Rodents can be a big problem for your home, and the smell is one of the worst reminders they leave behind if you manage to drive them out. Rodent urine often contains ammonia, which emits a foul odor that can permeate your home and can even make you sick! The smell is even worse when there’s a dead rodent in your living room. The good news is there are plenty of ways to get rid of rodent smell! This post looks at what you can do to remove this foul smell from your home.
How do rodents smell?
Rodents have an awful smell that can be difficult to get rid of. It is easily one of the worst smells you can have around your house and dramatically compromises your quality of life. The thing is, rodents urinate and defecate throughout your attic, walls, or under the floorboards as they travel from place to place. In addition, mice will often die in hard-to-reach areas if their health fails due to being trapped inside. Rats are no different, and dead rats will have the same odor problems as mice unless you remove them quickly enough.
How do I remove the rodent smell?
Getting rid of rodent smell is more complicated than many people would like to admit. It takes a lot of time and effort, but it’s the only way you will get rid of all traces of rodents in your home. Use the following guide to eliminate rodent smell inside your home:
Find the source of the smell
The first step to getting rid of rodent smell is finding the source. This can be difficult if you don’t know what you’re looking for, as the smell can come from anywhere. Whether it is rat droppings and urine, or a dead rodent in the attic, you must find the source of the problem before continuing. The following should give you clues on where the source of the smell is:
– Urine is a clear liquid that will leave small droplets at the site of origin. If you spot urine, look for rodent footprints to pinpoint where they are tucked away in your home or business.
– Droppings or feces from rodents can be challenging to see if they land on top of the insulation material you have inside your walls and ceilings. Look for black, shiny pellets, which are typically around two to three centimeters long.
– Dead mice will leave behind a lingering odor of rot and decay that can be even more disgusting than urine or feces if you don’t act fast enough. The smell is usually accompanied by larvae feeding on the dead animal body tissue before it’s removed.
Clean up, clean up, clean up!
Once you’ve found the source, it’s time to clean the area properly. It doesn’t matter what you use, as long as it has antibacterial properties and gets rid of all dead rodents in your home.
– Use bleach with water to disinfect areas where rodent urine was found. If you’re using a carpet shampooer, make sure to mix one cup of chlorine bleach with two gallons of water before cleaning the carpet.
– Use bleach and vinegar to clean walls where rodent droppings were found, or use a broom and dustpan to sweep all fecal matter into plastic bags for disposal. Spray white distilled vinegar onto surfaces after you’ve cleaned them – it will kill any remaining bacteria that may have been missed with the earlier cleaning.
– If you find a dead animal in your home, there are a few ways to approach this problem. We recommend you place the rodent in an airtight bag and put it outside for garbage collection. Make sure to wear gloves during this process!
Ventilation is key to getting rid of rodent smell, as it will allow fresh air into your home. If you’re using an attic fan for ventilation after removing rodents, ensure the fan isn’t located directly above where the dead animal or mouse was found.
– You can use a dehumidifier in rooms with a strong dead rodent smell to reduce the humidity levels in the room. This will make it easier for any lingering odors or fumes from cleaning products and other solutions you use to dissipate over a short period.
– Open all doors, windows, and curtains throughout your home as much as possible – this will allow air to circulate inside. Don’t use air conditioners or heating units, as they will release the same odor you’ve been trying to rid your home of into the outside environment.
– Use an incense stick or air fresheners in rooms if none of these ventilation techniques work for you. The incense should help get rid of any remaining odors.
How long does dead mouse smell last?
If you do not find the source of rodent smell or your ventilation techniques aren’t working as well as they should call an expert right away. They will be able to help locate the rodent and remove it from your home or business. Factors such as temperature, humidity, and location play a big role in how long the smell will linger.
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