So, for the past few days, there's been a smell in my house. Okay, I admit, I am not Miss Clean. My house is messy, but it's not so messy that there should be a stink. To me, it smelled a bit like rotten cabbage. I pinpointed that it was in my kitchen, so I started trying to find where it was coming from....it was near my double ovens, pantry, counter top. I cleaned off the counter top, looked in the pantry (which only has canned and boxed foods, nothing fresh....no cabbage). A couple of days ago, I decided it was probably my microwave, because that's where the smell was the strongest. (The microwave sits in a cabinet above my double ovens).
I put a cup of water and vinegar in the microwave and turned it on for 5 minutes, hoping the vinegar would get rid of the smell. It seemed to work.
But when I got home from church today, I knew something was wrong. It was getting worse, not better. So, I started to sniff around and again, it seemed to come from the microwave area. Maybe something was under or behind it. I thought, maybe I spilt some water/broth when cooking and that's the smell. I called my husband into the kitchen and we removed the microwave....nothing under or behind it. He sniffs and says, "It's coming from here," pointing to the crack between the upper oven and the cabinet. "There's something dead behind it." So, he proceeds to remove the double ovens. And sure 'nough, there was something dead behind the ovens.
We can't figure out exactly how it got into that space, except through the conduct hole...which was really small, but I know mice....er, rats?.... can get into very small holes. This mouse/rat is about 6 inches long. He's big...or was big. We don't think he was electrocuted. We think he may have gotten his foot caught on the wires and hung there for a while It didn't looked burned. Well, I won't go into all the grisly details, but it wasn't pretty.
At least now, I know why there was a stank in my house. Though I don't know what's worse, knowing what caused the stank, or knowing there's probably more where he came from.....