I have my outdoor grill where I see droppings in there at times. I have controlled it but I still have a smell that is there. What do you recommend to get rid of smell and also get rid of the scent of whatever rodent it is to keep them from coming back?
Mice and rats do not see well so they rely heavily upon their sense of smell. Once in the yard or home, they will leave very distinct “markers” along trails. These markers are then used to guide their way around the structure but these smells will also serve as signs to other rodents in the area. Some smells make a statement like “this is my territory” while other smells serve more as an invitation offer that “good food sources are here; follow this trail”.
In this case there is no doubt well established scent trails leading to your grill. These trails will linger long after the active rodents are removed. We have found scent can remain active for well over a year which explains why many homes with a rodent problem continue to have activity for many years after the initial infestation is controlled. Though the new activity might not happen for 12 months or more, if the new nesting occurs in the same area as the original, it points to established scent trails for the reason. These trails will need to be neutralized if you want to someday establish no new rodent activity.
In this case, spraying NNZ on the grill, the decking underneath and then around the home’s exterior would be well worth the effort. It would be wise to spray as much of the underside of any decking too, the ground around the grill, etc. NNz works by breaking down scent trails at the molecular level. Results are immediate, easy to reach and biodegradeable. NNz can be used over plants, grass, home siding and in the home without posing a hazard to people or pets.
Now you didn’t mention it but if there were rodents in the home, treating inside will be required too. Focus the applications to where you know rodents were either found or where droppings were seen.
To use NNz, mix 8 oz of NNz with a gallon of water and plan on getting 500-750 sq/ft of coverage per mixed gallon of solution outside on the home and in the yard. Inside the home for baseboards, crawl spaces and attics, expect to get 750-1000 sq/ft of coverage per mixed gallon. A 1/2 gallon jug will yield 8 gallons of mixed solution and can treat 4,000-6,000 sq/ft.
Use any standard PUMP SPRAYER to apply the NNz. And since results will be noticed immediately, let treatments sit for one week before reapplying. If you still notice odor after 1 week, focus on what could be “holding” the odor. Porous materials like cement slabs, carpets, wood, wood chips or just plain soil that has been saturated with urine or feces for many years may require 2-3 applications to penetrate deep enough for complete odor removal.
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