The primary problem with dead animals in NJ, of course, is the odor. When an animal dies in the home, it will naturally start to decay. As it does, it gives off organic compound odorant molecules which we detect with our olefactory sense.
The odor may be slight at first, but after about three days after the death of the animal in New Jersey, the odor can be quite strong. The strength of the odor depends on many factors:
- Size of Animal
- Animal Species
- Location of Carcass
- State of Decomposition
- Air Flow
A larger animal means more decaying flesh, which means a stronger odor. A dead possum has a stronger odor than a dead mouse. The odor also depends on the animal species,Different animals actually have different odors as they decay. Rats are particularly foul, per body weight.
Location of Carcass can be the big deal, If it dies down a centrally located wall in an area with poor ventilation, watch out. If it dies at the edge of the attic near a ventilated soffit, not so bad.
The other factors can play big role too, for example the state of decomposition.
At first the odor is weak, then it grows, then as maggots eat the carcass and the biomass decreases, the odor gradually lessens. The odor life cycle varies, depending on the size of the animal. Or the temperature, the dead animal will decompose more quickly at higher temperatures. Furthermore, the dispersal of odor molecules is stronger at higher temperatures – hotter = smellier. Humidity is connected to the Ability to perceive odors, which is typically heightened at higher humidity.
The air flow? Also a big deal. Sometimes with a dead animal NJ, people say, “I smell it stronger in the morning” or some variant. It all depends on where the air is flowing. If the dead animal is in the attic, perhaps as the attic cools off at night, the odor molecules sink down to the house level, but as the attic heats up in the day, the stinky air rises up, and doesn’t smell as strong in the house.
Regardless of the exact strength of the odor, most people cannot tolerate the stench caused by a dead animal in the house. It’s simply very unpleasant, end of story. Not only the odor is the problem, there can be also diseases that can be transferred from animal to human.
Oftentimes when I remove a dead animal, it’s covered with parasites such as fleas, mites, or ticks, and these organisms can carry and transmit disease. Perhaps there’s some pathogen on the dead animal that is harmful. Certainly one should not touch or ingest any part of a dead animal – there’s a reason we think stinky things are stinky – it’s our body’s way of saying “Do not touch. Stay away”.
I have reason to believe that a dead animal may potentially pose some health risk in a home, and I always wear full protection – gloves, HEPA gas mask, etc when dealing with dead animal carcasses. Dead animal removal in NJ is sometimes simple, sometimes very difficult, and always dirty. Don’t try to do it yourself, call the pest control specialist services New Jersey !