It may start with a faint rotting odor that hits your nostrils a few times every day. Then, over the next few days, the smell gets strong and stronger. It is now too obvious, something is rotting in your home and you need to do something about it!
This is the same situation I found myself in, so if you want to know how to get rid of a dead mouse smell, then I will cover it for you in this post.
Before even beginning to remove the dead mouse smell, I recommend that you use the following gear:
- Strong gloves
- Strong footwear (with covers if possible)
- Cleaning equipment
- Trash bags
- Odor Absorbers
- Air Fresheners
It is vital that you look after your health when dealing with rodents due to the potential diseases they might be carrying.
Getting Rid Of A Dead Mouse Smell
Find The Mouse
First things first. You need to find the dead mouse.
Let’s face it, if your nose works then it shouldn’t be too much of a problem to find out where the smell is coming from. The only problem will be if the mouse has died inside your cavity walls, or in another area that is difficult for you to get to.
Follow your nose, and find the dead mouse. You will not stop the smell without first removing the dead mouse!
It may take a while to hunt down where the dead mouse smell is coming from. You might want to consider searching the most common places for mice to hide.
Removing The Mouse
Removing the mouse is the next step, and it isn’t a pleasant one either.
When picking up dead rodents, I always have gloves on, every time. Not only do I have gloves on, but I also pick the body up through the trash bag.
A word of warning, if the mouse has been dead for a few days, you might already have a group of maggots feasting on the dead body. I just wanted to prep you for that one!
Place the dead mouse inside the trash bag and double up if you need to.
Congratulations! You have removed the dead mouse. Now it is time to ventilate the areas and clean up.
Ventilate The Area
Let’s get some windows and doors open. We need the smell to escape somewhere. At this point, I never care about how cold it is outside, I just want the smell to be gone.
If you are in an area far away from a door or window, just open the closest one. Every little helps when you are dealing with a rotting mouse, trust me!
You might want to consider using an air circulating fan to help disperse the dead mouse smell.
Deep Clean The Area
When cleaning up after a dead mouse, you first need to clean the area where you found the mouse and then clean up any area that has obvious signs of a mouse infestation.
You have two options when it comes to cleaning the area.
Vinegar and Water
Use vinegar and water in a 50/50 mix. If you have an area that needs more, then up the vinegar content.
Generally speaking, I use this mix for areas that should not be cleaned with bleach.
Oh, by the way, vinegar only smells for a few minutes! I know that some people question whether or not the vinegar smell will also linger, it doesn’t.
Bleach is my go-to product for cleaning up after finding a dead mouse.
If you want to be certain that the area is clean and free of any bacteria, then bleach is your product!
Just be careful using it because it has the ability to ruin clothing etc.
Freshen The Area
Now is the time I will place down odor absorbers, and air fresheners.
It is important to get the smell out of the area as soon as possible by using odor absorbers such as ground coffee, or charcoal.
Consider using joss sticks, or incense sticks. These have a very strong smell and will help you to overpower the dead mouse smell.
Protect The Area
Protecting the area means making sure no pesky mice can get back in!
It is one thing getting rid of a dead mouse smell, but another thing to keep mice away so you don’t have to go through this whole things again!
Frequently Asked Questions
- How long does it take for a mouse to decompose?
At least 3 weeks, and it depends on the temperature. A dead mouse can take months to fully decompose. During this time you can expect the odor to continue.
- How long has the mouse been dead for?
It is difficult to tell. A mouse will start to smell within days of dying and will take a number of months to fully decompose.
- There are maggots, will I get flies too?
Unfortunately, you are likely to notice a few flies after finding maggots. When I found my first dead rodent, there were a number of maggots. After clearing every single maggot I could find, I still had a few flies a week later!
Getting rid of a dead mouse smell can be a challenge. It required a keen eye, a strong stomach, and some stronger cleaning equipment!
The most important thing is that you locate and remove the mouse. That is the time when the smell starts to disappear and you can see light at the end of the tunnel.