Hope someone can help.
I have a dead raccoon trapped under my deck. Problem is that it is in a
location I can't reach unless I tear the deck apart. I have no problem
letting it decompose naturally but the stench is bad and I am worried about
I can see it through the cracks in the deck and can pour liquid or powder
(maybe) on the carcass.
Any suggestions as to what I can do would be greatly appreciated as I am
trying to avoid tearing
apart the deck.
Lime ? Lime ?
Pouring garden lime(stone) [calcium carbonate] on the dead critter would do
After all, you can spread it right onto your lawn and no harm is done. It is
simply used to adjust the soil pH.
Now, if you want to dissolve a body (ala SOPRANOS), its LYE that you want
to use, not Lime.
LYE is what they used to make soap in the old days.. This is Sodium
It WILL dissolve fat and body material (and clogs in your drain, and metal
On the lawn you use it in moderation. On a dead critter you would
use lots more. It will definately help eliminate odors of rotting
things. I've used it where a gray-water pipe outlet has gone sour.
We used to use it in the outhouse to tone things down a bit.
For the lawn- a translucent coating that can hardly be seen. For
killing odors-- a solid coating, maybe 1/4" thick should calm things
down for a bit.
That might work-- but i'll bet lime is cheaper and it is certainly
easier to get ahold of in quantity.
Pop a couple of decking boards up, reach down and pull that sucker out. Get
him quick while he still has rigormortis. Once he bloats, you risk pulling
a limb off or popping him open and releasing thousands of maggots.
How did the damned thing get in there? Here's an idea: Get thee to a fishing
tackle shop. Get a spool of the heaviest monofilament line they've got, and
either a very heavy lure with large treble hooks, or have them help you rig
treble hooks with an inline trolling sinker. Start fishing.
Sounds like opening up the deck is not an option.
Start with the lime and after that has had a day or two to work, dump some
dirt or sand on the whole mess to bury it and then forget about it. Seal up
any access so that it can't happen again.
Option 2: get it real wet and go on vacation for 3 weeks.
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