How to Get Rid of Dead Raccoons Safely

A dead raccoon will begin to rot within a few days, causing a terrible odor. Removing a dead raccoon as quickly as possible is important because that odor may attract other unwanted pests. Remember that you should never handle the body of a dead raccoon without proper training. They can still be infected with transmissible diseases such as rabies and raccoon roundworm. If you find a dead raccoon, contact our professionals at Critter Control. 

Raccoon carcasses are easy to identify, as these mammals are known for their black-ringed tails and bandit-like masks. The most common causes of death include disease, accidents, human hunting and trapping, and predator attacks. The appearance of the animal may vary based on the cause and time of death.  

Dead raccoons are often found around the home or yard. In most cases, they are found on the edges of yards or hidden underneath structures like decks. If a raccoon is infected with disease or hurt, however, it may seek refuge in attics, chimneys, or basements to remain concealed from predators. 

Prevention & Exclusion

To prevent living raccoons from entering homes and yards, 

 

  • Remove food and shelter options.  

  • Keep trash in tightly sealed containers. 

  • Screen and secure all cracks, windows, chimneys, and doors 

 

For more information on safely removing dead raccoons from your commercial or residential property, contact your local Critter Control. 

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