Cutting a Dead Squirrel Out of the Wall


03.24.2007 - I smelled a bad smell in this apartment, and I knew it had to be some dead varmint. I walked the house, employing a sniff. I entered the laundry room and got a whiff. I sniffed the walls, I sniffed the ceiling, but it was the floorboard I found most appealing. I leaned on down and felt like a hero, because I knew I'd found ground zero. I got my saw and cut out a square, and was promptly greeted with fragrant air. I reached inside and fished around, and a squishy squirrel is what I found. I bagged it and tagged it and named it Muriel, I said a prayer and made a proper burial. Just kidding. I unceremoniously tossed it in the trash, but not before charging some cold hard cash. I patched the hole with spackle pink, and that was the end of the wall squirrel stink.

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How To Find Dead Squirrels In House - One day your house smells good and the next day it smells of dead squirrel. That is something that happens to a lot of home owners especially when they are closer to wooded areas. If you have that smell throughout the house then you will want to know how to find dead squirrels in house. There really is no secret technique that you cannot do at home that a specialist would do. All that you need to do is follow the best advice and that is simply to follow your nose. If it sounds simple that is because it is indeed very simple.

You should use your nose and it will take you where the scent is strongest and that will be where the dead squirrel is. There is a chance that the dead squirrel is in the wall, so first determine which wall it is in before you start making holes in it to find the squirrel. Also look at places where a squirrel is likely to hide and that includes the rooms that are less trafficked in your home like the attic and the basement. Look for boxes where a squirrel may have nested and look for signs of tampering. That is how to find dead squirrels in house. Next, get them in a plastic bag and dispose of it, disinfecting the area.

Squirrels are one of the most common animal for you to find in your house. Whether they live in walls, ceilings, attics, or air vents, it is likely that you are hosting squirrels in your house without even necessarily knowing it. You would find that the most common habitat for a squirrel is your attic. This is why sometimes, when the squirrels move around in the attic, they happen to fall down the walls. The top of the walls is often hollow and is connected directly to the attic. Squirrels either move around out of their own will for simply being too curious about their living area or slip down the bottom of the wall in an attempt to climb down. Adult squirrels tend to stay away from the walls so in most cases it is juvenile squirrels that fell down the rabbit hole. Therefore, if you ever hear scribbling down your walls, it'd be better to just remove the animal right then so it doesn't cause a vile odor and attract maggots that you may come across later when they have died and are decomposing. To be honest, squirrels are small creatures and as a homeowner, you do wonder the extent of the damage that can be caused by such a tiny creature. Surely, it can't be much, but it is its very minuscule size that puts you in a lot of trouble. Squirrels are small and fast animals which makes them the perfect candidate for moving around in the tight nooks and crannies of your house without any hesitation.

Step 1: How to identify and remove a dead squirrel inside a wall

Dead squirrels stuck inside walls are harder to identify because the smell is not as pungent but kind of mulled. You will have to sniff all over the wall until you find the exact spot. Because of the slow decomposing process of the animal, the wall will also be slightly warm in temperature. Once identified, a hole needs to be cut open to efficiently remove the animal.

Step 2: What comes after the removal?

Once removed, the next important step in the plan of action is to get rid of any body fluids and maggots by disinfecting and cleaning the area with an enzyme-based cleaner. The decomposition process is often slow and if you don't remove the body on time, the subdued smell will take on the form of a very pungent and strong smell. It is highly recommended to hire a professional as they cut the wall at such an angle that most of the drywall is saved and not wasted.

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