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Removing a cooked rat in Canberra?

By 20 May 2011 8

On getting home from work a few days ago we noticed a particularly delightful smell wafting from our heating ducts. Since then its gotten worse & i’ve concluded that in an effort to keep warm last monday a mouse or rat has decided to take up residence somewhere inside the ducts of my central heating. Only in doing so, its cooked itself.

Does anyone know how to find and remove said decaying animal or can recommend someone who can do it on short notice?

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Removing a cooked rat in Canberra?
bd84 10:03 pm
20 May 11
#1

chopsticks.

Thumper 9:33 am
21 May 11
#2

Give it time and it’ll mummify and the smell will go away.

trickyxr 10:19 am
21 May 11
#3

Generally Mice and rats dont die in the ducting system more than likely it is in roof void or wall cavities You need to carry out a inspection to see if you can locate the dead rodent I can do this for you if you require Dr Maks Pest control, Have you recently put out rodent baits?

Jazz 4:10 pm
21 May 11
#4

trickyxr said :

Generally Mice and rats dont die in the ducting system more than likely it is in roof void or wall cavities You need to carry out a inspection to see if you can locate the dead rodent I can do this for you if you require Dr Maks Pest control, Have you recently put out rodent baits?

I haven’t. The smell is definitely coming from the ducts.

Skidbladnir 9:56 pm
21 May 11
#5

Describe the smell better.
Assuming its not something wildly stupid like a child putting food (or worse…) down floor vents, is it ammonic (overheating thermoplastic?), like fish-decay (lightbulb fitting with an over-rating bulb in it?), or sweet foody?
Is the smell coming from all vents equally (ie: there’s a common source somewhere)?

Underfloor vents:
Can you remove the vents and remove it from nearest the one with strongest smell?
Can you get a vacuum nozzle down one of them, nearest the smell?
Mouldy panel somewhere?
Leaking pipe for sewage near an intake?
Have you been under your house to see if its exposed to outside?

Jazz 9:40 am
22 May 11
#6

Its definitely a dead animal.

Skidbladnir said :

Describe the smell better.
Assuming its not something wildly stupid like a child putting food (or worse…) down floor vents, is it ammonic (overheating thermoplastic?), like fish-decay (lightbulb fitting with an over-rating bulb in it?), or sweet foody?
Is the smell coming from all vents equally (ie: there’s a common source somewhere)?

Underfloor vents:
Can you remove the vents and remove it from nearest the one with strongest smell?
Can you get a vacuum nozzle down one of them, nearest the smell?
Mouldy panel somewhere?
Leaking pipe for sewage near an intake?
Have you been under your house to see if its exposed to outside?

It comes from most vents when its on, and is strongest near the air intake/return vent. Have tried all of the things you mention. hence was wondering if there is another solution that somebody knows of

Diggety 10:39 am
22 May 11
#7

I had a rat die (entangled I think) in a extraction fan, like a bathroom one.

I had to use my nose to find it, which was not nice. But believe me, the smell did not go away before I removed the corpse, it stunk for a month waiting for a tradie to come. Ended up just doing it myself.

Get a peg and tongs and have a crack at it.

Tack 1:22 pm
30 May 11
#8

If it hasn’t been solved already – try Royal pest control. They came to our place to find the cause of the decomposing smell (a dead possum) and went over and above IMHO. Fastidious and driven to solve the problem for us. Cost was reasonable.
And no, I am in no way related etc to the business :D – just impressed with their work having employed many different companies over the years.

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