Raccoon outdoors on a downspout (C) Daniel Friedman Find & Get Rid of Pet & Other Animal or Human Odors, & Smells or Urine Odors on or at Building Exteriors

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Animal smells & urine odors on or around the outside of buildings: how to track down and remove the sources of animal-related smells at buildings: odors, feces, dog or cat odor troubleshooting guide.

This article provides suggestions for finding and removing animal odors from on or around the exteriors of buildings - a section of our discussion of animal or human odor removal from building interiors, building exterior surfaces, from soils around buildings or from urine-odor smelly clothing, bedding, and other soft goods.

This article series focuses on removing pet or other animal odors from buildings due to pet urine, pet feces, wild animal urine, or even human urine on and around buildings or on clothing and other soft materials.

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Animal Odors & Smells or Urine or Feces Contamination at Building Exteriors

Stuffed animals were hiding building damage (C) Daniel Friedman

Pet & Animal Odor Removal Guide: How to Get Rid of & Prevent Animal Odors, Cat, Urine, Dog Urine, or other Animal or Human Smells on or around Buildings

Here we give advice concerning the detection and removal of animal smells & odors from dogs, cats, or other pets. The little skunk and that other brown furry stuffed animal in our photo (above left) were not responsible for smells in this home, but they were doing their best to keep the inspector from noticing the water stains from a flooded floor.

Cat allergen and odor source identification, testing, removal, are also discussed beginning at Cat Dander: how to inspect and test a building for past or current presence of cats, cat hair, cat dander, and cat allergens". Also see Pet Allergens.

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Animal smells in or around buildings, both indoors and outside, may be due to current or prior pets in a building, pet urine or fecal waste, cat boxes, animal hair, dog dander, cat dander (are allergens and are indicators of the level of prior pet activity), dust tracked in by dogs.

The little stuffed animals in this photo include a skunk - both were innocent of any pet-crimes, but they had been placed at either side of a basement door jamb to cover stains from basement water entry.

Here are some tips for removing animal smells from building exteriors

Dead mouse odor (C) Daniel Friedman

Cleaning Suggestions for Removal of Pet Odors & Pet Urine At Building Exteriors

Raccoon outdoors on a downspout (C) Daniel Friedman

How to Get Rid of Animal or Pet Odors At or On Building Exteriors. Below we list useful steps in removing & stopping animal urine & odors at building exteriors.

Also see ANIMAL or URINE ODOR SOURCE DETECTION for a discussion of removal of animal smells & odors & stains inside and at buildings.

Smelly soil around a building: You may need to remove really smelly soil depending on the kind of animal and how much peeing it's been doing.

Raccoons rarely urinate on building exteriors but they are less fastidious if they gain access to the building attic or basement.

Animal urine on building exterior walls: masonry walls can be power washed or if necessary cleaned with a masonry cleaning product;

Animal Urine or Smell Removal

Odor eliminating chemicals and washes for dog or cat urine: we've experimented with odor eliminating sprays and cleaners to remove pet urine odors from floors and carpets with mixed success. Often we could remove the odor enough that humans did not detect any remaining unpleasant smells. But in some cases the dog or cat returned to the same location again.

Beginning at ANIMAL or URINE ODOR SOURCE DETECTION with advice on finding the source of urine or animal smells at or in buildings, we give advice concerning the detection and removal of animal smells & odors from dogs, cats, or other pets.

Reader Question: how to stop coyotes or dogs from urinating on a building

Have coyotes and dogs urinating on cedar wall near front door entrance. Have tried everything such as sprays, bleach, soap and water, obstacles, etc... nothing works. - C. Jones 10/10/11


C Jones:

I've found that both bleach and mothballs discourage animals marking building walls with urine. But it is certainly true that once a dog or coyote has peed on a house wall, because the urine soaks into the wood, that smell is then easily noted by other dogs or coyotes who are compelled to leave their mark as well.

In that case you may have success by power washing to get the wall as clean as you can, then sealing the surface with a clear sealant, followed by use of animal repellant sprays or even a pile of mothballs.

This website provides articles on to diagnose, test, identify, and cure or remove a wide range of obnoxious or even toxic odors in buildings and in building water supply.

We discuss odors from a variety of sources including animals including pets, dogs, cats, or unwanted animals or dead animals, formaldehyde odors in buildings from building products or furnishings, plumbing drains, plastic or vinyl odors from building products, flue gases, oil tanks or oil spills, pesticides, septic odors, sewer gases, and even abandoned chemicals at properties.


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