A dead longhorn skull.

One of the most unpleasant odors to endure is one that emanates from a dead critter lodged in an unknown, unseen area. When you live in an area such as Texas that is overly populated with small animals, dead animal removal becomes essential from time to time. While most of these dead animals can be found in the open and can easily be removed, animals that get lodged in small crevices sometimes require the help of a professional Texas critter control specialist.

Dead animals are hazardous to leave in your home, attic, or garage since they are breeding grounds for bacteria and vermin such as flies and rats, not to mention larger carrion that could prove a threat to those who are near the place where the deceased animal rests. A rotting animal can introduce mold and disease, making people sick even if the animal is out of sight, so it is important to reduce those risks as quickly as possible.

In addition to the health dangers involved in leaving an animal where it is, the smell of a rotting animal can be one of the most unpleasant odors to have in the home. The stench of dead animals is putrid, and it may not go away for several weeks or even months. In fact, it could well get worse, especially if the death occurs in the summer, when the heat will cause the odor to fester and linger longer. Simply spraying a room freshener will not fix the problem; the only true solution is to remove the source of the stench.

There are many types of animals that may find their way into a home, particularly rodents such as mice, rats and squirrels, as well as birds and larger mammals such as raccoons and feral cats. The smaller the animal, the more difficult it will be to find and the more likely that it was able to lodge itself in a hole or crack or crevice, making it impossible to reach without professional assistance. Our expertise in animal removal includes a keen awareness of home structures and how to cut into walls and rooms and then repair them easily.

The dead animal itself is a nuisance, and it can create more nuisances if it is left untended for too long. Tiny parasites such as mites and fleas are likely to be living on an animal at the time of its death, and once the creature is no longer a source of nourishment for them, they will seek out a new host. This is particularly problematic in homes with pets, but people may also be affected by these unpleasant intruders. They can cause irritation as well as a variety of diseases, some of them deadly. Professional removal of dead animals will also involve wiping out these parasites and removing the threat that they could spread.

Once the location of the dead animal is determined, the task is not just to remove the dead animal and any parasites associated with it but also to disinfect and deodorize the area so that the smell can dissipate and that part of the house will be safe to use again. Another component of the process is to set traps for other animals that may have found the same entry point as the first animal and to seal off any obvious entrances so that this will not be likely to happen again.


When you hire the service of a wildlife control company such as Critter Ridder, you are getting professionals who have an abundance of knowledge about animals, their behavior and their breeding pattern. We also use the latest technology and equipment which makes it easy for us to find and remove small animals from really tight spaces. Spaces such as unseen areas in the attic, voids and cracks in the walls and beneath decks are our dead animal removal area of specialty.

Because animals choose to die in areas where they are comfortable and cannot be bothered, our team will sometimes be required to cut into walls and floors. However, this is not something for you to worry about because we travel with all the tools we need to cut and repair your premises.

Dead animal removal and dead animal pickup is one of our specialties; therefore, do not hesitate to contact us if you suspect but cannot locate a dead animal on your premises.

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