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Just registered on to Combine Forum today so my question may have made it on here already. What are your thoughts, ideas, etc on getting rid of mouse smell. I've heard of a bowl of coal to suck the smell out. Hasn't worked for me. Also Irish Spring soap bar to keep then away. Any ideas?

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What is it in and do you know from what location. I used bleach where one died next to caab fan, then used a product called frigi fresh. I get it from a place called detail king. I do quite a bit of detailing and this can of frigi fresh is the real deal
 

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We use an ammonia water mix to neutralize the mice urine. That's a large part of the smell.
 

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Up here motor homes that get mice in them go straight to the wrecker. They won't even let staff or tow truck drivers enter them because of the risk of litigation over hantavirus. The last time I went to the elevator there was 9 trailers/motorhomes waiting to get squashed. Smell is only a small part of the problem. Make sure you wear masks and latex gloves and clean them right out. Check under seats, sills, the dash board and in heater compartments very closely. They also like to nest in headliners and hood bracing.
 

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Deep cleaning with an ammonia bases cleaner and then a couple hours with an ozone machine will clean em right up. The ozone machine will cost you a bit up front but it will get a lot of use once you see the results.
 

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Just thought I'd chime in here. We had mice in our cab (1680) last year, chewed thru the heater hose where it goes around the corner on top of the cab. Big nest above cab. Cleaned everything out best we could after fixing hoses and wiring (Grrrr) and sprayed with MrClean, I believe. Then to get rid of the smell, I fresh ground a bunch of coffee, and spread that everywhere, in cab and in the space above the cab. That did wonders for the smell!! Thru some bait up in that compartment above cab, and this year didn't notice any mice, but AC condensation was dripping in cab, so opened up the top, and sure enough, the bait had been chewed on, and the condensation line had been chewed thru!! but the bait must have taken care of them! If they had chewed the heater line off again, Oh Boy!!!
 

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There are two easy ways to remove mouse smell, one is a five gallon (use imperial gallon size cause it contains more than a US gallon) of diesel with the usual tossed cigarette...and option 2 is...add more diesel to fire!! :D

Just having fun, but in all seriousness I have tried it all from Irish Spring to the high price commercial corn chips and none of them have long lasting results. The only thing that works is keep your cab(combine, tractor or truck) cleaned up in the fall to point of even washing it. The first place the mice head is the heater cause they love the confinement and aroma of antifreeze for some reason. Take a jig saw and cut out the bottom of your heater area and leave open if vehicle or equipment is parked very long and reattached hinges or duct tape for cold days.
I even had one of the more adventurous little buggers go down the exhaust stack to the venturi and followed the hose to the pre-cleaner and wait, there's more..found her way into the air filter tank and set up shop for the winter!!:(
 

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5 gallons of deisel works the best, once they set up shop, you can never get it out. Had to sell a 3 year old combine because I could not get the smell out. Your best defence is to clean it out and clean it again after your done with it for the year.
 

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What about mothballs (naphthalene). I heard once that it works. Maybe smells so bad that it will drive you out of the cab too!
 

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three solutions ;

Scrub and scrub with detergent , wipe down with eucalyptus oil, get a hand full of car air fresheners , park in sun with all doors and vents shut for a week in summer . park in shed with baking soda in a bowl for the off season.

Find something that smells worse like roadkill etc. , park in sun for a week.

Catch all rodents and educate them on personal hygiene and scrub each one and spray with perfume.
 
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