What Are the Best Ways to Get Rid of Rat Odor?
Rats are invasive little creatures in more ways than one. They scavenge around your kitchen counters stealing your food. They build their nests in your attic, basement, or wherever they find convenient, and lastly, they invade your home with their diseased feces and urine, inevitably leaving behind a putrid smell that can spread up to 300 feet throughout your house!
Unfortunately, it gets worse. All rats are bound to die, sometimes prematurely through poisons—a cheap rat control method that homeowners often try to get rid of rats. What many don’t realize, however, is that poison kills slowly, allowing rats enough time to continue wondering around your home until they perish in inconvenient places that they find comfortable, such as within your walls or attic. The wretched stench that comes from a rotting rat corpse is often unbearable and demands immediate attention.
Battling rat odor can be a challenge, especially if you have an infestation on your hands. Odors are often dangerous to your health and can attract other pests into your home, making the removal process that much more difficult. Luckily, there are options at your disposal! Here are some of the best ways to get rid of rat odor naturally and effectively.
Start with Getting Rid of Rats
What good does it do to eliminate an odor that could appear again at any moment? Once you spend the time and energy needed to abolish it, it should be gone for good! This will be nearly impossible if you have other rats still rummaging around the place, so let’s get rid of them first.
Call Pest Control
- The easiest and fastest way of getting rid of rats is by calling in the professionals. The hardworking team at Green Rat Control has over 20 years of experience when it comes to rat control methods. All of our products are 100% free of harsh chemicals and safe for the environment, making this an ideal choice for those looking for quick, risk-free results. We will not only eliminate the pests, but rodent proof your house too! So you can rest assured they won’t be returning.
- This is a crucial first step in getting rid of rats. Trapping and removing odors is useless as long as the pesky things can still gain entry. Rats can fit through anything the size of a quarter, so be sure to block up any holes you find using copper mesh and caulking. Also, check for signs of entry around common places such as window screens, piping, and ventilation.
- If you choose to DIY the rat removal process, then you’ll need a fast, effective method that won’t cost you a ton. Basic Snap traps are great for just that. You can buy in bulk (depending on how large your infestation is) place them all around their frequented areas, and let the traps do the work. Keep in mind though, that rats are cautious creatures and it could take days before the rodents are comfortable enough to test the traps.
- One way to eliminate odors is to use catch-and-release traps. However, live-bait traps are a time-consuming method since they require you to release every rat one-by-one, but you certainly won’t have to deal with any dead rat odors.
Remove Dead Rats
- Finally, you’ll need to dispose of any carcasses you find. Take extra precautions when handling dead rodents as diseases can be directly transferred from their bodies to yours. Wear protective gloves and a mask when picking them up, and always discard them in thick trash bags according to the laws in your area.
Picking Up After Rats
Odors caused by feces and urine will begin to erode after a deep cleaning process. Carefully remove the droppings without vacuuming, sweeping, or dusting to avoid hazardous waste from becoming airborne and intoxicating your lungs. Always wear protective clothing when cleaning up after rats, this includes gloves and a mask to ensure utmost safety.
Bleach and Water Solution
- Following CDC guidelines, you can whip up a solution of 1 parts bleach to 10 parts water and spray the urine and droppings, letting it soak for up to five minutes before wiping away.
- Anything that was exposed to the feces and urine should be decontaminated by using either the same solution or another disinfectant. All laundry should be washed immediately in hot water with laundry detergent. Upholstered furniture and infected carpets should be steam cleaned as well.
Treating Rat Odors
Finally, once the rats are gone and the home has been disinfected accordingly, you can begin to eliminate those pesky odors for good. This process doesn’t have to result in your home smelling like chemicals either. There are plenty of natural resources that you can utilize. All of which will work according to your needs.
- Dry coffee grounds are cheap, but surprisingly powerful at absorbing odors. They will not, however, get rid of the problem for good, which makes them an effective tool at buying you time until you can get your hands on a better solution. This is a great option to use while you’re still getting rid of the rats and their urine and feces. The grounds can easily be placed all over the house, in vents, attics, basements, etc.…
Odor Absorbing Bags
- Like coffee grounds, this is another inexpensive way to remove an odor before you’re fully capable of getting to the dead animal. These odor absorbing bags are all natural, made with non-toxic ingredients that serve all sorts of freshening purposes other than removing the odors of dead rodents. The bag can be easily hung in whatever area needs to be freshened up, covering 50-100 square feet and lasting up to four months. After use, it can be simply thrown away, and since it’s 100% degradable, it’ll never cause any harm to the environment either.
Pet Stain and Odor Eliminator
- If you own a pet dog or cat, then you may already have all you need to eliminate a foul odor, whether it’s caused by rodent urine or a rotting rat corpse. This enzymatic spray is designed to eat away at organic spills such as urine, feces, and vomit, and if it works at removing those gnarly carpet stains left from your dog, it will definitely work at killing off dead animal stains and odors as well. Since it’s also made with natural ingredients, you don’t have to worry about the product destroying furniture, floors, or clothing, which makes it a safe, yet extremely effective solution to deep cleaning areas infected with rodent feces and urine stains.
Concentrated Industrial Vinegar
- Vinegar has been a simple cleaning agent for ages. Natural and Safe Multi-Use Concentrated Industrial Vinegar is with all the heavy-duty strength of a commercial cleaning product without all the harsh chemicals. It erodes away stains, abolishes odors, and will clean up any leftover grime and grease from a rat infestation. Just follow instructions and let the vinegar handle the rest.
Commercial Ozone Generator
- If you’re looking for something intense to treat rat odor that doesn’t require using any sprays, then an ozone generator may be your best bet. Just leave it running in an unoccupied space for it to do some serious deodorizing. Typically taking around two hours per treatment, you’ll walk back in the room and stand amazed. Although these generators may be a little pricey, they do suit a wide variety of purifying needs and are portable enough to be taken and used anywhere.
Are you currently battling a rat infestation? Call Green Rat Control before those pesky critters start dying in the walls. The expert team will take care of the whole problem—even rodent proofing the house so they don’t ever come back. We’ll decontaminate everywhere the vermin have touched and remove any dead animals on or around the premises. As for rat odors? Those will be a thing of the past.
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