How Long Does It Take For The Odor Of A Dead Animal To Go Away?

If you have ever walked past a dead animal in the woods or a carcass by the start of the road, you will know that even in the open air the smell that a dead animal can cause is not pleasant, and in some cases can become downright putrid. In some cases however, a dead animal will die inside a property, and in this kind of confined environment, the smell of the animal's body decaying can become cloying, and in some cases can become absolutely unbearable. However, while the smell of a dead animal is one problem, there are many other issues that the dead animal can cause if it isn't dealt with promptly too.

How Long Does A Carcass Take To Rot Away Completely?

In terms of when the dead animal will smell, it will usually produce a varying level of the scent all the way through until the carcass has rotted completely, and there is no flesh remaining on the animal's skeleton. There are several factors that can have an impact on how long a carcass will take to fully decompose, and moist conditions and how hot the temperatures are will be one key factor, while the exposure to the elements will also speed up the rotting process. Larger carcasses will also generally take longer to rot away entirely, so in some cases the odor of a dead animal can actually remain present for months or even longer.

Removing An Animal Carcass

The key way to deal with the smell that is coming from a dead animal is to recover and remove the carcass, and that will then remove the source of the smell. There are certain precautions you should take when moving an animal carcass, and avoiding coming into direct contact with it is one smart step with long sleeved clothing and gloves, while covering up your mouth will prevent you from inhaling any particles of fungal matter or other diseases. Smaller animals can be double bagged with garbage bags, while larger animals may need a container and a flatbed truck to move the animal, and these can be taken to your local landfill, or incineration is also another good way of dealing with the carcass.

Dealing With The Odor Around Your Property

If you have found and removed the carcass early, then hopefully there it won't have seeped too deeply into the floor and walls around the carcass, and a good wash with an enzyme based cleaner may deal with much of the scent. Of course if it is in an area where it can be aired out and opened up to fresh air, this will help to clear the smell, otherwise neutralizing air fresheners may help. If however the animal has died on a soft material such as insulation or carpet, you may need to remove this as the animal may have decayed and seeped into the material, making it very difficult to shift the scent.

Preventing Animal Problems In Your Property

One of the other problems that dead animals can cause if they are allowed to lie and decay in and around your property is that the scent will also attract other animals, so if you can try and make sure that the carcass is removed as soon as possible. If you do find that the carcass has attracted other animals such as rats, then as well as removing the dead animal you should also make sure that you deal with any other pest animals, otherwise this can quickly become an infestation in your property.

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