What do you do when you find a dead animal in your yard?
Dead animal removal isn’t something we think about in everyday life until we’re confronted with the situation, anyway. In Texas, and other areas of the country, during this time of the year, the weather is mild for many days and nights. Instead of running the heater (because we don’t need it now) or running the air conditioner (because it hasn’t got that hot yet), many people leave their windows open. Feel the breeze blowing through with the sunshine, enjoying the fresh air and sounds of the birds, until…. UGH!
What is that smell?! A walk around your house outside you find what that smell is, a dead animal. Maybe it’s a cat, a dog, or a squirrel? Or maybe you’ve noticed a strong, unpleasant odor coming from the attic? It is a possum, rat, or squirrel? It doesn’t matter does it, dead and smelly is dead and smelly. What matters is knowing who to call for a safe dead animal removal?
First, if the animal is in your yard, don’t pick it up with your bare hands! If where you live has a department of sanitation, call them. Ask them if they offer a service for dead animal removal on private property. If they don’t offer that service, ask what their stipulations are regarding disposal of the animal after you have completed the dead animal removal yourself. Wearing gloves, a small dead animal removal can be accomplished using a shovel and plastic bag.
Where do I report a dead animal?
It depends on where you find the dead animal. We just reviewed how to handle dead animal removal from your yard. What if you find a dead or injured animal on a public roadway or in a public place like a beach, forest, or park?
A dead or injured wildlife animal, or even a domestic animal found on these premises, should be reported to the local wildlife or state wildlife offices. Dead animal removal request can also be made to the regional Law Enforcement of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
- For dead animal removal on a highway or public road, contact the local road commission or the local non-emergency police line.
- The state and wildlife department’s local office should be notified if you find dead fish or dead animal removal of wildlife creatures.
- For dead animal removal of an animal or animals that appear to have been electrocuted, poisoned, shot, or killed in some other manner that the circumstances appear to be suspicious, contact the law enforcement office of the regional U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
How long does it take for a dead animal to stop smelling?
Unfortunately, it can take as long as three weeks or longer for a more to dead animal to decompose completely. Sometimes, homeowners have called a professional exterminator that specializes in dead animal removal to assist, and it can require breaking into the wall or walls where the dead animal may be located.
This is not always a viable option for some homeowners, mainly because of the cost. After the walls have been broken into and the dead animal removal is complete, it isn’t over. The odor is still lingering and needs to be eliminated and then rebuilding of the wall.
Some pest control experts have suggested using baking soda as an odor eliminating deodorant once the dead animal removal has been completed, or if the dead animal cannot be found (yes, sometimes, the dead animal cannot be found!). Mix some baking soda with water in a spray bottle and douse the affected area.
Other tricks that have worked for others are using a small amount of vinegar in a few plastic cups and place them strategically around the affected area. Or used coffee grounds placed around the affected area will absorb the odor. Charcoal briquettes placed around the affected area works well as well.
Can you get sick from breathing in dead animal smell?
The odor will not make a person sick, but dead animal smells like gas that can cause the following health issues:
- Breathing difficulty
- Eye irritation
In extremely rare cases, inhaling extensive amounts of the gas compounds from dead animals have caused death. The health risks we just mentioned are the number one reason that every effort to perform a dead animal removal in attic is necessary. Putting things out to absorb the odors can help the odor, but the gas compounds are still there if the animal is left there to decompose.
Is it illegal to put a dead animal in the garbage?
Losing a pet can be devastating or finding a dead animal in your yard. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to complete the dead animal removal duty, and it is also your responsibility to know how to do dispose of this dead animal. Throwing it in the trash is not the proper way! Basic guidelines are:
- The Handling – Don’t! Not with your bare hands, always wear gloves then collect with a shovel and place in a plastic bag. If the dead animal isn’t on your property, call the proper local authorities for proper dead animal removal as we’ve mentioned earlier.
- The Burial – Small animals, like hamsters and fish dead animal removal can be buried in a yard in most states. It is always wise to check with the local jurisdiction to confirm if there are any special protocol to be followed. A grave of three to four feet deep is sufficient for small animals, be cautious for utility lines and pipes. Never bury an animal close to a water source.
Finding a dead animal can be devastating and shocking. Once you have gotten past that, take the steps to properly for dead animal removal for the sake of health and odors. Need help? Call Dallas Fort Worth Wildlife Control at (817) 606-7607 or (972) 954-9244 for dead animal removal in Arlington and Fort Worth, TX.