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Animal Decomposition: What to do When You Lose a Pet

Losing a pet can be a highly traumatic event for most of us. Whether it is a household dog, cat, bird, or something more exotic, we treat them as a part of the family. Although the circumstances can vary wildly, there is a high risk of biological contamination in the aftermath of animal deaths.

Dealing with the fresh blood, urine, feces, and other bodily fluids left behind by an animal recently passed is an unpleasant task. But there is something even more distressing and potentially dangerous – chancing upon a dead and decomposing animal on your property.

In situations of animal decomposition, it is almost always a good idea to call in professionals. This article will explain everything you need to know about animal death and decay, its risks, the science behind decomposition, and above all when to seek professional help.  

To deal with all your animal decomposition concerns, call Bio-One Savannah without delay!  

What is Animal Decomposition?

Decomposition is a natural part of the life cycle – all things born must die, and when they die, their bodies decompose and convert into nutrients for other life forms. We think about it as nature’s way of recycling dead things.

The body of humans and animals are made up of highly complex compounds – proteins, amino acids, fats, carbohydrates, DNA, and other minerals and water. Decomposition is the process by which these are broken down into simpler molecules of sugars, mineral salts, carbon, and water.

These simpler nutrients become food for bacteria, fungi, flies, maggots, and other life forms. Eventually, the nutrients are absorbed into the surrounding earth and nourish plants and trees.

When Does Animal Decomposition Become a Hazard?

The decomposition and decay of organic matter play an essential role in nature. It prevents the wastage of nutrients and ensures that plants can thrive, creating food for the continuation of life. Out in the wild and wide-open spaces with plenty of air circulation, a decomposing animal body does not cause any significant concerns.

Problems arise when animals die inside your homes. Wild animals like rats, raccoons, and squirrels often find their way into attics, ceilings, ducts, chimneys, between the walls, and even under the house.

Pets like dogs and cats also have the instinct to seek out nooks and crawl spaces, mainly when they are not well. This is a primitive instinct of self-preservation – all animals, domesticated or otherwise, will retreat to a safe hiding place when severely ill or injured.

Out in the wild, this is a valuable tactic to avoid predators who always target weak and easy prey. But in our homes, this instinct can lead to unpleasant situations where a beloved pet (or a wild animal) dies without our knowledge.

And while the body may be out of sight, thanks to rapid decomposition, you will soon know all about its presence. The following are signs of a possible rotting body inside your home or property:

  • A vile odor permeated the building.
  • A vile odor is wafting around the premises.
  • Presence of swarms of flies and ants.
  • Stains of unknown origin on a wall or ceiling.

The odor of a decomposing body is deeply unsettling as we immediately associate it with death. Living under the same roof with such a smell is virtually impossible. While the odors dissipate faster out in the open, they can linger for a long time indoors and saturate everything inside.

Health Risks from Decomposing Animal Carcasses

Apart from the revulsion factor automatically associated with dead bodies, animal carcasses can pose health risks to humans and other animals. Exposure to a carcass during improper handling can increase your risk of getting sick thanks to these factors:

Bacteria and viruses

Many wild animals harbor potentially deadly microbes that can cause infection in humans and other animals. Salmonellosis, leptospirosis, infections caused by Campylobacter, and Clostridium perfringens are examples.

You may catch these diseases by inhaling dust particles or touching the carcass without proper protection in gloves, face masks, and other clothing. Some diseases can also spread if the carcass contaminates your groundwater or indoor plumbing.

Ticks and fleas

While most pets are given medication and treatment to prevent ticks and fleas, wild animals don’t have such luxury. Their bodies are often ridden with these blood-sucking parasites, which are known to carry Lyme disease, babesiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Tularemia.

When the animal host dies, the ticks and fleas immediately leave the body, searching for new victims. Removing the carcass alone is not enough in these situations. You may also have to perform deep cleaning and fumigation of the area.

