Yikes! Do I Have a Dead Mouse In My Home?

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You’ve been getting really irritated by the foul smell in your home and trying to figure out where it’s coming from. You think it’s a dead mouse but can’t be sure because the smell has filled your house. It’s nothing a homeowner wants to experience, but many do during their lives, so don’t worry, it’s not just you.

So, if we’ve just described the dilemma you’re going through, read on because in this article, we’ll delve into the different ways you can locate a dead mouse and how to discard it safely and hygienically. Just be aware that these are simply our tips, and depending on the severity of your problem, they may not work in your favour. In such a situation, we highly recommend calling your local pest control company as this will be the only way to get it sorted.

What Does a Dead Mouse Smell Like?

Yes, a grim thing to discuss, but it’s important to know this as it will help you locate a carcass. A dead mouse will give off a range of toxic gases that smell like rotten vegetables, methane or hydrogen sulphide. Whilst it can’t hurt you, it’s a stomach-churning smell that you don’t really want to experience at any point during your day.

Locating a Dead Mouse

Finding where a dead mouse isn’t an easy task even if you like you think that you know your home well. Naturally, you’re going to try and follow the smell, but this can prove difficult if the mouse has been dead for some time. The decomposing body of a dead mouse can be smelt from several metres away. This means that the carcass could be anywhere. So, we recommend inspecting every area and easy-to-access spot, including:

  • Within the walls (if you can gain access).
  • In your loft.
  • In the food and storage cupboards.
  • Behind kitchen appliances.
  • Around your pipework.

And anywhere else that is warm and moist, as this is where mice find it most comfortable to rest and sleep.

So, You’ve Found The Culprit

Okay, so you’ve discovered the dead mouse, which is great, but what does this mean? Unfortunately, this does mean that others could follow as mice are not loners and much prefer to live in close-knit groups. Therefore, you may find yourself with a full-on infestation before you know it. Make sure you take steps to avoid this and eliminate the problem before it starts affecting your daily life.

Disposing of The Dead Mouse

You may think that you can just put a dead mouse in the bin and forget about it, but you do need to take a few precautions when doing this.

Wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

Make sure you put some rubber gloves on and wear a mask that completely covers your mouth and nose. This way, you’ll be protected against touching the carcass directly and from breathing in any germs.

Place The Carcass Into a Strong Sealable Bag

Use some sort of tool if you want such a spade or trowel. Or, if wearing rubber gloves, simply pick up the carcass and place it into a strong sealable bag.

Discard Any Contaminated Items

It’s also important to discard any droppings and hair as well as any pieces of food that the mouse might have eaten before dying.

Clean and Disinfect Everything

Clean the surrounding surfaces and any tools you’ve used to dispose of the carcass. Then get rid of the gloves and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and warm water.

Don’t Be Ashamed To Ask For Help

So, there you go. These are our simple tips for locating and discarding a dead mouse. But, like we previously mentioned at the start of this article, don’t put off calling in the professionals if you need to. The situation will not go away unless action is taken and if you need someone else to do it, then so be it.