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How to Get a Dead Animal Out of the Attic

How to Get a Dead Animal Out of the Attic

Is your house reeking funky and foul odors even after excessive hours of mopping and cleaning? Many homeowners may put the blame on their cleaning supplies for not doing a good job. However, the real culprit behind a nasty-smelling house might be a dead animal rotting in an attic. 

‍Often these unwanted critters take shelter in your attic without you being aware of their presence. Pests like rats, mice, squirrels, and raccoons are big-time chewers and have quite an exploring nature. What if they get electrocuted while chewing on electrical wires in the attic or get stuck between the wall cavities? It will result in a dead rodent decomposing in your attic. And the dead animal smell in the attic is undoubtedly the worst!

‍Sometimes, a homeowner realizes that there are critters in the attic, and they address the issue by planting poisonous bait. As a wildlife removal expert in Dallas-Fort Worth, in Critter Stop we don't recommend this practice, because becomes challenging for them to find the dead bodies of these critters as they always hang in dark and inaccessible areas.

‍These dead bodies not only make your house smell terrible but can also invite other pests to your house and expose you to many contagious diseases. Therefore, leaving the dead bodies unattended in the attic is not a wise decision at all.

‍Now, you must be wondering how to find these rotting carcasses in your attic before they become a root cause for another pest infestation? Well, only dead animal removal services can safely and effectively remove the carcasses from your attic without causing much structural damage to your property. However, with a few tips, you may be able to remove the dead animal remains from the attic yourself. Keep reading! 

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If you don't know where to start searching, follow the bad odor in your attic. 

What is Dead Animal Smell in the Attic? 

How do you know that an animal has chosen your attic for its demise? The bad smell lingering all-around your house. It will make your house smell so awful that you will feel like throwing up every time you take a sniff or a breath. 

From odors removers to air fresheners and scented candles, nothing will work at all. Instead, it will mix up and make your house smell more disgusting! The horrific smell will linger around your house until the animal carcass completely dries out. It may take several days, weeks, or, in worst-case scenarios, months. 

Factors Affecting the Smell of Dead Animals in the Attic 

At Critter Stop we have provided thousands of services related to Dead animals remove in the attic, so here are the few factors that play an important role in intensifying the dead animal odor:

Animal Size 

Larger animals have more flesh and take more time to decompose. Therefore, the smell of the dead raccoon or opossum will be stronger and longer-lasting than a dead rat or mouse. 


If the animal dies in a dark and poorly ventilated corner, the smell will be worse and linger longer than if it died in a well-ventilated location. 

Temperature and Humidity 

Another factor that increases the strength of a dead animal odor is temperature and humidity. If the temperature in your attic is warmer, the decomposition rate will become faster and strong smells will linger around. Also, if the weather conditions are moist and humid, it will speed up the process of decay as well as make your house smell horrendous. 

However, the worse it smells, the faster the decomposition rate. Therefore, if your attic has started to smell more disgusting than before, it is an evident sign of a dead body decaying faster. 

How to Find the Dead Animal in the Attic? 

In our experience, animals that take shelter inside the warm, dark, and cluttered attics are mostly rodents. Finding the carcasses of rodents will not be as easy as one might have initially assumed. Rodents never die in the middle of the attic unless trapped. Their carcasses are always found hidden in the dark and inaccessible corners. 

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Finding dead animals in the attic is not as easy as you can think.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to find the dead animal in your attic: 

  • Narrow the smell down with the most concentrated area in the attic.
  • Sniff until you have not found the particular spot. Walk back and forth. Stick your nose to the attic walls and floor and get a ladder to sniff the ceiling. Some homeowners might find it gross, but it is the only way to find the location of the dead animal destroying the air quality of your house.
  • If you have not found the carcass, cut a hole in the drywall. Stick your nose to check the strength of the odor. A strong and puke-worthy smell will be a sure sign of a carcass lying there. 
  • Wear thick gloves and remove the body. Dump it in a plastic bag and spray the particular area with disinfectant generously.

Why is it Best to Call a Professional Dead Animal Removal Company?

Regardless of how much time and effort homeowners put into finding a dead animal carcass in their attics, sometimes they are unable to find it. Therefore, the wiser decision would be to hire a professional dead animal removal company before the foul odors get stronger or other invaders such as maggots visit your attic. 

Not only will your house smell horrendous, but you and your entire family will be at risk of developing many contagious diseases. Therefore, while keeping your health at the top priority, you must call professionals to get the dead animal out of your attic. They will find the location of the carcass and remove it from your attic without causing much structural damage. 


Homes are one of the places where people find comfort and peace. However, when they start smelling a stench, no one enjoys spending time there. Therefore, if your home has a strong or unpleasant smell, no matter how much you clean, it may be time to contact a local critter removal service.

Critter Stop is a reliable dead animal removal company that can help you remove the animal remains, while leaving your property fresh and clean. Call us at 214 234-26-16 and let the experts find that unpleasant smell and remove the dead animal for you.

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Lee Gorman
Lee Gorman
13:50 21 Nov 22
I’d give a 10 star review if I could! We had a great experience with Critter Stop. Everyone I dealt was friendly, professional, and reassuring. Phillip was very helpful and knowledgeable about the work he was doing. He walked me around the entire house to make sure I saw and understood the services he provided. He was also really nice and answered all my questions — he is exactly the type of person that should be interacting with customers.I love the fact that they will come back for up to 1 year after installation if any problems occur — this shows me they stand behind their work.The owner was great too, he personally came to my house and walked me through their offering. I recommend critter stop to anyone and everyone!
Susan Casey
Susan Casey
14:53 15 Nov 22
Critter Stop is a fantastic business! Everyone involved is extremely professional and very easy to communicate with. Chisam, the owner, did a great job of explaining the process to get the squirrels out of my attic during the initial free estimate. The exclusion crew who did all of the initial work was fabulous. The crew consisted of Phillip, Nick and Corey who arrived promptly when they said they would. They are happy, positive employees. Everyone is very polite and patient in explaining their work and answering questions. They came back several times to check the traps and finish it off with the fogging. Lester was very good about following up to schedule each trap check with me, and the office staff who took care of the billing was very efficient. Critter Stop is a well run company with honest, trustworthy employees! Thank you to all of you who worked hard to make my attic critter free and for the peace of mind that you guarantee your work. Great to know I can call them if for some reason a squirrel figures out a way to get back in!
Karen Eckholdt
Karen Eckholdt
14:54 22 Sep 22
Critter Stop has made this project easy and extremely professional from start to finish! They are very detailed and competent from start to finish and know so much about their business. They made a problem easy for us and at a reasonable cost. We would be happy to recommend this company and their owners and staff to anyone.
Aaron Echols
Aaron Echols
13:51 03 Aug 22
The guys at Critter Stop responded quickly, were very friendly, and gave us an honest estimate of what we might need. They explained why some items on other quotes were or were not necessary. They communicated well to get us scheduled, and did the work well and quickly. Great service at a fair and competitive price.
Jacob Scribner
Jacob Scribner
19:23 27 Jul 22
Brandon and his other coworker Gavin came to install insulation in my attic. I am very grateful for the hard work and professionalism. My house feels a lot better with the insulation installed. 5 star review. Cory Leach was also very nice and helpful. He came to my house to do another job and was very attentive and professional. Thank you Corey and thank you Critter Stop for helping me.The owner very polite and helpful, I’m glad I found this company to help me.
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