It makes sense scientifically why dead animals smell so terrible, but that doesn’t mean that you want to have this odor anywhere near or inside your home. As soon as an animal has died it will begin to decompose. Fluid inside the body will drain to the lowest point, which will cause discoloration and muscle stiffness. The pH of the body will change, causing the cells to start to break down. Without a natural defense, microorganisms will attack and break down any oxygen that is in the body. It is the breaking down of cells that causes such a bad smell that is so easily recognizable. When the body has finished decomposing or there aren’t any fluids left in the body, the smell will disappear, but this process can take months if the animal is particularly large, leaving many people wondering how to get rid of dead animal smell. The easiest way to get rid of the smell is to move the carcass to another location, but this task isn’t always easy. Animals can hide in small places before they die, making it difficult to find and remove their bodies.
It’s only by trusting an expert to find where the animal body is located that you can make sure that it is removed. Otherwise you may knock down part of your wall or rip up some flooring only to discover that you are looking in the wrong place. Experts can locate and remove a carcass quickly and easily, but fluids and microorganisms can remain behind. Without getting rid of all of these microorganisms and fluids you will still have a foul odor to deal with. The area has to be cleaned with a special enzymatic wash and all wood, insulation, or drywall that has been saturated needs to be removed and replaced.If porous material can’t be removed, it needs to be treated with a drying enzymatic cleaner. Moist or very wet areas will hold a smell for longer and need special treatment. Some people may have success with home remedies when they are looking for how to get rid of decaying animal smell
but processed materials are a better option. Baking soda and bleach may work for a short time but the odor can return or you may end up causing harm to your home. Using hydroxyl processors is the best way to get rid of the smell completely without damaging your home. They are able to break down any odor molecules that are on surfaces or in the air and remove them, although you will still have to apply cleaning agents directly to the maggots or fluids left behind. While nature will eventually remove a dead animal smell or animal urine smell, the process can take a long time. This is especially true if you are dealing with rodent smells, as there are often many animals that will have to decompose before the smell will disappear.The only way to get rid of the smell is to remove the body. Some home cleaners and candles can combat odors, but area sprays will generally only add to the smell in your home. Dehumidifiers will help to combat the odor if you live in a particularly humid environment. By combining a number of methods you can usually treat the odor in your home.
This is the most effective and profitable deodorization tool on the market. We’ve used ODOROX® systems on many different types of jobs and it works every time. The best part is being able to occupy the structure while it’s running. We now teach ODOROX® at our training facilityJeff Dornberg
From small rodents to large deer or dogs, if you have an animal carcass to deal with, you will want to call a professional to come and provide you with service. Most people do not understand the precautions that need to be taken.If there is a dead animal in or around your home, you need to have a professional come and remove the body. Once the body begins to decay, the smell can be unbearable. Since animals will often crawl into small and enclosed spaces to die, it can be difficult to find their carcasses. Using flies and smells can help you narrow down their location, but only a professional will be able to reliably locate where the animal carcass is, especially if it is of a very small animal, such as a mouse or a chipmunk. You can read more about how to find a dead rodent in your home here.
A Tool to Keep You Healthy
Health And Safety
JEMS, Journal of Emergency Medical Services
Hydroxyl generators kill germs & snuff odors
An Odorox® .Slimline. model portable hydroxyl generator sanitizes this ambulance. Photo Thom Dick
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We've talked about cooties before, Life-Saver. Nothing is scarier than some of the stuff you can't even see.
Fortunately, our bodies came equipped with an incredible array of weapons to protect us from sick people's diseases.
I can't find any studies that say so, but I don't think EMS providers get sick as often as most other people. If that's true, I suspect it's because we're exposed to so much disease on a regular basis that we're somewhat immune to it. I've always been impressed by that (and have always been grateful for it.) But I still think we'd be a lot safer if somebody could devise a surefire way to sanitize an ambulance without taking it apart.
In the March 2005 installment of this column, I discussed numerous ways EMS providers could minimize their exposure to disease. I suggested everything from leaving their boots at work to routinely cleaning door handles, stretchers, ceiling hardware and radio mics with contact cleaner. I've also talked about such practices as hand-washing, ditching exam gloves before driving, removing the floor hardware to address substances that accumulate there and not eating in ambulances.
I do brag some about my agency's crews. I hope you understand I love 'em to death. If you ever come and ride with us, you'll see why in about a second. Not only are they fine caregivers, but they also have hearts the size of toasters. If we were to lose just one of them, all of EMS would be damaged. Their families expect us to keep them safe, and we try hard to do that.