Common Causes of Animal Decomposition in Georgia Homes

There are two main sources of rotting smells and animal decomposition inside homes – wild animals and pets. Both wild and domesticated animals love going into enclosed spaces that resemble burrows, and our homes have plenty of locations where animals can hide:

Under the house

This is a popular hiding location for pets, especially cats and dogs. If they are sick but still able to move around, your pet may prefer the solitude and comfort of the crawl space underneath your house.

Since it is easily accessible, many wild animals like raccoons and possums may also take refuge in this part of your property. Since crawl spaces can accommodate these larger animals, when something dies in there, the stench will also be quite severe.

To remove the carcass and clean the affected area properly, you will have to crawl under the house. In regular clothes and with no adequate protection, this is a recipe for contracting an illness or infection. Bio-One Savannah decontamination experts can save you trouble. Give us a call now!

In the attic

Due to its warmth and elevated position, the attic is a popular spot for many feral and wild animals to build a nest. Since humans don’t venture there often, these animals settle in for the long haul, often dying there in the process.

Unlike the underside of the house, the attic has more direct ventilation access to the rest of your home. Any stench from an animal corpse will spread more intensely inside your house. As a result, it is often relatively easier to spot carcasses in the attic. But they remain quite hard to clean.

Inside walls

Rats and other small rodents often frequent the smaller gaps and spaces between drywall panels. They are the usual suspects whenever you notice any off-smell coming from a particular wall, possibly accompanied by weird stains close to the floor.

This happens when the animal dies and falls to the bottom of the walls, close to the baseboards. Sometimes, these critters can die and get stuck on nearby support beams. Removal of the carcass entails cutting a hole in a nearby wall section.

Inside Ducts and Chimneys

Given the hostile nature of these spaces (smell of fire, moving air), animals don’t usually favor moving into such spaces. Sometimes, a small pet like a rat or guinea pig (or even a snake) may end up in smaller spaces and die.

Handling and removing such bodies can be a veritable headache since there are many hard-to-get areas in AC vents and ducts or even between the flues of a fireplace. You are better off calling experienced professionals from Bio-One Savannah for these jobs.

The Science Behind Decomposition

While it is often a gruesome and revolting sight, decomposition's science is fascinating. It's a complex process involving microbial activity, organic substances, and chemical decomposition.

All living organisms undergo various forms of decomposition after death. Many organisms play an active role in this process. The decomposer organisms that feed on other dead organisms are collectively called detritivores. In general, they are either microscopic or have a very unpleasant appearance.

Detritivores slowly and steadily decompose organic matter over weeks, months, and years. They tirelessly eat away the decomposing organic materials of dead plants and animals. Due to this, there are significant differences in plants and animals' decaying organic matter.

Decomposition in Plants

Fungi play a lead role in decomposing dead material on the forest floor. Once hectares of forests produce anywhere from 1 to 3 tons of dead plant material for fungi to feed on. The material processed by fungi provides food for other organisms like snails, earthworms, and springtails.

While some fungi are toxic, they play a vital ecological function. They fertilize the surrounding soil by converting plant materials like dead leaves, dead tree bark, and other organic material. Along with soil microbes, fungi create the ideal situation for new growth.

Decomposition in Animals

Unlike in dead plants, the dominant role here is played almost exclusively by bacteria, along with other multi-cellular scavengers like maggots and worms, insects and beetles, flies, and even larger beasts like foxes, jackals, crows, and vultures.

Animal scavengers consume the dead carcass materials and release gases and absorb energy. Many microbes and other invertebrates participate in this “feast,” including jackals, vultures, foxes, crows, etc. But these do not attack the cadaver simultaneously. Instead, they follow a multi-staged process.

The 5 Stages of Decomposition

Even when alive, animals (including humans) are home to millions of microorganisms. Bacteria living in the gut aid in the digestion process. The bacteria remain relatively passive and benign as long as the host organism is alive. Once death occurs, that status quo is ruptured, and decomposition sets in across the following stages:

Initial Decay (Day 0 - 3)

Immediately after death, the gut bacteria began attacking the surrounding intestines' dead tissue. The digestive enzymes produced by the animal’s intestines also start contributing to the process of decomposition.

Meanwhile, house flies and other species of flies start laying eggs outside the carcass. They usually prefer laying eggs around wounds and other openings in the body – mouth, eyes, nose, ears, and genitals.

