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Dead Animal Removal | Palm Beach County Air Conditioning

Pests are a part of life, especially rodents like mice or rats. Because these animals have very little issue sneaking into homes sometimes through even the smallest of cracks in the wall, it’s not uncommon for them to find their way into your big, open air ducts. Unfortunately, sometimes they become trapped in your ducts and die, eventually starting to rot and decompose. When this happens, they fill your home with a putrid smell that can only be removed by getting rid of the source and then thoroughly cleaning it all out. If you’ve recently discovered this horrifying smell in your home, here are a few things you can do to try to get rid of it.

Track the Scent

The only way to get rid of this smell is to track down the source and remove it. That means using your nose to track down the smell to the best of your ability. It’s important to recognize that just because the smell is strong doesn’t mean the animal is trapped in your vent: it could be in your walls. However, if the smell is strongest at one specific vent in your home, you have most likely found the source. Unscrew the vent cover and carefully peer inside using a flash light. If you find the animal, you’re good to go. If you can’t find it, no matter how hard you try, you may need to bring in a professional to locate it.

Remove the Carcass

Assuming you find the decaying carcass, you’ll need to carefully remove it. First, get a garbage bag, rubber or latex gloves, and a strong disinfectant spray. You may also need a tool to reach it, such as a bent coat hanger or a vacuum cleaner hose. Using this tool, gently pull the carcass within reach. Once you can reach it, make sure you have rubber or latex gloves on and can pull the carcass out. Deposit it in a plastic bag and remove it from your house as quickly as possible. You should contact your local waste disposal service to find out their policies about disposing of dead animals before throwing it away in your trash bin. Then clean all areas touched by the carcass with the disinfectant spray.

Follow-Up the Incident

The first thing you should do after dealing with this issue is make sure it can’t happen again. Start by having a professional inspect your ducts for the hole or gap the animal used to get inside in the first place and plug it. You should have the rest of your duct system inspected as there might be other gaps or leaks you are unaware of. You may also want to schedule a professional duct cleaning service, which scrubs and disinfects the surfaces in your ducts to remove any other traces of odor that may be left.

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