Dead Animal Removal and Disinfection
Invasive wildlife species have become established in most of Canada’s provinces and territories. These troublesome animals are a concern for homeowners in and around the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton, Oakville, Milton, Burlington, Scarborough, and Mississauga Ontario. They cause severe structural damage, frustrating messes, and spread fatal diseases to humans and pets. These animals pose even more irritating issues when they die in your house or yard.
Homeowners often report finding dead animals in their duct-work, garages, attics, behind dry-walls, and crawlspaces. Maximum Pest Control Services provides safe and reliable dead animal removal services for birds, rodents, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, skunks, groundhogs, and more. Our professional technicians are licensed, certified and ready to handle your animal problem.
The Signs of a Dead Animal in Your Home
Most home and business owners do not suspect a dead animal in their property until it decomposes and gives off an awful stench that worsens with every passing day. Dead animals are an imminent health risk to you and your loved ones. Hence, swift removal is of paramount importance. Here are the most obvious signs of a dead animal in your home:
- Terrible smell:Unsurprisingly, dead animals give off a distinctive, awful smell that lasts from a few days to a few months. Sometimes, this odor can linger for as long as it takes for the creature to decompose fully. So if you notice an unexplained terrible smell inside or outside your property, you should immediately contact dead animal removal professionals.
- Swarming Flies:A swarm of flies is another obvious sign of a dead animal on your property. Flies have a keen sense of smell that allows them to detect and locate dead animals quickly. Blow flies, for instance, usually arrive minutes after an animal has died to feed and lay eggs on the carcass. If the dead animal is not removed immediately, you’ll soon be infested with flies and other pests.
- Wet spots:You might not want to hear this, but as the dead animal in your home decomposes, its tissues will liquefy, giving the surfaces a wet appearance. Depending on the carcass’s location, these fluids will eventually seep via your attic, wall, or ceiling.
Why Are Dead Animals Dangerous?
Many people believe that dead animals are harmless and don’t present any risks. But nothing could be further from the truth. Animal carcasses pose potential health risks to you, your pets, and your family. As the animal decomposes, it releases all sorts of nasty bacteria that are often contained within its body. Decomposing flesh is also home to numerous viruses and molds that expose people to diseases such as Lyme disease, bubonic plague, and typhus.
Insects and parasites are another concern. Dead animals can attract numerous insects from distances away, such as fleas, flies, maggots, beetles, and ticks. That’s because these carcasses provide nutrients for the pests and their young ones. By the time the pests are done with the dead animal, they’ll have reproduced heavily and will spread into your home. As for the parasites, they will seek a new host, which could be you or your pet.
Rotting animal carcasses release a deeply unpleasant smell that spreads throughout the house, making it uninhabitable. As its tissues begin to liquefy, the fluid seepage starts to stain walls, ceilings, floors, and other surfaces. Disgusting as it may sound, dead animal tissues can also permeate into your duct-work and block fresh airflow. With this in mind, ignoring dead animals is not an option. In fact, you want to avoid getting to this stage by contacting a dead animal removal company near me to get rid of the corpse as soon as possible.
Should I Remove a Dead Animal by Myself?
The answer to this common question depends on multiple factors. For instance, if you can follow the visual signs and spot the dead animal, there is a fair chance that you can remove it yourself. However, this is highly discouraged unless there’s 100% assurance of zero spread of contamination.
DO NOT handle a dead animal with your bare hands – always wear protective gloves and put the carcass in a sealable bag to be disposed of in the garbage outdoors. Even better, you can bury the dead animal in your garden or yard; just be sure to bury it deep enough to prevent predators from digging it out.
Important factor to thin about is the animal size. If the animal is small enough (a pet, rat, or mouse), you can easily pick it up, place it in a sealable bag, and dispose of it in the trash outdoors. However, larger wildlife such as opossums, raccoons, skunks, and squirrels are challenging to remove without the help of an expert. The best course of action is to engage a wildlife removal company such as Maximum Pest Control Services to assist you.
Finally, you should consider how long the animal has been dead for before attempting to remove it. An animal that has just died (within an hour or less) is safe and easy to remove with very minimal risk of contamination. However, an animal that has been dead for over an hour may be infested with parasites and pests such as ticks. Attempting to move it will send the bugs running into other areas of your home.
Professional Dead Animal Removal and Disinfection Services by Maximum Pest Control Services
As a Canadian homeowner, it’s important to be aware of the wildlife that can become a nuisance on your property and how to deal with them. Removing a dead animal is both an unpleasant and risky experience. Hence, the safest thing to do is to contact a wildlife removal company near me. Maximum Pest Control Services technicians have over ten years of experience dealing with all sorts of nuisance wildlife and pests in Canada.
Our experts are licensed and insured to remove live and dead animals in homes and businesses throughout Oakville, Milton, Burlington, Hamilton, and Mississauga, Ontario. They will inspect your property, remove the animal, and dispose of it. We also clean and disinfect surfaces to prevent contamination and further health risks. Give Maximum a call anytime (905) 582-5502 day or night. Get an expert opinion on your sighting and receive an affordable quote for the removal of the animal and full house disinfecting treatment.