I’ve been asked to shoot rats around a family friend’s farm, which I’m happy to do, but I’m a bit worried about the diseases they carry. I’ve heard that you can catch all sort of nasty things from touching them so what am I supposed to do with the bodies and all the blood on the ground? DOM EDWARDS
Hello Dom You’re right to be careful around rats, alive or dead. The best advice ever given for clearing up rats was to use a long-handled litter picker that you can buy quite cheaply from most DIY shops these days. Using one of these ensures that you never need touch the body, and if they drop in an awkward place the extra reach can be very useful. Ask the farmer if he has a bonfire where you can dump the bodies; most farms do in my experience, or failing that, somewhere a long way from buildings. Ed.
Use common sense when disposing of rat bodies