How to Get Rid of Pest Odors and Other Common Smells
There are a variety of odor removal options when it comes to getting rid of undesirable smells. Typically the most important step is determining the source of the odor. The most common odor sources are rodents, mold, drain slime, cooking grease, and other decomposing trash.
Rodents cause foul odors anywhere they find a home, primarily from their urine and feces. Rodents also cause a terrible stench wherever they die. Dead rodents are commonly found in attics, crawl spaces, and behind walls.
Rodent Feces and Urine Odors
When you are able to find and clean the area that the rodent has soiled, that will give the best results to improve the odor problem. Caution: Inhalation of the air borne dust during clean-up is a cause for concern. Make sure to thoroughly wet the area being cleaned with a product such as Invade Bio Zap or a mixture of common household bleach and water before disturbing the area. Also wear gloves and a respirator mask to protect yourself.
After the soiled area has been cleaned: When the odor persists after cleanup, the use of a total release fogger, or a product such as foam fresh can be used in the area to break down the odor producing air.
In cases where the the soiled area is inaccessible: Products containing masking agents can be used to cover-up the smell for a period of time. A popular product for cover-up is Monterey Odor Mask.
Dead Rodent Smells
Rodents often die in areas that are difficult to access. Depending on the weather, it can take a long time for the carcass to decompose. On average decomposition will take a couple of weeks. In colder weather the smell will be less intense, but the animal will produce a smeller for a longer duration.
Rodent Removal: As with feces and urine, removing the rodent will get rid of the odor the fastest. Caution: Rodents can carry many different diseases, do not handle them. During disposal of the carcass, use proper safety equipment such as gloves and a respirator.
When you cannot find the dead rodent: Odor cover-up is the primary option. Products such as Earth Care Odor Remover Bag typically provide relief after a few days. Hang 2 bags per 100 square feet in the vicinity of the rodent. Another option for odor cover-up is to spray Monterey Odor Mask in the affected area.
Due to the health hazards presented by mold in living and working spaces, mold removal and remediation procedures are not covered in this article. It is best to consult a professional if you have reason to think mold is present. Mold odors can be covered up for a short duration by a variety of household products, but it is advisable to fix the mold problem at its source. Typically mold won't go away on its own.
Drain Slime Odors
Drain slime is a common issue in any drain that typically has levels of organic matter passing through it. Examples of drains with organic matter are kitchen sink and garbage disposals, shower drains, and floor drains (especially in food establishments).
Luckily there are safe and effective Bio Drain Cleaners that attack the odor causing microbes in the drain, without causing damage to the drain pipe. Bio Drain Cleaning products are different from the products used to unclog drains. The clog removing drain cleaners often use caustic active ingredients such as Lye or Sulfuric acids whereas Bio Cleaners use microbes to eat the drain scum. While Lye and Sulfuric are good at removing clogs they don't work as well to clean the organic material that attaches to the inside of the pipe.
Some restaurant kitchens develop an unpleasant odor from the residual grease that builds up in grease traps, floors, walls, and cooking equipment.
Grease Trap Cleaner: Use Invade Bio Remediation in grease traps as a long term cleaning agent.
Grease Surface Cleaning - Floors, Walls and Counter Tops: Use Invade Mop Clean on these areas as a long term cleaning solution. Typical degreasers are also effective in removing grease, but the grease is often accompanied by food particles. Invade Mop clean eats through the food particles in an a way that is safe long term for food handling areas.
Its always important to remove decomposing trash whenever possible, but there are a few products that can help cover up the smell. One effective product for trash cans is Foam Fresh. Spray Foam Fresh on all walls and the bottom of the garbage can being treated. Another option to get rid of trash smells is to use a Total Release Fogger in the indoor areas affected by the garbage smell.