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Dead Animal Removal and Odor Control

Columbia and Aiken, South Carolina Rid-A-Critter Office

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A dead animal can cause your home or business to stink for weeks or months.

There are few things that smell worse than an animal carcass rotting away somewhere in your home. Even tiny animals like mice can cause very unpleasant odors, but the stench of larger animals like rats, squirrels, opossums, or raccoons can make your home unbearable and can last for weeks, or even months. That's why Rid-A-Critter provides dead animal removal throughout our Columbia and Aiken South Carolina service areas.

Now, let's be clear: Dead animal removal isn't our favorite kind of work. In fact, most of our techs would rather be doing almost anything else. But we do it because we know that it's a serious problem, and we also know that many other companies won't accept these calls -- even if their company was the one that caused the problem in the first place.

You see, there are many reasons why an animal can die within your home or business. Sometimes they get into fights but manage to get back home before they die, sometimes they become ill with serious diseases, and sometimes they just die of old age. But one of the most common reasons why animals die inside homes or businesses is because an exterminator set out bait, usually for rodents, that caused the animal to die.

Sometimes an animal can be killed by poison that was set out months or even years earlier. For example, an exterminator may have set out rodenticide a few years ago to kill mice in the attic. Years later, larger animals like squirrels get into the attic, eat the bait, and die. Another thing that happens from time to time is called "secondary toxicity," which is when a larger animal eats a smaller animal that consumed enough poison to kill the larger animal. This isn't very common, but it does happen from time to time.

The possibility of an animal dying in some difficult-to-reach area is one of the many reasons why we rarely use rodenticides, especially inside homes and other buildings. There's too much of a chance that a rodent or other animal will die somewhere and stink up the entire building. That can't happen with our non-chemical, trap-and-remove based approach to rodent control.

Don't they go outside to seek water?

No. That's just an old exterminator's tale. Although many rodenticides cause internal bleeding that can make an animal thirsty, by the time that happens, they're usually too weak to go much anywhere. And just like people, when they feel sickly, they're likely to go "home" where they feel more secure. And if "home" happens to be in your home or business, than chances are that's where the animal is going to die.

Dangers Associated with Dead Animals

In addition to the odor, dead animals in your home present a number of potential health hazards. For example:

Displaced Parasites like fleas, ticks, mites, and lice will go looking for new hosts once their host animal dies. That new host could be you or your pet.

Flies and Other Insects are attracted to animal carcasses as sources of food and as breeding media. That's why you commonly see maggots in an animal's carcass. The flies lay their eggs on the carcass, and when the eggs hatch, the larvae eat the carcass. (Maggots are fly larvae.)

Bacteria, Molds and Fungi. Many microorganisms breed in decaying carcasses. Some of these organisms can cause diseases. when they are carried by air currents to the human-occupied areas of a home or business.

Dead Animal Removal

The Columbia, South Carolina Regional Office of Rid-A-Critter provides dead animal removal, sanitizing and odor-control services throughout our service area. Our animal carcass removal and odor-control services include:

For help with any animal problem -- dead or alive -- please contact us. We look forward to your call

 

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The Columbia, South Carolina office of Rid-A-Critter provides dead animal removal and decontamination in the Greater Columbia, South Carolina area, including Aiken, Barnwell, Camden, Columbia, Evans, Greenwood, Lexington, Newberry, North Augusta, Orangeburg, and Sumter.

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