|Posted: 2/15/2013 10:34:03 AM|
About two weeks ago we noticed a smell in Kate's bedroom. It started to get progressively worse. We had an exterminator come out and as soon as he walked into her room he said that it was the smell of a dead rat. He believes that it's in the wall, but not exactly sure where. In the past couple of days the smell is become absolutely horrible! Kate has moved out of her room and is sleeping on a pull-out bed in our game room. The exterminator said it could take 1 to 3 months for the smell to go away.
Does anyone have any ideas on how to treat the smell so it's not so bad in there?
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|Posted: 2/15/2013 10:40:54 AM|
At one stage, we too thought we had a dead rat situation. Upon further investigation, it was a dead sandwich situation. My oldest DS had left a sandwich in a ziploc bag for who knows how long. It was liquid by the time we found it. Once we got rid of it the smell went away quite quickly.
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|Posted: 2/15/2013 10:54:05 AM|
Short of removing the decomposing carcass, all you can do is cover up the smell with deodorizers.
One of my friends had the same thing happen and it did get gradually better in 3-4 weeks after she noticed it.
Yeah, we had this problem at an old job once and we just had to wait it out. There was a large supply order made for deodorizers made to cover up the smell.
There are charcoal deodorizers that absorb odor, you might want to try those. There is also a product called Citrus Magic that I've used in the past and has helped. I think you can find Citrus Magic and the grocery store or Target.
|Posted: 2/15/2013 10:54:26 AM|In a store like Lowe's or Home Depot or Ace Hardware, they make these bucket size deodorizer like you use in a basement. One of the brands is ZEP and they make one to take out the smell for a dumpster.
We use the one by Citrus Magic. It's about $35 and you open the lid and it contains beads or crystals that absorb the odor.
That might help.
It does lessen after a couple of weeks as the mouse petrifies.
If you had something to actually clean, I highly recommend ZORBX, I have used it on a dog who got sprayed by a skunk and also to clean my car carpet after milk container leaked. You can buy that at Lowes and Home Depot as well.
I would highly recommend that you close off the vents to that room before that smell permeates your entire house.
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|Posted: 2/15/2013 10:56:52 AM|
Get the largest can of coffee you can and open it and set it on the floor where it is the smelliest. Coffee is a great odor neutrilizer. My husband left shrimp in his truck this summer and it got rid of that smell. (we cleaned it a lot too but the smell was so bad that after riding for 10 minutes you smelled of stinky fish the rest of the day.) The coffee finally did the trick
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|Posted: 2/15/2013 11:10:08 AM|
If it is between the walls, is there no way you can get up in the attic and do something from there?
I would also worry about the smell getting to the rest of the house. Oh and if you end up having to just wait it out, you might want to remove anything movable from the room to keep them from absorbing the odor as well.
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|Posted: 2/15/2013 11:18:02 AM|
Your poor family! I would want to get it out from the wall, that would just gross me out knowing it is there. Could the exterminator check to see how it got in to keep other creatures from getting in? Could you close vent and open window, even if it's cold just to air out the room?
I haven't heard of the deodorizers mentioned, but may have to try them for my girls' soccer and dance bags and the shoe closet. Girls athletic gear and shoes just stink!
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|Posted: 2/15/2013 11:42:17 AM|
I am not sure the smell difference of a rat or a cat, but my brother worked several summers as a termite inspector while he was in school and said dead cats under houses are quite common. The homeowner would usually report that there had been a terrible smell 'x' amount of time ago and then it 'went away'. Have you asked anyone to look in your crawl space?
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|Posted: 2/15/2013 11:46:24 AM|
I would buy a HUGE bag of charcoal and spread it out on a plastic bag. Try and find the kind that has no "easy light" chemicals in it. You can also pour vinegar in a bowl and let it sit in the room, or spread newspapers all over the floor and pour out a couple of boxes of baking soda, which is probably the cheapest solution. HTH. I would also check the heater/ac vent and make sure the rat is not in there, in her room.
For all of the above treatments I would get what she needed out of the room and close the door and keep it shut for a few days at least. It's not going to totally get rid of the smell till the rat decomposes, but it will help keep the smell from spreading throughout the house.
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|Posted: 2/15/2013 11:47:08 AM|We had a dead mouse in the wall behind our oven. It was so gross. Every time you turned the oven on the smell came back. It took a month before it went away completely. The people hired to clean the house before we moved in noticed it when they turned the oven self clean cycle on. I think that might actually have been what killed it. Horrendous stink. We took the entire stove and oven apart hoping it was in there so we could remove it but it was in the wall behind.
I hope your stink dissipates quickly.
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|Posted: 2/15/2013 11:59:54 AM|
Seven years ago, we redecorated my daughters bedroom before her freshman year of high school. Everything was freshly painted, new furniture, bedding, refinished hardwood floors. About a week after she moved back into her room (this was summertime) the odor hit us like a ton of bricks. Something was dead. We scoured that entire room and couldnt find the source----the whole room stunk to high heaven.
