Mice in your home- what a nightmare! Right now the unbearable smell is all you can think about. You are daydreaming about using poison baits and killing the vermin, if only you could find it! But the foul smell is just the tip of the iceberg. Mice in your home are not just a nuisance, they are dangerous. They chew on wires, shred attic insulation, and destroy kitchen pantries.
Follow these top tips for eliminating mice odor, but be prepared to tackle rodent removal as well. If in doubt, contact the friendly professionals at GRC for help.
Top Tips For Eliminating Mice Odor
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1. Gather Your Supplies
Before you dive into this tough job, gather together all the necessary supplies. Safety should be your first priority! You’ll need these pieces of protective gear:
- plastic gloves
- face mask
Eliminating mice odor is going to require deep cleaning. Assemble the following cleaning supplies:
- pet stain and odor remover
- carpet cleaning solution
- antibacterial soap
- wash rags
- paper towels
- plastic bags
- carpet steamer
Even after a deep clean, foul odor will try to linger in the air. Consider adding these optional supplies to your list:
- spray air fresheners
- granule-type pet odor removers
- air freshening dryer sheets
When you’ve got all your supplies together you are ready to start tackling the job!
2. Locate and Remove the Source of the Odor
When the terrible odor seems to take over the whole room (or house!) it can be difficult to tell exactly where it is coming from. This is the tough part. How can you determine the location of the smell? Start by gravitating towards where you think the smell is the strongest. Next, look for stains. Rodents are greasy creatures. They leave behind grease stains, urine stains, and even tiny dirty footprint tracks. The carcass itself can even leak fluid (ew!!) and dry on the affected area leaving a stain.
Another clue to look for bugs. A dead mouse will attract insects such as flies, beetles, or maggots. If you noticed an unexplained presence of flies hanging around, check out that area carefully.
Mice are crafty creatures that can access parts of your home that you can’t. They can squeeze through a crevice the size of a dime! Usually, the foul odor comes from a mouse that died what it got stranded in a tough spot- like inside one of your walls, or pipes. Yikes! These are hard to reach places. If you aren’t up for a major demo project, better call in the experts. Worst case scenario, you tear into a wall only to find no mouse!
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The team at Green Rat Control can quickly and confidently locate the source of the odor. They can even extract the dead rodent from those impossible to reach places.
3. Remove Any Debris
To eliminate the nasty mouse smell you have to get rid of all evidence that a dead rodent was ever there. This includes removing all debris such as mouse droppings, urine, and nesting material from the area.
DO NOT run an electric sweeper or vacuum over the area. This will kick up dangerous bacteria and cause it to become airborne. Instead, you’ll have to pick it up yourself. Get your protective gear on. Pick up all the mouse droppings and nesting material by hand and tie it up tightly in a plastic bag. Make sure this go out with the trash immediately!
Soak spots that stained with mouse urine with a heavy-duty disinfectant. Bleach is recommended. Allow to soak for a few hours, then rinse off with warm water and a sponge.
4. Use Disinfectant
After all debris has been cleared away, it’s time to disinfect. Think of the entire area as a crime scene, or as if it is under quarantine! Every single surface needs to be scrubbed and wiped down with disinfectant.
Have your wash rags, mop, and high-grade disinfectant solution ready. You’ll want to open a window as you carefully cover every inch of the affected areas. Mice travel in a radius of 25 feet from their nest. Start at ground zero, where you found the dead rodent. Methodically work your way out, 25 feet (or to the edge of the space) in every direction, disinfecting walls, floors, and anything furniture in your path.
5. Steam Clean
If you located the source of the smell in a space that is carpeted, you’ll need to do some steam cleaning. Carpet absorbs and harbors foul odors. The intense steam heat from the carpet cleaning machine will lift and release the odor from the carpet, giving it a deep clean.
You can also use a steam cleaner to release an odor from heavy fabric drapes. Fabric furniture can soak up the awful smell too. Use special upholstery detergent to carefully shampoo fabric furniture and release the odor.
6. Air it Out
An open window and spray air fresheners will freshen up space after all that cleaning! A spray bottle won’t get rid of the smell, but it will help balance things out after the liberal amounts of bleach you used.
Allow fresh air to circulate through an open window for 24 hrs if possible. You want to let fresh air in and send any lingering odor out!
Professional Odor Removal Services
Why consider professional odor removal services? Odor removal is a key prevention step in the process of airborne contaminants from negatively affecting your family’s health inside your home. Odors often settle in cooler places like ductwork and ventilation systems. This means the harmful particles in the odor are redistributed throughout the house every time your air kicks on!
Hiring a competent and capable professional odor removal team is a necessary investment in protecting your family’s health. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, when breathed in, airborne contaminants foul odors can enter the lungs and bloodstream and can harm the lungs and the heart.
The average homeowner does not have the proper training or tools to do an odor removal job safely and thoroughly. The team at Green Rat Control specializes in Odor Removal services that make your home safer. They have all the professional-grade equipment to sanitize and deodorize your space, eliminating any and all dangerous airborne contaminants, so you and your family can breathe easy again!
When you have terrible odor wreaking havoc in your living space you can’t waste time fruitlessly trying to find the correct area to treat or the determining what’s safe to use on your home surfaces. One wrong application of chemical or cleaning product can ruin your carpet forever! (You don’t even want to think about what it would cost to fix a mistake like that!)
You don’t want to juggle professional services. The experts at Green Rat Control do it all! They specialize in odor removal and are highly skilled in rodent prevention and removal. They can safely and quickly locate the mice in your living space and effectively remove them.
Their dead animal removal service is compliant with all safety codes and regulations. They use organic products that are safe for your home and the people and pets inside. To top it all off, they can even assist with the restoration!
Contact Green Rat Control to learn how you can get rid of mice odor today!