Mice infestation can be an ongoing battle, especially for people living in rural areas and during the colder winter months. Mice head indoors to escape the cold or rainy outdoor environments. However as they run around in our home, they may die of natural causes, or be killed by a poison or other type of event or trap. When this happens and the body begins to decompose, you can be left with an unpleasant odor.
Things You'll Need
- Trash bag
- Odor neutralizers
Locate the source of the smell. If you can identify from what direction the odor is coming from, you can better rid yourself of it.
Remove the body, if possible. Touch the body only with gloved hands, and put the carcass in a plastic bag. Have as little contact with the body as possible and remove it from your home immediately.
Rid your house of moisture. If you were not able to find the dead body, you can speed up the course of natural decomposition, and thus the amount of time the odor will remain in your home, by removing any cool or damp environments in your home. Turn on a dehumidifier and let it run to eliminate moisture.
Use deodorizers. Once the decomposition is under way, you can mask the smell by placing an odor eliminator or neutralizer in front of any of the vents in your home that the smell is coming from. Push the odor absorbers as close to the vents as possible to meet the smell immediately.
Seal your home. As you wait for the smell to diminish, check for any places where more mice might enter your home. Seal up any holes or openings to the outside and be careful to not leave doors or windows open for them to enter through.
Tips & Warnings
- Along with odor eliminators, you can further mask the odor by spraying air fresheners or lighting natural-smelling candles.
- Whenever you are in contact with a dead animals, especially rodents, you need to be extra careful. Touch the mouse only with covered hands, and never let children near the body.
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