No one likes killing animals, but we often have no choice when faced with a pest outbreak. Whether you put down traps or rely on poisoned bait, killing rodents like rats is sometimes the only thing you can do to set yourself free from the scourge of an infestation. Even if you try to deal with the problem without killing any rats, a few members from a large nest will inevitably die of natural causes. A dead rat will soon start to rot and decay, releasing a foul odour and creating a severe health hazard as they do so. If you’re planning on killing any pests in your home, you need a plan for disposing of their bodies before you begin.
Animal carcasses can host parasites, ticks, and fleas, all of which can spread diseases to humans. As these parasites feast on the rat’s rotting carcass, they can pick up diseases, viruses, and other pathogens from the dead animal. If they choose you or another person in your household as their next food source and bite you, they can transfer any diseases they’ve picked up from the dead animal.
When disposing of a dead rat, the safest option is to bury it in your garden. Make sure to bury the carcass at least two feet deep and cover the burial site with a layer of rocks to deter scavengers. You should wear protective clothing at all times and never touch a dead animal with your bare hands.
If you have numerous rat carcasses to deal with, you should consult with a professional pest controller or your local authority for assistance in disposing of the dead rats. Never just throw a dead animal away in your bin with the rest of your trash.