Odors Ded rat

Published on September 8th, 2016 | by Henri

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Dead animal odors

Q.  There is a bad odor in the second floor which is probably due to a dead animal. I remember hearing an animal in the wall some time ago.

Anyway, the odor is quite objectionable. Do you have any suggestions for products or devices to mask such a smell? Or do you know some clever way in which one might locate the source?

A.  How long ago was the odor first noticed? A dead mouse odor should dissipate within a few days; a squirrel would take a couple of weeks; a bigger animal could take quite a few weeks.

In most cases, however, it makes sense to disperse the odor to make it tolerable until it dissipates, rather than to open up holes in the wall looking for the source.

As regular readers know, the best noxious odor control that I recommend is Nok-Out Odor Eliminator (www.nokout.com).

I first tried this product years ago, with great success, to eliminate an odor from a skunk that had made a home under the porch of a relative’s home, odor that rendered an adjacent bedroom uninhabitable. By comparison, the smell of a dead mouse or other creature in your wall, as bad as it is,  should be fairly easy to treat with Nok-Out.

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