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Question DetailsAsked on 6/13/2011

What type of company do you hire to investigate bad smells in your house?

We have a bad smell in one room of our house. Unfortunately it's in an addition built on top of an inaccessible crawl space. We think its a rodent issue but 1. no droppings 2. haven't actually seen any rodents 3. on the one day I had an exterminator at the house the smell of course disipated so he couldn't tell for sure if it was a rodent issue. I did find a hole in the cinder block foundation that the extermintator told me seal. Anyway now the smell is back with a vengence. What kind of company does one hire to hunt down the cause of phantom smells while doing minimal damage to my house and that can do clean up the mess which may include first creating proper access to my crawl space etc?

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You don't mention where you live so I won't give you the name I'd provide in central Indiana...but

    Call your insurance agent. No, not to place a claim on your homeowner's policy but often agents will know which companies they would have called on for a client and they might be able to give you a lead. Heck, there might even be some hidden value in your policy that will get them helping you fix the problem before it turns into a larger claim due to your inability to live on the premises due to the invasion of .....Check your funny-colored phone book (yellow). Look for home restoration or damage remediation. The company in central Indiana I would have pointed you to does remediation for smoke, fire, water, mold. Almost all the causes that they attack leave nasty odors that have to be resolved. A company like that will surely have contacts in a variety of other specialties - like exterminators - - if they are needed. When I say remediation, I mean more than tear out damaged walls and frame/drywall. These folks save what they can and repair/replace if necessary. They work to remove odors, save furniture and salvage what doesn't need to be replaced.And, if you aren't a member of Angies' List, consider joining. If they don't have a clear category on their web site, they have people in the office who stare at the phone waiting for someone to call needing a unique speciality that they can help unearth.

Good Luck!

Answered 9 years ago by Old Grouch


Hi Claudia and Larry,

If you are a member of Angie's List check the List under Water & Smoke Damage. When our experts get requests for odor detection that's the first place we go to. Even if the cause isn't water or smoke damage, they can usually point you in the right direction or at least eliminate some possibilities. If that doesn't work, don't hesitate to give us a call.

Good Luck!


Answered 9 years ago by Sarah


Dead mice or rats usually smell like strong garlic. Here's a possibility...... has anyone recently painted the room? If so check the paint can and see if 'exterior paint' was applied indoors. Exterior paints contain fungicides which produce an odor. You don't smell them outdoors but indoors you do.

Just a thought...Good luck!

Answered 9 years ago by galanti77


Good Evening, you can look up any nuisance wildlife company in your area be careful though because some companies run individual guys in certain cities and will overcharge.


Answered 9 years ago by FLwildlifetrapper

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