“We have an outbreak of cat urine in Middle Tennessee,” joked Ed Craig, Shelbyville city manager.
Residents in several towns, including the upscale Brentwood/Franklin communities have been exposed to the foul smelling [tag-tec realestate ]odor[/tag-tec] for months. Many believe the stench is originating from the Harpeth River. Which brings up the question of a possible gas leak from Atmos Energy lines buried under the river. So far everything checks out as being okay.
It’s bad enough when you have [tag-cat]smells[/tag-cat] coming from the inside of a house. What about the smells on the outside? What happens if you can’t blame the smells on the gas company?
1. Stop neighborhood cats from coming around
Moth balls repel cats and most animals. Be careful not to put moth balls in the ground because they could possibly contaminate the soil since they contain naphthalene.
You can also find commercial animal repellants designed to keep mischief-making [tag-cat]cats [/tag-cat] and as well as other critters away at Home Depot.
2. Check the [tag-ice]sewer[/tag-ice]
Just because it smells like a cat doesn’t always mean a cat is the culprit. Make sure there aren’t any plumbing problems. If the house has a septic tank have that checked out also.
3. Cut down Juniper trees
This may sound over the top for some people, but Juniper smells an awful lot like cat spray. They are evergreen foundation plants often landscaped around houses because they look good. But if the smell is a problem, get rid of them.
Sometimes this problem can be very simple to solve. Unless there is a manufacturing plant nearby or a landfill, you can almost bet any odor will come from one of three sources mentioned above.