My life and welcome to it

So I’m trying to figure out where the dead mouse smell is coming from in my kitchen. It’s so bad that it even makes me sick while I’m sitting in the living room. Between the mold in my bedroom and the smell of rot in the kitchen, the only place I’m not under aerosol attack is in the bathroom. Which is relative, of course.

My friend helped me move the refrigerator and the stove yesterday, and while there was plenty of mouse shit, I couldn’t find a dead body. (I did find that mice have made themselves a nest in the stove insulation, and it’s simply inundated with their urine and droppings. Yay, nature!) My landlord is going to take the lid off the stove tomorrow, and I’m hoping that’s where the smell emanates, because it’ll be easier to clean up.

I am not looking forward to cooking a Thanksgiving meal in this stench.

5 Responses to My life and welcome to it

  1. Pragmatic Realist November 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    Some refrigerators have a little plastic tray in the bottom behind that grill down at the floor. It is supposed to catch water when the freezer defrosts, but sometimes it gets nasty things in it.

  2. quixote November 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    No words of cheer here. Just a similar war story to share.

    I live in an old rickety house that stays up because the termites hold hands. One winter something — a stray cat? a possum? — something fairly large, decided to get into a between-the-walls space where pipes connect to the house and die there. That amazing stench you’re all-too-familiar with started to come from behind the sink. Much cleaning and more and more stench later, we realized what must have happened.

    The choice: get the landlord to take the house apart or wait out the stench.

    Six weeks later, with windows open and two big fans blowing through the house in January, it was finally gone.

    A mouse shouldn’t take more than a week or ten days.

  3. leoinaugust November 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Oof. I spotted a mouse in my 3 room apartment during hurricane Sandy. Checked for openings in the bedroom, figure it was using the heating vents as a highway. It popped up on the kitchen counter when I was heating up home made green tomato soup and escaped into the gap underneath the controls of the stove. Lucky for me, the snap traps tucked behind boxes in the kitchen worked that night and I was able to dispose of the body. Smell is powerful, since my parents had a trap in their garage which they forgot about. After a search, found and removed enclosed trap. Good luck on finding the body.

  4. lless November 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    Just a reminder that if you use poison, decomposition is the price you will too often pay as they expire in the concealed passageways.

  5. wobbly November 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Get a grip, Susan!

    Get on Youtube, look up “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns, and be thoroughly
    ashamed of yourself!

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