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How to Get Rid of Dead Mouse Smell

Updated: Aug 8, 2020

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Do you have a dead mouse or rat smell ruining the air around your home? As Palm Coast Pest Control experts, we have put together a list of ways to get rid of dead mouse smell from your home.

A dead rat smell is one of the most offensive odors to live with. However, it doesn't start that way. The first few days, it is usually barely unnoticeable, but as the days go by, it becomes impossible to endure. Even worse, the horrible smell can cause a buildup of bacteria in your home and make you sick.

Luckily, you have options and don't have to live with the smell of decomposition forever. Here are some critical steps you can take to get that smell out to make your home warm and comfy.

Locate The Dead Mouse

The first thing you must do to get rid of that awful smell is locating the dead mouse. When you find and dispose of it, the scent should ease off. To determine the source, look for tiny paw prints around the wall edges or sunflower kernel-sized black and brown droppings in small clusters. Your noise should also be a sufficient guide to find the dead mouse.

However, we don't recommend doing that by using your bare hands, mice carry many diseases, and being dead, makes it even worse. Therefore, you need to be extra careful when handling the mouse, to avoid picking up an infection. Here's what you should do:

  • Put on nose mask and wear clothes you can dispose of without issues

  • When you find the corpse, wear a pair of rubber or plastic gloves just before handling it

  • Place the decomposed animal into two Ziploc bags and then into a tightly sealed garbage bag

  • Now, mix a solution of 9 parts of water to 1 part of bleach and scrub the infected area (Don't forget to wear gloves when cleaning)

  • Please take off your clothes, and all you used to clean up into the tightly sealed garbage bag and take it outside your home.

  • Wash your hands, carefully and then take a nice long shower afterward.

When you cannot find the source

What if you cannot locate the dead mouse? Situations like this arise when the mouse is stuck inside the walls, air duct, attic, or narrow crawl space. In times like this, some homeowners use a room deodorizer to mask the horrible stench. However, this is not usually effective, as the deodorizer's scent often blends horribly with the smell and makes it much worse.

As Palm Coast Pet Control Experts, we recommend using odor remover bags.

As absorbents, odor removing bags can absorb in all that horrible stench. Place them very close to the site of the corpse, or where the smell is most concentrated, and within hours, you should notice the smell dissipating

Bear in mind that you might have to change the bags a few times, or hang a large number of packets if the room is pretty significant. Therefore, you may have to wait a few days to see the last of that offensive smell. However, never use this method, except you cannot reach the corpse. It is always the priority to find and remove the dead mouse.

Getting rid of the dead mouse smell

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Once you have found and removed the dead mouse, you can use the following methods to get your home back to its natural state.

White Vinegar White vinegar has a strong scent of its own and can effectively neutralize odor-causing bacteria. Place a bowl of white vinegar where you removed the mouse. The white vinegar will evaporate slowly and absorb the strong smell while killing off the bacteria as well. You may have to repeatedly place bowls of white vinegar until the stench is off entirely. You can equally use the white vinegar method when you cannot find the mouse; it is as effective as using odor removing bags.

  1. Sprays

No, we are not talking about air fresheners as those only make things worse. Sprays are special disinfectants designed to eliminate awful smells like cat urine. They have unique attributes that can mask and slowly absorb the dead mouse's scent from your home.

  1. Acetic Acid + Chlorine + Formalin

You can also make a solution of formalin, acetic acid, and chlorine to neutralize the horrible stench. However, you must be cautious about using these potent chemicals in your home as they can be extremely toxic. We recommend using the more diluted version with vinegar concentrate than acetic acid or formaldehyde. If you prefer the former mix, ensure you wear appropriate gloves and masks to prevent inhaling them. Also, it would help if you considered staying outside your home until the strong fumes have abated.

  1. Rat Sorb

Rat sorb can also get rid of the smell of dead mice from your home. It is a strong mix of essential oils that has a potent citrus scent. Don't forget to dilute before use, in a ratio of two to three drops to every 10 oz water. After diluting, soak cotton balls in the liquid and place around areas where the smells are very intense. Wait a few hours before changing the balls. You may have to do this for a few days to get the best results.

Preventing Mouse Smell

Dealing with the corpse of a dead mouse isn't a great experience. Prevent a repeat corpse by contacting your preferred Palm Coast Pest Control company. They can help you inspect and seal up all entry points to prevent mice from entering your home.

If you have a nest of mice, they can also help you find the right mix of non-toxic methods to get rid of them.

Key Takeaways

The best way to get rid of the smell of a dead mouse is by getting rid of the source. Therefore, your priority should be finding and disposing of the critter first. When it isn't possible to see it, use the methods above to get rid of the odor. Finally, take steps to prevent mice from entering your home in the future.

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