Overview When animals meet their inescapable ends among the walls or attics of homes or in residential yards, problems arise which may be difficult to handle without the help of professionally trained wildlife removal experts. Commonly found animals include creatures which frequently live near houses such as squirrels, raccoons, stray cats or dogs, mice, rats, opossums, and skunks. Homeowners risk unpleasant odors and stains, disease, contamination, and further pest infestation when dead animal bodies are left unattended in homes or yards. Identification The expired corpse of an animal may be obscured from view by walls, ceilings, or dark crawl spaces. The signs of their passing are noted in time as gasses caused by bodily decomposition fill the area with the smell of rotting flesh. Fluids drain out and leech into nearby materials, causing foul stains which spread and grow as the animal's body continues to rot. These signs may cause concern and unpleasant circumstances for humans and attract other insect or animal pests which feed on carcasses. Locations Homeowners Find Dead Animals Animals like squirrels, raccoons, mice, and rats often make their homes in close proximity to human activity, sometimes within the same yard or even within a house. Whatever areas the animals frequented during their lives are where the remains of their corpses can be found. This includes within attics and walls, beneath floorboards, under porches, hidden within crawl spaces, in yards, or floating in pools. Many of these animals, especially mice and rats, are considered pests by humans, who lay out traps and baits to control infestations. Toxic baits increase the chances of the animals dying and decaying in hidden or unreachable places, and traps which are not checked frequently may allow caught creatures to expire and decompose. Problems & Disease Certain insects and animals such as flies, beetles, worms, crows, and vultures feast off animal 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 animals may contact the diseases or parasites once harbored by the animals. When left unattended, the carcass may contaminate soil or water sources with harmful diseases like cryptosporidium and bayliscaris. Undisposed bodies may also be harmful to pets such as dogs and cats, who can contract parasites and diseases just as easily. Prevention The best way to prevent dead animals in homes or yards is to exclude the creatures from such areas to begin with. They seek entrance through cracks and holes in exterior walls of the home or through unsecured vents, windows, chimneys, or doorways. By sealing up these areas, homeowners can secure their houses against unwanted pests, ensuring that they meet their deaths outside in areas where their bodies won't inconvenience the residents of the household. Removal Upon discovering a dead animal in the home or yard, individuals should refrain from handling the carcass. To prevent the spread of diseases and parasites, residents should contact Critter Control wildlife removal experts, who are trained to safely dispose of dead animals. Removing animal carcasses will also remove the dangers and possible pest infestations which accompany them. We can help you get rid of animal carcass problems. Call today: 1.800.274.8837.