How to Safely Identify & Remove Dead Birds 

Finding Dead Birds in The Yard

Birds die for a variety of reasons, including old age, flying accidents, and predator attacks. For the most part, dead birds are found in yards, but they can also be discovered indoors. Attics, chimneys, and even basements can all end up harboring a bird carcass. Dead birds get in houses through vents, gaps in roofs, and other small openings while alive. It's usually only through the odor of decomposition that residents become aware of the presence of the pests.

Safety Concerns

When the body of a dead bird is found, proper steps should be taken to dispose of the body quickly and safely to avoid contracting diseases or attracting further pests. Left alone, the body of a bird will naturally decompose with the help of insects like blowflies, ants, and cockroaches. Disposing of the body is crucial to avoid attracting such pests to the home. Additionally, birds that died from a virus or bacterial infection may still be capable of transmitting their fatal illness, such as West Nile virus or salmonellosis, to nearby humans. Finally, as bird bodies break down, they release foul-smelling gasses and fluids capable of staining ceilings and walls.

How to Dispose of a Dead Bird

In order to limit exposure to dead birds, homeowners should take steps to keep live ones away from their yards. While it's nearly impossible to exclude birds from properties completely, a combination of limiting food sources and nesting sites can deter them. When faced with a dead bird in the house or yard, never approach or handle the carcass. Instead, contact the trained professionals at Critter Control to safely handle dead bird removal.

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