The thought of having mice in your home, let alone having a rotting mouse carcass in your attic is enough to turn even the strongest of stomachs. Do not worry you are not alone in this struggle. Pests and vermin are a common occurrence, especially if they can find an entrance point to your home. The unfortunate side effect of these pests, particularly a decaying mouse is accompanied with an awful stench. The worst part about it, even after the removal of the dead mouse is that it actually takes quite a while for the smell to fully leave your home. However, we are here to help you and guide you through a few quick tips on how to eliminate the stench.
In terms of tackling the problem at hand, you have two options. The first attempting to find and remove the mouse yourself, or hiring a pest removal service. The second is that you can leave the mouse the decay. On average it can take between 1-2 weeks for a normal sized mouse to decompose, however, this is a rough guideline, rat, and larger mice may take a little longer. If the smell is knocking you physically sick, and quite simply unbearable then we do recommend that you locate the dead mouse sooner rather than later.
Locate the dead mouse
A good starting point, unfortunately for you is locate where the carcass actually is in your home. The way you can do this is to walk through your home and see where the ‘smell’ is the strongest. Sadly, it is not the nicest of tasks, far from it actually but if you go through every room, nook and cranny and potential crawl space in your home until the smell is the strongest. Paying attention to the odor level is key in this task. If you hit a brick wall in this task, quite literally, it is not uncommon to find dead mice on the inside of walls, we can gladly help you with this task.
Avoiding Air Fresheners
You might be thinking you can cover the odor with the assistance of air fresheners, however, we really do advise against this. The reason why is because it does not mask or hide the odor, but it usually mixes with the chemicals in the air freshener only making the odor worse.
Try using white vinegar
It may like a strange remedy as vinegar has its own potent smell, however, it can help eliminate some of the odor. Not only that, vinegar is often used in disinfectants that are designed to eradicate germs and bacteria. If you place a small bowl of white vinegar, where you feel the stench is the most severe, it will cause the vinegar to evaporate. Allowing this process to happen will kill some of the odor-causing germs that will be carried around your home.