Dead Skunk Smell Although skunks sometimes help out homeowners by eating venomous snakes and problematic insects, they are generally considered nuisances. Their ability to spray a foul liquid is annoying when the pests are alive, but even that doesn't compare to the dead skunk smell, made particularly putrid due to decomposition. When skunks die in attics, garages, and woodsheds, their rotting carcasses can stink up homes and attract pests like maggots and flies. Difficulties with Removal Oftentimes, homeowners stumble upon dead skunks under the house. Carcasses are also frequently found below sheds, porches, patios, and other hard-to-reach areas where the pests like to burrow. Residents who attempt to remove dead skunks risk contracting rabies or tularemia, as the smallest cut can become infected. It can also be difficult or even impossible to remove the pests from wall voids or attics without breaking apart sections of the home. It is not recommended that residents remove dead skunks in the yard by themselves. Problems & Prevention Since live skunks are also annoying, particularly for their habit of digging up yards to find prey, homeowners should take steps to prevent infestations. Controlling overgrowth and treating lawns to reduce snake and grub populations will reduce a yard's attractiveness to skunks. To take further action, seal garbage cans, store pet food securely, and remove debris. Unfortunately, even the best DIY prevention measures can fail. For fast and reliable dead skunk removal from homes and yards, call on the trained experts at Critter Control.