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Old 05-08-2012, 07:53 PM   #1
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Mice in camper-smell from fan vents

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I had a mouse problem during winter storage and now i have a smell when i run the fan/AC. I know they were in the duct works as I found debris, poop, and food falling from the vents. The debris has stopped coming out but the smell remains. It is not very strong (yet) but I am afraid there is a nest or corpse in there. Is there any way to track this down? Eliminate the smell?


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Old 05-08-2012, 08:24 PM   #2
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oh boy this isn't going to be good !
use a shop vac with a long narrow flexible tube to run down vents ?

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Originally Posted by f1100turbo View Post
oh boy this isn't going to be good !
use a shop vac with a long narrow flexible tube to run down vents ?
I wonder what would happen if you removed the individual vents and the a/c filter and just used the vac without any tools attached. Barely stick the hose into a vent, perhaps using a damp towel to help seal the hole, and suck away.
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:38 AM   #4
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That doesn't sound like a bad idea. I will definitely give it a shot. I tried the dryer sheet theory for keeping the mice out of the camper this year and it was a major failure. I really hope that smell isn't permanent.
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I had one die in my cook stove once and had to take the stove out of the camper and disassemble it. I finally found it in a nest in the oven insulation.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:07 AM   #6
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R. Shane, Did you ever find the mouse and get it out of the ductwork?

From the smell of things it appears I have the same problem. II have my 5th wheel parked at a lake spot for the season so I will need to bring my shop vac next time I come down.

I have used dryer sheets for over 20 years and this is the first time I have had any issue. I use Bounce dryer sheets and use almost a full big box size.
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:21 AM   #7
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I also use Bounce dryer sheets but also put boxes of moth balls on top of the tires and make sure anywhere that looks like a mouse could get in has steel wool (aka SOS pads) in it. Fortunately for us we have not ever had a problem with mice or even having to many bugs inside. I like the shop vac idea, we vacuum our duct work every spring and fall, very interesting what comes out.
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:25 PM   #8
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I'd suggest also looking inside the A/C unit.

I had a vintage car once and a mouse found its way inside the heater unit under the dash. I couldn't figure out where a horrid smell was coming from until I took the heater apart and found a decapitated mouse. Seems that the fan blades had done the mouse in when I turned it on, and, the heat from the heater core had roasted the carcass.....
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:38 PM   #9
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If the vac doesn't work, you could try contacting a local HVAC contractor that does duct cleaning.
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:38 PM   #10
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Yikes - I hate those mieces to pieces.

Another way to clear the vents would be to use a cloth attached to something like a GREENLEE 438-2X FISH TAPE 25 FOOT ELECTRICAL CABLE PULLER. (just a thought) It probably would work well to get the dust and pollen out too.

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