Search is on for stench that is keeping residents indoors

THERE'S something rotten in Ipswich - at least according to residents.

People have been complaining of a "putrid" smell that apparently wafted across parts of the region on Wednesday.

Reports of the stench have been coming in from Raceview, Ripley, East Ipswich and numerous suburbs in between.

Steve Chapman of Raceview said he noticed the "disgusting" odour about 7pm last night.

"It seemed to be coming from the back of my house," the 54-year-old said.

"At first I thought one of my pets had an 'accident' inside... it smelled like animal faeces mixed with blood and bone."

Mr Chapman said he had to close the doors in his house to keep the smell out.

Flinders View mum of two Megan Frankish said she was greeted by the foul smell on Wednesday at about 7am.

"I walked outside and thought something was dead," she said. "It smelt like rotten fish."

Early investigations indicate the smell may have come from a privately-owned landfill in the Swanbank area.

It is believed the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) is looking into the cause of the odour.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the council had been receiving complaint after complaint from affected residents.

Cr Pisasale said he would be upset if it was revealed a company in Ipswich was behind the smell.

He said Ipswich residents did not deserve to be plagued by such a foul smell at the hands of a business.

The mayor said council would work with the DEHP to get to the bottom of the smelly mystery.

A Queensland Urban Utilities spokesperson said the smell did not appear to be related to the water or sewerage network in the region.