Pests are a part of life, especially rodents like mice or rats. Because
these animals have very little issue sneaking into homes sometimes through
even the smallest of cracks in the wall, it’s not uncommon for them
to find their way into your big, open air ducts. Unfortunately, sometimes
they become trapped in your ducts and die, eventually starting to rot
and decompose. When this happens, they fill your home with a putrid smell
that can only be removed by getting rid of the source and then thoroughly
cleaning it all out. If you’ve recently discovered this horrifying
smell in your home, here are a few things you can do to try to get rid of it.
Track the Scent
The only way to get rid of this smell is to track down the source and remove
it. That means using your nose to track down the smell to the best of
your ability. It’s important to recognize that just because the
smell is strong doesn’t mean the animal is trapped in your vent:
it could be in your walls. However, if the smell is strongest at one specific
vent in your home, you have most likely found the source. Unscrew the
vent cover and carefully peer inside using a flash light. If you find
the animal, you’re good to go. If you can’t find it, no matter
how hard you try, you may need to bring in a professional to locate it.
Remove the Carcass
Assuming you find the decaying carcass, you’ll need to carefully
remove it. First, get a garbage bag, rubber or latex gloves, and a strong
disinfectant spray. You may also need a tool to reach it, such as a bent
coat hanger or a vacuum cleaner hose. Using this tool, gently pull the
carcass within reach. Once you can reach it, make sure you have rubber
or latex gloves on and can pull the carcass out. Deposit it in a plastic
bag and remove it from your house as quickly as possible. You should contact
your local waste disposal service to find out their policies about disposing
of dead animals before throwing it away in your trash bin. Then clean
all areas touched by the carcass with the disinfectant spray.
Follow-Up the Incident
The first thing you should do after dealing with this issue is make sure
it can’t happen again. Start by having a professional inspect your
ducts for the hole or gap the animal used to get inside in the first place
and plug it. You should have the rest of your duct system inspected as
there might be other gaps or leaks you are unaware of. You may also want
to schedule a professional duct cleaning service, which scrubs and disinfects
the surfaces in your ducts to remove any other traces of odor that may be left.
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