Our friends have noticed a very bad smell--like that a dead animal...coming
from somewhere in the dining room of their home. It's been very strong for a
month now. They don't smell it in the basement below the room or in the
attic above. The smell is too strong to be coming from a mouse. I've smelled
it and it definitely smells like rotting flesh. They're thinking it could be
a squirrel or similar animal that became trapped inside the wall...but they
can't determine the exact location by sniffing along the wall.
1. Is there some sort of "smell detection" device can help them find the exact
location of the smell?
2. Is this something that their homeowner's insurance would cover?
P.S. A black cat has gone missing.
Hi, I wanted to update everyone about this problem, which I first posted in
The bad smell has been located.
A few days ago, a couple of construction friends of my homeowner friend came over
and removed a section of sheetrock from the corner of the dining room closest to
the garage. Right away, they spotted a long line of beetles moving inside the
They followed the beetles upward to see where they were feeding. They found a
black, dead cat lodged in the wall. It looks like the cat entered through the
and entered the wall (it was wintertime in Minnesota) between the ceiling of the
dining room and the floor of the bedroom above....and he got trapped. This
why the smell didn't go away, even after five months.
I told my friend just a few weeks ago to borrow the neighbor's hunting dog to
arouond, but he didn't take action. He's at work all day, and his wife stays
so it wasn't so urgent for him. Anyway, a couple of construction worker friends
church convinced him to open up the sheetrock, and the mystery was solved.
I'm really glad they won't have to put up with that lousy smell any more.
you just have to get in there and tear things apart.
Thanks for all your suggestions!