How to Get Rid of Dead Rodent Smells

Some home extermination methods lead to hidden bodies that are only recognized by the smells they emit as they begin to decay. The most important step in ridding your home of dead rodent smells is to identify the source of the stench and dispose of it.

More often than not, dead rodents are located within walls or rafters. In this case, it is often necessary to endure the smell until it dissipates on its own. The length of time for the rodent to decompose depends on many factors, including size of the rodent, temperature, humidity and accessibility to decomposers like flies. Unfortunately it may take three weeks or more to completely decompose. A professional may be contacted to break through and rebuild affected walls. This can be costly and not a viable option.

Even after elimination of the source of dead rodent smell, the unsettling scent may linger for up to two weeks. Natural ventilation is necessary to expedite the dissipation of the odor. Opening windows and using electric fans may prove helpful. Deodorizing air fresheners and disinfectants can also help to eliminate smells.

It is advised that gloves and respirators with working cartridges be used while cleaning any contaminated areas, as rodents are known carriers of a multitude of diseases. Clothing worn while handling a rodent should be thrown away.