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Dangers of Animal Corpses

Are dead animal corpses dangerous? This is a very frequent question among urban dwellers and upcountry people alike. Very many people have dead animal carcasses lying in their houses. However, not many people know it. What are some of the effects of having an animal’s carcass in your home?



The Odor

It is an unquestionable fact that dead animals are very smelly after a few days of death. Dead bodies start rotting after a few days and this produces a very unpleasant smell. While the smell may not kill you, it can make your home unbearable. The smell takes weeks to get rid of if you do not dispose of the corpse after finding it.

Vermin

There are very many vermin that are harbored in the bodies of dead animals. These include bacteria and viruses that cause diseases to humans and pets alike. For example, sick rats may transmit plague to humans and pets. Other diseases may also infect poultry and this leads to huge losses for poultry farmers. In addition tapeworms, roundworms and other types of body worms are a common occurrence in dead animals. Any animal that touches or eats the corpse may get sick and in severe cases, they may die.

Pests

Fleas are the most common type of pest that makes a habitat on animal skin and fur. Fleas affect almost all small mammals. The fleas flee from dead animals very quickly as they try to look for another host. The host may be a human being, a pet or any other animal in your homestead. This makes them most dangerous when they remain undisposed.

Hygiene issues

Ever seen a rotting animal? There are always a lot of worms trying to get some nutrients out of the dead animals. These worms can affect the health of humans and pets. The worms are also very unhygienic and may leave permanent stains on attics and carpets.

Skin rashes

Dead animals are a very dangerous cause for skin rashes. Most people handle dead animals without any protective gear like gloves or nose masks. There have been cases of people getting sick after the corpses came into direct contact with their skins. Although it can’t kill you, it may cause nuisances and also restlessness. Go back to the How to get rid of wildlife home page.

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