Is there a dead rodent in my wall?
February 23, 2011 3:40 PM Subscribe
Bad house smell has come on strong and suddenly. What is it? It's giving me a headache but my dogs don't even seem to notice it.
posted by Buffaload to home & garden (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Dining room has a powerful smell that seemed to cause a headache. I noticed it when I got home from work a few hours ago. At first, I was convinced that one of the dogs had peed in the room. But it's a small room with hardwood floors and a not-very absorbent area rug. There is absolutely no urine in the room. Also, the smell seems to be concentrated at eye level (I'm 5' 10"). I'm going to try to use all my writerly gifts to describe it in words. It's ... very ... bad.
Seriously, it definitely has an ammonia flavor to it, but also like sweaty clothes. Maybe also like laundry that's been left damp in the washing machine for too long. And it's confined to the dining room, even though the dining room is adjacent to the kitchen on one side, and the living room on another side. There is no odor whatsoever in those rooms.
I thought maybe an animal died in the wall. Neither of the dogs (border collie mix, golden retriever mix) seem interested in the odor, though. If it was a dead animal, wouldn't that get their attention?
Is it a dead animal in the walls? Something else?