Dead Animal Removal Charleston, WV

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Welcome to Charleston Dead Animal Removal! Got a terrible smell in your house, or do you see a dead critter on your property? We are an animal control company specializing in the removal of dead animals from your home, attic, basement, walls, yard, or any part of your property. You clearly don't want a dead animal in your house. Carcasses attract flies and give off terrible smells, not to mention the potential diseases rotting flesh can cause. Whenever we remove dead animals, we use 100% safe methods and make sure to disinfect your home and get rid of all traces of odor. Click here for Free Roadkill Removal and click here for Dead Pet Body Removal. For deceased wild animals in your home or property, call us anytime at 304-782-6434 to schedule an appointment for today! We come out fast! Some of the services we offer include:

  • Dead Animal Removal
  • Foul Odor Diagnosis
  • Full Property Inspections
  • House Damage Repairs
  • Dead Body Location Services
  • Proper Carcass Disposal
  • Cleanup & Decontamination Services
  • Deodorization Services

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If you believe you have a dead nuisance animal in your home or business property, give us a call. We can offer you advice, a free estimate, or an appointment with one of our trained operatives, all of which have exactly the right knowledge, experience, and tools necessary to effectively solve the problem on their very first visit. And while we’re on the subject of our operatives, they are all fully trained, and fully insured, carrying full commercial liability insurance. They also have decades of experience between them, with an extensive database of knowledge when it comes to working with the specific wild animals you’ll find in your area. This knowledge allows us to easily and quickly pinpoint where in your home or premises they are likely to be hiding, which makes the process quicker when it’s time to remove the carcass(es). Once we have located and removed the source of the bad stench, we will then make sure that it is disposed of in an appropriate and respectful manner, while eradicating all biological risks. This doesn’t just apply to the carcass itself, but also to potentially contaminated materials (floors, walls, etc.) in your home.

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What if you found roadkill or a dead animal such as a deer in a public place, and you want the city or Kanawah County services to remove it for free? Click here for Free Kanawah County Dead Animal Removal services. What if a farm animal like a horse, or your beloved pet dog or pet cat has died and you need the body taken away? Click here for Dead Pet Body Removal.

We are experts in dead animal removal, and take our job seriously. When removing dead animals, we do a COMPLETE job — not only do we remove the dead animal from your home or yard, we also decontaminate the area, deodorize it, and dispose of the animal or cremate it. If you aren't sure whether the stench in your house is due to a rotting carcass or another reason, we can sniff it out with our noses from our years of experience. We remove dead raccoons, dead opossums, dead skunks, dead squirrels, dead birds, even dead dogs and cats. We frequently remove dead rodents from inside walls, because poison kills rats and mice, who die in your house. We completely solve your dead animal problem by taking these steps:

  • Sniff out the dead animal if it is somewhere in your home
  • When necessary, for example if the animal is in a wall or under your house, cut a hole to remove the animal
  • Remove the dead animal, safely and completely (and seal the hole if needed)
  • Finish the job by decontaminating and deodorizing your home
  • Properly dispose of the dead animal through incineration or other means
  • Prevent it from happening again by finding out how they got in your house

Dead animal carcass removal is specialty work. Sometimes the job is simple, such as a dead opossum in the yard, in which case we can simply wear our gloves and respirator mask, bag the carcass, and take it away for incineration. Sometimes this is more complex, such as when the dead animal is under a home crawlspace, under a porch or deck or shed. Or if the animal is larger, such as a dog or a deer. The most complex cases are dead animals inside the house. The animal may have died inside the attic, or down in the walls, or the duct work, or any other part of the architecture. You may have a bad smell in your home, and you're not even sure what's causing it. We've removed not just dead animals, but rotting food, bad mold, etc. We specialize in locating the source of the smell, and we very commonly cut a hole in the ceiling or wall to remove the animal. We remove every bit of the carcass, mop up the juices, vacuum the maggots, spray it and wipe it down with disinfectant, cleaner, and we repair the hole we cut. In some cases we use ozone machines to neutralize odor.

