Over many years, I have watched countless video clips of pest controllers dealing with vermin, whether they be rats, feral pigeons or rabbits. I have often wondered what on earth they do with all the bodies. I know how you go about prepping rabbits and woodies but what about rats, ferals and corvids. What are the risks and dangers involved? It would be nice to have some info on the subject.
Hello Steff, You ask a very important question which could do with a full page to answer, but
I’ll do my best here. Rats need the most careful handling and I prefer to use a long-handled litter picker to ensure that I never touch the carcasses, and it helps me to pull them out of tight spaces. Over the years, I’ve disposed of the bodies as each farmer asked, some say ‘dump them a long way from the farm buildings where foxes and badgers will eat them’, whilst another one had a regular bonfire and told me to put the rats onto it. He felt cremating them reduced the chance of the diseases they carry being spread. Feral pigeons can also carry disease, so I treat them in the same way. Most of the corvids I shoot fall out in the countryside, so I usually just put the body somewhere discreet and leave it for
the scavengers and insects to consume. In all instances, I use hand sanitiser or a proper wash with soap and water before entering buildings or my car, to minimise the chance of spreading disease later when the hunting is done. Ed.
That’s a lot of bodies to dispose of safely