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Odors from rodents
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Dave A    Posted 12-09-2004 at 12:50:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I put out some D-con to kill some woodrats that were living in my walls. They must have died inside the walls,as I have a horrible odor comming into my sons room. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to get rid of this oder?


Dell (WA)    Posted 12-10-2004 at 01:32:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dave.........best way to gitt-ridd of offensive foul odors is to burn some yellow sulfur powder in a fireproof ashtray in the middle of the room ontop of some newspapers for sputter control. Sumptin about the sulfur grabs onto the hydrogen atoms of the smell and it just disappears. Sulfur powder is used in the garden for grapes etc. You can also pay $$$ for sulfur flowers at the pharmacy.

Works for old tenement housing where they pi$$ on the wall and the smell brings tears to your eyes cooked cabbage, sourkrout, garlic, dog feces, catpiss etc.

You doubt? before the days of air-wick, there always used to be some wooden kitchen matches to strike in the bathroom/outhouse for odor control..........Dell


Dave A    Posted 12-10-2004 at 12:30:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for all the suggestions, I also got one from the oreck dealer about using the mineral rock alanite. It seems this also absorbs odors the natural way, and they only cost 12.95, so might as well give it a try also


MattCT    Posted 12-09-2004 at 14:51:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
My grandfather uses regular unscented candles when a mouse/rat dies inside a wall. The theory behind it is that the smell is caused by gases from the decomposing body, gas burns in the flame of the candle and you don't smell it anymore. Worth a try and if you want to kick it up a notch use a scented candle to not only "burn" the smell out of the house but to put a better smell in.


JB    Posted 12-09-2004 at 16:23:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
In fighting the rat stink, a great grandson dropped in and watched me light an incense stick and set it up. With an 8 yr old's curiosity, he asked why I was burning incense. I told him I was trying to cover up the dead rat smell. He sniffed a few minutes and said, "Well, now I think it smells like a dead rat wearing perfume!"

He was right!


JB    Posted 12-09-2004 at 13:57:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Same problem, here. Poison was outside, but this rat chose to die somewhere within the walls, I guess. It's rank, but we have 2 ionizers and borrowed another, and have them cleaning the air 24/7, and it helps immensely. The smell is faint as long as we pretty well keep the doors closed, but when there's a lot of running in-out, it comes back. No idea where rat's located, checked and it's not under the house.. could be anywhere. I figure about 3 weeks and the smell will be gone, as it happened once before and that's how long we had to fight the stink.


Salmoneye    Posted 12-09-2004 at 13:32:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Never poison in a house...

Either trap em or live with em...

On the good side...The smell will go away in the spring...

Sorry...



MikeT    Posted 12-09-2004 at 13:06:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Find where the odor is the strongest then tear into the wall till you find the critter. It will just get worse if you don't.


Oops    Posted 12-09-2004 at 12:57:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dave, sorry to say that is the downside to poisoning the critters. You just have no control over where they decide to croak. I can't help you get rid of the smell but I will offer up the snap traps as your next attempt at ridding yourself of the rodents. As unappealing as they are to look at all broken in the snap traps, at least you know where they are and can put the in garbage.

- Peanut

PS - We had a mouse in our Jeep. Decided to make a nest out of Kleenex in the glove box. It was just too quick to catch while it was in the glove box. We opted for 4 snap traps and a slice of cheese instead of poison. I did not want to take the chance of it rotting somewhere in the Jeep I could not reach.


Rat Zapper    Posted 12-09-2004 at 21:22:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
If your looking for a good trap. This one is pretty darn good. Works on batteries. Don't buy the 110V kind. To dangerous.

Doc




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