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How to Dispose of Dead Animals

No one likes to come across a dead animal, but leaving a dead animal in your yard to decompose will not only create a horrible stench but put your health and your neighbors’ health at risk. Knowing the ins and outs of properly handling dead animals and disposing of them is a must for all homeowners. Here’s what you need to know about dead animal removal.

Avoid Direct Handling

It’s always best to avoid directly handling a dead animal. For small animals such as a bird or squirrel, you can use a shovel to scoop it up. Once you’ve picked up the animal carcass, you’ll want to place it inside of a plastic bag. If you don’t have a shovel or some other tool handy, never pick up a dead animal using your bare hands. Always wear gloves to protect yourself from any harmful bacteria.

Even if you wear gloves, you must always wash your hands. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

Disposal Options

Small animals, such as birds, fish, and mice, can be disposed of if you have a yard. When burying small animals, first wrap the carcass in a plastic bag, and then put the plastic bag inside of a box, such as a shoebox. Then, you’ll want to dig a hole that’s at least three to four feet deep. Before digging, make sure that you aren’t digging near power lines or a water source.

Fill in the hole with dirt, and then place paving stones above the spot in order to keep scavengers from digging the hole in order to access the dead animal.

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There are also non-burial methods you can use to disposal of a dead animal, including

  • Flushing
  • Trash disposal
  • Burning

Of course, the best and safest option is to contact a local company that offers animal removal services. This way, you can leave the job to the pros.

Use Professional Animal Removal Services

If done improperly, dead animal removal can be dangerous. This is why it’s always best to work with a company that offers professional animal removal services. At Animal Capture Wildlife Control, we’re experienced in removing animals of all types, including cats, raccoons, and opossums. If you suspect an animal has died in your attic or under your home, we’re here to help.

Disposing of dead animals isn’t a job for the weak or weary, which is why you can count on our team to get the job done so that you have one less thing to worry about! For dead animal inspections or dead animal pick-up in Los Angeles, choose Animal Capture Wildlife Control. Call us today at (310) 551-0901 to discuss our animal removal services.