Pressure Cleaning Roadkill: A Dirty And Necessary Job

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No matter how careful of a driver you are, wild animals aren't always instinctively thinking about their safety. As you pull onto your driveway, raccoons, possums, squirrels, hedgehogs, and other animals may run in front of the car and meet their demise. This creates, for lack of a better word, a mess. The proper cleanup of the driveway and the surrounding area is an absolute must. Roadkill does present health hazards and only effective cleaning could address the situation.

Call the Appropriate Local Government Agency

Upon discovering the recently deceased carcass, call your local animal control office and request someone be dispatched to remove the animal. Never try and remove the dead animal on your own. Without the appropriate safety clothing and removal equipment, you run a risk of exposure to diseases and bacteria. Also, the carcass has to be disposed of properly. Usually, the city will deposit the decaying animal in a landfill where no human can come in contact with it.

Employ Pressure Washing on the Driveway

Simply running a hose over the driveway is not going to be enough. You need to call in a pressure washing service to perform a proper and thorough cleaning. You can find more information at Renting a pressure washer and doing the job yourself is another option. Whatever you do, never treat roadkill removal as if it where just another run-of-the-mill outside cleaning job.

Simply scrubbing the surface with a brush and soap is going to fall way short of what is necessary. Blood stains, particularly ones that have set in for several hours, are very hard to remove. Blood and organic matter may even have seeped into cracks and granules in the concrete. Scrubbing by hand won't get them out. And really, even with rubber gloves, do you want to get close to anything potentially infectious?

Pressure cleaning will break up, lift, and wash away stains and refuse. The pressure washing machine also creates a bit of distance between the operate and any organic material on the ground. Take the distance as an additional measure of safety.

Go Over the Surface with Bleach

After the pressure cleaning is done, it would not hurt to mop over the surface with water mixed with bleach. Bleach should effectively kill off a significant amount (if not all) bacteria. Do not make the mistake of pouring pure bleach onto the driveway. This isn't necessary and could cause cracks in the concrete or asphalt. Diluting one-half a cup of bleach per one gallon of water is advisable. Wash the driveway surface thoroughly leaving no spots untouched.


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