Take everything out give the vivarium a good scrub with F10 or other reptile safe disinfectant leave to dry. Scrub all hides inside and out all plants and any other decor and leave to dry. Chuck wood things that can't be cleaned and get new. If using a heat mat turn off at mains and wipe with a damp disinfectant cloth on both sides and dry it. Put fresh substrate in and bath your snakes in warm water (check temp is around 28c with a digital thermometer). Make sure you spot clean daily and remove all wet/dirty bedding daily. If its a very old wooden vivarium then the seal round the edge may have gone resulting in poo and wee seeping into the wood in which case scrap the viv and get a new one as you will never remove the smell.My vivarium has started to smell, it's pretty much getting unbearable.
How can I neutralise the smell?
I think it's because i bought the viv second hand.
It used to have dragons in it and it smelt a little (not alot) when i first got it... but
before I used, I scrubbed down the inside and outside with washing up liquid, then gave a heavy coating of VWP sterilising solution in a spray and left for a couple of hours.
Rinsed with hot/just boiled water.
Then left for a couple of days to air off and the smell appeared to disappear.
Using aspen substrait.
The sealant on the edge looks in good condition.
only had to spot clean once as i've only had the snake for a week.
Just for future reference for you. You must NEVER place the heat mat underneath a wooden vivarium you are at risk of causing a fire as the heat mat is likely to over heat. Heat mats can only be used under glass or a plastic tub but must still run on a thermostat.It seems having placed the heat mat under the vivarium (which is made of wood) was the cause of the problem.
It didn't smell burnt, but it did smell disgusting for some reason.
I have removed it and started usign a ceramic and this the smell has restored.
The temperature of the heat mat when used like this must be extremely hot in order to get heat through the viv floor in to the viv. I am sure this can still be considered a fire hazard.I've used heat mats under wooden vivs with no problems. By placing the viv on strips of wood the mat will just slide under the viv leaving a air gap so no weight is on the mat. The probe for the stat and the thermometer goes into the viv through a hole, to guage the correct temperature over where the mat is. This way you don't get urates spilling onto the mat.
I haven't found this to be the case, the mat is fully on (just like with plastic or glass....and unstatted mats), the wood slowly heats up to the statted temperature and then the mat turns off, just like using it with plastic or glass tanks. The wood retains heat so the mat may even have less work? The wood only gets as hot as the temperature you have set........far less hot than the wood above most peoples ceramic bulbs.The temperature of the heat mat when used like this must be extremely hot in order to get heat through the viv floor in to the viv. I am sure this can still be considered a fire hazard.
I do believe that manufactures of these heat mats do say that in wooden vivs they should be used inside the vivarium and not underneath.