Bad Smell --- Dead Rat?
At first we thought it might be a gas leak. We had the gas company rep check things out, and it's not that. But he found some rat droppings in the crawl space and says that there may be a dead rat somewhere that's causing the smell.
We're having the exterminator come to the house in a couple of weeks for the routine annual inspection. What should we tell him? Is it reasonable to expect him to find a dead critter somewhere in the crawlspace that's responsible for the smell? If not, what should we do?
The smell seems to be strongest in the living room, in certain areas in the living room, and much less pronouned as you move away from the area of strongest smell. One speculation from the gas company rep is that the rodent crawled into a space between the floor and the insulation under the floor and died there. How do we find it without tearing out all the insulation?
Another possibility is that the rodent managed to get into the duct system and died there. Is there a way of finding out if that's what happened without ripping out all the ducts?
Any other suggestions?