Hi Everyone —
I just gutted a condo in Maui, HI and when we pulled the drywall off of one of the exterior walls, the wall was filled with cockroaches, droppings and a stench that is probably the combination of the cockroach droppings, dead bugs, mouse droppings and urine. It’s really bad. We scrubbed all the sheathing with a general purpose cleaner, then went back and did it again with a strong solution of bleach followed by a water rinse. Even though it’s dry now, it still stinks. I’ve read about using baking soda, lye, and vinegar, but figured I’d see if anyone has dealt with this problem before I waste any more time. The walls will be insulated with 2″ of closed-cell foam and then hung with 5/8″ drywall. But not until I can get rid of the stink.