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Old 03-19-2016, 08:02 PM   #29
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Wish I had thought to use high explosives on my Overlander. Would have been a real time saver and I would be thousands of dollars ahead ;-)
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Old 03-19-2016, 09:13 PM   #30
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There are specialist that deal with crime scene cleanup. Creepy, but necessary. This company - Bowdecon - may be willing to give you guidance on how to DIY. Google his site. He's seen it ALL! You probably have people in your area that handle gross cleanup crime scene or hoarder scene cleanup. As others pointed out, check out electrical connections - potential fire hazards from bare wires caused by rodent chewing.
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Old 03-20-2016, 03:19 AM   #31
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Dear hubby and I are going this weekend to see an Airstream that has only ever been towed 2000 miles. It was purchased and parked on some land in the SW. The owner told us there have been mice and or pack rats in the trailer. There is a stink and evidence of droppings. The price is great and it's aside from the mess in good shape. How do we get rid of the mice and their mess? We live on a farm and have free ranging poultry so I'm a little nervous about using poison etc. any help is greatly appreciated. Our last airstream was very clean when we bought it and never had to deal with this problem. Thanks!
I hope that you are following this discussion, and that you will update us after you have looked at the trailer.

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Old 03-20-2016, 11:03 AM   #32
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Niche Vintage,

There are a lot of opinions on this site (not just this thread) based on speculation not fact. I am commenting here from personal experience. Not saying it is not real but I have worked on a dozen or so vintage airstreams and have yet to see wire munching mice. Hanta virus is only carried by one mouse, the deer mouse. Nor have I ever heard of a case of Hanta virus from working on an Airstream.
And, yes you can get rid of the mousey smell but it takes a while. . Don't get overly freaked out by well intended comments from the peanut gallery. Trust in God but tie up your camel.
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Old 03-20-2016, 11:16 AM   #33
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Hey, at least the peanuts up here in the gallery are pretty good.
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Old 03-20-2016, 12:12 PM   #34
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Old 03-20-2016, 12:14 PM   #35
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A baby in my backyard. Someone was bit not to far from here yesterday. The snakes are out early this year.
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Old 03-20-2016, 01:09 PM   #36
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. . . Don't get overly freaked out by well intended comments from the peanut gallery.
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Nor by well-intended broad brushes which minimize the risk IMO.

The Hantavirus comments here picked up a head of steam because the original poster intended to go to the Southwest, where HV is a real threat IMO. We have had cases here in the East too, and one young man died while cleaning out a barn a few years ago. Never say never . . .

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/Hanta/

http://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/

http://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/hps/history.html

Not sure where the OP is going in the SW, but this map is interesting IMO -- note concentration in the SW:

http://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/survei...ing-state.html


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PS -- NM deaths in 2014:

http://krqe.com/2014/12/05/nm-record...death-in-2014/

1993 Four Corners outbreak:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1993_F...virus_outbreak

First 2016 NM case in Santa Fe:

http://www.abqjournal.com/718393/new...al-county.html
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"“Disturbing areas of rodent infestation, including nests and droppings, can cause the virus to be stirred up into the air where the particles can be breathed in. To be safe, wet down droppings with a disinfectant and wait 10 minutes before cleaning them up.”

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http://nmhealth.org/about/erd/ideb/zdp/hps/

UNM research:

https://msb.unm.edu/divisions/mammal...antavirus.html
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Old 03-20-2016, 05:49 PM   #37
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Niche Vintage,
Your find sounds at least worth a careful look see. If the Spectres of Doom scares you off let me know so I can buy it.
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Old 03-20-2016, 06:59 PM   #38
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Just Specters of Caution . . .

Forewarned is forearmed . . .

With proper precautions the Hantavirus can be dealt with.
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Exactly where and how was the trailer parked? If it was inside a barn maybe mice could have set up house in the walls but if it was outside in the sun I would think that any mice inside the walls would be baked to death if they stayed. Mice could have lived well in the belly pan even in the sun. Mice will tunnel into cushions and mattresses and make nests so you will at least have to dispose of fabric and carpet materials and check every nook and cranny. If you remove all signs of the mice and let the trailer bake in the sun in a hot, dry climate for a month in the summer that could do the trick. I don't know about the damp Northwest, might not work there.
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Thank you to everyone for all of the helpful feedback. We thoroughly looked at the Airstream this weekend and have decided to purchase it. Pics to follow soon. The airstream wasn't in as bad of condition as we originally suspected. We will be picking her up at the end of the month. Photos and update to follow. Thanks again!
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Old 03-21-2016, 11:28 PM   #41
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Forgot to mention upon inspection we plugged her in and every outlet, ac, heat, and light fixture worked no issues.
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Old 03-22-2016, 01:07 AM   #42
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Hi, seems like you got lots of ideas on how to keep mice out of your trailer, but not how to get them to leave. Turn off all gas and electrical. Close all vents and windows. Set off two 16oz cans of "Flea Bombs" and they will leave. Do not open the door for at least four hours. But now you need to catch or trap them.
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