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Whether you have tried to deal with an opossum
problem yourself, or the opossum has wandered into
your property and died without your involvement,
it is important to deal with a dead opossum as
soon as possible. An opossum carcass that is
decaying will not only emit a foul smell around
your property, but that smell is also likely to
attract other animals looking to consume the
carrion. Finding and removing a dead opossum is
not always straightforward, as they can die in
difficult locations, but it is a very important
thing to do.
Identifying The Location Of The Carcass
The smell will often be the strongest indicator
that you will have to the location of the carcass,
and try to identify where the smell of the carcass
is at its strongest. You will then need to examine
the nooks and crannies to try and find where the
opossum has died, and this can include wall
cavities, ventilation ducts or even in the attic
of a property.
Getting To A Carcass In A Difficult
If it isn't easy to get to the carcass, you may
need to look at different options to try and get
hold of the carcass to remove it, including
opening vents and using a grabber to try and pull
the carcass to a more easily accessible position.
Make sure that you are wearing the right
protective clothing and breathing mask when going
into confined spaces, but if you do need to cut
the drywall in order to get to the carcass, it is
usually best to do this carefully and as close to
the carcass as you can.
Bagging The Dead Opossum
Although the opossum may be dead, the fleas and
ticks on the body may not be, so while wearing
long sleeved clothing and gloves, move the carcass
into a thick plastic garbage bag. Once this is
completed, tie the bag closed, and then double bag
it to ensure that it is sealed. If you will be
waiting for some time for the carcass to be
removed, consider placing it in a sealed box to
prevent the scent from escaping and attracting
Disposing Of The Carcass
Once it is bagged then the carcass can either be
put out with the garbage or it can be incinerated.
The one thing to avoid doing with the carcass is
burying it, as there may be some wild animals that
will detect the smell and open it up, bringing
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