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Old 08-31-2015, 10:21 AM   #1
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Mouse pee

My RV is parked on my farm near Peoria, IL.

Does not move, use it for my second home.

This year seems to be the "Year of the mouse." Think it's because of all the rain and they have moved to high ground and my RV...

Anyway, they have spent too much time/pee in my furnace vents and when I turm it on, the aroma of stale mouse pee is non stop.

Any suggestions of how to eliminate that disgusting smell?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions...

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Old 08-31-2015, 10:26 AM   #2
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You may have to take the vents apart and deep clean or try spaying Febreze in the vents.
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Old 08-31-2015, 11:11 AM   #3
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Our trailer has always have a slight odor. I don't care for Fabrese sweet smell. They now make a orderless version we used it on everything that had fabric and the order is gone. Never cared for their product is seems to just mask the odor with another one.
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Old 08-31-2015, 11:27 AM   #4
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In addition to getting rid of the existing smell, distribute about 5-6 snap traps baited with peanut butter to get rid of the suckers when they arrive. You'll catch a few right away. Peanut butter stays fresh in the trap for weeks. I had a problem at home and was catching 1-2 nightly for a long time. Now it's months in between.
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Look in a pet store for some of the pet odor cleaning liquids. Like the ones with the bacterial action that destroys the orig pee source. Not just a coverup smell, but the ones that actively take away the source of the odor (the mouse pee)
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That's been my opinion too. Masking the odor is not a good substitute for eliminating the source. The thought of swabbing out the furnace air ducts is daunting, but it may need to be done to eliminate the urine dribbles. Of course nailing the mice before they have time to hang around is the ideal solution.

Wife swears by white vinegar for removing nasty odor just about anywhere in the RV.

This is a bit off-topic, but I recently read a research paper concerning how cats (and possibly other animals) can track mice. Cats can see in the ultraviolet spectrum during low light conditions (dawn and dusk). Mice continually dribble urine, which shows up clearly in that spectrum. So for a cat, tracking is like connect-a-dot.

Stick with me, I'm getting to the point now. Use an ultraviolet light bulb to see the mouse dribbles so you can target the areas needing cleanup.
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My "go-to" product is OdoBan. It works as advertised, I bought 2G from Sams Club several years ago, thinking it would require a lot to eliminate the odors from my basement where my old dog messed up everything. Nope, it only took one-half of a quart spray bottle of OdoBan to eliminate all odor.
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Buy some peppermint oil. Put a few drops on some cotton balls and leave unit closed for a couple days. Mice will be gone. Had to do it this spring, traps didn't catch anything.
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An exterminator once told me if you catch 2 mice, you have at minimum 7 or 8, so keep baiting traps until you don't catch any more.
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