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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. 

‍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.

‍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 find everything you need to know 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. 

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? 

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. 

‍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.

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