Though it is common for homeowners to discover a dead mouse, rat, or other tiny rodents in their ductwork, it isn’t a pleasant experience. It will often leave you with a nasty odor and mess to clean up. While the animal died inside the ductwork, the foul odor will probably seep into your house. This will lead to a bad smell around your home.  

If this happens, you probably have two questions in mind. Where is the smell coming from? How do I remove this foul odor?  

Though it is best to hire a professional to handle this situation, here are a couple of tips you can follow when you want to get rid of a dead rodent in your ductwork.  

If you want to avoid this problem in the future, you might want to consider upgrading to a ductless mini split

Find Where the Odor Comes From 

Typically, the odor of the dead animal is the first thing that will notify you there’s an issue. Though noticing an odor can mean that an animal died in your ductwork, crawlspace, attic, or basement, you’ve got to follow the smell to determine where the animal died.  

After you’ve tracked the smell in your ductwork, the next thing you’ve got to do is to bring a flashlight. First, slowly get rid of the vent cover and use the flashlight to look inside the ductwork. You can proceed with removing the dead animal if you can see it.  

On the other hand, you might want to hire a professional to look for the dead animal if you do not see it immediately.  

Remove the Dead Animal 

Oftentimes, animals crawl into dark corners and nooks. They might also crawl into the insulation to die. Because of this, they’re extremely hard to find. You will have to carefully get rid of it once you’ve found the dead animal. Prepare the necessary supplies. This can include a disinfectant spray, paper towels, rubber gloves, and a garbage bag. You might require other tools to reach it if the dead animal is too far from you.  

After you remove the dead animal, the next thing you’ve got to do is to disinfect the spot thoroughly. This will help clean the area and remove the nasty odor. Make sure you also clean any spots that were touched by the dead animal. 

Seal the Leak 

After you remove the dead animal and clean the area, there are other things you have to do. First, you have to conduct a thorough inspection of your system. This will help you identify how the animal got inside the ductwork. It is crucial to identify this issue to avoid other animals from getting inside your ductwork.  

Hiring a Professional 

While you can always solve this problem on your own, you might need the help of a professional down the line. A professional HVAC technician can help find the source of the problem. They will inspect your entire ductwork to find any holes. Then, they will seal it right away.