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What You Should Do If a Mouse Dies in Your Wall

If you were making a ranking of the worst smells you can encounter, the putrid stench of a rotting dead animal has to be considered. A dead mouse smell is not something you want to live with. So, you may be wondering what to do if a mouse dies in your wall.


Describing the Smell of a Dead Mouse

The smell of a dead mouse might not be that bad at first, but it will continue to get worse until it overpowers your nostrils. Out of nowhere, you’ll start to detect a rancid smell in a certain area of your home. This scent will evolve to a cabbage-like smell and then to a strong smell of decay.


If this is what you’re experiencing, and you think there’s a dead mouse in your wall or air vent — you may be motivated to do something about it. Sometimes a dead mouse smell will last about a week, but it could continue for two or three weeks, depending on where the critter’s final resting place is. 


You might be able to just wait out the horrible stench. If the mouse happens to die in an inaccessible area of your home, there are some steps you can take.


Getting Rid of a Dead Mouse in the Wall

Grabbing some rubber gloves and removing the dead mouse body is the fastest way to remove the dead mouse smell. The exact source of the smell may be hard to pinpoint because the stench has a way of spreading everywhere in the vicinity and seeping into the fibers of your very being. Also, you might have to drill a hole in the wall just to get to the carcass. 


Getting Rid of the Odor

Depending on what kind of weather we’re experiencing, you may be able to ventilate your home and help dissipate the smell. Open up your windows and doors, turn on a few fans, and get some fresh air in and the rotten air out. 


Additionally, you may want to invest in some air fresheners and deodorizers. This won’t solve the problem, but it can help make your home more livable until the dead mouse smell is gone for good. You can absorb some of the scent by placing one of these remedies around the affected area:

  • Dry coffee grounds
  • A baking soda and water spray
  • Cups of vinegar
  • Open containers of charcoal briquettes


It’s important to remember that mice can carry some nasty diseases and germs with them, whether they’re dead or alive. So, doing a deep clean of the affected area should also be on your to-do list.


Stopping Rodents from Dying in Your House

If you’d like to prevent a horrible home smell like this from ever happening again, take advantage of Green Giant’s affordable rat and mouse control services. We’ll make sure your house is properly sealed, keeping mice and rats outside your home.