We all have a friend who has had the unfortunate experience of coming across a dead rat in their home.
How To Dispose Of A Dead Rat – 7 Tips
It is not an easy thing to deal with, but it can be done!
There are many methods for disposing of rats so that I will go over some of the most effective ones.
1. Wear Protective Clothing, Gloves, and a Mask
Put on rubber gloves to protect yourself from getting exposed to rat faeces or any other fluids. That’s because these fluids may carry the disease.
Cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief if you cannot find a dust mask that covers your mouth and nose. It helps to prevent the inhalation of bacteria/airborne diseases.
Put on a cap or other covering to prevent the rat-louse from dropping onto you and crawling into your hair.
Cover yourself with long sleeves and pants to protect exposed skin areas like ankles and wrists. Seal the openings in your clothing with tape so that it will not get loose and let any rat-lice crawl onto you.
2. How To Dispose Of A Dead Rat – Put The Dead Rat In A Plastic Bag
Seal it tightly, and throw it away in the trash can outside at your local waste management unit.
Never touch the dead rat again with bare hands. Always be sure to seal it in a bag, preferably double-bagged, before you put it into the trash outside. Do not take the risk of bringing infected faeces or bodily fluids into your home. They can come into contact with human beings who could get infected through contact.
The dead rat must get disposed of in accordance with local regulations, including the hazardous waste disposal laws and guidelines.
Communities recommend doubling bags for animals like rats before putting them out for the trash. There is no risk of transmission if they are brought in from homes rather than collected at parks or other public spaces.
Contact your local waste management unit for further information. They’ll tell you more about what to do with the dead rat.
3. Spray The Areas Where There Can Be Feces Or Urine Of The Rodent
Rat may have touched or droppings that might be nearby, such as on furniture and flooring, and so on. You may use any of the sprays which you normally use for disinfecting and cleaning, such as Lysol spray.
There will be no way of knowing if all the areas have been covered unless you can see them with your eyes, it’s better to overkill than not do it enough. Spray down all kitchen surfaces, tabletops, counters, and cupboards.
Spray down any flooring where the dead rat may have come in contact with, also the home’s entry points. Spray down any furniture that was near or that the rodent might have touched while alive.
If there is a lot of blood involved bleeding from its mouth or nose, it will be necessary to clean up the blood.
Use a scrub brush and soap to wet down all surfaces which you think may have got contaminated. Rinse them well afterwards until you see no more traces of red colour.
4. Be Careful To Avoid Getting Bitten By The Rat Teeth
If you’ve no protective clothing, keep your face away from the rodent’s head to avoid getting bitten. Never reach into a hole or other enclosed space where the rat may be hiding, as it could bite through its teeth very.
Handling dead animal carcasses can also pose risks of rabies exposure. If dead rat bites you, assume that it was already rabid and seek medical care immediately.
If the animal has been lying around for more than 10 minutes or so, it is likely to be either bloated or half decomposed. These are both signs of decomposition, which show that the rodent is no longer living. And poses no direct risk of having rabies.
5. Throw Away Any Food That Came Into Contact With Rat’s Blood
Throw away anything the rat might have come into contact with, such as food, dishes, and utensils. Throw away your vacuum bag if you used one to clean up blood or rat urine, or feces.
Wash all surfaces that may have got exposed to either blood or waste with a disinfectant.
If there was any food exposed to rat waste (such as pet food), then it should be tossed out as well. Intake of toxic food can cause serious illnesses. Properly dispose of poisonous food in a way that will prevent further contamination.
6. Wash Your Hands Properly After You’re Done
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 30 seconds, even if you use protective clothing. The risk of infection comes from touching any contaminated areas.
If possible, remove the clothes before washing, so they don’t come into contact with anything else.
Your hand may have got exposed to any diseases carried by the rat even though you were wearing gloves.
7. Seek Help From Local Animal Control Service
If you cannot find a way to dispose of the animal and do not wish to transport it, call your local health department. They will send someone over to pick up and properly dispose of the animal for you.
You can also call your local police or fire department if this is an emergency situation in which the rat has died while inside your residence. They may have a way of disposing of the animal on the scene and suggesting how to do it yourself.
Thank you for reading this blog post. I hope you found the steps to dispose of a dead rat helpful. We would love to hear from you about your experience with rats or other rodents that have invaded your home and caused a nuisance.