How to Find a Dead Rat

Homeowners understandably grow annoyed upon finding dead rats in walls, attics, and garages. When rats build nests and take shelter in attics, they sometimes fall into structural voids and become trapped. Residents may hear the pests calling out in distress or scratching. Even worse, they may smell something sour permeating the home. Dead rat removal can prove difficult depending on where the creatures are located. Finding carcasses often involves work best left to professionals such as exploring tight, waste-contaminated areas or removing portions of walls.


When disposing of rotting rat carcasses, extreme caution is necessary. At close range, the dead rat smell shocks the senses even if masks or respirators are worn. Even worse, proximity to the pest will put individuals in danger of contracting diseases. Proper removal requires protective gear and disposal away from the home for safety. Dead rats cannot simply be placed in unsealed, outdoor trash cans as this can attract unwanted predators and insect pests.

Issues & Removal

While dead rats cause their own set of problems and issues, live rats soil their surroundings with droppings and eat pantry foods. Salmonellosis, murine typhus, and plague are just a few diseases transferable from rodent to resident through fecal contamination. To prevent the pests from appearing in the first place, be sure to keep kitchens tidy and garbage cans sealed. Plug entry points with steel wool or cement. Due to the health risks and unique demands involved, dead rat removal should only be attempted by the experts at Critter Control.

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