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Question DetailsAsked on 9/7/2013

DEAD RODENT IN WALL RESULTING IN HORRIBLE SMELL. HOW TO I DEODORIZE THE ROOM (BEDROOM)/

SMELL RECENTLY DEVELOPED IN BEDROOM. HAVE CHECKED IN ATTIC AND SHAMPOOED CARPET. IT APPEARS TO BE COMING FROM WALLS THOUGH IM NOT ENTIRELY CERTAIN. HAVE WALKED AROUND EXTERIOR OF HOUSE CHECKING WEEP-HOLES IN BRICK FOR ODORS, BUT NONE SEEM PRESENT. CENTRAL AIR IS DRAWING ODOR THROUGH NEARBY RETURN AND CIRCULATING THROUGHOUT HOUSE. I CLOSED OFF VENT IN THE ROOM WHICH HAS HELPED. DONT KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO. HELP!!!!

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I feel for you. That happened to me. Liquid peppermint oil can help but unless you want to Black and Decker your walls ISO you are going to have to wait for the rodent matter to finish its decay. Fabreeze can help in the meantime also. Now would be a good time to seek out all possible ways a rodent can get in. Remember they have bodies that can slide through an area no bigger than a nano inch. So seal even the smallest crevices. Check your dryer vent that goes outside. Great entry for small critters. You can stuff steel wool in holes and cracks. They will try to chew their way in but will cut their mouth up and bleed out instead. Check where your hoses come in around your washing machine. You want to find their entry now before the cool weather drives them to seek warm shelter. (Like your house again!)

Answered 6 years ago by BluButterfly

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Temporary measures - lysol spray a couple of times a day in that room, leave window open (not enough for rain to come in), tape over the return duct until the problem is solved, maybe even masking tape all around the door also and keep it closed until solved.

Assuming you are sure this is not a mold/rot smell from leaking pipes or roof or from wet carpet from water seeping from a bathroom, and not sewage smell from a leaking sewer pipe or broken sewer vent pipe inthe attic, then the good news is the smell will go away in about 2-3 weeks as it dries out.

If you are truly desperate, two things you could do - neither cheap - probably $100-250 each depending on how large an area has to be checked:

1) hire a rodent (NOT insect) exterminator to try to track it down - they are better experienced at finding where critters came in and have been hiding out

2) hire an energy audit contractor with an infrared video camera to check your walls and ceiling and floor to see if the decomposing (and hence warmer) body will show up. There is no guarantee this will work - I have seen dead animals and bee hives in walls that way, but it will not work through much insulation thickness or carpet.

Places I would check first - realizing you have done some or all of this already:

1) attic holes into house, usually around a vent duct or a penetration for wiring

2) holes up from the crawl space or basement into the wall or floor below

3) up behind the siding at a bent piece or open space

4) holes around outside gas, water, electric, phone, cable TV wire/pipe entries.

5) up under bathtub, if you can get up under it from basement or crawl space - I have seen two cases now of squirrels nesting and storing nut up in the crevices in the underside of the tub, then getting caught and dying there.

6) close up all rooms (windows and doors, including bathroom doors) and leave furnace/air conditioner off for several hours, then check each to be sure the smell is only strong in one room and is not coming from the duct system - to isolate where it is coming from.

7) once you isolate a room, use a paper tube crimped around your nose as a sniffing collector- hold at light fixtures, phone jacks, electric outlets, air ducts and return vents - any opening in the wall, and also all around the base of the walls, to see if it is stronger at any one location to try to pin it down.

If this gets into significant bucks, don't forget to check cost versus your homeowners insurance deductible - you may want to file a claim if significantly over your deductible amount (though that might raise your rates, too).


Answered 6 years ago by LCD




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