There are times when you must call the exterminator in the event of an infestation, which could mean several things; ants, roaches, bees, or of course, rodents. After the exterminator (or you) has wiped away the mouse population in your home, you may be left with an unpleasant odor. How in the world will you ever get rid of the smell? It turns out there are some ways to reduce the smell caused by decomposed rodents so you can move on with your post-rodent existence!
Call the Exterminator…Quick!
If you think you have a dead rodent or dead rodents, call the exterminator quickly and don’t wait. The longer you wait to take care of the problem, the worse the smell is going to be, especially if the dead mice are near air filters or inside your walls. Take care of the root issue and you can handle the smells after that. You may think you can take care of the problem yourself, but if you have an infestation on your hands, it’s best left to the professionals!
Also, you may think you can leave a dead mouse where it’s at and it will take care of itself, but the longer you leave a dead mouse to rot, the worse the smell will be, and could take weeks to dissipate. It’s best to eliminate the carcass if possible to help get rid of the smell quickly.
I Need Air!
One of the easiest and free ways to remove the smell of decomposing rodents is to let some air into your home. Since rodents may be in the walls decomposing, removing the bodies may not be a cost-effective option for some (though if you can afford it, it would help alleviate the smell) there are other ways to affordably bring a pleasant smell back to your home. One of these is to start airing your house out.
Open the windows, turn on ceiling fans, and standing fans, and let fresh air come in and circulate throughout the home. In severe cases of infestation, you may have to call an expert to remove portions of your walls where rodents have died to completely eliminate the smell.
Deodorizers may not make the smell go away faster, but they can make the waiting a little more bearable. Items like candles, plug-in deodorizers, and sprays can help eliminate the smell and make your home smell nicer.
Natural oils like peppermint oil are good deodorizers, or you can use simmering pot recipes to create a nice smelling home. These include filling a saucepan with boiling water with orange peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and apple peels and letting it simmer while filling your home with a naturally good smell. Get a fabric deodorizer like Febreze and refresh all of your fabric to create a pleasant smell.
Another option is to use a home air cleaner that runs the existing air through a deodorizing filter. These actually clean the air and reduce the bad smells. An odor neutralizer works to remove odors without covering them up. Used in tandem with deodorizers that add a fresh scent, an odor neutralizer may be a good bet for getting rid of a bad smell.
It’s a good idea to clean your home thoroughly in the event of a rodent infestation, because rodents can carry a multitude of diseases. Anywhere the rodents may have gone, apply household cleaners that contain enzymes to the area to reduce the risk of spreading germs and bacteria.
Mop hardwood floors with disinfectant, and generally give the areas a top to bottom cleaning. While you clean, wear gloves and eye protection, and throw away any mouse droppings, old traps, or debris relating to mice that you see.
The best way to get rid of a dead mouse smell is to prevent the problem from happening in the first place. If you set traps, check them frequently to remove any mice before they begin to smell. Stay on top of pest and rodent control to reduce the risks of having any issues.
If you’ve had mouse problems in the past, check with your exterminator to discuss how to prevent the problem and where you should keep traps. You may even want to have an exterminator do a yearly walk-through just to check that your rodent problem is under control.