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How do I Find What the Odor Is in My House Around My Windows?

Odors around a window can have a variety of causes. Activities outside the home can cause odors. Insect infestation, mold, mildew or rotting wood each emit a distinctive scent.

Outside Odors

Success in eliminating odors around a window depends on the cause.

Exterior odors may be difficult to eliminate. They may have many causes, ranging from the burned dinner next door to vehicle exhaust to industrial effluent. Possible ways to alleviate the problem include filtered air conditioners or scented flowers in window boxes. Walk around your neighborhood and observe activity in the area to help identify the problem.

Insect or rodent odors

Living creatures give off distinctive odors. Small black ants smell like formic acid; mice have a dry, musty smell; roaches give off an odor similar to decayed paper. If you suspect a rodent or insect infestation, there are several over-the-counter poisons and insecticides you can try, or you could call an exterminator.

Water damage or dry rot

Decaying wood, mold and mildew have their own odor. If a window smells like mold or mildew, it may be time to call in a carpenter or general handyman. When water leaks in around a window and down the wall it can cause structural damage to your home and health problems for the occupants.

About the Author

Daisy Peasblossom Fernchild has been writing for over 50 years. Her first online publication was a poem entitled "Safe," published in 2008. Her articles specialize in animals, handcrafts and sustainable living. Fernchild has a Bachelor of Science in education and a Master of Arts in library science.