I NEED DEAD ANIMAL REMOVAL, WHAT DO I DO?
Animals in the wild die for a number of reasons. Some may have diseases, others, unfortunately, get hit by a car. Deer sometimes get stuck on fences, other animals get stuck and die in crevices and walls, under decks, in attics, in crawlspaces, and some animals may even drown in a pool, pond, or fountain. So, what do you need to do?
The first thing you need to do is leave it alone. Do not attempt to remove the carcass on your own as you risk becoming infected with a possible disease the animal was carrying or a mite or tick it was carrying and still viable and living to jump on its new host and bite. If the dead animal is on a state-maintained road or highway, place a call to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and report its location as they are responsible for removing it. If you are unfortunate enough to have a dead deer in the backyard, well, this is a different story. When a dead deer or other large wildlife is found on your property, your best bet is to call a wildlife company like Summit Environmental Solutions (SES) to schedule a time to come out and remove the carcass. This is not a free service, however. A dead animal removal requires a very specific process which includes hefty fees charged by the county to properly, safely and humanely dispose of the animal. Therefore, SES must charge to remove the dead animal.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO REMOVE A DEAD ANIMAL?
The fees associated with a dead animal removal is variable based on the size of the animal, the weight of the animal, how many days has the animal been dead, whether we are drudging it out of a pond or removing it from a fence. Because of this, we follow a standard practice of sending out a Wildlife Specialist to assess the situation and come up with a game plan on how to bets remove the dead animal. This service is free and you are not obligated in any way to utilize SES for the removal. The Wildlife Expert will provide a free estimate on the cost of the removal.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Once you have agreed to go with the estimate the Wildlife Specialist provided you, he will move forward with the dead animal removal. Depending on the situation, he will put on protective gear and get to work using the best equipment for the job.
WHAT ABOUT THE “STUFF” LEFT BEHIND?
It is very important that the fluids and any other matter are taken care of. To prevent the spread of disease and to get rid of odor immediately, you must disinfect and deodorize. SES provides this service for an additional fee. Rotting carcasses can leak fluid and also attract a variety of other potentially unwanted animals such as rodents or insects.
WHY SHOULD I DISINFECT AND DEODORIZE?
As stated above, I want to reiterate how important it is to disinfect and deodorize the area to prevent the spreading of disease and to get rid of the odor immediately. Please ask your Wildlife Specialist for the cost.
WHAT IF I SMELL SOMETHING DEAD BUT DO NOT SEE IT?
It is not uncommon to smell the distinct aroma of a dead animal carcass. But where is the smell coming from? Sometimes, animals have gotten into your house and die in the walls, in the crawlspace, in the attic, or around the outside of the house. It is a very similar process as stated above. We will send a Wildlife Expert to your home, at no charge, to look inside the home, outside the home, determine what animal has died and where. He will then provide a free estimate on the removal, disinfecting and deodorizing, and repairing any damage the animal caused before its demise. We will also make it so the animals are unable to re-enter the home.
I DON’T WANT TO PAY, CAN I JUST CALL THE COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL?
The County Animal Control will not be able to help you with dead animals. It takes a special license to handle Wildlife, dead or alive. If you have a raccoon in the kitchen or anywhere inside the living space, the County Animal Control will be able to respond and remove the animal at no charge. But as soon as the raccoon enters the crawlspace or attic, Animal Control is not able to help. This is where SES will come in to provide these paid services. The County Animal Control is also who you will call for dog or cat issues, bites, or fights. SES and other Wildlife companies alike are not licensed for handling canine and felines.
WHAT IF I NEED SERVICES AND REPAIRS AND CANNOT AFFORD IT?
At SES we have two very reputable companies that offer to finance these types of issues and any type of home repairs or remodeling you may need. One of our friendly Customer Service Reps will be happy to walk you through the process. Give one of them a call at (703) 382-2532.
It is best to let a professional handle the removal of a dead carcass. Knowing when to properly suit up and follow safety practices is important. Note that some masks may only provide protection against molds and dust, but do not protect against viruses. Our wildlife Specialists specialize in the cleanup and proper disposal of dead animals. After the removal of a dead animal in your home, our technicians will do a thorough inspection of your home, locate any entry points and will be able to provide you with an estimate as well as preventative measures.
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