It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, except for the smashed cat in the middle of the street. Bad drivers, loose pets and hazardous circumstances kill dozens of animals every day, and one may unfortunately end up in front of your house. You shouldn’t simply slide it over in the neighbor’s direction, but remove roadkill by using a few simple steps and a lot of steely nerves; here’s how.
Gather your supplies. At least one heavy-duty black garbage bag, a heavy shovel for larger roadkill and something with which to tie the bag shut is a must. Don a pair of gardening or other thick gloves, thick shoes and, if the roadkill is really bad, tie a bandana over the bottom half of your face so you don’t have to smell it. Douse the bandana in cologne for excruciating clean-ups.
Scoop up the roadkill. For smaller roadkill, like turtles or kittens, you can scoop it directly into the garbage bag by placing the mouth of the bag around the roadkill’s perimeter and scraping it shut. Use the shovel to scrape up any residue left on the street and also put it in the bag. Larger roadkill, like dogs or raccoons, will require a shovel. Don’t even attempt to lift even larger roadkill, such as moose or deer. Call your local animal control center instead.
Secure the garbage bag. Use bag close ties, wire, old shoe laces, string or any other material to tie the bag securely shut. You want it as airtight as possible.
Hose down the area. A high-powered blast with the hose will dislodge any remnants of the roadkill. Pour bleach or ammonia, but not both, on particularly stinky or grimy kills.
Haul the bag to the dump. Unless you garbage day happens to be that afternoon, you are not going to want the roadkill rotting in your own trash container. Roadkill is one of the most foul smells you will ever experience, especially in the summer heat. Tie it to the outside of your car or haul it to the landfill in a pickup truck. Even putting it inside your vehicle, if just for a moment, can keep the smell lingering around forever.