Long-Lasting Home Odor Solution?

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Q: I recently moved into an old, four story building on Harlem's Sugar Hill. Like the neighborhood, I'm sure my building has tons of history and character. Unfortunately, it smells exactly like an "aged" venue. There's a funk in the air - and not the kind usually associated with Harlem's jazzy vibe.

The block has an intermittent rodent problem because of it's close proximity to two major train stations and a few abandoned buildings. Sometimes I can smell their decaying corpses inside the walls after the exterminator baits. Although my studio is renovated, the rest of the building is old and has a stench that occasionally wafts into my area. I regularly burn incense, candles and bacon, but they only provide temporary relief. Can anyone recommend any long lasting home odor solutions?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.