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How to Get a Dead Animal Out of Your Wall

How to Get a Dead Animal Out of Your Wall

Not all wild animals like to live in the wild. Some wild animals like to take shelter in warm and cozy houses of human beings. These houses not only offer a steady supply of food but also help provide these critters a safe place to nest without being in the eyes of predators. 

‍In our experience at Critter Stop providing animal removal, we can tell that wild animals that mostly invade human houses are rodents. Once they gain an entry point to your house, they will become a huge nuisance for you. The worst part of rodent infestation is that they never hang out in frequently accessed areas. Instead, they are fond of hiding in warm, dark, and cluttered spots. Therefore, homeowners are often unaware that their attic or walls are accommodating these unwanted guests.

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Some rodents could get stuck inside your walls, dying from the lack of food and water.

‍They mostly take shelter in your warm and quiet attics, but sometimes they might fall down the walls and get stuck there. Like other animals, rodents also need food and water to meet their nutritional demands. Inevitably, the lack of food and water supply will starve them to death, resulting in a dead animal trapped behind the walls of your house. 

‍Now, you must be wondering why you should bother? Soon, a dead animal's smell will start lingering around your house. Your living spaces will smell so terrible that it will be difficult for you even to breathe. If you have ever had a dead animal in your wall of your house, slowly decaying and smelling horrendous in the process, you might know how unpleasant it can get. 

‍Homeowners must act quickly before the air quality of their home becomes significantly compromised. Not sure where to start? Keep reading to know some advices that our experience providing dead animal removal has left us, find everything you need about dealing with dead animal smell in your walls.

How to Find A Dead Animal in the Attic or Walls

Finding the carcass of a dead animal trapped inside the walls will not be as easy as one might have initially assumed. While we can certainly search the attic for a dead carcass, removal often requires tearing down walls to find the area where the animal met its demise. 

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Finding a dead animal in your walls could be really hard. 

To find a dead animal inside the wall cavities, you can follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Go to the room with the strongest smell. If you cannot find one, close the doors and windows to stop the airflow. It will help you narrow down your search to one room. 
  • Once you have found the particular room, start sniffing the walls. Stick your nose to the walls and move around the best you can.
  • If you notice the smell get stronger in a certain area, it is likely in that area.
  • Cut a hole in the drywall to find the dead animal's carcass.
  • Wear thick gloves and remove the body. Dump it in a plastic bag and spray the particular area with disinfectant generously.
  • Patch the drywall shut with the original cutout, taping and mudding it as necessary. It may take a few applications of the mud, but once you are satisfied, you can texture and paint, as necessary.

How Do You Get Rid of the Dead Animal Smell in the Walls? 

As dead animal removal experts, we know that getting the smell of a dead animal out of your walls is daunting. Even if you are good at sniffing, you might make holes in the wrong walls. If you want to remove the dead animal from your walls without causing too much damage to your property that you cannot repair, you can get help from a reliable company that can offer dead animal removal services that also has experience providing repair construction work. 

‍Removing the dead animal from the walls is a great idea. However, if it is only the smell bothering you, you can eliminate the smell and make the ordeal less unpleasant without tearing up the walls to get the carcass of the dead animal out. 

men searching dead animal
To remove dead animals from your walls, you could need to make some holes to find them. 

‍Here are a few ways in which you can eliminate the dead animal smell in the walls:

Catch Any Pesky Flies 

If there is a carcass of a dead animal in the walls of your house, flies and maggots will be attracted to it. If you notice many flies somewhere inside your house, these flies can help you identify the location of a carcass. Once you have found the location of the carcass, you can seal any small gaps, cracks, and crevices that the flies may be using to get into your wall. 

‍Next, you turn off the light in the room other that one small lantern or flash light and place sticky glue traps next to the light. The flies will be attracted to the light then get caught on the glue traps.

Apply an Odor Neutralizer 

If you think you have found the carcass location but want to save yourself from the hassle of patching, texturing, and painting the wall again, drill a small hole in the dry wall (on both sides if you can) and apply a deodorizer or an enzymatic cleaner into the wall. Afterwards, seal the small hole from both sides with drywall mud or another wall filler. 

Circulate the Air 

If you want to mitigate the smell, you can open a window on one side and set a fan near it to keep the air circulating. This will help move a large amount of air from the room, reducing the intensity of the smell to a great extent. 

Use An Air Filtration System or Ozone Generator

Additionally, you can rent a portable air filtration system from a local hardware store. The air filtration system will improve air quality and help the smell fade faster.

‍Similarly, an ozone generator will mitigate the smell by effectively zapping and destroying scent particles attached to oxygen particles.  


Getting a dead animal out of your walls or attic can be anything but easy. Homeowners often feel they have no choice but to tear down the walls to remove the carcass of a dead animal. However, if you want to cause minimal damage to your property while removing the dead animal scent from your house, a professional dead animal removal company can help. 

‍Not sure which dead animal removal company to enlist? Critter Stop is one of the most reliable providers of dead animal removal services in Dallas - Fort Worth, with a team ready to help search for and remove any and all dead animals, and if inaccessible, mitigate the smell as much as possible. Give us a call at 214 234-26-16 and we be rigth there to help you with your dead animal problem.

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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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