One of our first responders is an EMT named Chris Forbes. Chris is a lieutenant with our fire department here in Brighton, Colo., and he's a part-time distributor of gizmos called hydroxyl generators. Hydroxyl ions are unstable, negatively charged molecules that oxidize single-celled organisms, and thereby, destroy them. Chris showed us a device the size of a briefcase that's designed to produce and circulate hydroxyls throughout a closed environment about the size of a small house (2,000 square feet). We bought it (for about $2,800). When we take an ambulance out of service for maintenance, and before we give it back to a crew, we plug the device into the unit's 110VAC shoreline circuit and run it in the patient compartment for 24 hours with all the doors and windows closed.
We're pretty small-time, and we serve a poor district, so we don't have a lot of money for science. We've found no reference to anybody using hydroxyl generators in ambulances. But the independent lab reports we've read say that in structures, this device destroys more than 99.9% of airborne, surface and contained anthrax, Clostridium difficile, Escherichia coli, influenza A, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Listeria monocytogenes, MRSA, Staph aureus, molds and their spores, and tuberculosis bacilli on stainless steel and cotton fabric surfaces during a single 12-hour exposure.(1Ð3)
We also know from experience that it eliminates biologic and non-biologic odorsÑincluding emesis, blood, smoke and ethanolÑand produces no odors of its own.
They're commonly installed in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems of public buildings, especially in humid areas, and they're routinely used to purify structures after flooding. Fire departments use them to sanitize turnout gear.
How do these things work? Ours contains a fan that draws .dirty. air through a multiple-wavelength ultraviolet chamber, then exhausts it as clean airÑalong with hydroxyl ionsÑback into the environment. Hydroxyls occur naturally in sunlight. Although they're deadly to one-celled organisms, they're harmless to people and animals. Likewise, tests prove they break down airborne aldehydes, ozone, carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds.(4)
According to Chris, you can actually get these things in much smaller sizes, designed for permanent mounting in an ambulance, for about $500. That would spread the cost of one over the span of a lease, or the life of a vehicle. JEMS - Journal of Emergency Medical Services
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On March 22, I received a phone call from the President and chief mechanic at Infinity Air in Nashua, NH. They explained to me that they had a large fire in one of their airplane hangars. The fire had destroyed one airplane and the intense smoke and soot had penetrated a brand new Mooney Acclaim Type S aircraft. The owner of the smoke damaged Mooney who had stored his airplane in the hangar was beside himself and insistent on having the carpets, interior liners, leather seats, and flight instruments completely removed and rebuilt back to the original condition because he felt the smoke odors and residue would never fully be gone from his prized airplane (estimated cost was $25,000.00).
After several conversations with the demanding plane owner the airport personnel had calmed him down enough to agree to try and clean the aircraft before just 'gutting' it. They had called two cleaning companies before calling Allpro. Both companies stated they could clean the aircraft and rid the plane of odor. Their estimates to restore the aircraft were significantly higher.
When Infinity air had called me and told me all this information I had only one question for them 'How do the two other companies plan to attack the smoke odor inside the aircraft?'
The chief mechanic told me 'They plan on thoroughly cleaning the aircraft by hand then installing an ozone machine inside the cabin to eradicate and residual odors.' As you know ozone has been known to deteriorate plastics and rubber.
I was very adamant with the staff at infinity air NOT to let anyone deodorize an airplane with ozone. The last thing they need is an airplane with compromised rubber seals, fittings and gaskets.
They were so pleased that they called me because it was not explained to them by the other cleaning companies that ozone could affect the aircraft. They asked me how I would restore the airplane and I told them I would use soot sponges and neutral cleaners for the cleaning and then explained the Hydroxyl technology to them. They were amazed that this technology exist and were very impressed with my knowledge on how to properly clean an airplane. I told them I could completely restore the aircraft back to original condition for a fraction of the interior replacement cost and would guarantee the distraught owner of the plane would have no evidence of anything ever happening to his airplane.
Needless to say I was hired and 100% successful. Three days after the job was completed I called Infinity Air to get an update on the job. They couldn't say enough nice things about what we had accomplished and were even more amazed that the airplane had no evidence of soot or odor other than the 'new car' smell it had before the fire. The XL 3 and Boss systems are amazing and our number one tool now on all odor related jobs we do.
I have gotten nothing but rave reviews from adjusters who want to implement the Hydroxyl system on more restoration jobs.
Allpro Restoration Services
1352 Saratoga Ave. Gansevoort, NY 12831
Phone: 518-793-5311 . Fax: (518) 793-2499
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Odorox hydroxyl technology destroys 99.9% of germs, bacteria, mold, mildew, voc's and viruses in the air and on porous and non-porous surfaces which can cause illness and infections. MDU/RX FDA approved and safe to use in spaces occupied by people, pets, and plants.