...If you are at Orlando International Airport, the answer is dead rats.
According to a story in today's Orlando Sentinel, we just can't shake that pesky aroma of "deceased pests".
Officially, Customs is calling it a "rodent issue".
There are some bright spots to this story, and if I was the PR person for OIA, I would point out:
1. Deceased pests are better than deceased pets.
2. The money allocated toward rat poison was money well-spent.
3. Customs officials and TSA workers get to go home early - Woo Hoo!
4. Bill Kern, a University of Florida entomology professor and urban pest-management specialist, says "odors from dead rats are not a health threat." Never mind that part about the "flies feeding off the carcasses," along with "parasitic mites, and rat urine/feces leading to problems ranging from chigger bites to the spreading of the salmonella bacteria."
5. Some guy named Zachary Mann, spokesperson for Customs and Border Patrol, got to make a funny haha line about "not making a big stink over it."