A common problem faced by homeowners is rat infestation. As if having them invade the house isn’t enough, they sometimes die without our knowledge, and the stench can be absolutely horrendous. It doesn’t stop there either; the smell can get everywhere, the kitchen cabinets, bedrooms, bathrooms, and your food. How then can you get rid of this foul smell?
Here are some steps you can follow to get rid of the dead rat smell effectively:
- Identify where the smell is coming from.
- Dispose of the dead rat properly.
- Proper use of cleaning methods and good tools.
- Ventilate your home.
1. Identify Where The Smell Is Coming From
If you notice unpleasant odors from an area of your house, trace the odor to the area with the most pungent stench. More often, rodents die in kitchen cabinets, vents, and other unreachable places in the house. You have to be thorough when looking out.
2. Dispose of The Dead Rat Properly
When a dead rat is found in your beloved home, it is important that you get rid of the dead rat without delay. The first step of disposing of the dead rat helps to reduce the smell, as a massive chunk of the odor comes from the body lying right in front of you, and also, this makes it easier to work in the environment. Right before disposing of the dead rat, here are a few precautions to follow:
- Wear gloves and protective masks to avoid diseases or contamination.
- Use a disinfectant to spray the dead animal and the area the body is being disposed of.
- Use a plastic bag to carry the dead rat out of the house.
- Place the plastic bag in another plastic bag and seal off properly.
- While disposing of the plastic bag, be sure to separate it from recyclable items in the trash can.
- Wash both your hands with the gloves on with soap and water, then dispose of used gloves.
- Wash your bare hands properly with soap and water once more, and then use a disinfectant spray on your precious hands.
See? Very easy!
3. Proper Use Of Cleaning Methods
Immediately after disposing of the dead rat’s body, cleaning up is the next proper thing to do. You will need to deodorize and sanitize the infested area. Here are some products you can use:
Vinegar absorbs odor effectively and improves smell when placed around the home. It is important to know that vinegar has its scent, but it’s much better and more pleasing to the nose than a dead rat’s. It depends on how much you use; it should air out within hours or days.
- Baking Soda
This is another effective odor fighter. You need to mix baking soda in a spray bottle and frequently spray the affected area of your home.
A bleach solution neutralizes the odor quickly and is easy to prepare. Mix a little portion of bleach with a considerable volume of water and let it sit for 10- 15 mins before wiping it out.
- Commercial Disinfectant
Suppose you do not want to go into the arduous task of preparing the previously mentioned solutions or do not have vinegar or baking soda available in your home. In that case, a commercial disinfectant is your best bet.
You can walk into a store and get anyone of your choice. Be careful to purchase products recommended for the kind of furniture you have in your home. Carefully read the instructions on the product’s label to avoid preventable accidents.
4. Ventilate Your Home
Allowing air to move freely around your home is very important to get rid of a dead rat’s smell. Open the doors and all windows to allow fresh air to circulate the home and replace the foul smell.
Placing an electric fan close to the windows and doors is a fast and efficient way of ventilating the home. Also, ceiling fans are no exception as they help to circulate air around the home. An easy way to achieve this is by installing an air ventilation system for better air circulation around the house.
What If None Of These Solutions Work?
In rare occasions where the solutions listed above do not solve your problem, it is advisable to call for professional services. They will thoroughly clean your house through all tiny spaces small enough to house or trap rodents and clean hard-to-reach locations in your house to ensure no stone is left unturned.
Now it’s time to make your house smell great again!