She couldn't stand to stay in the room (nor did we want her breathing it) so she moved into the basement. We called the remodelers and they came but couldnt find the source.
Time went on and she moved back into her room, and while the smell dissipated some, it never went away.
Last summer, we were packing her up for her junior year of college, and my youngest son was fooling around with a flashlight. Next thing I know, he had found the skeleton of a mouse! There was a spot in the closet where the walls met but were not flush and a mouse had gotten behind there, but couldn't get out. It took a mirror and a flashlight to see it. We called the remodeler and they came out and cut a chunk out of the wall to remove the skeleton.
The room immediately smelled better! I dont think you can truly irradicate the smell without removing the source.
|Posted: 2/15/2013 1:49:00 PM|
frankly, I think I would rather live with a few holes in my walls than a dead animal smell. Though with my dd, it would likely be a food item, and not an animal!
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|Posted: 2/15/2013 2:01:32 PM|
I would worry about another rat entering your house. If you can't find the holes outside, I would remove her bedroom walls and at least seal up the passage ways surrounding it so another one can't come back.
|Posted: 2/15/2013 2:15:08 PM|
The fear of a dead animal rotting where I couldn't get to it has always been the biggest reason I would never use rat poison to get rid of vermin!
I agree with the pea who suggested trying to find how it got there so you don't end up with more of them.
As for the stink, you could try an electric air purifier.
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|Posted: 2/15/2013 2:34:08 PM|
it was a dead sandwich situation. My oldest DS had left a sandwich in a ziploc bag for who knows how long. It was liquid by the time we found it.
I could totally see that happening with my kids
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|Posted: 2/15/2013 3:44:10 PM|It's actually possible to figure out where in the wall it is.
I've had to do this myself.
Do you have a dog or cat? They can be a big help with this stinky process
What I did was close the door to the rest of the house.
Open the window to get as much fresh air in there as possible.
Walk the perimeter of the room sniffing each area carefully.
You will notice it stronger in one area more than the others.
When you have a general area to work with start sniffing the wall. Seriously sniffing. Up and down.
You'll notice the smell stronger in one place. You can narrow it down to the exact spot of the rotting corpse this way. That way, you will only be removing a small square of wall.
You can get it down to under 9" square
It's nasty, trust me. And the smell will be in your nose for a while. But it's worth it to get that stink out if your wall.
After you've removed the corpse, you'll need to bleach the studs and any wood in there. Use a sponge soaked in it and just sponge it in liberally. Wear rubber gloves. It's not good to have your hands in bleach that long and speaking from experience, you can burn the heck out of yourself with it
Not only will this remove the stench but it will disinfect the area too.
Oh, and check around the outside of your home for entry points. We have rodents entering through our garage and through a hole where our air conditioning hose enters the attic in the side of our house.
They get into the garage and climb into the rafters which gets them directly into our attic.
They're nasty creatures and can eat your wires causing an electrical fire.
We have sealed our air conditioning hose entry with steel wool since there's no other way to do that.
They don't like steel wool and don't dig it out or eat it
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|Posted: 2/15/2013 5:09:26 PM|
Ugh, you have my sympathies. Something died in my (nearly new) car and I spent the whole winter with the stink. Just awful, and even though my car was *literally* taken apart, the source was never found. I live in fear of it happening again!! I put boxes of arm & hammer fridge deodorizer in the car to help a little...they're cheap but need to be replaced frequently. I recently found a pretty decent deodorizer that I use in my garbage can and kitchen for cooking smells. It's called Fresh Wave. They have a spray, gel beads, little packets, whatever you need, and there is no perfumey smell that covers it up, it absorbs pretty well.
Best of luck to you!
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|Posted: 2/15/2013 11:17:22 PM|We had a dead mouse or rat in the wall in my living room. I called around and all that could be to remove the wall board to locate it. I couldn't afford that option, especially since the walls in that part of the room were 19 feet tall.
One man told me to pop open a screen in the house and allow flies to get in. He said the flies will lay eggs on the dead thing and the maggots would eat the dead animal, thereby removing the smell.
I was desperate so I did it. The stench was gone within a week or so. What the exterminator didn't warn me about was the darned things turning into flies. We came home one afternoon to find a scene out of a scary movie. Teeny flies were everywhere. The windows were thick with them. They were so new that their little wings were still wet and they couldn't fly. My living room couches, floor, and windows were crawling with them.
I ended up getting the vacuum out and sucking them up. My son thought it was awesome and he was picking up handfuls off the window sills.
Given the stench though, I would do it again. Dealing with a bunch of baby flies is better than that smell. Just remember to close off that room from the rest of your house if you can, so the eventual flies are easier to vacuum up.