Dispose of a dead bird or other small animal in your yard
If you find a dead bird or other small animal in your lawn or in an area you frequent, do not touch it with your bare hands. We recommend that if you see a dead bird on or near your property, you dispose of it in the following manner:
- Wear disposable rubber or vinyl gloves if you have them;
- Hold a trash bag open in a way that the dead bird does not touch your skin, and make sure not to touch any surface that has touched the dead bird; dead birds may carry diseases or parasites;
- Seal the bag with the bird inside; it is best to double-bag the dead bird to reduce the risk of the trash bag tearing;
- Throw away the rubber gloves with the bird, making sure to not touch any part of the glove that has touched the bird;
- Wash thoroughly with soap and warm water.
Dispose of sharps
We regularly receive calls from people asking how to safely get rid of used hypodermic needles. Reusing or sharing needles greatly increases the risk of contamination or infection and is known to spread HIV, Hepatitis and other blood-borne diseases. Unintentional needle sticks can also spread disease. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources offers several recommendations for how to safely dispose of sharp objects that can spread disease.
Apply for WIC
WIC services are provided by local organizations under contract with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Because of the large number and location of clinics currently providing WIC services in and around Kansas City, the Health Department does not provide these services at this time. Find out how to appy for WIC and where these services are offered near you.
File a complaint
You can file a complaint or a concern with the Health Department about food safety or sanitation issues, hotel/motel cleanliness, noise ordinance violations, industrial air quality, smoking ordinance violations, pool cleanliness, rats or unsanitary conditions in a public place within the city limits of Kansas City, Missouri by contacting 311.
To file a complaint about a doctors’ office, nail or hair salon, tattoo parlor or massage parlor in Missouri, you will need to contact the Missouri Division of Professional Registration. They regulate a number of professions in Missouri.
Complaints related to hospitals, day cares, senior care facilities or elder abuse or neglect in Missouri should be directed to the State Department of Health and Senior Citizens.
If you don’t see your complaint here or have a question about other services or tips offered by the Health Department, feel free to email us.