Something has died in the walls
July 23, 2008 8:59 AM Subscribe
There is a dead thing in my apartment.
posted by Dormant Gorilla to Grab Bag (25 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So I live in New York, and we're in the middle of a heat wave. Last night I got home to find a horrible- really, really horrible- stench in our apartment. Like the smell of an animal that has died and is lying around rotting in the heat. It's not the smell of garbage or anything like that- it's definitely Dead Thing. And it's really incredibly foul. The apartment has had mice in the past, so I assume that's what this is.
My roommate and I have checked our rooms and they're fine- the smell is coming from the living room. The thing is we've checked everywhere, under things and inside things and behind things, and we can't find anything. And the smell seems to be coming out from behind one of the walls.
We called our landlady, who's notoriously bad at responding to our requests, and she basically said to look harder because she's not going to get someone out to knock out the walls and destroy the place just because we can't find it. So what do we do now? The stench is so bad it's impossible to be in there, and apart from the pretty severe ick factor, I'm worried about the health ramifications of having a decomposing animal in our walls in the middle of high summer in New York (it could attract swarms of bugs or cockroaches or rats or other things that don't even bear thinking about).
We can't very well take a sledgehammer to our walls (especially without the landlady's permission), so how do we proceed? Do we have to just cope with it till the thing is reduced to bones? And is there anything we can use in the meantime to at least mask the smell so we can live there? What should our next move be?
Oh also, I had to stick this in grab bag, because I couldn't figure out if it should be "home and garden" or "pets and animals" or what have you...