Dead Rodent In Your Commercial Business In Memphis TN?

Do you have a dead rat in your commercial business? Imagine sitting down in a nice restaurant and seeing a rat run by.  Bye-bye appetite and bye-bye otherwise good restaurant ratings.  Or imagine trying to do business in an office only to be overwhelmed by a foul, sickening odor.  Bye-bye client.

A business known for a rat infestation will find it nearly impossible to regain its reputation.  Before a rat sighting ruins your business, follow up any evidence.  Rats may seem to come out of nowhere. However, before anyone sights a rat, evidence can point out the problem.  Has anyone heard scratching or gnawing sounds in the walls or ceiling? Have you seen any black pellets in the cabinets or corners of the office? For more information about rats in your walls, click here.

Black pellets are most likely rat droppings. Rats can crawl through the smallest of spaces and up and down walls. When rats get inside the wall, they can sometimes get stuck in a small space or fall into a crevice.  Once stuck, a rodent may die quicker than you realize from dehydration and exhaustion.

If you have heard stationary scratching or chewing noises, you should act fast. Finding a noisy live rat is far easier than finding a silent or dead one. A newly deceased rat will start to decay and smell quickly. Do decaying rats smell different from decaying food left in a hidden office trash can?  Not really.  Most people don’t automatically assume a dead rat is the source of a bad smell. 

Once you're sure the overwhelming odor is not from forgotten food, etc., you will need professional help.  Apex Wildlife Control has a dead animal removal and deodorization service that goes above and beyond for our customers.

It also does not help that they can reproduce faster than most animals. Rats and mice breed all year long. A female can produce 7 litters a year and can have anywhere from 2 to 14 young in a litter. The gestation period for the female is around 21 to 26 days. She can mate again shortly after giving birth. Baby rats are born blind and furless and they grow rapidly. They can be weaned in just 3 weeks.

A successful pair of rats can produce up to 1500 young in a single year.  And that's just those two rats!  Their offspring can produce even more rats. They commonly will live together in groups so it is easy for their numbers to become overwhelming. This is why you often hear people refer to it as an infestation. Their numbers can rapidly increase in a short amount of time.

This is how a rat infestation can happen quickly in homes and businesses.  Rats and mice can quickly overwhelm a single home. It is always best to address the problem as soon as you notice any signs of wildlife on your own property.

Our company always exercises discretion when dealing with commercial buildings. At Apex, we understand how having a wildlife control company on your property can look to your clients.

We try to work with your schedule when it comes to your office hours. We even offer an emergency after-hour service so no one has to know we were there. The technicians get to work as soon as they arrive and will try to find where the smell is strongest. Once we have located the primary area use small drills and boroscopes to access the area.

An animal that dies will usually fall to the bottom of the wall. Once the dead rat is located we will remove the rat and deodorize the area. We use deodorization equipment that releases a mist of disinfectant that attacks and neutralizes odor-causing particles in the air.

Instead of weeks of foul odors, our deodorizer neutralizes the odor within a few days. Trust me, your staff will appreciate this service.

Do not try to mask or cover the odor before our technician arrives.  We use the odor to lead us to the animal.  While we cannot guarantee that we will find a dead animal, we will use all our expertise to identify and rectify the cause of the decaying odor.


Apex Wildlife Control offers internal and external inspections for any wildlife problems you may be experiencing. One of our technicians will come out to your property and look in your attic to check for droppings. That helps us to verify the species in your home and see if there are more than one species. They will also check for chewed wiring, HVAC, and duct work damage, and see if you're insulation is stained. We take pictures of our findings so you can see the damage to your property and what we need to fix.

Afterward, the technician will start the exterior part of your inspection and look from the bottom of your foundation to the top of your roof for all possible and actual entry points. Once we have finished our inspection the technician will give you a quote showing all the work that needs to be performed to seal your property from wildlife reentry and how we will trap the wildlife that is currently on your property.

Rodents can carry several types of bacteria and germs that can make you and your family very ill.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a severe illness caused from exposure to the droppings or urine of deer mice that carry the virus. About 1- 5 hantavirus cases are reported each year in Washington State and about one third of the cases have been fatal. It is important to take precautions when cleaning up an enclosed space such as a shed, cabin or trailer where mice have nested or rodent droppings are present.  

Leptospirosis is a disease caused by bacteria called Leptospira that infects both humans and a wide range of animals. It occurs worldwide but is more common in temperate and tropical areas of the world. Some people infected with leptospirosis will have no symptoms at all, and some people will become severely ill. Some wild and domestic animals, such as cattle, pigs, dogs, raccoons, and rodents, carry the Leptospira bacteria and pass them in their urine. Soil or water contaminated with infected urine are the most common causes of human infection.



Plague is a serious infection of humans caused by a germ called Yersinia pestis. It is usually caused by the bite of a flea that has fed on an infected wild animal, such as a rat, chipmunk or prairie dog. It usually causes large sores and abscesses in the glands of the arms and legs. Dogs, and especially cats, can also become infected and can spread the disease to their human companions. Wild animals in Washington state do not carry plague germs, but people and domestic animals like dogs and cats could be bitten by infected fleas while traveling to other areas of the country. Plague is treatable with antibiotics.



Tularemia is a bacterial disease caused by Francisella tularensis and is most commonly found in wild animals (e.g., wild rodents, squirrels, rabbits, hares and beavers). People and their pets can become ill from tularemia by coming into contact with infected dead or ill animals through animal bites and exposure to contaminated blood or raw meat. Tularemia can also be transmitted by the bite of an infected arthropod (e.g. ticks, biting flies), exposure to contaminated water or soil, and inhalation of bacteria. One to 10 cases of tularemia in people are reported every year. To prevent exposures to tularemia, don't handle dead or ill animals; avoid animal bites, tick and deer fly bites; and avoid direct bare-hand contact with blood and raw meat from wild animals. Don't drink untreated water in areas where tularemia is known to occur in wild animals.

If we completely seal the property we can guarantee against re-entry. The way we seal and trap together we can guarantee the removal of the wildlife. Once we seal your home the animals must go to our traps for a food source.

We would love to hear from you and help you out with all your wildlife problems. All of our staff are very knowledgeable and can answer any of your questions. Knowledge is power and we never want our customers to feel powerless. We want to give you all the information necessary to make an informed decision. We appreciate your consideration and we hope to hear from you soon!

 So if you have a stinky little problem that you need removed, give us a call today!  Our skilled technicians are here to help!

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