Is There A Difference in Odour Between a Dead Mouse and a Dead Rat?

Is There A Difference in Odour Between a Dead Mouse and a Dead Rat?

Rodent infestations are a real problem when it comes to smell. Mice and rats both like to nest in the walls of the home where they urinate, defecate, and perish. Over time, the smell of their nests builds up and their corpses make the entire home smell terrible. What’s worse is it can be borderline impossible to reach the animals and get rid of the smell. For effective rodent removal, as well as cleaning and disinfection services, call Mouse Control Cambridge.

Both mice and rats are nocturnal, omnivorous rodents that like to live in human homes. There are two species of mice in Canada that are very common: the house mouse and the deer mouse. The house is grey or brown in colour, while the deer mouse has a brown back and white belly. Mice usually nest in the wall voids of people’s kitchens, garages, and attics. Rats are much larger than mice and much more destructive. While the average mouse weighs around 18 grams, rats weigh approximately 230 grams. Norway rats are the most common species. These rats burrow underground and often inhabit people’s basements. Roof rats are another species, and these prefer to nest in attics.

Dead mice and rats smell nearly the same. The odour is a nasty combination of different organic materials breaking down, much like rotting meat. The only real difference between the two is that the smell of rats is much stronger. As rats are larger than mice, there is more mass to decompose and therefore a stronger and more lingering smell. The smell of a dead rat could take weeks to pass. If you are unsure which pest you are dealing with, look for other signs that could identify the species, such as their droppings or the sounds they make at night. 

To clean up after dead mice or rats, you must first spray them with a disinfectant and wait the amount of time instructed on the product’s bottle. You can alternatively use a bleach solution of one part bleach to ten parts water and wait ten minutes. You can then pick up the rodents while wearing a pair of disposable gloves and throw them out in a sealed plastic bag. Throw that bag out in another garbage bag, seal that as well, then take it out immediately. Follow this same process when cleaning up feces and urine. Disinfect the surrounding area and wash any nearby fabrics at the highest allowable heat setting. 

The best thing you can do for a situation like this is to hire an exterminator. A professional could help you locate the animals and implement a plan to get rid of them as soon as possible. Mouse Control Cambridge offers thorough inspections to get to the bottom of any rodent problem. We can also pest-proof your home to prevent anything like this from happening again. Our cleaning and disinfection services will make any smell go away. Call Exterminator Cambridge today and we’ll solve your rodent problem.