How to Use a Sniffer to Find Dead Animals

Things You'll Need

  • Work gloves

  • Face mask

  • Shovel

  • Trash bag

Animals can get into a home and reside in attics, crawl ways, vents and other hidden areas. An animal that has died will decay, causing a rancid smell to permeate the home as well as being a health hazard. You can use a "sniffer" - a device that detects odors through a sensing rod -- to locate the source of the smell. The animal's corpse can be removed from the home once it has been discovered.

Step 1

Place the strap attached to the sniffer device over your shoulder. Hold the sensing rod in one hand. Turn the sniffer device on. Adjust the sensitivity knob on the device with the other hand so that the needle in the panel display stops twitching wildly.

Step 2

Place the tip of the sensing rod against a surface, for example, the lip of a building duct or a corner of an attic, to transfer a reading to the device. Make a note of the needle's position against the scale as you move the sensing rod around.

Step 3

Move in the direction that causes the needle to read higher on the scale. Continue moving in this direction, taking note of the needle's position, in order to reach the source of the smell.

Step 4

n the sniffer device off and place it aside. Put on the protective gloves and face mask. Shovel the dead animal into a plastic trash bag. Tie the top of the bag with a knot.

Step 5

Place the bag on the curve in front of your house. Contact the local animal control department of your city so that they can dispose of the animal's remains.