatures are considered nuisances or pests by humans, and their presence in the home can cause additional problems.

Humans who come into close contact with dead critter’s may contact the diseases or parasites once harbored by the critter’s. When left unattended, the carcass may contaminate soil or water sources with harmful diseases like cryptosporidium and baylisascaris.

Undisposed bodies may also be harmful to pets, such as dogs and cats, who can contract parasites and diseases just as easily.

Wildlife Pest Prevention

The best way to prevent dead critter’s in homes or yards is to keep the critter out. They seek entrance through cracks and holes in the exterior walls of the home or through unsecured vents, windows, chimneys, or doorways.

Exclusion services include:

  • Sealing all cracks with caulk
  • Replacing broken windows and door screens
  • Adding mesh wire to chimney openings
  • Buying tightly fitted lids for trash bins
  • Removing debris from yards
  • Trimming tree branches so nothing hangs over roofs
  • Cleaning clutter from basement and attics

If wildlife have entered your home previously, that entry point exists until you fix it. 

Who to call for dead critter removal?

Many local critter control departments may not enter your home or property for dead critter removal.

A deceased critter can generate a foul odor, posing health hazards, attracting insects, causing stains, and leaving lingering smells. When encountering a dead critter in your home or yard, it’s advisable to avoid handling the carcass.

To mitigate the risk of diseases and parasites, residents should reach out to Critter Bros. wildlife removal experts. Our team is trained to safely dispose of dead critters, eliminating associated dangers and potential pest infestations.

Why Choose Critter Bros.

Embracing the beauty of critter and fostering an understanding of our shared natural environment are essential initial steps towards resolving conflicts between critter and humans. Addressing these conflicts requires a blend of tolerance and comprehension, dispelling misconceptions that often stem from unfounded fears. Creatures like bats and snakes, though beneficial to the environment, are seldom threats to humans. While nature can often find its own balance, there are instances where intervention becomes necessary to prevent further harm to our homes, safeguard our properties, and ensure human health and safety.

At Critter Bros., our philosophy revolves around humane critter control and environmentally responsible practices in managing nuisance critter issues. Our comprehensive services encompass critter control & critter removal, critter damage repair, critter exclusion, and pest control prevention. Employing cutting-edge, integrated techniques, we deliver ecologically sound critter control solutions tailored for homeowners, businesses, and municipalities.

Our certified critter specialists at Critter Bros. draw upon decades of experience, honing their skills to swiftly identify the specific critter causing the problem at hand. Collaborating with you, we develop a customized plan that not only removes the nuisance critter but also prevents future infestations and addresses any damage caused.


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Critter Bros. stands as the premier critter removal company, boasting offices in both Nevada and California. For any critter control or critter removal issues,  contact us or call us at CA (916) 257-8739,  NV (775) 870-6061. Trust Critter Bros. to provide the professional critter management solutions you require!

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