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Can the smell of dead rats make you ill? Our complex had an infestation of rats, we could hear them playing and

fighting in the walls and often saw them scampering around. Some bright spark put down poison and now they have obviously crawled into the walls etc and died. The smell is terrible and some of us are having headaches, sore throats and sinus problems - is the just a coincidence or could the "fumes" be carrying germs? Over a weekend at home I almost recover but then have to return on Monday to this hell hole.

Unfortunately it was not a professional exterminator - it was one of the other tenants who put down poison, which I hate because cats and dogs can get at it. We are suffering flu like symptoms, aches, headaches, blocked sinus, sore throats so I think we must do something about it.
61 mths ago

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Anything that was once alive and is now dead will create a stink..and bacteria. These things need to be removed...pronto.

61 mths ago

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It could be very dangerous. There were towns wiped out in the “olden” days due to rat infestations. It’s their pee. When it dries, a chemical in it becomes air-born. This makes everyone that inhales it sick, with flu like symptoms. But this is deadly. I don’t know if it’s the same for you and I am NO EXPERT, but I have watched documentaries on whole towns wiped out from this kind of thing.

61 mths ago

if they smell that bad they must be crawling with MAGGOTS!! phone the health department....or email them and get your complaints in writing

61 mths ago

That is sooo gross....Mary, usually if you have a professional exterminator the poison they give them does not kill them instantly...the poison usually makes them thirsty and they go looking for water...We had roof rats here by us due to our neigbours dumping all the rubble and garden rubbish next to our fence, but we never had a smell whatsoever, and there were no dead rats in the ceiling they all died outside... I suggest that you have someone investigate this, with a matter of urgency.... just now you get ill, and I am sure that must be the foulest of foul smells....go visit a friend or your parents, until this is sorted out.

61 mths ago

The smell must be horrendous; rats stink when they are alive and a bunch of rotting rat corpses would be enough to make anybody sick. I think somebody needs to get some professionals in to clean up the mess. You can't be expected to work well under the circumstances.

61 mths ago

I agree with blogabyebaby. Put your complaints to everyone responsible, in writing.

61 mths ago

a ring a ring a rosy a pocket full of posy .. a tissue a tissue we all fall down....that stems from the black death (which was caused from RATS...yes thats right people)

61 mths ago

Yes, of course you can get sick. Why do you think we dispose of all human and animal remains? A desease called coxiella can be contracted from the microbes in rat and bird droppings, and this can be quite serious.

61 mths ago

There is a disease called Wiell's disease which is passed on from rats urine, but if it can be passed after death I am not sure. It can be fatal as well but it is rare. <>The smell for a start can be detrimental to a persons stress levels, working with the stench of rotting rats is not acceptable as stated in various welfare regulations, but unless you come into contact with it it won't harm you, but having them in the ceiling could possibly allow body fluids to drip down onto work surfaces which is bad, this could harm you.

Source: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Industrial-Health-Safety-3630/2008/3/dead-rats-1.htm

61 mths ago

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