Dead Animal Removal Des Moines, IA

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Welcome to Des Moines Dead Animal Removal! Got a terrible smell in your house, or do you see a dead critter on your property? We are an animal control company specializing in the removal of dead animals from your home, attic, basement, walls, yard, or any part of your property. You clearly don't want a dead animal in your house. Carcasses attract flies and give off terrible smells, not to mention the potential diseases rotting flesh can cause. Whenever we remove dead animals, we use 100% safe methods and make sure to disinfect your home and get rid of all traces of odor. Click here for Free Roadkill Removal and click here for Dead Pet Body Removal. For deceased wild animals in your home or property, call us anytime at 515-337-2974 to schedule an appointment for today! We come out fast! Some of the services we offer include:

  • Dead Animal Removal
  • Foul Odor Diagnosis
  • Full Property Inspections
  • House Damage Repairs
  • Dead Body Location Services
  • Proper Carcass Disposal
  • Cleanup & Decontamination Services
  • Deodorization Services

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Unwanted pests in your home soon leads to unwanted dead pests in your home – and this can be more troubling than having live intruders when you consider the other problems that often arise. This includes increased moisture and black mould growth, often in wall cavities, basements, and other hard-to-reach areas of buildings; the attraction of insects, rats, mice, and other scavengers to the area; damage to the building and your belongings; the threat of diseases like rabies, histoplasmosis, and leptospirosis; and more. Des Moines Dead Animal can put a stop to all of those problems, and our friendly technicians can even prevent any future problems from arising. By highlighting and repairing vulnerable areas, sealing up already-present entrance points, and installing preventative methods, the entire nuisance wildlife issue is resolved, from start to finish. Without taking these steps, the removal of the animal will end up being just one part of a much larger task. By stopping wild animal intrusions entirely, however, you can be sure that your home is as safe and protected as you’d want it to be. If you would like to know more about properly removing dead animals from your home or business, or you’d like to learn how to effectively prevent unwanted wildlife intrusions, give us a call on 515-337-2974 at any time. We answer the phones all hours of the day and night, and we can offer you one of our highly skilled field operatives within hours, should you require a visit.

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What if you found roadkill or a dead animal such as a deer in a public place, and you want the city or Polk County services to remove it for free? Click here for Free Polk County Dead Animal Removal services. What if a farm animal like a horse, or your beloved pet dog or pet cat has died and you need the body taken away? Click here for Dead Pet Body Removal.

We are experts in dead animal removal, and take our job seriously. When removing dead animals, we do a COMPLETE job — not only do we remove the dead animal from your home or yard, we also decontaminate the area, deodorize it, and dispose of the animal or cremate it. If you aren't sure whether the stench in your house is due to a rotting carcass or another reason, we can sniff it out with our noses from our years of experience. We remove dead raccoons, dead opossums, dead skunks, dead squirrels, dead birds, even dead dogs and cats. We frequently remove dead rodents from inside walls, because poison kills rats and mice, who die in your house. We completely solve your dead animal problem by taking these steps:

  • Sniff out the dead animal if it is somewhere in your home
  • When necessary, for example if the animal is in a wall or under your house, cut a hole to remove the animal
  • Remove the dead animal, safely and completely (and seal the hole if needed)
  • Finish the job by decontaminating and deodorizing your home
  • Properly dispose of the dead animal through incineration or other means
  • Prevent it from happening again by finding out how they got in your house

Dead animal carcass removal is specialty work. Sometimes the job is simple, such as a dead opossum in the yard, in which case we can simply wear our gloves and respirator mask, bag the carcass, and take it away for incineration. Sometimes this is more complex, such as when the dead animal is under a home crawlspace, under a porch or deck or shed. Or if the animal is larger, such as a dog or a deer. The most complex cases are dead animals inside the house. The animal may have died inside the attic, or down in the walls, or the duct work, or any other part of the architecture. You may have a bad smell in your home, and you're not even sure what's causing it. We've removed not just dead animals, but rotting food, bad mold, etc. We specialize in locating the source of the smell, and we very commonly cut a hole in the ceiling or wall to remove the animal. We remove every bit of the carcass, mop up the juices, vacuum the maggots, spray it and wipe it down with disinfectant, cleaner, and we repair the hole we cut. In some cases we use ozone machines to neutralize odor.

Des Moines Dead Animal Tip: Does the Government Remove Dead Animals for Free?

If there’s a dead animal in your yard, by the roadside, or in a public park, it promptly has to be removed. If not, sooner or later, the putrid odor will cause great discomfort for those nearby. But the dead carcass won’t magically disappear. Someone has to remove it. Or better still, someone has to bear the cost of removal. Although dead animal removal generally costs between $150 and $250, the cost can quickly skyrocket based on the peculiarity of the specific situation. So is it possible to get the government to remove dead animals for free? It depends! In this post, we examine when the government will remove dead animals for free and when they won’t.

Dead Animals on Public Properties
If there’s a dead animal by the roadside, the public park, or any other public property, it’s up to the government to get rid of it. All you need to do is contact the appropriate body. This might be your local wildlife control or local road maintenance service, or any other governmental agency. The right crew will be sent to pick up the carcass and dispose of it. And of course, you won’t be responsible for paying for the cost.

Dead Animals on Private Properties
As a general rule, the government would not remove dead animals from your property for free. Most do not even get involved with dead animal removal from private or commercial properties.

Dead Animals from Residential Households or City Streets
Your local waste division might collect dead dogs and cats from city streets and residential households when reported to the department.

Dead Animals Inside Your House
The government isn’t involved in removing dead animals from the homes of people. If there’s a dead animal inside your attic, chimney, or house, you’ll have to get a dead animal removal company involved.

Dealing with a Dead Animal on Your Property
So if you have a dead animal in your house or property, does that mean you surely have to pay to dispose of it? Not necessarily. Let’s answer this question by exploring some examples:

Rats and mice
In many districts, the waste collection division can help you dispose of small carcasses, like rats, mice, and squirrels. If you have a dead rat or mouse in your house, you can simply tie it up in a plastic bag and dispose of it with your trash. This doesn’t come at an additional cost, but make sure that you contact the department of waste collection in your municipal so you’re certain they receive carcasses. Also, ensure that you wear hand gloves when handling dead rodents.

If your dog or cat has died, there are several disposal options, ranging from burial to cremation. But if you’re looking for a cheap and less stressful option, you can contact your local department of sanitation to see if they can pick it up with the regular trash or if you can bring it to the landfill. Most garbage collection services that accept carcasses have a weight limit. For instance, in the city of High Point, North Carolina, the limit is 100 pounds. Just to be on the safe side, assume that garbage collection services will ONLY grant this request if the pet is small, like if it’s a small dead puppy or kitten. But if you’re not granted permission, then you need to take care of the carcass yourself. You can have it buried in your background if it’s your property and if burying carcasses is allowed in your district. Better still, you can have it cremated.

Generally speaking, the government does not remove dead livestock, farm animals, and other non-household animals. So if you have a dead pig or horse, you’ll have to take care of the carcass disposal yourself and pay for it!

The only instance where the government is obliged to remove a dead animal for free is when the carcass is on public property. In some districts, the waste collection service can also help dispose of dead animal carcasses at no additional cost. The only way to be certain is to confirm with your local trash collection service. But for larger dead animals, you’ll most likely have to dispose of the carcass yourself, and that will cost you money.

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