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What would you do if you found a dead animal in your home?

It can be startling to find a dead animal in your home or on your property. Even if you’ve been trying to get rid of the critters living in your home, it’s not always clear how to handle the situation when you run across a dead animal. Here are some tips on what you can do if you find a dead animal in your home. 

Hazards of dead animals in your home

We all know that a dead animal in our homes is gross, but did you know there are other reasons to be concerned? If you suspect there is a dead animal in your home, it’s best to contact a professional to remove it. Here’s why.

Water contamination

As the dead animal carcass decays, it could lead to water contamination in your system. The longer the carcass sits there, the more risk that some of the decaying fluid from the body can make its way into your pipes and contaminate your water system. If anyone drinks the water in your system, they could get very sick. 


Decaying animal carcasses attract insects like flies. These bugs carry diseases that can make you or your loved one sick. They can also be a nuisance in your kitchen as you prepare food. Moreover, these insects will attract predators like spiders and bats. To avoid this, call a professional who can locate and remove the body. 


The smell of a decaying animal carcass can attract other scavengers looking for a meal. These animals may present a danger to your children and pets. These scavengers may attack when they are hungry. You can reduce the risk by removing the dead animal as soon as possible. 


Let’s face it. One of the worst things about a dead animal in your home is the smell. It can be overwhelming and cause health problems. Some people can get headaches and nausea from the smell of a dead animal. With SWAT Wildlife, we don’t just remove the dead animal from your home, but we also clean the site, so the smell is gone too. 

Tips for safe dead animal removal

When you encounter a dead animal in your home, it’s important to handle the situation safely. Some animals can carry disease, and you don’t want to risk your health or that of those you love. Here are some tips for safely removing dead animals from your home. 

DIY steps

Removing a dead animal from your home requires the right tools and techniques. That’s why it’s best left to the professionals. However, if you want to attempt taking care of the dead animal on your own, here are the steps you can take. 

Step 1 Locate

Narrow down where the dead animal is in your home by following the smell. Consider the places that these critters usually hide, such as

  • Walls
  • Attics
  • Crawlspaces
  • Under your home

Search these areas first. 

Step 2 Prep

Once you have determined where the body is, get your tools together for safe removal. You should have the following items with you:


Mask (optional)

Bag for the body

Sanitizer for your hands

Cleaning products for the site

Step 3 Removal

Next, put on your protective gear and open up the site. This may mean cutting a hole in the drywall so you can remove the body. Once you see the dead animal carcass, take it, put it into the bag, and seal it up. For smaller critters like mice and rats, you can put them in the garbage. If it is a larger animal, you’ll need to bury it or contact your municipality to find a disposal site. 

Step 4 Cleanup

After you’ve removed the body, it’s time to scrub the site where it was decaying. Use hot soapy water and a disinfectant to remove the smell and any remains of the body. After you’ve cleaned the site, it’s important for you to wash up as well. Take all your protective gear off and toss them in the trash. Clean your hands with sanitizer. Be sure to shower or bathe immediately after removing and disposing of the body. If the dead animal were carrying any parasites, they’d attempt to use you as a new host. Washing thoroughly can prevent an infestation. 

Call professionals

For quick and efficient dead animal removal, call the professionals at SWAT Wildlife. Our teams are skilled at safely taking any type of critter out of your home and off your property. We’ll start with a complete inspection to be sure that there are no hidden animals decaying in your home. Then we’ll present you with our plan to locate the animal, remove it, and clean the area for your safety and comfort. You can also talk to us about some way to prevent animals from moving into your space in the future. So, you won’t have to worry about dead animal removal again. 

Why call Swat Wildlife?

Dead animal removal is not an easy task. But we understand how important it is to your safety and wellbeing. That’s why our teams will take the time to explain our process to you. And we won’t rush it. Locating, removing and cleaning up is essential and may take extra time, depending on how long the animal has been dead. We want to be sure that your home is safe and stench-free again. 

The best part is that SWAT Wildlife offers a 100 percent guarantee on our work. So, you can have peace of mind that we’ll get the job done right. Whether you need a dead animal removed from your home or elsewhere on your property, you can trust the SWAT Wildlife team. 

Contact us now for a free quote.   

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