How to find and remove a dead rat

Many people who have a problem with a rat in their home resort to the idea of poisoning them to get rid of the rats. This can effectively rid your home of the problem, but those dead rats will need to be disposed of, otherwise you will have a whole new set of problems on your hands. The worst of these may be a large number of diseases being spread from the dead, decaying rat. This means that these rats need to be found.

There is also the possibility that a rat may simply die in your home and you want to dispose of this as well. You cannot have dead rats decaying in your walls or in your attic, so getting rid of them is very important.

The problem is that they may not be easy to find. Rats are small animals that can fit into many locations, so finding where they met their demise may be a real challenge. This is where you need to put on your thinking caps.

Before you get crazy tearing apart your walls, there are some sensible things to do first. This begins by looking for places that rats are likely to build a nest. The attics is always a good place to start, so first rummage around there and see if you find the dead rat(s) there. This is also true of behind cabinets, appliances, and in storage areas. Because these areas are usually left unbothered, they become perfect places for rats to live. They are also perfect places for them to die, so a thorough look in and behind these areas is a good place to start.

If you do not find anything like that then start to smell around your home. I know this sounds silly, but you should be able to smell the dead rat in a very short period of time. This may be in a wall, but you should be able to narrow down the location rather easily. At least a general area! When disposing of the rat, make sure that you always wear gloves and cover your respiratory passages with a mask. Rats carry a large number of parasites and diseases and so you need to protect yourself. It is a good idea to cover as much of your exposed skin as possible as well. Double bag the rat in garbage bags and tape this closed tightly. Throw away in a sealed container.

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