How To Get Rid Of A Dead Opossum?

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Of course, the first step is to locate the deceased animal. You may have noticed an opossum near your home but haven’t seen it in a while. This means you must first find the dead body, or at the very least search for one, before attempting to dispose of it.

The first place to look is in areas where the animal might be able to hide. This is especially true in places like your attic, shed, under your porch, or any other dark and secluded location during the day. Because these are nocturnal animals, they must sleep during the day, so they prefer the most private areas they can find. Look in places like this around your house to see if you can find the animal.

If it’s been a few days, your nose is the next place to look. This animal is going to stink like a ripe banana. You’ll have to look and smell around to see if you can find it. If you cannot find the animal but smell its decomposing body, contact wildlife removal professionals to find and remove the deceased opossum.

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Are You Sure The Possum Is Actually Deceased?

When opossums are threatened, they don’t actually play dead. Instead, they fall into a catatonic state by accident. In dangerous situations, possums are more likely to flee, bare their teeth, and growl. While their bravery is admirable, most predators are easily able to overcome them.

Opossums will only play dead if they’ve been attacked or caught off guard. It drops to the ground and either close its eyes or stares off into space if it feels threatened by a predator. Its body goes limp, its breathing appears to stop, it passes gas, empties its bowels, sticks out its tongue, and drools. It appears to be dead from all appearances. Regardless of these signs, the animal may very well be alive. Observe the animal for an hour or two, and if no movement is detected, it’s likely dead.

Is It Safe To Handle A Dead Opossum?

When an animal dies in your home, it can create quite a commotion. You’ll want to get rid of the source of the odor as soon as possible. Animals die in walls or hard-to-reach places that are not visible, so locating the source is not always easy. If you can locate the animal carcass, it is critical that you do not touch or handle it unless absolutely necessary for the following reasons.

Dead animals can carry a variety of bacteria and viruses that humans and pets can contract. Tularemia is a disease that can be transmitted from a dead animal to humans. It’s a bacteria that’s mostly found in mammals, particularly rodents and rabbits, but it can also be found in opossums. The signs and symptoms range from mild to life-threatening.

Who Should I Contact For Dead Possum Removal?

The opossum carcass can cause health hazards, insect infestations, stains, and lingering odors, and it can also lead to health hazards, insect infestations, stains, and lingering odors. Individuals should not handle a dead animal that has been discovered in their home or yard.

Residents should contact Animals Happen wildlife removal experts trained to safely dispose of dead animals to prevent the spread of diseases and parasites. Animal carcasses will be removed, along with the dangers and potential pest infestations that come with them.