Augh!

Dec. 6th, 2011 08:42 pm
judifilksign: (Default)
[personal profile] judifilksign
Something died in my daughter's bedroom.  The stench is awful, and I cannot find the little rotting corpse anywhere.  I am ready to scream.  Or be sick.  Or both at once.

So, bit by bit, I'm turning over every piece of clothing, toy, furniture, vent, etc. until I find the little dead mouse my cats killed.

Wish me luck...

Date: 2011-12-07 01:51 am (UTC)
danceswithlife: (Default)
From: [personal profile] danceswithlife
Maybe fall back on medieval solutions? Put on a face mask (even a handkerchief) and scent it with something strong that you like--maybe vanilla extract, or peppermint oil or cinnamon. That should make it more tolerable until you find it... Sorry you have to do this :-(

Date: 2011-12-07 10:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] judifilksign.livejournal.com
Maybe. Right now, Sparkle's room is unusable.

Date: 2011-12-07 03:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catsittingstill.livejournal.com
:-( I hope you have found it and gotten rid of it by now.

Date: 2011-12-07 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] judifilksign.livejournal.com
Not yet, and not for lack of hours of cleaning and trying.

Date: 2011-12-07 05:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] billroper.livejournal.com
Good luck!

Date: 2011-12-07 05:14 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-07 05:24 am (UTC)
mneme: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mneme
Good luck.

Date: 2011-12-07 07:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slweippert.livejournal.com
A neighbor of my parents had a similar problem. They cleaned carpets, painted, etc. but the smell kept coming back. Come to find out that the smell was coming from a pretty Easter egg the daughter liked so much she kept it in a box under her bed.
If no deceased rodent is found, maybe look for something your daughter kept from Halloween, or Thanksgiving or such.
Good luck.

Good luck,

Date: 2011-12-07 07:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maverick-weirdo.livejournal.com
Try looking in places the cats can't reach (under the assumption that the cat maimed the rodent, then lost interest when it stopped moving. Once the cat left the rodent crawled off to a safe place.)

Re: Good luck,

Date: 2011-12-07 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] judifilksign.livejournal.com
Have done so, to no avail! I'm thinking it's in the heat ducts, out of sight and out of reach.

Date: 2011-12-07 08:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeffreycornish.livejournal.com
One place we rented the landlord had his 'handyman' patch a lose vent on the side of the foundation. This was in winter

Jeri Lynn told me about this horrible scratching noise that sounded like it was coming from under the tub in the weeks after. We reported it but not much was done

And then came the spring. Jeri Lynn had chronic sinus problems, or neighbors were heavy smokers and I must have just have acclimatized

You know where this is going. The neighbors called the sewer dept to report a leak in the common laundry room because- they- were noticing it

The rep nearly lost his lunch and said we had to call a specialist to remove something dead in the subfloor

A bunch of possums (very dead) were extracted. Very eww

Date: 2011-12-07 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] judifilksign.livejournal.com
I'm wondering whether one died in the vents, as it gets worse each time the heat turns on.

Date: 2011-12-07 10:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joecoustic.livejournal.com
Good luck!

Date: 2011-12-07 03:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladymondegreen.livejournal.com
Oy. It may be in the wall, but it could also be tucked into a corner. Look for the telltale small movements (sorry!) that tell you have maggots and then get the bleach.

Alternately, stand in the center of the room holding your nose for five-ten minutes and then try to locate the scent directionally.

Good luck!

Date: 2011-12-07 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] judifilksign.livejournal.com
Scent is by the door, near the heat vent. Having cleaned out and replaced all toy bins, laundry baskets, under the bed and under the dressers, I am still unable to locate the noxious thing.

The scent gets worse when the heat turns on. I think it might be *in* the vents, dead, and out of reach.

Date: 2011-12-07 10:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bigbumble.livejournal.com
So you're saying it looks like Furnace the Dragon killed it?

Date: 2011-12-07 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bigbumble.livejournal.com
Or perhaps Sparkle attempted to feed something to Furnace the Dragon?

That is an Awful, but Possible Thought.

Date: 2011-12-08 12:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] judifilksign.livejournal.com
Oh, my. I will have to ask her. She just might have dropped "offerings" down to Furnace. She's scared of him, and worries that he'll run out of oil and eat her.

Re: That is an Awful, but Possible Thought.

Date: 2011-12-08 12:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catsittingstill.livejournal.com
Oh dear.

This could call for a "don't feed Furnace [item]; Furnace doesn't eat anything but oil. Don't put oil down the vent either; you drink milk, but you wouldn't want someone putting milk up your nose, right? Furnace has to drink his oil through the right hole too, and the vent is not the right hole." talk.

Re: That is an Awful, but Possible Thought.

Date: 2011-12-08 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] needlewomyn.livejournal.com
Oooo. That would just be awful enough to be true.

Re: That is an Awful, but Possible Thought.

Date: 2011-12-08 08:48 pm (UTC)
algeh: (food)
From: [personal profile] algeh
That could well be it.

When I was in elementary school I dumped the entire household supply of garlic down my room's heating vent in an effort to ward off vampires. (Well, most of the household supply. I sprinkled a mixture of garlic powder and salt all over the carpet first. The salt was to deter witches.) Fortunately my family didn't have any fresh garlic, just various kinds of dried garlic in the spice cabinet, so my room merely smelled like a low-end Italian restaurant for a long time.

Date: 2011-12-08 05:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peteralway.livejournal.com
Eww. Good luck solving the mystery.

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