How to find and remove a dead squirrel in a house
Creatures seem to find their way into your house at any given time
of year. They are usually searching for available food and water as
well as safe place to nest. Squirrels are especially bad about
making your attic their nursery because of its relative seclusion.
Unfortunately, Squirrels can die in your home, due to illness,
traps, or natural causes. Squirrels are small enough to fit in very
small spaces like the gap between walls, under appliances, or behind
furniture and cabinets. Even something as small as a squirrel can
stink if it is rotting in your hot attic. Finding and removing the
body is important because it smells, and a can spread diseases or
parasites, or attract bugs and other carrion feeders. Here is a
guideline to safely locate and remove a squirrel carcass from inside
Make sure you have the right tools! Most squirrels carry parasites
and diseases when alive. The same can be true after death. Don’t
breathe over their dead body or touch it with your bare hands!
Always wear a breathing mask and goggles. Be sure to use disposable
gloves. If a carcass has begun to smell, it is mostly likely become
“squishy”. Protective wear will keep any juices out of your eyes and
mouth. Have disinfectant like bleach, and an odor remover, bug
spray, paper towels, rags, and plastic bags ready. First, find the
source- If you set traps, look there. If you laid out poison, look
towards the nearest source of water. If you know the location of a
nest, check that too. Follow your nose! If the smell is most
powerful in the heat of the day, check your attic or basement first.
If it is only one room, start sniffing the walls. A breeze will
carry the odors around, so the most concentrated area of smell is
not always the body, but close. If the strongest concentration r is
in an open area like an attic or basement, carefully look through
all insulation, containers, and under large objects. If it is a
closed in area like a crawl space or passage between walls, sniff
until you locate the most powerful stench. If it is inside the wall,
you will need to cut a hole. No matter where you find the body(s)
spray for bugs and disinfect the area. If it already smells, you
will find maggots carefully remove the body and seal it in a plastic
bag for disposal. Spray the affected area again with the
disinfectant and odor remover.
Wipe the affected area with paper towels to remove any secretions or
mess left behind, and then uses disposable rags to scrub the area.
Remove and dispose of any soft” surfaces the creature died on that
cannot be cleaned. Dispose of the bodies properly to avoid causing
harm or illness to any person or creature that could come in contact
with the carcass.
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