How do I get rid of a dead rodent inside a wall?
Asked Nov 15, 2011, 07:39 PM
I'll bet you've never had this one before! A small rodent---mouse /mole/chipmonk---has fallen inside a wall in my house and has died. The smell is very characteristic and incredibly bad. This is the fourth in two years. They always end up in the same place. I know that flies will home in on the "smells of death" with their receptors to lay eggs on the carion. If I can introduce some maggots into the wall space through a small hole, will they also "home in" on the prey and take care of the smell by eating the rotting flesh? It would be a shot in the dark to place them directly on the item in question. I know I can get them close, but it may be a foot away. I don't care about the hatching flies at this point; we're heading for winter. Please spare no details; I have a BS in Zoology.