Thursday, October 22, 2009


My stellar week continues!!
So, apparently, my dog ate the couch because there was a rat in the wall. (located behind the couch).

The rat has now kicked the bucket, and the stench is unbelievable. Although my neighbors are consoling me with their own tales (pardon the pun) involving these beloved tree rats, (they love the fruit trees)- I'd love your opinion.

Do I tear holes in my wall searching for this pleasant surprise? Or just let nature run its course?

Inquiring minds (in a God awful smelly den of deceased varmin stench) would like to know.


Kristie said...

Wait it out. We returned from vacation once to discover (via our noses) that something had died under our house (I guess? The smell was coming up through the floor vents ...) Dis-gusting. But it will go away soon enough. In the meantime, might I suggest a hotel? With bar service??? :)

hyzymom said...

I'm interested to see which side everyone chimes in on... my sister-in-law is enduring this same scenario. They are letting nature run it's course. My husband spent the night there and couldn't sleep it was soo bad. I thought she was crazy, but now I that I really think about's not soo easy a choice. I still think I'd have to make a hole. Good Luck

K. said...

FWIW... I had a rat in the wall of my apartment in NYC. Dead. (There were lots of live ones too, but that's another whole story.) My landlord tried to get me to "wait it out." After a few days, the smell had not really abated much at all. I gave up and threatened him with all sorts of consequences, and he sent guys to rip open the wall. Seemed like they were able to find the approximate spot to tear open by following their noses... the hole wasn't that big. No idea what it cost the wretched landlord.

Moi said...

We had this issue at our last house (when I was pregnant - I couldn't go in the kitchen at all!). We waited it out. It took about 2 weeks.

Reaching the unbearable reek stage means you're almost done. I'd leave it alone. It's nothing you want to see. Remembering the smell is one thing, scrubbing your brain from the sight is an entirely different problem.

Good luck!

Cote de Texas said...

i found out that a visitor tore a hole in the dog food bag - in our pantry. uggggh. good luck getting out that smell if it is in the wall. i feel your pain. i hate those things - cant even type their name!!!

Domestic Diva said...

Thought this would help you and hopefully not freak you out with the new hole in your sofa thanks to your doggy. Funny thing is the first person I thought of and sorry, laughed was you when I saw this on MSN.