The larvae of flies hatch from these eggs within 24-48 hours. They quickly move inside the body to start feeding on the dead tissues.

Putrefaction (Day 4 - 10)

As bacteria inside the carcass continue to break down the cells and tissues, fluids and gases start accumulating in open spaces inside the body. Some gases include carbon dioxide, methane, and hydrogen sulfide – foul-smelling to humans but attractive to flies and other scavengers.

When large quantities of carbon dioxide and methane are released by multiplying bacteria, it inflates the body. It creates additional pressure inside, forcing more fluids out of the tissues into the body cavities. The larvae of flies develop into maggots and move around as a substantial writhing mass.

As the maggots eat and digest the organic matter, they also spread bacteria to different parts of the carcass. The stench from the body also increases drastically, attracting more flies, insects, and maggots.

Black Putrefaction (Day 10 - 20)

The gases escape from the cavities at this stage, causing the bloated body to deflate and collapse. Along with the gases, lots of fluids drain into the nearby areas. If the carcass is indoors, this can lead to heavy staining and seepage. The stench will remain quite severe at this stage.

The maggots also start growing into pupae and leave the carcass. Other insects, like scavenger beetles and wasps, gradually replace the flies. The body’s exposed regions acquire a black color, while the tissue inside becomes creamy and white.

Butyric Fermentation (Day 20 - 50)

By this stage, the flesh is either removed or dries out and starts fermenting. High levels of butyric acid give the carcass a cheesy smell that attracts new organisms and mold. At this dry stage, the carcass is more suitable for feeding beetles and their larvae.

Dry Decay (Day 50 - 365)

The decomposition rates gradually slow as all flesh and other organic matter disappear from the body, leaving just the bones. The main organisms active at this stage are bacteria, mites, and moths (if the animal has fur).

The Role of Temperature

The rate of decomposition and decay will depend heavily on the ambient temperatures. The decomposition rate will be very high in hot summers as bacteria thrive in hot and humid conditions.

Meanwhile, in winter, the decomposition rate will progress significantly slower. Due to climate change, global warming, and the constant flux of the earth's temperature, which has been changing since time immemorial, we are starting to see heat waves and longer summers that lead to quick putrefaction and the decay of dead animals.

This also has a feedback effect - as more animal remains and plant litter get broken down by the decomposition process, it will release additional greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere.  

Choose Bio-One Savannah for Compassionate and Professional Dead Animal Removal and Decomposition Service

Advanced decomposition of animal tissue creates a hazardous environment in closed spaces like the inside of your homes. It can release toxic gases, disease-causing germs, and other unpleasant substances into your surroundings.

Cleaning this mess is a job best left to seasoned professionals. Here at Bio-One Savannah, we use advanced equipment and specialized cleaning agents to remove all traces of the dead animal with clinical efficiency.

All our practices are in full compliance with the strictest regulations regarding the handling of bio-hazardous materials. You are guaranteed the highest quality animal carcass cleanup service with us in Savannah, GA.

We always prioritize the physical and emotional well-being of our clients. Losing a pet can be a very emotionally sensitive moment for a family. Our trained staff maintains the utmost respect and provides a compassionate cleanup service experience.

For a professional, discreet, and compassionate dead animal removal and decontamination service in Savannah, GA, give us a call today!

Pets help bring joy and laughter into our homes. They provide us with love and companionship when we need it the most in life. Studies show that humans enjoy a wide range of physical and mental health benefits from owning a pet, including lower blood pressure and stress levels.

Unfortunately, very few animals have the same lifespan as humans. The animals that do, like elephants, do not make for practical pets! Most of us will outlive several pets during our lifetimes. And parting with a beloved pet dog or cat is a terrible experience in life.

Some pets get a humane death through euthanasia at the vet’s office. But many others die at home and often leave a mess that can be hard to handle. If you have lost a pet under distressing circumstances and need help cleaning the pet's waste, we are here.

BioOne Savannah combines professional excellence with a compassionate and humane approach to provide fast, efficient, and discreet animal clean-ups – give us a call today for a free quote.