Charleston Dead Animal Tip: Can a smell from a bad animal make you sick?

If you’ve found a dead animal in your home, you likely smelt it before you saw it. Then, you search high and low, looking for the body. It can be hard to find the location the animal was hiding when it died. Consider looking in crawl spaces, attics, basements, air conditioning ducts, and even in wall spaces. Once you’ve found the body, it isn’t a pretty sight. You’ll often see maggots, and the smell can be so rotten it will make you heave. The smell of rotting flesh is one of the most awful smells in existence. It’s hard even to describe. It comprises a nauseating mix of sulfur dioxide, methane, benzene derivatives, and various long-chain hydrocarbons. This complex mix of compounds and chemicals is created by the slow decay of meat by microorganisms and flies. The smell involves more than 400 volatile organic compounds to create the sickly-sweet odor.

However, can the smell make you sick?

Illness and dead animal smells
The answer depends on how you interpret the question. Will it literally make you sick? More than likely. As we mentioned, it’s a genuinely nauseating smell. If you’ve got a weak stomach, it may make you throw up. Alternately, the smell itself is unlikely to cause you to fall ill. That is if you don’t get too close. There are many airborne viruses in existence. However, many don’t transmit as quickly as the smell itself. Just because you can smell a rotting animal doesn’t mean you’re about to fall ill. Nevertheless, if you are close enough to get a strong smell, you are in the danger zone. While most bacteria require tactile contact to be transmitted, that isn’t universally true. Nor is it the smell itself that causes sickness, but accompanying microorganisms. One such illness is known as tularemia. Found throughout the world, tularemia is most associated with rodent carcasses. It is often transmitted from touching the carcasses, from tick and deer flies, and – most importantly – from inhaling the bacteria. If you’ve been bitten, you’ll notice an ulcer and swollen lymph nodes at the infected site. Whereas, for inhalation, you’ll experience the common symptoms of chest pain, coughing, and difficulty breathing. The disease is generally not deadly when treated with antibiotics; however, if left, people have died.

How long will the smell last?
Following death, it takes around three days for the smell to become noticeable. By this point, decomposition has completely set in. Flies will be present and significant portions of the carcasses will have broken down. The smell will then peak by the end of the first week and gradually decline over the subsequent fortnight. That timeline is subject to several factors. These include the carcass’s location, the body's size, temperature and humidity, and the number of decomposers. Warm and damp areas are perfect for microorganisms to proliferate. These factors speed up the decomposition process and also increase the infection risk. If you come across a dead animal carcass during such a stage, be extremely careful. Do not approach without the necessary protective equipment. That includes wearing a mask, thick rubber gloves, and long-sleeved clothing. However, if there are several animals, you may need to wear even more intense protection. In such scenarios, contacting a pest control professional is advised. They have the necessary equipment for removing and cleaning the site of a dead animal. Don’t risk getting infected unnecessarily.

To recap
In short, you cannot become ill from the smell alone. Although the complex mix of compounds and chemicals will likely make you feel nauseous and sick, the effects are not prolonged. However, being near such a pungent smell heralds the presence of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. If you come into contact with these microorganisms, you will become sick. One example is tularemia. Therefore, when handling or approaching dead animals, always wear the necessary protective equipment. Never hold a dead animal with exposed bare skin. Flies are also carriers of disease, attracted to dead animals. Try to reduce your contact with them. If in doubt, leave the job to a professional. With access to full hazmat suits and other protective equipment, they can safely remove and dispose of an animal carcass.

We service nearby towns such as Charleston, South Charleston, Saint Albans, Cross Lanes, Elkview, Dunbar, Sissonville, Clendenin, Belle, Cedar Grove, Marmet, East Bank, Chesapeake, Pratt, Tornado, Glasgow, Chelyan, Jefferson, Pinch, Handley, Coal Fork, Big Chimney, Hugheston, Dawes, Shrewsbury,.