When a rat dies, its body begins to decompose. This process releases a combination of gases and compounds, such as sulfur-containing molecules, cadaverine, and putrescine, which contribute to the strong, unpleasant smell. These compounds are byproducts of bacterial activity breaking down the rat’s tissues.
Sometimes, the location of the dead rat can make the odor even worse. If it’s in a confined or enclosed space, the smell can become concentrated and more noticeable.
When these stinky situations arise, its important to locate and remove the dead rat or mouse as soon as possible. So, if you think you may have a dead rat somewhere in your home, give Apex Wildlife Control a call. Our technicians are trained to locate and remove that dead rodent, and deodorize the “final resting place”. We’re here to help!
Poison baits can indeed eliminate rats, but they often present an unintended consequence: dead rats hidden within walls, ceilings, or other inaccessible areas. Decomposition leads to strong odors and potential health risks. In contrast, traps offer a more controlled approach, allowing us to dispose of the rats once caught which will prevent lingering smells.
Traps also offer greater safety for children, pets, and non-target wildlife, as they don’t pose the risk of secondary poisoning that poisoned rats might bring.
Lethal snap traps actually offer a more humane and effective approach to rat control. At Apex Wildlife Control, we place new lethal snap traps in your attic where rats are usually found. Dead rats are removed and discarded along with the trap that caught them, and replaced with a fresh trap.
So how are our technicians able to locate a dead rat? We zero in on the location by smell, and then thread a boroscope through a tiny hole drilled near the bottom of your wall where dead animals usually end up. A boroscope is basically a camera on the end of a long, flexible rod or cable. These amazing little devices offer a non-invasive way to peer into these confined spaces.
Once located, a small hole will be cut into the bottom of your wall, just large enough so that the dead rodent can be removed. Afterward, the technician will spray the area with a commercial deodorizer created specifically for this type of situation. Although our technicians do not repair the holes, most local handyman can repair these holes quite cheaply.
As your local wildlife professional, I want to provide you with essential information to recognize potential rat infestations in your home. Identifying these signs early can help you take swift action and protect your living environment.
Look for droppings in and around your home, especially near food sources or in your insulation. Chew marks on wires, wood, and other materials, plus grease marks around the more populated areas are a sure sign of rodents.
Unusual scratching or scurrying noises, particularly at night, can point to rat and mouse activity. Nests made of shredded materials and a distinct, musky odor are further indicators. Burrows in outdoor areas or chewed openings in walls are signs of their entry points.
Click On Your Rat Problem Below
We also perform wildlife trapping in Olive Branch MS for squirrels, raccoons, moles,
skunks, opossums, voles, armadillos and much more.
So if you have some little visitors you need evicted from your home or property,
give Apex Wildlife Control a call today.
We are here to help!