What is a Pet Clean-up?

Pet clean-up is a relatively broad and generic term that can include many services. For instance, some businesses offer dedicated cleaning services for removing dog poop – also called a pooper scooper service. Under contract with owners, breeders, or residential organizations, pooper scoopers will come and clean yards, streets, and other public spaces regularly.

Some firms provide clean-up services when pets, smaller wild animals, or farm animals like cows and horses die on your property. Private firms and municipal agencies can be asked to come and pick up and dispose of the dead bodies. They do not generally provide advanced cleaning services.

For that, you can rely on services from companies like Bio-One Savannah. We provide specialized cleaning and bio-waste disposal services to homeowners and business establishments. If a pet animal/wild animal has died on your premises under any unfortunate circumstances, we are the ones you need to call.

Why Do Pet Parents Require Professional Clean-up Services?

The death of a pet at home brings a unique set of challenges to pet owners. Animals are more likely to leave a lot of waste and biological residues in their surroundings when they die. This can include blood, saliva, waste matter, and other bodily fluids. Engaging the services of a professional cleaning company will give you the following benefits:

Avoid a Traumatic Experience

It's normal to feel distraught and depressed after the death of a beloved pet who has been a loyal companion for years. Removing pet waste and cleaning up the mess left behind by that pet will only add to the trauma.

This is needless additional pain that you don’t have to carry. When you hire Bio-One for your pet cleanup, our trained professionals will handle every aspect of cleaning and sanitizing the affected areas in your home. Our compassionate approach allows you to grieve your loss and come to terms with it at your own pace.

Thorough and Efficient Cleanup

Kidney failure, cancers, and Lyme disease are among the most common causes of death in pets most common causes of death. In their advanced stages, these conditions can affect a pet’s ability to control when and where they empty their bowels and bladders.

Naturally, this can build up waste materials and their traces in your home. Bio-One cleaning specialists are equipped to thoroughly clean up all the affected rooms and areas in your home. We remove all traces of pet waste, so you get back relatively return to your clean and healthy home.

Remove Stains and Toxins

Sick and dying animals often mess up your home's carpets, furniture, and other expensive fixtures. Apart from unsightly stains and bad odors, pet waste on these surfaces may also carry deadly germs and toxins that can affect your kids and any surviving pets.

You need specialized chemicals with advanced cleaning and deodorizing properties to effectively tackle the mess left by animal secretions and body fluids on your carpet and other surfaces. Bio-One specialists can help you avoid throwing away your carpets and give them a new lease on life.

Deal With Decomposing Animals

Wild/feral animals often die in hidden nooks of your home, like the attic or crawlspace. It is not unusual for sick or injured dogs and cats to follow the same instinct when they feel they are close to death. In such situations, pet parents often assume their pets are missing or lost.

You only recognize the reality when the dead body starts to decompose and give off foul odors. Experts best handle this unpleasant situation with the equipment and training to handle the putrescent and decomposing biological waste.

Decontaminate Your Yard and Premises

Bacterial infections like salmonellosis, psittacosis, and Lyme disease are prevalent among dogs, cats, and other domestic animals across the United States. There is also the risk posed by parasites such as hookworms and roundworms. As they age, dogs, cats, rabbits, and other animals become vulnerable to infections.

Humans can catch many of these zoonotic diseases from their pets. Suppose any of these illnesses contributed to the demise of your pet. In that case, you should hire a professional, medical-grade cleaning service to decontaminate all exposed areas, indoors and outdoor areas like patios/yards.

Deal with Hoarding Situation

Hoarding is a mental disorder where people have difficulty discarding items and end up with an often unsanitary living condition with piles of waste. In animal hoarding, the person may have more pets than they can handle.

Such homes often have improperly disposed of animal remains. Suppose any of your relatives suffer from this. In that case, you will need to call in experts who can handle the removal of animal waste and any contaminating substances and make the premises liveable again.

What is “Pet Waste”?

