Dead animals can leave a foul smell around your property. The smell will continue until the animals are completely decomposed or have dried out. If the site is damp, the odor will last longer. However, the amount of smell will depend on the type of rodent.
For instance, if you are in Brentwood then a Norway rat dies close to the steam pipe, the smell will last for several weeks. On the other hand, the smell of dead house mice can last for a day. For you to notice the smell of dead mice there may be several of them. When you find the smell of a dead animal, your obvious solution is to find the carcass and remove it.
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Here are the steps you need to follow when removing the smell of a dead animal.
The best solution is obviously to get rid of the carcass. Unfortunately, some rodents such as rats don’t always die in a visible spot. Since they are nocturnal animals, they like hiding in small spaces that offer little visibility.
If you are lucky to find the dead rat, you should place it in a plastic bag and ensure that you dispose of it promptly. Wear the right protective clothes and gloves such as a respirator or dust filter mask. This should be done whether the animal is alive or dead as rats can bring dangerous viruses and bacteria into the home. Therefore, you will need to thoroughly wash up even if you are wearing gloves.
If it’s not possible to remove the carcass or if you can’t locate it, you can apply deodorant or neutralizing agent to the whole area. However, you will need to ventilate the area by drilling into floors or walls. Therefore, you will still need to meet the cost of repair.
After cleaning the infected area with water and bleach, you will need to determine how rats are getting into the home. Bear in mind that rodents can be smart and can squeeze through very small areas. You will then need to cover holes and vents in foundations and walls. Check if there are gaps in loose pipes and roof soffits.
Remember that the best solution is to keep rats out of the home and prevent them from dying. If you suspect that the odor in your home is from a dead rat, contact Mighty Men on (650) 309-1841. We do vole removal, field mice removal, and even deer removal.