It does not take long (especially in warm weather) for an animal carcass to start decomposing. Bacteria consuming soft tissues excrete foul-smelling, sulfuric gasses that cause the dead animal to swell to sometimes three times its size. Bloating further forces fluids out of the animal’s orifices, which only increases the intensity of the smell and fluid seepage.
The quickest and easiest way to get rid of dead animal smell is to dispose of the dead animal carcass. When you find dead animals outside, the smell dissipates as soon as the carcass is removed. However, getting rid of strong odor of a dead animal that is decomposing inside your home is not so easy.
- Enzyme Cleaners--solutions containing enzymes can break down and dissolve molecules responsible for harboring dead animal smells and producing stains. Enzymes are non-toxic proteins that expedite chemical reactions necessary to break down odorous substances released by an animal’s decomposing body.
- Baking Soda--mix baking soda with water to make a paste that can be applied to areas where dead animals are decomposing. Allow the paste to dry before removing the residue.
- Bleach–using full-strength bleach to get rid of a dead animal smell will only work on certain solid surfaces that bleach won’t damage. Bleach does kill many kinds of microorganisms but it may only cover up an odor temporarily
Downside of Using Home Remedies to Eliminate Dead Animals Smells
If a dead animal decomposes inside walls, on insulation, dry wall, fabric or porous wood, you will probably need to remove and replace the items to completely remove the smell.
Dead animals may also leave behind infectious bacteria capable of spreading diseases to you and your family. Enzymatic cleaners, baking soda and even bleach may not completely eradicate disease-causing bacteria.
Instead of wasting your time and money on home remedies, call Critter Control for professional removal of dead animal smells. We use only industry-strength solutions formulated to eliminate persistent, dead animal odors. In addition, we will carefully inspect your home and yard to dispose of all dead animals and the odors they leave behind. Contact us today for immediate assistance.