Pet waste, also called animal waste if the source is a wild/feral animal, can include many things. From a professional cleaning perspective, pet waste or animal waste includes the following:

The Remains

In the event of a pet death, owners are required to dispose of the body in a manner that does not affect public health and sanitation in any negative way. Backyard burial is never a decent option for a variety of reasons. It's also not practical in the case of larger pets like dogs.

At most locations, local community/municipal sanitation services will pick up animals that end up dead on the streets and public areas. A humane and compassionate pet waste removal and cleaning service like Bio-One is the best option for pets that die at home.

Due to special circumstances, you may discover your pets remains several days after death. This can happen if the pet goes missing and ends up inside your walls, chimneys, or attic. When decomposed remains are involved, professional bio-waste handling services are recommended.

They are also highly recommended if you deal with wild animal carcasses on your property. Unlike domestic animals, wild animals are not vaccinated and often carry deadly diseases like rabies. You should never touch or handle the dead bodies of such animals.

Blood and Stains

Bleeding or blood in vomit/feces is a common side effect in advanced and terminal-stage diseases like cancers. Your floor, furniture, clothes, and carpets may be covered with residual blood or stains.

A dog or cat can also die due to unfortunate accidents and physical injury that causes heavy bleeding. If splatters or pools of blood are on your premises, it can be deeply unsettling for family members, especially young children.

Bleeding is also very common if your pet succumbed to injuries sustained in an attack by another pet dog or a wild/feral animal like a coyote. Cats are often at risk of such attacks since they roam around the neighborhood.

Pee, Poop, and Other Bodily Fluids

Waste materials like pee and poop are far more common than blood stains in cases of pet death. Most pets die at home due to old-age-related illnesses or infectious diseases. Aged animals usually suffer from a lack of bladder and bowel control.

Sickness can also increase the severity of this condition. As a result, you may have to frequently clean up such animal waste during the treatment period. Despite your best efforts, there is a chance of persistent orders and stains inside the home when there is a sick pet.

After they have passed away, you deserve a clean and healthy home devoid of off-smells stains and residues in corners, grooves, and other surfaces. This can only be achieved with the help of professional decontamination and cleaning services like Bio-One Savannah.

Pet Hair/Fur

Numerous breeds of cats and dogs have long/medium-length coats and luxurious furs. Some other pets, like rabbits, also have fur that can get everywhere. Most pet parents can handle the shedding fur with normal cleaning processes.

While most healthy animals shed on a seasonal basis, abnormal shedding often happens when they get old or sick. This is why the rooms and surfaces frequented by a recently dead pet often have vast amounts of hair/fur.

Further, you cannot discount the risk of fleas and ticks. While healthy pets respond positively to parasite control measures, many of these cannot be applied to severely ill animals. So in the final stages of their lives, some pets may harbor ticks or fleas, which can spread disease to humans.

Due to the risk of infection, your best bet is to leave the removal of any fur and hair in the hands of professionals after the death of your beloved pet. Bio-One experts will remove all traces of fur and hairs since they are potent allergens and may carry pathogens/parasites from the dead animal.   

Odors

While physical waste materials are easier to collect and remove, that does not guarantee that your house is in clean and livable condition. Due to ventilation challenges, foul odors from pee, poop, and dead organic materials can linger for a long time.

In extreme cases, where an animal dies unknown to you in the attic or under the floorboards, the stench from the rotting body can make the house virtually unlivable. You need industrial or medical-grade deodorizing techniques and chemicals to remove the smells safely.

How Does the Cleanup Process Work

Here at Bio-One, we follow a highly scientific procedure in our clean-up efforts. Animal cleanup situations can vary widely. Our experts assess the unique variables involved – the species and size of the dead pet, location of the remains, presence of fecal matter, possible presence of blood/fluids, the stage of decomposition, and more – before executing a customized cleaning process for best results.

That said, after the initial assessment, the basic process of removing pet waste has the following steps:

Removal of the Body

As the primary source of the odors and infection risk, we prioritize removing and securing the pet body for safe disposal. Our experts wear protective gloves, masks, and OSHA-mandated bio-security gear before touching and handling the remains.

