Dead rats are as dangerous as they are when they are still alive. Though you may not worry anymore about any potential property damage that might take place, but you have a lot to worry about the safety of you and your family's health when there's a dead rat around. It would have been okay if the setup was a dead rat on the soil grounds, but if it is inside your house, the risk of aerial contamination and inhalation of harmful bacteria and diseases is possible. Therefore, there is an imperative need for you to take care of the dead carcasses of rats around the house. You can't just impose a rat control method, kill the pest rats you have been so annoyed of, and stop there. You have to take care of as well of the post mortem scenario wherein you implement the necessary sanitary precautions and measures to make sure that there will be no dangerous diseases whiffing all around the place with the air that you and your family breaths.
The question now is how would you exactly take care of the dead rat carcass problem? One may think that you can just probably dispose them on the trash bin or any nearby trash landfill. However, that is an absolutely wrong mindset. There are certain rules and regulations, guidelines and protocols and general precautionary measures to consider first when dealing with dead rats. In this article, I will guide you through a series of steps on how to properly dispose of dead rats. It is important that you follow the steps provided below carefully so that you won't have to worry about anything at all after the cleanup. Any flaw in following the procedure may lead to unwanted consequences and you really don't want that around.
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Perhaps the most crucial consideration when dealing with rat carcasses is to use rubber gloves in every step of the way. Your rubber gloves the only barrier, thus your sole protection against contracting a disease from the carcass. You have to use the gloves not only when taking out the carcass, but also when disinfecting the places or the items that were contact with the dead body. They may be contaminated and disinfecting them without the use of rubber gloves may lead to serious consequences.
When disinfecting, you have soak or spray the rat carcass first with a commercial disinfectant or an improvised disinfectant solution before removing it from its location. After soaking the dead body, place it in an airtight plastic bag or container. You may also opt to use cellophane in place of a plastic container. After that, proceed to disinfecting the area where the rat has been found dead and or any other contaminated items. Phenol or bleach may work quite well as a disinfectant in this case. Just make sure that the solutions you make are still concentrated enough to remove germs from the contaminated areas.
Then you can now dispose the plastic bags containing the disinfected rodent to the garbage bins. Just make sure as well that the bins are air tight so that the dead rat stench will not leak. To make sure that the dead body is totally sealed, you may enclose the first plastic bag or container with another layer of plastic container. After the disinfecting process, take off the gloves and then immediately disinfect it. However, don't stop there. After taking off the gloves, make sure to wash your hands as well with a germicidal soap. Apply a disinfectant to it as well if possible.
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