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Old 07-18-2006, 08:49 AM   #29
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We had great success with the simple gray plastic traps. As Buttercup found out the trick is to make that tasty peanut butter hard to get. The plastic traps as opposed to the old traditional wood and wire traps are much easier to reset. They are fairly hypersensitive to disturbance. In fact a few failed after a time and wouldn't reset.
Maybe these are the same things I've got--sort of a box with the trap inside and one mouse-sized access hole (mine are black)? They force the mouse to step on a large trigger in order to get to the bait and they can be "emptied" and reset without touching the interior trap itself (if you're cootie-phobic).

The field mice around Tonopah were so durn fast that they could trigger a normal wooden trap and still dodge the catch! The plastic traps don't allow much maneuvering and, as said above, they are very sensitive. I had tried putting sticky sheets around wooden traps and that had some limited success (slowed them down a little), but the plastic traps did the trick.

However, I found the real trick is to store all mouse-accessible food in mouse non-accessible places. And I do mean all. If it's not a can or bottle, it's in a special cabinet or a plastic box with latching lid!
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Old 07-18-2006, 11:22 AM   #30
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Meredith, there is some hope for the smell. Try your local pest control supply house. Friend had the same problem in his home and bought something that he sprayed around (including in the wall). It immediately fixed the problem. Sorry, but he can't remember the name.

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Old 07-18-2006, 02:14 PM   #31
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Meredith,
I have used amour hammer pet fresh for tough odor and it works great. I just sprinkled in the area and let it sit then vacuumed it up. Sometimes I v'e had to repeat the process, but it really has helped.
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Greg and Dawn,
Thanks for the great ideas. Of course, the pet store is a great place to find the solution! It will be a relief to have the closet back - every inch of storage space is needed with our family of four!
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Natures Miracle. It is an enzymatic cleaner. it breaks down the oils (volatiles) that produce the smell. It may take several applications to get the job done but it DOES work. I bought a gallon of the stuff because i had (the operative word) a cat who took a fancy to peeing in the corner of my daughters room.
I don't have that cat anymore....
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Old 08-02-2006, 10:07 AM   #34
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where do I look for the expired ones?

Hi - just bought my first Airstream - a 1970 31" Sovereign and was delighted until I found my first mouse - alive in the tub! After quickly disposing of him it got me thinking about the odor in my AS which I thought was moth balls but cannot find any. The previous owner just did a floor restoration but I also found boxes of D-con all over the place. I have disposed of the D-con thanks to all of the wonderful direction from this forum. I will replace with the sticky traps and look into an ozone generator. However, all of that will not be enough without finding the dead ones, if there are any. My questions are: other than the obvious places (cabinets, under sink, closets, etc) where should I look? Is it possible for them to get into the walls between the interior and the aluminum exterior? I know this is a disgusting question but I have never had a rodent problem in my life anywhere so what do these dead ones smell like? My husband and I are very new at all of this and I have been dreaming of the Airstream lifestyle for years to fulfilll a dream and now reality is setting in! Your help is appreciated.

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I found that the Glue traps work the best in my garage. Especially during the wet seasons when mice are looking for shelter. You just have to have the stomach to scoop up a live mouse and throw it away. Snap traps work on ocacsion, and I have put poison down, but not sure that had any effect. I even got one once with my son's whiffle ball bat (a home run!).Haven't seen any mice or evidence of them in a few years. I think becase our neighbor's cat like to prey around the neighborhood.
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other than the obvious places (cabinets, under sink, closets, etc) where should I look? Is it possible for them to get into the walls between the interior and the aluminum exterior? I know this is a disgusting question but I have never had a rodent problem in my life anywhere so what do these dead ones smell like?
I am certainly no expert in finding dead mice inside airstreams, but what I CAN tell you that we had NO IDEA there were dead rodents inside our trailer until we stumbled across one of their mummified carcasses in a small space in the back of a closet, between the wall and the skin of the AS. When we first brought our trailer home, I had noticed a disagreeable odor coming from the closet, but just passed it off as an "old airstream smell." Once we found the rat and disturbed the carcass, it really started stinking! It was a smell you couldn't ignore...a strong, musty, rotting flesh smell. Just yucky! We also found another dead rat in one of the outside compartments, again wedged in between some components. One dead giveaway (no pun intended) of our rodent inhabitants were signs of their bedding materials - fur, pine needles, loose insulation, etc. Good luck!
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Old 08-03-2006, 01:08 AM   #37
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Hey Mer , thats a real distinctive explanation of how that dead rat smelled.
maybe a wipe down on all surfaces with a bleach solution ,That cat pee smell
eliminator at the store they sell really does work ,so that also could be sprayed around .Lily had a cat many years ago ,not anymore ,Im allergic,anyway that stuff works and believe me that cat smell is just as bad
if not worse .......maybe.

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Just a Precaution

Before disturbing anything mouse.... dead, alive or droppings. Spray (mist) with a 10 parts water 1 part bleach solution. Wait 10 to 15 minutes before sweeping up. The minute you disturb droppings they release minute particals to the air, you breath in, out you go (If the mouse is diseased).

These are the precations we take in Southwest CO. And who knows, maybe you picked up a hitch hiker on your way through.
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Old 08-03-2006, 12:59 PM   #39
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squirt bottle ready!

great advice regarding precautions. I must admit, I'm not used to having rodents, dead or alive, in my living spaces, so I will heed the warnings! Coincidentally, we purchased our trailer in a rural area near Littleton, CO in June. These critters (which had been there for some time) must have been using it as a resort while it was parked and unused for several years.

Since our discoveries, we have scrubbed the entire interior with a bleach solution and used the pet deoterizer in the closet which helped a great deal with the odor. We have little kids so, of course, I am especially concerned about jeopordizing their health. I'll have my squirt bottle ready in case we unearth any more of those little critter carcasses!
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Before disturbing anything mouse.... dead, alive or droppings. Spray (mist) with a 10 parts water 1 part bleach solution. Wait 10 to 15 minutes before sweeping up. The minute you disturb droppings they release minute particals to the air, you breath in, out you go (If the mouse is diseased).

These are the precations we take in Southwest CO. And who knows, maybe you picked up a hitch hiker on your way through.
I am not the squeemish type, raised on a farm.... but sometimes these things do release nasty things into the air. I would be cautious. I think this is good advice! I suspect that folks with compromised immune systems (like Diabetes, heart problems?) would be more likely to be extra careful. No reason to invite trouble. Besides, we all want to go camping!

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There's a mouse in the house

We've had good luck with pepper. Spread it around drain openings. Seems to work on chipmunks, too.
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I am certainly no expert in finding dead mice inside airstreams, but what I CAN tell you that we had NO IDEA there were dead rodents inside our trailer until we stumbled across one of their mummified carcasses in a small space in the back of a closet, between the wall and the skin of the AS. When we first brought our trailer home, I had noticed a disagreeable odor coming from the closet, but just passed it off as an "old airstream smell." Once we found the rat and disturbed the carcass, it really started stinking! It was a smell you couldn't ignore...a strong, musty, rotting flesh smell. Just yucky! We also found another dead rat in one of the outside compartments, again wedged in between some components. One dead giveaway (no pun intended) of our rodent inhabitants were signs of their bedding materials - fur, pine needles, loose insulation, etc. Good luck!
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