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how long would a dead rat/possum in the wall stink for?

Karen F , Jul 23, 2009; 12:39 a.m.

We have a stinky room... stinkier even than the bog of eternal stench. It has smelled for a few weeks and we cannot determine the source. We even pulled up the old carpet (which fortunately we were replacing anyway). I was just sniffing behind the door and the wall was particularly wiffy. Does anyone know, if we have a dead rat/possum in the wall, how long are we likely to be subjected to the horrendous stench for? I am quite fond of breathing, so I hope it is not too long a wait. thanks.


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Michael DiMarzio , Jul 23, 2009; 12:45 a.m.

Are yor sure it's a rodent?

Steve Henry , Jul 23, 2009; 12:54 a.m.

Oh, it could be a long time. We had a smell coming from under the kitchen we called "dead thing." It got worse for about 10 days or so. Finally I got in the crawl space and pulled out a dead possum. Even then the smell lingered for quite a while - I sprayed everything I could think of on the site, and nothing much helped - even some industrial strength medical odor-eater. That was the days before Fabreze, tho. Good luck.

Elemental Images , Jul 23, 2009; 12:57 a.m.

I would consider having someone look into what it is exactly that's causing the odor...if it is an animal, could cause other critters to flock to it and you should find out how it got in there to prevent it happening again.

Luis G , Jul 23, 2009; 01:09 a.m.

Could be smelly for a very long time (many months), specially if you live in a humid climate. It could be in your crawl space under the house, too, and wafting up. My advice is to look under the house and if it's behind a wall, to get it out.

Karen F , Jul 23, 2009; 01:14 a.m.

Thankful Michael, that creepy scenario is unlikely... but it probably smells the same.
Steve, great to hear that our Seinfeldian situation has a way to go yet. Yep, we have sprayed too and i think it thrives on it. Interesting, I hadn't thought of naming it! It's one of those smells you can smell, even when you can't actually smell it.

W Kato , Jul 23, 2009; 01:22 a.m.

Ever been in some old catacombs? The smell lasts forever.

Karen F , Jul 23, 2009; 01:28 a.m.

Thanks Jennifer and Luis. I am just speculating that it might be in the wall cos it was a bit whiffy there but it is such an evil pervasive stink, it could be anywhere. We have been up in the roof space and can't see anything and we have a concrete slab in our house, so at least it is not under there.
W. - sounds like we should be booking the demolishers and planning the new house :(

Graham Thompson , Jul 23, 2009; 02:34 a.m.

I assume you have checked your old trainers/socks and under your arms.
Only trying to help.

William Kahn , Jul 23, 2009; 06:49 a.m.

You don't happen to have an un-neutered tomcat in your house? When they spray, the smell not only lasts forever but spans several adjacent parallel universes.....

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