The job is much easier when the owner calls us promptly after the death has occurred. This is vital since putrefaction and decay can start within a few hours, particularly in the hot, humid, sub-tropical Georgian climate.

Suppose the body is in an advanced stage of decomposition or hidden behind a wall or ceiling. In that case, we will first pinpoint the location and try to gain access by reasonable means while causing minimal property damage. The remains are then sealed in bio-hazard bags and taken for incineration.

Removal of Fur and Debris

If the animal belonged to a long-haired breed, our professionals would use powerful vacuum cleaners and other specialized equipment to capture and remove pet hair/fur, debris, and associated pet waste sticking to the floor, walls, and any other surfaces inside your home, including furniture.

Removal of Urine, Feces, and Blood  

Cleaning of such bodily fluids and blood requires specialized training and equipment. Our certified experts identify the locations that need thorough cleaning and start by removing all visible traces of a pet's waster. Using modern techniques, we look for hidden blood and bodily fluid hints on carpet/furniture/tiles.

All affected surfaces are treated with hydrogen peroxide and other chemical formulations designed to break down organic matter, kill germs, and render a space safe and disinfected. We take special care when treating your valuable furniture and carpets to prevent severe damage during this process.

Stain and Odor Removal

The final step is to remove any visible odor traces of the pet's death from your home. Stains are usually removed during the spot-cleaning process, where we remove all the pet waste. Persistent stains may require special treatment.

The first step in odor control is removing the source from the premises. This, followed by thoroughly cleaning all affected surfaces, will reduce the intensity of the smells in the air. But to eliminate the smell, we apply a safe deodorant agent across all surfaces.

Call Bio-One Savannah for an Efficient Pet Waste Removal Service

At the end of our cleaning and pet removal process, you will get a clean, spotless, stainless, and odorless space that is safe for your entire family, including kids and infants.

With our high-quality pet waste removal service, you can move on with your grieving process for the departed pet without getting bogged down with the mundane but essential aspects of cleaning and odor removal.

For a professional pet cleanup and pet waste removal service rooted in compassion and humane behavior, you can rely on our experts at Bio-One Savannah. If you have suffered the death of a beloved pet in the family, call us today for a free quote or schedule a visit.


If selling or buying a home is in your future, you're likely well versed the entire process, from the initial offer to closing. But are you aware that disclosing a death in the home may be required? The rules vary by state. Here's what you need to know. 

Property Disclosure Documents

No matter how perfect a house looks on the outside, there is often property information a buyer needs to disclose before the sale can go through. Property disclosure documents reveal known structural issues, neighborhood nuisances, hazards, HOA details, water damage, notable repairs made to the home and death in the home. 

Rules for reporting a death in the home vary by state, and variations in rules may include:

  • Timeframe: When the death occurred. 
  • How the person passed away: If the death occurred naturally versus due to negligence on the property.
  • Hauntings: If the seller has knowledge that the property is being haunted by the dead. 

To be more specific, here are three death disclosure examples as stated from experts or articles based in Texas, New Jersey, and California: 

  • On Investopedia, Jim Olenbush, a Texas real estate broker said, “In Texas, for example, deaths from natural causes, suicides, or accidents unrelated to the property do not have to be disclosed." However, “a seller is required to disclose deaths related to the condition of the property or violent crimes." 
  • Michele Messina, an agent with RE/MAX Villa Realtors in New Jersey, told Apartment Therapy, "If someone passed away after living a long, happy life, it’s not really something you have to disclose."
  • The SFGate reported that in California, if someone dies on the property, it's a material defect – but only if the death occurred within three years of the date you make an offer to purchase or rent the home. 

For a state by state guide on disclosure laws we recommend visiting this resource on Nolo.com

How to Search Property Records

If you'd like to do your own sleuthing and search property records, look no further than DiedInHouse.com. Founded in 2013, this website promises to instantly search millions of records to determine if a death has occurred at any valid U.S. address. 

In a 2015 interview with Forbes.com, founder Roy Condrey stated, "I went online to find a ‘Carfax’ of sorts for deaths in homes and I didn’t find anything, but I did find pages and pages of people asking if there’s a way to find out if their house is haunted." 

