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Removal of Dead Rats in Walls or Ceiling

Dead Rat In The Wall: The most common cause of bad decay odor in an Orlando Florida home is the result of a dead rat. The rat may die in the attic, or inside appliances, or any other of a host of areas that they can squeeze into, but very commonly, the death occurs inside a wall. Sometimes this is because the rat falls down an area that it cannot climb out of. Oftentimes it's simply because if a rat is going to die, it's got to die somewhere, and rats do spend time within the wall structure of a home or building. Regardless, it's a difficult task to locate the exact correct area, between all the wall studs, and make the proper cut to remove the rat. Orlando Rats is the #1 expert at this task.

Dead Rat In The Ceiling: In this case, the room smelled horrible, but all of my sniffing didn't point to the ground level, although it smelled there as well. I eventually realized that the odor was coming from the ceiling area. However, this area of the house did not have an attic, only a flat roof with approximately six inches of space between the ceiling and roof. I narrowed the smell down to the most likely area, and made my cut. I hit trusses on both ends of a small 3 inch gap. Amazingly, the rat was right in this very tiny gap. Although I have never made an unecessary cut, I admit that I was a bit lucky to get this one spot-on during my first try.

Dead Rat In The Wall: Sometimes a rat will attempt to explore a new area. It's true that rats can climb almost anything. However, some buildings such as this office have slick inner walls that even a rat can't climb. If a rat falls down a wall that it can't climb, it will get stuck and die after a few days. It is best to call when you hear the scratching noises, rather than wait, because if you let the rat die, you can expect a strong odor. In this case, I had to search and search as usual, until I had the spot narrowed down. Sometimes I use pinhole scent holes, sometimes I use a small exploratory mirror, but after I find it, I cut a hole and remove the animal, and then patch the hole.


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How to find a dead rat in the wall - If you’re unlucky enough to have a large, brown spot somewhere on your wall accompanied by a foul odor, you won’t have much of an issue locating the dead rat inside of the wall. Most people never see such obvious signs of decay and have to rely on their noses to find the general location of a dead animal. Dead animal smells can be tricky. Often a smell will be present in an area away from the actual body. This is the result of air currents within the home; hot air rising, cold air settling, and the flow of air through air conditioning and heating systems. Where you smell a rat may not really be where the body is located. If you can pin down the location to a single wall, use your knowledge of rodents to figure out the rest of the puzzle. Rats, especially those that are in their final moments, will seek comfort, warmth, and sometimes water before they die. If the wall in suspect is near a heating vent or has hot water pipes through it, those may be the best places to being your search. A sick or dying animal will also look for the path of least resistance. This behavior usually means to look lower in the wall rather than higher. A rat that has died may have returned to its den out of a desire for comfort and familiarity. Anywhere in the wall where you have heard the rat spending time is a logical place to look.

Should you poison rats? No. Do not, under any circumstances poison rats. The biggest reason you don’t want to use poison, despite what the mass marketing gurus and pest control companies tell you, is that poison is neither quick nor reliable and often results in decaying rat bodies strewn throughout your home. It is very rare that a rat will die out in the open when it has been poisoned. Sick rats will wander into dark, quiet, tight spaces to breathe their final breaths. This is often inside a wall or ceiling space. They will then start to decompose and fill your home with the foul odor of death. You cannot get rid of this smell unless you find and remove all of the rat carcasses. If twenty rats ate your poison—good luck. The other main reason not to waste time with poison is because a good number or rats won’t eat it, or they will taste it and get sick but not die. A rat that tastes something and gets sick will forever avoid that substance in the future. Since rats are scavengers, they almost always take a tiny taste before ingesting a lethal dose of poison. Because of the nature of rats, poison is rendered ineffective very quickly. Aside from all the implications of wasted time and money, being poisoned is a terrible way to die. Most poisons are anticoagulants and cause death by creating hemorrhaging internally. Instead of poisoning rats, consider snap traps. A good snap trap will kill a rat instantly without the worry of decaying carcasses in the walls.

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