Tips to find and remove a dead bat
If bats infest your property, there are chances of at least one critter dying. Bats can die of natural causes and diseases. The critters can die in closed and open spaces too. You could find a bat in your attic, garage, and other spaces.
Since bats carry dangerous diseases, finding and removing them should be done carefully. The carcass of a bat can spread diseases, not just the live critter. It is best that you find and remove dead bats as soon as possible. Finding and removing dead bats as soon as possible is especially important when you have kids and pets.
Here are some tips for finding and removing dead bats.
Trace the smell
Just like any other animal, dead bats give off horrible smells. The horrible smell of a dead bat will give away its location. If you noticed bats on your property previously, you should suspect a dead bat when horrible smells come from places such as the attic and chimney. Alternatively, you may check your closed spaces such as the garage and attic for dead critters to avoid the horrible smell that takes some days to emanate.
When checking closed spaces for dead critters, especially bats, exercise proper caution, especially since their bites can transmit diseases such as rabies
Wear protective clothing
Protective clothing keeps you safe from the diseases that you could contract from the carcass. When searching for and removing dead bats, the essential clothing includes gloves, long-sleeved shirts/overalls. You need protective clothing to ensure that you do not have any direct contact with the carcass.
Use proper removal items
The removal of the dead animal should be done with cardboard and a container. With these items, you get to remove the dead bat in a closed way. Place the cardboard under the dead animal and the container over it.
You also want to dispose of the dead bat properly, in a safe and secure way. You should dispose of the bat in a sealed material, whether a container or bag. The material in which the bat is disposed of should be strongly sealed too.
Clean the area
After finding and removing a dead bat, you should disinfect the area from which it was removed. That way you remove all traces of the presence of the bat. You should also confirm there is no other dead critter in the area.
Keep pets and kids away
When searching for and removing dead bats, you should ensure to keep kids and pets away from the area. When you notice a horrible smell emanating from an area, you immediately want to stop kids and pets from accessing such areas. This is because they are more prone to undue contact with the carcass and may contract horrible diseases in the process.
In conclusion, we should reiterate the importance of not handling the carcass of bats without protective materials, especially gloves.
Bats have been confirmed to carry rabies which can be contracted by touch. They also carry other horrible diseases such as hemorrhagic fevers. You should also identify and seal off all entry points and confirm the structural integrity of the area where you found the carcass.