The service isn't free, though. Once you enter an address, you're prompted to pay a minimum of $11.99 for a single search. The report will, however, provide a number of property records including meth labs, fire, death, and registered sex offender information. 

Remediating After a Death in a Home

If a death recently occurred in the home you're hoping to purchase, there may have been biohazards from bloodborne pathogens that required remediation. Consider asking the seller how the death was remediated to ensure proper steps were taken. Remediation processes may vary depending on the location of the death, how the death occurred, types of flooring, and if the death was undiscovered for days or weeks. 

Bio-One technicians are trained and equipped to properly disinfect biohazards from bloodborne pathogens, and we ensure safe biohazard material handling and disposal. Once the entire area is cleaned of blood and body fluids, we also help property owners restore the location to its pre-incident state. 

If you are selling a home and need a biohazard remediated or want to ensure remediation was done correctly, give Bio-One a call. Our experts not only contain and disinfect the dangerous biological materials, we carry out our work in a caring and private manner. Find a Bio-One team near you

Bio-One Homeless Encampment, Rescuing Cats, Donating to Police Officer

Bio-One teams across the U.S. answer calls to help their communities and remediate a variety of scenes. In our new blog series, we'd like to bring you into the Bio-One world by sharing stories of the unique and important work we do for local communities.

Here is Week 1 of our Bio-One Weekly Wrap-Up. 

Homeless Encampment Clean-Up - Temecula, CA

On the west coat, the Bio-One team was called by the Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce to safely decontaminate an area outside their office. With homelessness on the rise, there is in increase of biohazardous waste that is sadly starting to accumulate in zones of our cities. 

While Bio-One teams have been actively remediating homeless encampments for decades, we just refreshed this information on our Bio-One website. View it here

"We are actively looking for partnerships to help keep our cities clean and safe for children and families." - Jason and William, Bio-One Owners

COVID-19 Disinfection to Raise Money for Local Police Sgt. - Asheville, NC

In the fall of 2020, it was announced that Jax, the 3 year-old son of Sgt. Jordan Warren at the Henderson County Sheriff's Office, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Sgt. Warren has served the community in Henderson County for 10 years, and the community has rallied on his behalf by donating thousands of dollars for the family in their time of need. 

To help raise money, the Bio-One team in Asheville raffled off a COVID-19 disinfection, up to 5,000 sqft for any home or business. The raffle ran through January 2021 and raised over $600. This week, the team happily treated the winner, Strong Hand Fitness, to the disinfection. 

"Police officers and their families make big sacrifices to serve their community, most of which go unseen. So, when first responder families are in need, we want to help anyway we can. We wish the entire Warren family the best as Jax continues his fight." - Matt Gregg, Bio-One Owner

Cat Rescue - Flagstaff, Arizona

In January, the Bio-One team in Flagstaff answered the call to remediate an unattended death. They learned from the next of kin that a husband had passed away in the home while his wife, at the time, was fighting for her life at the local hospital after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

Once the team arrived, it was clear this would be a multi-day job. Not only was there a biohazard to remediate, but the home was hoarded and restoring the home to a safe environment was an urgent need. While working, the Bio-One crew identified three cats lingering in and around the home. Initially, it was assumed one cat was owned by the family, and the other two were part of the neighborhood. The first cat, nicknamed Hunter, was given to the Ark Cat Sanctuary for a checkup and to eventually find a new home. In the spirit of kindness, the team also provided food and water for the other two neighborhood cats when working onsite. 

Several weeks passed, and the Bio-One team received word that the wife had sadly lost her life due to complications from COVID-19. The next of kin asked the team to revisit the home and remove remaining items. Shortly after work began, the two neighborhood cats were found. It was then revealed that the two animals were owned by the deceased couple. After living off the land for months, they were rescued by the Bio-One team and turned over to the Ark Cat Sanctuary for care. We hope each animal finds a loving home. 

"We are very fortunate that our staff and owners have a heart for animals and will do whatever they can to help the pets like we do our clients." - Rebecca Wallace, Bio-One Owner

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