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Imagine waking up in the morning on a weekend. The sun is shining and the day is all yours to do as you please. You walk out of your bedroom and there it is – a dead animal rat corrupting the wonderful free day. Finding a dead animal in your yard, or your house is not only an unsightly thing to see, but it can get very dangerous if you don’t do something about it as soon as possible.
In this article, the Fantastic Services pest control team will explain the dangers of a dead animal in your house and will walk you through the steps of its removal. The most common examples are dead squirrels in the attic or basement, dead mice or rats after dealing with a rodent infestation, or a dead bird in the yard.
Having a dead animal on your property comes with a number of problems, some of which can put the health of your household at risk. Some of them are:
Now that we established that a dead animal is bad to have on your property, it’s time to explain what you should do to get rid of it. Or, if you don’t want to get rid of it yourself, there is always professional pest control and dead animal removal service. While the cost of pest control can be expensive, if you have a serious infestation on your hands, it’s the only way to remove it permanently.
Unfortunately, you don’t always have a dead animal on an easy out in the open spot. Sometimes, a squirrel has made a nest inside the mountains of clutter in your attic. Sometimes, a rat has died between the walls of your property. In order to find the carcass, you might have to do some searching.
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Once you’ve found the dead animal, be very careful with the removal. Never touch the animal with your bare hands! It’s not advisable to even breathe close to it. It’s known that the hantavirus which rats carry, can infect a human even from the contaminated dust they inhale.
Rubber gloves and a face mask are a must when handling dead animal carcasses. Otherwise, you risk a disease transmission.
You can scoop the decomposing animal with a shovel for extra security, so you don’t have to get too close to the disease-ridden carcass.
Prepare a plastic rubbish bag to put the animal in. Plastic bags are good at keeping any dangerous contents inside them. Tie up the bag into a knot and place it into a second plastic bag just in case. Tie that one in a knot as well.
Once that’s done, throw away the bag in an outdoor rubbish bin. It’s advisable to do the same with the rubber gloves and face mask.
Go back home and wash your hands thoroughly with soap to remove any possibility of infection.
If you spot a dead animal on public land you need to inform the local borough, and they will dispose of it. If the dead animal is a deceased pet, you have the right to bury it in your own property.
Now that the source of the disease is gone, you’re ready to continue your life, right? Wrong! It’s time to deal with the leftover odour. To remove the unpleasant lingering smell, you should wear rubber gloves and a face mask again (new ones).
Having a dead animal in your house can quickly turn into a health hazard if you don’t act quickly. If you’re squeamish or generally don’t want to be bothered with a job like that, you can always call professional pest control experts to do this job for you.
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