I have a west facing window that seems to be emanating a horrible body odor smell. I've isolated it to the window, since I can close the cellular shades and it limits the smell. Additionally, if I stick my nose into a crack between the shade and the window frame, the smell is particularly strong.

It's also stronger in the late afternoon when the sun is beating directly on the window.

I've tried cleaning the area thoroughly, but that didn't help.

What could be causing this? How can I fix it?

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    Maybe you have a small critter that got stuck somewhere around the window and died. Or perhaps a cat sprayed the area, (inside or outside) that does clean so easily. – Jack Sep 26 '16 at 1:31
  • A leak that has allowed mold to grow inside the wall? – topshot Sep 26 '16 at 13:15
  • Trouble is that smell is highly subjective. See what odor friends identify, as that may help narrow down the source. Is this a new window? Can it be opened? and so on. – Carl Witthoft Sep 26 '16 at 15:21
  • Thanks for all the feedback everyone. I'll continue to investigate, and if I find the answer, I'll post back here. – Charles Naughton Sep 27 '16 at 16:28

I have the same problem. I discovered the body odor smell was coming from the fly screen. I live by the beach. After a weather event involving both wind and rain I noticed there salt deposits left. When the sun beats down on the salt deposits the BO smell is most prevelant. I have to remove the flyscreen and give it a thorough clean with sugar soap and a brush to get rid of the smell.

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