We are hiring! Please click here for details.
Phone Icon Google+ Share Button Facebook Share Button Twitter Share Button HomeAdvisor Button

Dead Animal Removal and Odor Control

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

Little girl with disgusted expression holding her nose

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


Reviews and Affiliations

Council on Alcohol and Drugs - Certified Drug-Free Workplace Trust DALE Certified Logo Better Business Bureau Accredited Business A+ Badge

Top Rated Business by HomeAdvisor

Google+ YouTube Twitter


These Pictures Prove that Carl Obviously Needs More Animal-Removal Work to Do
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2018 11:22:59 am.

The Folks Up North May Laugh, but This is a Blizzard in These Parts
by Webmaster
Jan 17, 2018 12:02:41 pm.

The Management and Staff of Rid-A-Critter Wish All of our Customers and Friends a Happy New Year
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2017 10:16:42 am.

The management, staff, and logo animals of Rid-A-Critter wish all of our customers, suppliers, friends, and site visitors a Merry Christmas
by Webmaster
Dec 22, 2017 11:46:48 am.

Based on This Picture, I Think Justin Has Too Much Time on his Hands
by Webmaster
Dec 12, 2017 09:46:14 am.

New Google+ Post: Hey, How About That Weather?
by Webmaster
Dec 11, 2017 09:56:53 am.

The management and staff of Rid-A-Critter wish all of our customers, suppliers, and site visitors a Happy Thanksgiving!
by Webmaster
Nov 22, 2017 11:01:57 am.

Here are Tim and Jason at the Georgia Certified Pest Control Operators Convention
by Webmaster
Nov 02, 2017 10:17:29 am.

Just a little Halloween Silliness
by Webmaster
Oct 31, 2017 10:45:32 am.

Here's a Video of Carl and Chad Watching the Eclipse
by Webmaster
Aug 31, 2017 12:00:44 pm.

Carl Sent this Video Explaining Our Animal-Proofing Work Versus Our Competitor's
by Webmaster
Aug 08, 2017 08:49:01 am.

Chris Sent a Picture of a Male Antheraea polyphemus Silk Moth
by Webmaster
Jul 25, 2017 09:17:40 am.

Here's One of the Main Reasons Why we Don't Use Poisons
by Webmaster
Jul 20, 2017 10:53:22 am.

Here's a Picture of Tim on a Dead Animal Removal Call
by Webmaster
Apr 19, 2017 12:31:42 pm.

Here's a Picture of Tim Talking to Parents at a Career Day Event
by Webmaster
Mar 29, 2017 01:34:01 pm.

Amber Sent a Picture of a Friendly Squirrel that Stopped By for a Visit
by Webmaster
Jan 23, 2017 02:52:51 pm.

New Google+ Post: Carl's Crew Page Picture
by Webmaster
Jan 19, 2017 12:43:57 pm.

Here's a Picture of Our Display at the Georgia Pest Control Association Convention
by Webmaster
Jan 10, 2017 02:47:45 pm.

Pesky squirrels in Valdosta, Fitzgerald, Moultrie, Adel, Nashville Ga. and all between. We got you covered. Call us for your free exclusion quote.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 30, 2016 01:39:14 pm.

New YouTube Video: So Where's the Pot of Gold?
by Webmaster
Dec 29, 2016 03:55:53 pm.

New Google+ Post: Happy Holidays!
by Webmaster
Dec 23, 2016 03:33:49 pm.

Chris C. Found A Green Rat Turd at a Dead Animal Removal and Odor Control Job
by Webmaster
Dec 08, 2016 01:43:02 pm.

New YouTube Video: Red Bellied Woodpecker
by Webmaster
Dec 01, 2016 03:25:48 pm.

Bonnie had a Fine Thanksgiving Dinner, And Then the Tryprophan kicked in...
by Webmaster
Nov 26, 2016 12:37:03 pm.

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.

Site and Photos © 2005 - 2018 Rid-A-Critter®. All rights reserved. Legal, Privacy and Warranty Information. This Web site designed and maintained by RJM Web Design.