Dead Animal Removal Richmond, VA

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Welcome to Richmond Dead Animal Removal! Got a terrible smell in your house, or do you see a dead critter on your property? We are an animal control company specializing in the removal of dead animals from your home, attic, basement, walls, yard, or any part of your property. You clearly don't want a dead animal in your house. Carcasses attract flies and give off terrible smells, not to mention the potential diseases rotting flesh can cause. Whenever we remove dead animals, we use 100% safe methods and make sure to disinfect your home and get rid of all traces of odor. Click here for Free Roadkill Removal and click here for Dead Pet Body Removal. For deceased wild animals in your home or property, call us anytime at 804-893-6113 to schedule an appointment for today! We come out fast! Some of the services we offer include:

  • Dead Animal Removal
  • Foul Odor Diagnosis
  • Full Property Inspections
  • House Damage Repairs
  • Dead Body Location Services
  • Proper Carcass Disposal
  • Cleanup & Decontamination Services
  • Deodorization Services

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Have you noticed the strong foul odor inside your building or house, but you have no idea where it is coming from? 99% of the service requests that we receive would be related to a dead animal, the other 1% would be due to sewer gas. When in this situation, you might think that you can ignore it and wait for the odor to vanish. However, you will not have the stomach for this. It will take months before the smell will completely dissipate. Furthermore, the air quality and your foods will be contaminated when you ignore them. To avoid the repercussions, call us, and we will immediately deal with it. We are a full-service family-owned dead animal removal company; we are experts in locating and removing the source of the problem for you. We will use a non-invasive procedure, but there are times when we have to cut a hole in your walls or ceilings. Nonetheless, we will be repairing it after all necessary procedures have been performed. We are equipped to offer remediation and restoration service. Some people may find this a nasty job, but our people are ready to do it. We will be prepared to crawl through tight spaces and venture on areas when no one else will, just to retrieve the carcass.

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What if you found roadkill or a dead animal such as a deer in a public place, and you want the city or Henrico County services to remove it for free? Click here for Free Henrico County Dead Animal Removal services. What if a farm animal like a horse, or your beloved pet dog or pet cat has died and you need the body taken away? Click here for Dead Pet Body Removal.

We are experts in dead animal removal, and take our job seriously. When removing dead animals, we do a COMPLETE job — not only do we remove the dead animal from your home or yard, we also decontaminate the area, deodorize it, and dispose of the animal or cremate it. If you aren't sure whether the stench in your house is due to a rotting carcass or another reason, we can sniff it out with our noses from our years of experience. We remove dead raccoons, dead opossums, dead skunks, dead squirrels, dead birds, even dead dogs and cats. We frequently remove dead rodents from inside walls, because poison kills rats and mice, who die in your house. We completely solve your dead animal problem by taking these steps:

  • Sniff out the dead animal if it is somewhere in your home
  • When necessary, for example if the animal is in a wall or under your house, cut a hole to remove the animal
  • Remove the dead animal, safely and completely (and seal the hole if needed)
  • Finish the job by decontaminating and deodorizing your home
  • Properly dispose of the dead animal through incineration or other means
  • Prevent it from happening again by finding out how they got in your house

Dead animal carcass removal is specialty work. Sometimes the job is simple, such as a dead opossum in the yard, in which case we can simply wear our gloves and respirator mask, bag the carcass, and take it away for incineration. Sometimes this is more complex, such as when the dead animal is under a home crawlspace, under a porch or deck or shed. Or if the animal is larger, such as a dog or a deer. The most complex cases are dead animals inside the house. The animal may have died inside the attic, or down in the walls, or the duct work, or any other part of the architecture. You may have a bad smell in your home, and you're not even sure what's causing it. We've removed not just dead animals, but rotting food, bad mold, etc. We specialize in locating the source of the smell, and we very commonly cut a hole in the ceiling or wall to remove the animal. We remove every bit of the carcass, mop up the juices, vacuum the maggots, spray it and wipe it down with disinfectant, cleaner, and we repair the hole we cut. In some cases we use ozone machines to neutralize odor.

Richmond Dead Animal Tip: Why Do Squirrels Die Inside Houses or Attics? How to Remove.

When you picture squirrels, you see nests high up in trees. You see them scampering around the ground, hunting for nuts. Typically, we don’t associate the little critters with houses and attics. However, as solitary creatures, squirrels find themselves searching for food in all manner of locations, including your home. You may even uncover a nest of them sheltered together during the cold winter months. So, why do they venture inside? And most specifically, why do they die there?

If you find a dead squirrel in your home and you’ve got a pet, it’s not hard to put two-and-two together. Dogs – or even an ambitious cat – will kill squirrels passing through, or more simply, they’ll carry the carcass inside. Your pet may do so to show off. For them, they’ve prevented a home invader or provided tonight’s dinner. You probably don’t see it that way.

They got stuck
The most obvious reason that a squirrel may die inside is due to an accident. In their hunt for food, they’ve snuck into your home or attic. Inside, they’ve got lost in the labyrinth of rooms and are unable to find their way out. Squirrels are natural climbers, but they’ll struggle to dig to freedom. And they can’t climb concrete. Therefore, once inside, they find themselves trapped, leading to death by starvation, stress, or dehydration.

Similar to squirrels who get stuck, young squirrels may leave nests prematurely and wander into the warmest, nearest location. That means your house. Once inside, they also find themselves trapped. Unable to look after themselves, they die due to hunger or dehydration. On a rare occasion, a squirrel may have made your attic their home. In such cases, if the mother squirrel dies while foraging, her babies, unable to fend for themselves, will die.

You’ve laid down poison to kill a rat, but in the process, you may also kill a squirrel. The squirrel then searches for shelter inside your house and eventually dies there.

An unlikely but plausible scenario: a diseased squirrel seeks refuge inside your property, leading to its death. There are many potential diseases: squirrel pox, plague, leptospirosis, and more.

How to remove a dead squirrel from your property
If a squirrel has died inside your home, you’re unlikely to know at first. Only when the smell becomes prominent can you begin to search for the source. Follow the smell to locate the source. The stronger the smell, the closer you are likely to be to the carcass. Consider all possible locations, including attics, crawlspaces, air conditioning ducts, or even wall spaces. If you suspect the squirrel is in the wall, use your smell to locate the exact spot. Attempt to extract the squirrel via the attic. However, if you cannot do so, you may need to cut a small hole to remove the body. When removing the carcass, ensure you are wearing adequate protective equipment. As mentioned, squirrels are vectors for disease, some of which can affect humans or pets. Then, using thick rubber gloves, place the carcass into heavy-duty plastic bags. Make sure to seal the carcass securely. Next, thoroughly clean the affected area using disinfectants and enzyme-based cleaners. You may need a bug spray to kill any flies in the area. It’s also a good idea to place down deodorizers, such as baking soda or charcoal briquettes to reduce the smell going forward.

Disposing of the carcass
Once you’ve finished cleaning, you’ll need to dispose of the body. Contact the local animal control authorities to find out the correct procedure. Depending on your location, the regulations are likely to differ considerably. If you live in a low-density area, burial or burning are hygienic and non-contact methods of disposal. Elsewhere, these are likely to generate complaints, as burial will leach diseases into the nearby soil. Otherwise, you could consider contacting a pest control company. They’ll likely have extensive experience removing and disposing of carcasses. Such companies will also advise on preventing future recurrences by sealing up entryways and reducing squirrel attractants.