Rats are experts on trespassing, destroying your home and stealing your food. You may think that the worst thing that could happen to you is finding a dead rat inside your home, but what is far worse is getting the foul rotten odor of a rat decomposing in someplace in your home, but not knowing where it is coming from!
Since rats love crawling into the most difficult spaces and voids of your home, often it is tough to find the dead rat. Fear not! This article will teach you just how to find them and how to safely remove the carcass.
How to Check If You Have a Dead Rodent in the House?
The smell of a dead rat is the most obvious and unmistakable sign of a rodent problem and it is an odor that you will never forget for the rest of your life. After the rat dies, the stage of rotting is triggered by bacteria which causes the intensity of the stench to increase as the tissues are broken down.
The presence of a dead rodent in your home is a threat to your well-being as it attracts other pests and insects into your home, increases the chances of contracting a virus or disease and leaves your home smelling foul.
Another sign that indicates a dead rodent's presence is a large number of flies flying around any particular area of your apartment.
What should You do When You Smell a Dead Rat?
Locate the Carcass:
Although the thought of a dead rat lying around your apartment or on your roof will make you want to run away at that very moment, it is essential for you to inspect your home and roof and locate the rodent.
Since insects such as ants, flies, beetles, etc. are attracted to rotting pests, looking for any odd number of insects gathered in any specific area of your home, will help you find the rodent soon and easily.
Removal of the Carcass:
Once you have located the carcass, it is essential to get rid of it immediately, otherwise the stench will continue to linger and get stronger, attracting more pests and insects to your apartment. Depending on where the rat died, the removal process will either be difficult or easy.
Often rats go into air vents, inside the wall, or in the ceiling and die, which makes the removal process difficult. Keep in mind that the removal process should not be taken lightly or done with bare-hands, without protective gear.
- Removal of Objects:
Since rodents contaminate objects they touch and live inside, the removal of these objects is just as essential as the removal of the carcass. If it is something you can get rid of then do so. However, if you can't ensure that you sanitise it well before using it.
What Gear is Used to Dispose of Dead Rodents?
Rodents are known to spread harmful diseases through their urine, droppings and carcass.
Therefore, calling for professional pest and insect control, and removal is the best solution.
However, if you wish to do it yourself, you should always use protective gear when you conduct the removal.
Some of the Things That You will Need are:
- Respiratory mask
- Plastic bag
- Protective clothes
- Disposable garbage bag
How to Remove Dead Rats Safely?
- Step 1: You will need to wear gloves and a mask before you begin the removal process.
- Step 2: Carefully separate the dead rat from the traps that you may have set up earlier and do not do so with bare hands as it would be ineffective if you plan on re-using the trap.
- Step 3: Place the dead rat, its food, droppings and nesting objects in a disposable garbage bag.
- Step 4: Securely seal and tighten the bag and do not expel the air inside the bag as it could spread germs and bacteria.
- Step 5: Place the disposable bag inside another plastic bag and throw it into a garbage bin outside your home.
- Step 6: Thoroughly wash your gloves with soap and then dispose of your gloves and mask safely.
- Step 7: Now that you have finished handling anything contaminated, wash your hands thoroughly with a hand wash.
Dead Rat Health Issues:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are around 35 diseases that are spread through direct or indirect contact with rodents.
- Eating or drinking anything that has been contaminated with the feces or urine of a rodent.
- Through fleas or ticks that have had a blood meal from an infected rodent.
- Rat bites
- Contact with rat urine, feces or saliva
- Touching a dead or alive rat
DIY Tips for Dead Rat Smell Elimination:
- Air Purifier: Using an air purifier can help eliminate the smell of a dead rodent. Simple angle and place the air purifier near the place where the odor is coming from.
- Odor Removing Bag: Placing odor removing bags around the area can help minimise the smell of a dead rodent. However, it would take you at least 2 days to get rid of the smell completely.
- Ozone Machine: Another alternative, is to switch on the ozone machine. It is helpful as oxidation is the optimal process for smell removal since the ozone returns the oxygen.
- Soy Candle: Using soy candles is an effective way to eliminate odor and have a sweet-smelling fragrance in your apartment, within no time.
- Coffee Ground: Place a bag of coffee ground in the place where the smell is the strongest and after a day, you will notice the smell would have gone away.
Post Dead Rat Removal Steps:
- Remove any entry and exit points in your home, use caulk and seal any holes or gaps in your wall, roofs and drainage systems.
- Maintain your garden/backyard and trim the branches frequently to prevent pests from climbing them to enter your roof.
- Secure your rain drains with mesh or cable to prevent pests from climbing them.
- Store your food securely in air-tight containers and keep your kitchen and pantry clean, spotless, and without any crumbs or leftover residue.
- Empty your garbage bins frequently and always secure them with a cover.
- Surround your house with pebbles to stop rodent tunneling.
How do Professional Rat Control Specialists Help You?
Often home-owners find it difficult to locate and remove dead rodents and some don't know the safe way to dispose of them. Irresponsibly disposing of the carcass could pose many health threats to you as you are directly handling the carcass, feces, urine and contaminated object. This is where the professional experts at Protech Pest Control come in!
Through their years of experience in dealing with various types of pests and the knowledge of the safe control and removal of pests, these certified technicians will identify, control and remove the pest in no time. They will also guide you on various preventative steps you could take to avoid such a situation from re-occurring.