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How Do I Dispose of a Dead Mice

by TAGreat

Success with a mouse or rat trap will also mean that you're then responsible for a rather unpleasant task — It's up to you to dispose of the rodent that's caught in the trap.

To begin, it's important to understand that you shouldn't handle a mouse or rat directly – dead or alive. In fact, don't even handle its nesting material or feces if you find them. Why? Rats and mice can transmit a number of diseases to humans – hantavirus, hemorrhagic fever, rat-bite fever, bubonic plague, salmonella and many more. With that in mind, keep yourself safe and follow these guidelines.

How Do I Dispose of a Dead Mouse?

A mouse trapped in a mouse trap should never be touched directly. Instead, follow these directions:

STEP 1 — Put on a pair of rubber gloves.

STEP 2 — Spray the dead mouse and the immediate area with a disinfectant or bleach-and-water mixture.

STEP 3 — Place the mouse in a plastic bag. You may save the trap for future use or throw it out as well.

STEP 4 — Place any mouse-soiled objects in the bag including feces, nesting material or food.

STEP 5 — Seal the bag. Do not push out the extra air from the bag, doing so may spread germs, bacteria or viruses that the mouse is carrying.

STEP 6 — Place the sealed bag in another bag and seal it, too.

STEP 7 — Throw the bag in the trash.

STEP 8 — Wash gloved hands with soap and water or spray disinfectant on them.

STEP 9 — Remove gloves and throw them into the trash.

STEP 10 — Wash your hands after removing the gloves.

Removing a Live Mouse from a Glue Trap

Mice caught in a glue trap can be released easily. Here is how:

STEP 1 — Put on rubber gloves to handle the trap.

STEP 2 — Place the trap in a box or bucket and transport it at least 2 miles from your home.

STEP 3 — Next, set the trap down with a barrier between you and the trap, such as a log or other object. This will keep the mouse from running toward you upon its release.

STEP 4 — Pour vegetable oil on the mouse and the glue tray. This breaks down the glue and allows the mouse to escape into the wild.

STEP 5 — To further clean up, put the spent glue trap in a plastic bag, seal it and throw it out.

STEP 6 — Wash your gloved hands, remove the gloves and dispose of them in the trash.

STEP 7 — Lastly, wash your bare hands thoroughly.

Disposing of a Dead Mouse or Rat caught in a Glue Trap

If you've trapped a rat or mouse in a glue trap and it has died, follow these directions for disposal:

STEP 1 — Put on a pair of rubber gloves.

STEP 2 — Spray the dead mouse or rat, glue trap and the immediate area with a disinfectant or bleach-and-water mixture.

STEP 3 — Place the rodent and glue trap in a plastic bag.

STEP 4 — Place any rodent-soiled objects in the bag including feces, nesting material or food.

STEP 5 — Seal the bag. Do not push out the extra air from the bag, doing so may spread germs, bacteria or viruses that the mouse was carrying.

STEP 6 — Place the sealed bag in another bag and seal it, too.

STEP 7 — Throw the bag in the trash.

STEP 8 — Wash gloved hands with soap and water or spray disinfectant on them.

STEP 9 — Remove gloves and throw them away.

STEP 10 — Wash your hands with soap after removing the gloves.

Releasing a Live Mouse from a Humane Mouse Trap

TAGreat also offers live mouse traps for those who wish to control their rodent problems humanely. To release a live mouse, follow these instructions:

STEP 1 — Put on rubber gloves.

STEP 2 — Visually inspect the trap for signs of mice inside. You may also be able to hear them inside.

STEP 3 — Place the trap in a box or bucket and transport it at least 2 miles from your home.

STEP 4 — With a barrier, such as a log or other object, put between your feet and the trap, make sure you wear rubber gloves and turn the trap over so it opens downward and allow the mice inside to fall out. The barrier should keep the mice inside from running toward you upon their release. Don't worry, the mice won't be injured by such a short fall.

STEP 5 — Clean your trap of any feces or debris.

STEP 6 — Reset the trap if needed.

STEP 7 — Wash your hands with a disinfectant while wearing the gloves, remove them and throw them away.

STEP 8 — Wash your bare hands with disinfectant or warm, soapy water.

Where Can You Release Live Mice?

If you use a live mouse trap, you should think ahead of the best places to release them. Look for an uninhabited area at least 2 miles from your home so they don't find a way back.

Don't release them where they can become someone else's problem, though. With that in mind, avoid releasing them near homes, farms, businesses, parks or an abandoned building. Instead, look for areas with lots of vegetation and cover.






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