e. Environmental Control. Environmental control (paragraph 5-23) is both the
first and last step in a continuous cycle of rodent control measures. It is employed as a
preventive measure against rat infestations. However, should an infestation occur and
a control program be necessary, environmental sanitation measures are further
tightened as a follow-up for the maintenance of control.
5-25. DISPOSAL OF DEAD RODENTS
All traps and bait stations must be checked early each morning for dead rodents.
The following self-protective measures are essential in disposing of the dead rodents.
a. Apply insect repellent (DEET) to the hands, sleeves, and front of clothing in
order to repel any parasites which may attempt to leave the rodents as they are
removed from the traps or stations. Do not assume that all parasites have already left
the rodents or have been killed in the insecticide dust.
b. Using long-handled tongs or a shovel, pick up the rodents and place them in
a plastic bag or a metal container that has a tightly fitted lid.
c. Burn or bury the dead rodents, depending upon the local situation.