How to remove a Dead Animal from the Wall

Another common place to find deceased animals is in your walls. This may be a bit more confusing for you, how did they get in there in the first place? Most often, animals from in the attic will fall down behind a wall when they are trying to learn their way around the attic or if they are sick and stumbling as it is. They will fall down while alive, and most times there are no grips for them to be able to climb back up. You can sometimes even hear little scratching noises at the bottom of your wall indicating that a live animal has fallen down it, you may even be able to cut open the wall and remove the animal before it dies.

Bovine carcass
Vultures and other scavenging animals will quickly find decomposing animals

You want to first eliminate every other spot in the house before you start looking into the wall- since you will have to cut a hole in it. If you have confirmed that it is indeed in the wall, you’ll want to find the exact location. As silly as it may sound, this can involve putting your nose on your wall and trying to find the scent. Not only will you look silly, but you’re going to hate the smell. Depending on where the animal is in the stage of decomposition, you may even find the wall to be slightly warmer to touch than other parts surrounding it.

Bovine carcass
Animal bones, as well as the soil around them, can still carry dangerous bacteria on them.

More than likely, you are going to have to cut a hole in the wall in order to reach the animal. Some people feel comfortable doing this on their own, while many prefer to hire a contractor so that the hole is cut properly and sealed again. The hole doesn’t necessarily have to be huge, just big enough to stick your hand through and pull out the animal. You probably won’t find any giant raccoons behind your wall, so you’ll be looking at smaller animals to remove. It is mostly rodents, squirrels, and babies that will end up stuck behind a wall. Once the hole has been cut and the animal removed, you can seal it back with dry wood, or have a professional come out and seal it, depending on your comfort level.