How To Get Rid Of A Dead Rat Smell

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So, you have been through the process and you know that you have, or at least have HAD Rats in your home, the signs are there. Over the last day or so, there has been a pungent smell coming from somewhere in your home and you think it might be a dead Rat. Here I give you 7 tips if you need to know how to get rid of a dead Rat smell from your home.



How To Get Rid Of A Dead Rat Smell

 


Locate The Rat

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Locating the Rat will be the biggest challenge to getting rid of the dead Rat smell!

Your first job is to find out where the dead Rat is. To hunt down the Rat you will need to take precautions because Rats can carry some pretty nasty diseases.  Here is my list of things you will need:

  1. Head Torch
  2. Rubber Gloves
  3. Strong Shoes
  4. A Stick (to move floor items out of the way)
  5. Trash Bags
  6. Dust Mask
  7. Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge

There is some good news and there is some bad news. Let’s begin with the good news:

If you have a good sense of smell, it is simple to hunt down a dead Rat. All you need to do is follow the smell until you find the dead Rat. Simple, right?

The bad news:

The bad news is that Rats use your cavity walls to navigate through your home. Because they are used to traveling in this area of your home, it is also a place they may die in. That is bad news, for you and your wallet.

Retrieving a dead Rat from inside your cavity walls is not a simple task, and it is one that will require you to hire a professional to do it for you.

 


Remove The Body

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Removing the body is key to getting rid of the dead Rat smell!

Removing the body is key to getting rid of the smell of a dead Rat. After all, that is where the smell is coming from, right?

You have some rubber gloves so double up if it makes you feel better.

Get a trash bag ready, pick up the Rat by its tail and place it in the trash bag. Take a look around the area to see if there is anything else you can put in the trash bag too, such as chewed up items, or Rat feces.

You might not want to hear this but you need to be prepared. Dead Rats will attract flies, and flies result in Maggots. I have found dead Rats before that are covered with Maggots. You will also need to get rid of these, for obvious reasons.

When the dead Rat is in the bag, ensure that you tie the bag up and double up if you need to. Now take the Rat outside and place it in the trash.

 


Open The Windows

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Open the windows so the dead Rat smell can escape!

The smell of the dead Rat needs to go somewhere, so why not open as many windows as you can to let some fresh air in, and the smell out?

I mentioned above that there is a possibility that the Rats body will be infested with Maggots. This is because the smell of a dead Rat will attract flies. With your windows open you may get a few flies in, but at least there is no longer a dead Rat for them to find.

 


Clean The Area

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Ensure that you thoroughly clean the area where you found the dead Rat!

Now that the dead Rat has left the building it is time for the cleanup operation.

There are two options here that I use to clean up after a dead Rat:

Bleach

Bleach is an awesome weapon for cleaning up after a dead Rat, and ensure you still have your rubber gloves on when using it!

Simply mix up some bleach with some water and ensure you clean the entire area where you found the dead Rat. Use the scrub sponge to work the bleach into the area and rinse afterward.

Always ensure you are working in a well-ventilated environment when cleaning the area where you found the dead Rat. Open the windows and doors, and always wear a Dust Mask.

Rats can carry all kinds of diseases so you need to protect yourself, and when using bleach the smell can get pretty strong.

Vinegar and Water

I use a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water to clean areas that should not be cleaned with bleach.

Follow the same process as above, use the scrub sponge to work the mixture into the area and try not to worry about the vinegar smell, it will not last long.

When cleaning the area, it is vital that you cover at least a 1 ft radius and always check the area for Rat droppings, because they need to be cleaned too.

 


Getting Rid Of The Dead Rat Smell

Ground Coffee

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Coffee will soak up and mask the dead Rat smell!

Not only does coffee smell strong, but it has also been used for many years to neutralize odors around the home. Simply add ground coffee to the area to help get rid of the dead Rat smell.

You can always add ground coffee into small bags and hang them up in the space where the Rat died.

Air Purifying Bags

Air purifying bags are a great way of getting rid of the odor of a dead Rat. With natural ingredients such as Charcoal and Bamboo, these have been used for years to clear up bad smells in homes.

These low priced air purifiers are well worth a small investment because they will speed up the removal of a dead Rat smell.

Air Fresheners

Air fresheners work differently to air purifiers. Instead of absorbing the odor, they will simply mask the smell until it has gone.

I prefer not to use air freshener sprays because they do not work as well as an air freshener that you simply add to a room and leave.

Instead of air fresheners, you can also use incense sticks or scented candles.

 


How long has the Rat been dead for?

Rats will begin to smell within days of dying. The smell will begin but will remain localized. As time goes on the smell with become stronger and will spread to more areas of your home. If you can smell a dead Rat in your home, it is likely to have been dead for at least 1 week.

Rats can take a number of weeks to completely decompose. The length of time depends on the environmental conditions too. The warmer it is, the quicker to Rat will completely decompose.

If you can smell a dead Rat and have traced it to your cavity walls then you have a decision to make. Do you leave it until it completely decomposes, or do you take the wall apart to remove it? That is a decision only you can make, but remember that id it is warm then it will decompose quicker.

 


Conclusion

When you need to know how to get rid of a dead Rat smell, the advice above will certainly help you out. There are some things that I need to recap here though:

  1. Always protect your health when looking for a dead Rat
  2. Ensure the area is well ventilated when cleaning
  3. Always look for ways that a Rat can enter your home and block them
  4. Always wear suitable gloves when handling the dead Rat
  5. Do not be scared to pick the dead Rat up, it will not bite you

I have been in a position where I needed to get rid of a dead Rat smell before, and here is a picture of the culprit:

Dead rat attic
This Rat was found dead in my attic! The Rat had been there at least 2 weeks, so the dead Rat smell lingered in my house for days after clearing it up.

It was an easy Rat to find. He was very considerate and died in a place I could easily get to, what a nice guy!

Good luck finding the source of the smell in your home, and follow these tips to easily get rid of the smell.

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6 thoughts on “How To Get Rid Of A Dead Rat Smell”

  1. It’s great to know you talked about how to get rid of the dead rat smell after you’ve managed to catch one but…you can’t find where the little pest is so you ended up having the stench of rotting rat all over the place (eww). One thing to do is to have a systematic sweep of the area, and the rat’s body should be disposed of right away once found. If I had to look for a dead rat, all I can say is to follow the smell and be prepared to throw it out!

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  2. I liked that you explained that a mixture of water and vinegar can help you get rid of the smell of dead rats. I wonder if that works on other bad decaying odors as well. It might be smart to get an expert cleaning company to help with this.

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