How to find and remove a dead opossum
Searching for a dead opossum can be as difficult as removing the
animal, therefore, you need to start searching as early as possible,
once you notice any stink. Here are some of the steps you can take
in finding and removing the dead animal;
Search and narrow down your search to the particular area or room
where the most concentrated odor is coming from. You may have to
search from outside and down to the inside of the room. Check the
garden, yard, garage, deck, patio and other eternal area before
Once the area with the most concentration of the odor has been
identified, then think about the structural design of the place- is
there a crawling space? is there an attic space above? Try as much
as possible to identify where the animal has crawled through and
what killed it.
Sniff all around the area, and then move back and forth. Try as much
as possible to sniff through the walls and floor. You need to take
note that the odor becomes grosser as you move closer to the carcass
of the animal. As the odor change and intensify, you must mark the
When you eventually locate the area where the dead Opossum is
located, then you must have a way to get access to it. If it is a
dry wall for instance, you should cut a hole through it, and if the
animal died inside the attic or under the house, then you must crawl
through it and use a long grabbing stick or metal if you can’t crawl
through the space.
Make sure you have gloves in your hand, as well as a container bag
for the removal of the dead opossum. If the odor is unbearable, then
you may need to cover your face and find a gas mask if possible.
Get the animal inside the bag, and with the aid of a vacuum cleaner,
suck up the remaining particles. Mop up the entire area and then
spray with disinfectant to kill the foul smell.
Once the cleaning has been completed, you need to find ways to
prevent the problem in the future. Look for the Opossum’s entry and
exit holes, and repair or block such places. If the place cannot be
blocked or repaired immediately, then you should consider setting a
trap to capture the animal.
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