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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark

...or at least in my garage.

Can anyone explain to me how it's possible for one very small dead thing to produce such a very large dead odor? I don't know what thing is dead, but I do know that it about makes it impossible to go into the garage without fainting. I also know that we've looked for it almost endlessly and can't find it -- which must mean it's very small, like a mouse, perhaps? So small it's practically invisible. And yet, oh my goodness, the smell alone is practically visible.

This happened once before, in even more mysterious circumstances, where something smelled horrendous in our mudroom. It got a bit better as you went towards the garage, and it was worse when standing in the doorway between mudroom and laundry room. It was not in or under the shoe rack. Truly, the smell was worst in a completely open doorway where absolutely nothing could be hiding. The smell, though awful, only lasted a few days, and then it completely disappeared.

Could it be ghost mice? I feel like this is a problem that could be accurately solved by Scooby and the Gang, and I'm sure the real answer is benign (if yukky). But honestly, I'm thinking pirate ghost mice right now. It would explain the sudden onset, sudden disappearance, and lack of any visible signs, don't you think? If only the Mystery Machine were to roll up into our driveway right now. I'll bet then I'd have the answer in no time.

7 comments:

MomZombie said...

This is not a pleasant mystery at all. We had one like that years ago. It persisted for months. Finally we discovered the source: a deer head in a box! My father had placed it on a high shelf in the garage and promptly forgot about it. I hope you find the source. When you do: blog post!
BTW: Are you going to the meet-up on July 8?

blissfully caffeinated said...

this has happened to us twice and it's why we never use decon to get rid of rodents anymore. Mice get in the walls and die. Then they smell horrifyingly awful for a while. Then their little bodies shrivel up and dry out and eventually the smell goes away. If you can't find the dead animal anywhere it is probably in the wall. But definitely yes. Something that small can make a huge stink. As awful as this sounds, try some mothballs in the meantime. As awful as they are, they smell better than dead animal. Good luck!!!

Mrs F with 4 said...

Oops, I forgot to tell you, it IS your turn to have That Mouse.

Or, I suppose you don't keep vegetables in the garage? One seriously rotten potato is enough to drive the mice from the walls and send them shrieking for the hills.

Naturally, I'm not talking from experience; I mean, you KNOW we don't have those issues chez Mrs F, right?

Audubon Ron said...

Where I'm from, that might be road kill, or better yet, dinner.

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

Oh dear. Good luck, because I am not a good sleuth. I'm thinking a lot of air freshener and less time in the garage... That's my method of solving a problem! Camouflage it and avoid it!

Ree said...

WARNING: Don't read this if you're afraid of long slithery things.

Maybe a snake. Sometimes they get under the floor...

(Yes, I speak from experience)

Jaina said...

I love the Scooby Gang!! I hope they're able to help you solve this mystery once and for all.

 

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