Stinky Scents: How to Remove Dead Rat Odors in Your Home

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“Smells like dead rat!”—the usual expression for an awfully pungent odor that seemingly sticks to your nose no matter how far away you get from the source of the smell. Sometimes though it isn’t just an expression anymore, for there are times when it becomes real and literal.

While you need to call on pest control in the Philippines to solve a rat infestation, removing the stench left by these pests’ carcasses is something you can easily do on your own. Follow these steps and get your home smelling like flowers again!


Search and Remove

This tip is as basic as basic goes. No rat carcass = no rat carcass odor, so you know what to do next. Then again, you can always just wait it out until the body dries out, but that’s a totally gross non-solution.

However, the problem isn’t in how to remove it but where to find it. Here’s a clue: rats usually die where they lived — in the ceiling and underneath furniture and appliances, so don’t leave any space unchecked.

Considering that dead rats harbor a lot of bacteria and other related pathogens, you should handle the body carefully and sanitarily using rubber gloves. Put it in a plastic bag, and then throw it away promptly.

Clean the Scene

Once you’ve done the most obvious and most disgusting part of the process, it’s time for the easiest second most unpleasant portion: cleaning the stains and messes the body left behind. After all, even if you get the carcass out, what’s been left out is still going to give off a strong stench.

It shouldn’t be hard to spray cleaners and disinfects like vinegar or bleach on the site, and then wipe it with a clean cloth. Doing this won’t remove the odor right away, but it should never go back once it’s gone.


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Air out what lingers

Just because the dead rat and its stains are gone doesn’t mean the smell will disappear right away, but rest assured that it will after a short span of time. Hopefully.

However, if you can no longer wait, you can do away with it, just use an electric fan to blow some fresh air on the area, or spray on it an odor neutralizer or a masking agent. There are just times when impatience actually pays off.

Make a hole in the wall

There’s always a way to get a rat carcass wherever in the house it may be. But there are times when you shouldn’t even if you can, and one of those times is when it’s trapped in between the walls.

Getting rid of a dead rat isn’t worth tearing a wall for, but don’t worry; just because you can’t retrieve the body doesn’t mean you can’t eradicate the smell.

To do this, make a hole on the wall twelve inches above the floor. After that, get your chosen disinfectant, put on its end a spray tip that you can move in any direction, and apply on the area. Once that’s done, seal the hole with a filler. Now, congratulations on your odor-free home and an intact wall!


The smell of a dead rat is one of the worst odors known to mankind. Thankfully, now that you know how to deal with it, you no longer have to endure it.