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Safe Dead Rat Removal And Disposal

What happens if you find a dead rat on your property? How can you safely remove these vermin? You see, what most people don’t understand is that rat removal is trickier than they think. Whether you have set traps for black rats in the roof or have found a random dead rat on your property, here are some helpful tips.

Why rat removal must be done carefully

The main reason why rat removal is tricky is because rats are riddled with diseases, bacteria and parasites. These can easy be transferred to humans. What this means is that you should never come into direct contact with rats. This is especially important if the rat is dead. Basically, you never want to touch a dead rat with your bare hands.

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There are a number of ways to do this with caution. You can use a shovel, or something similar, to pick up the rat. You can also wear rubber or plastic gloves to cover your hands. When doing this dead rat removal, you should also wear long sleeves and trousers. Rats are riddled with parasites like fleas, and covering yourself well can prevent them from getting onto you.

Once you’ve managed to pick up the rat, place it in a sealed container or bag. After that, however, it’s not simply a case of throwing it in the dustbin. First of all, dead rats may attract other pests like cockroaches, foxes and flies. Also, many councils do not allow you to do this. If rats are discovered in your dustbin, you may receive a fine. The better option is to call pest control.

Dealing safely with a dead rat that was poisoned

Rat traps are another problem people encounter when it comes to rat removal. If you’re using traps, how do you get rid of the dead rat? In this case, some of the same rules apply. For example, do not touch the rat or come into direct contact with it.

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If any dead rat you are dealing with has died due to ingesting poison bait, additional rules apply. You cannot, under any circumstances, risk the dead rat being eaten by a pet, or by a wild animal or bird. The poison the rat has eaten will still be in its body. Any animal that eats the rat will also be ingesting poison.

This is why is really important to use professional rat controllers. One of the biggest benefits of hiring experts is that they help you avoid contact with these pests altogether. That way, you won’t have to worry about the diseases associated with rats. Additionally, you won’t need to concern yourself about any possible harm caused to wildlife. Professional pest technicians use tamper proof traps, and have the equipment and facilities to dispose of dead rats in the safest and most responsible way.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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