What Do You Do If A Rat Dies In Your Wall?
The good news, you managed to take care of your rat or mouse problem all by yourself! The bad news is, you used poison, and unfortunately, it didn’t act fast enough to prevent that rat from retreating back to somewhere within your home’s walls, and now it’s dead in there.
If you’re in this situation, unfortunately, we have no good news for you. There’s no easy way to remove a dead rodent once it has managed to retreat to the safety of walls, ceilings, crawlspaces, or other hard to reach areas. But is this going to be a problem for you? Let’s look at an alternative.
What If You Leave It Alone?
This is basically a matter of your will power and the size of the animal that’s died. If it’s a dead mouse, or a small rat, you may be tempted to “tough it out,” and simply tolerate the rotting animal in the wall. It may last for a few weeks, create a very foul smell, release gases into your home that may affect people with allergies, and even stain the portion of the wall where contact has been made. For larger mammals, especially in more humid conditions, like raccoons and possums, this may also lead to big fly colonies, and the formation of mold, and will last for a very long time.
If you’re fine with taking these risks, then simply put up with it.
The Tough Solution – Rodent Infestation
For people who are more concerned about health and safety, especially if children are in the home, removing the body is the safer choice. You’ll be able to track the location by smell alone, usually a week after death. At that point, it’s a simple matter of cutting a hole in the wall and removing the body, but use gloves, and don’t let any skin come in contact with the remains!