You are also worried about what kind of disease you might find on the carcass and whether or not it could be dangerous for your family or pets.
In this blog, we will demonstrate how to dispose of a dead squirrel so that you can avoid nasty surprises in the future.
How To Dispose Of A Dead Squirrel? - All You Should Know
A dead squirrel can be a source of frustration for homeowners, a pest to watch for hunters, or a nuisance.
But disposing of a dead squirrel can be tricky if you do not know how.
Here are some tips to help.
Clean Up The Squirrel
A dead squirrel in yard is a tragic sight, but there are ways to clean it up.
You can use a vacuum cleaner with a crevice tool.
The tool fits into small spaces and sucks up dead animals.
Wear gloves and a mask, if you have them, to clean up the dead squirrel.
Get The Right Tools
A shovel, pitchfork, and gloves are all you need to dispose of a dead squirrel.
You can use plastic bags to keep everything clean while working on it.
Dig A Hole
You can use a shovel or an old tin can if you have one of those lying around the house, but ideally, avoid using anything sharp or pointy.
Make sure that the hole is deep enough to bury the entire body.
You do not want your efforts to go in vain and have more trouble disposing of it later.
Make sure there are no trees and houses, or other buildings nearby.
Finally, ensure no plants are growing near where you intend to bury this dead animal's remains.
You do not want them getting contaminated by whatever else might go into their soil now that they are dead.
Dispose Of Other Parts Of The Squirrel
Now is the time to dispose of other parts of the squirrel.
There are several options for disposing of its body:
- Put it in a plastic bag and throw it in the trash.
If you do not have one handy, use an old plastic grocery bag or a large garbage bag instead.
You can also use newspaper as your liner if you do not have any other way to wrap up your dead squirrel.
- Do not put other animal parts into your compost bin or garbage disposal.
It is still considered food by wildlife and may cause an odor problem with your compost pile or disposal unit.
Bury The Squirrel
Now, bury the dead squirrel.
Use a shovel to dig the squirrel's body into the ground, then cover it with dirt and leaves.
You can use your garden trowel or anything else that is sharp enough to cut through the thick fur on its body but be careful not to bring up any hair from your clothes while doing so. It will get everywhere.
That could also work if you have access to wood chips or sawdust at home.
But if not, just find something local that would decompose quickly enough for your purposes, like an old box spring.
Once you have buried whatever remains of this poor animal in some sort of shallow grave in your backyard or wherever else, take care not to leave any part of its body above ground level.
Otherwise, wild animals will come looking for food.
Keep Your Yard Free Of Dead Animals
Keeping your yard free of dead animals is crucial.
A dead squirrel can carry diseases that can be passed on to other animals, such as dogs and cats.
If you have just lost a pet, take steps to make sure it does not happen again:
- Clean up any garbage immediately.
If anything is left over from an untimely demise, like an old food wrapper, throw it away immediately.
- Keep children away from potential carcasses until you have done everything possible for their protection.
Wrapping It Up
Dear reader, a dead squirrel can be a painful sight, but it is not the end of the world.
If you need to dispose of any animal parts, such as fur, feathers, or bones, follow these steps and place them safely away from your home or garden.
You can also use these tips if you have other dead animals on your property, such as raccoons or foxes, that need removing before they cause problems for neighbors or pets.