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Old 07-10-2014, 02:06 PM   #1
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Mouse smell

My Safari has been home to mice. How do I get into the small spaces under the kitchen sink and bathroom sink to clean? It really smells bad.
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:14 PM   #2
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In my old SOB, I had a colony take up residence under the water heater and in its fiberglass insulation. I, Of course had to replace the insulation and use Clorox on the tank. Under it was carpet. All I could do was wet it with water and carpet detergent, then sneak a wet/dry vac snorkel as best I could.

After dry, it still smelled so I started hitting it with fabreze multiple times. Probably used a whole bottle eventually. Got rid of almost all of the mouse smell, but this was before the unscented Fabreze....so.....it smelled like flowers for a long time.
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:29 PM   #3
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The smell is emanating from inside your walls and from the subfloor. It is a casualty of time. Remove and replace is the only way to really get rid of it.
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How do I get into the small spaces under the kitchen sink and bathroom sink to clean?
A scrubber with a long handle should be able to reach. Something like this…
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You need to rodent proof the trailer - any gap nearing the size of a dime will do, they can enter small openings while small and get trapped after a weeks' worth of growth. Just noting for the record mice are incontinent; pathways and loiter areas get well marked rapidly.

A $15 big-box pet store battery powered UV 'black' light will force the salts/phosphorus in the piddle patches to glow yellowish and easily be seen after dark, just one small area at a time though. Remember if one just strolls across upholstery it's left a blaze of scent - anything horizontal has to be cleaned.

Open a can of bravery and inspect the furnace & heat ducts if your unit has them - dung dunes are entirely possible, especially if the trailer was ever stored around a food source, bird feeders or farms etc..
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It is hard to get these things smell free unless you strip them to the skins. You may still have the smell of rancid plastic mixed with that old attic smell. Bleach goes a long way towards getting the smell out. Painting pee soaked wood sub floors helps as well.

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EWWW! Dung dunes! Where can I find canned bravery, Wabbiteer?
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That's easy, cases of Bravery® are always found in the same drawer as the checkbook used to buy the trailer...

One slick way to 'bleach' the entire interior is rent an ozone 'bazooka', place it in trailer on a timer, have a couple of small fans running in trailer, open all the cabinets and hidden areas... and plug it all in from outside the trailer. The same high-voltage electrical energy that boosts the oxygen energy to bind together three atoms instead of two then gets the extra oxygen atom welded out on whatever the ozone bumps into, so make darn sure its not your lungs. Ozone will actually brighten and clean fabrics, etc., right up to the point they dissolve into dust from accelerated aging.

Ozone might really really help with a faint background mousey odor but remember its also 'erasing' other nicer odors (summer camp, old cosmetics, furniture polish, cooking spices, $10 worth of patcholi & jasmine incense, et al) that might be mostly masking something worse... just saying, bravery only goes so far ....
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the smell is in the plywood and insulation not piddles on the floor.
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Red face mouse smell

thank you everyone for your help and insight. I was hoping it would
be easy. I guess not. I will wage war against my mouse colony and
drive them out!! Then... I like the Febreze idea... that smells much better
than mouse.
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