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Wow, that's a crazy chicken!

Had the RV out over the weekend. Got into it late Saturday night, it was swarming with flies, and smelled really awful inside.

After killing a dozen or more flies, I put out a glue trap, and caught another dozen overnight. Killed another dozen or so yesterday.

At the end of last night, I was cleaning out the RV after getting home, definitely smells like a dead mouse, probably in the dash. The smell was the worst in the cab, and I looked everywhere else).

Not entirely sure how the flies got in. One of the screens may have been open a crack, or maybe they found their way in through the firewall.

I've deployed more glue traps for flies and mice, and put out some Fresh Cab. Also left vents and windows open, with an exhaust fan running.

Oh, and I found a ton of leaves jammed under the engine battery. Found signs of another potential nest on the other side of the radiator. Vacuumed all of that out last night...

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At my friends auto shop,he finds a lot of the air cleaners & "snorkel" hoses on later model cars & trucks are full of shelled or uneaten nuts--and he finds a petrified mouse in there once in a while too..many of the vehicles were towed in due to cut or damaged wires the mice or chipmonks had chewed up too..

Mice and flies can sneak into a closed up car or truck easily ,thru the cowl vents and heater/defroster ductwork,and no vehicle is 100% sealed tight really,there is always an opening somewhere they can squeeze thru..

I bought a '71 GMC that sat a long time years ago--got it running,tried driving it home,made it about 3 miles before I had to bail out--there was about 1 zillion yellow jackets living in the heater core box!..and they woke up when the heat got to it I guess..
I had to get a ride to a store and bought 4 cans of raid wasp spray,and emptied 3 of them in the cowl duct and defroster vents in the dash..

I kept one full can in case any more appeared on the rest of the ride home..only dead ones kept coming out of the floor duct for the heater though..darn near suffocated driving that thing,even with all the windows & vents open..felt sick for days afterwards.
I took the heater core box apart a few weeks later,the wasps had packed it full of paper nest and there were dozens of larvae that would have hatched soon!..no way would the blower motor have worked,it was packed solid!..truck still reeked of Raid for a good year after that despite washing out the ducts and heater box and using bleach.

One of my friends shop customers is a very attractive young woman about 35 years old..
One day she came to his shop asking if he would go to her house and drive her car to his shop for her..he had scheduled a oil change & tune up to be done on it that day..
But when she got in the car to drive it there--a garter snake poked its head out of one of the A/C ducts on the dash,and she was scared to death,she ran away,luckily the car never got out of her driveway..

My friend had to close up shop for awhile and go drive the car to his shop for her--he never saw the snake during the ride there,and was very apprehensive that it might decide to show up while driving it on the highway..he hates snakes too!..

He said he did hear some "weird noises" under the firewall while he had it on the lift..
When he replaced the air filter,he found nut shells and a mouse nest under it,but no mice--said it reeked of death !..

After he left the car on the lift awhile to let the oil drain out,he saw the snake drop to the floor,he couldn't tell where it came from or where it exited from,it dropped for behind the engine--- it started heading for the rear of the shop,but he grabbed the air hose and blew air at it till it went out the overhead door, until it slithered away into the wooded swampy area next door..said it was about 30" long,and skinny!..

When he called the woman back to tell her the car was all ready,he told her the snake "escaped" while he was working on an engine in the shop while the oil was draining out..

She was relieved,but said "I'm thinking of selling this car--would you be interested in buying it"?..he said "Nope,I have enough vehicles to maintain and pay for--why would you want to sell it when you only had it a couple months ?--because of the snake "?..

She said "yeah--what if it wasn't the ONLY one in the car--and what if it was a female,there might be a nest of them in it somewhere!"..

He told her he found a mouse nest in the air cleaner box,so the snake was probably stalking the mouse,and he doubted there was more than one..."but you never know"..
"Gee THANKS,she replied!"..

Last I heard,her husband is who is driving the car mostly now!..:D
 

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Dead rodent odor is what you will usually get when you continously trap or use poison in a vec or even a house. You kill momma rodent and she has a nest full of little ones somewhere and their odor will linger for years especially in a vec when it starts getting warmed up years later you can smell the lingering odor.. Putting out rodent poison in or around a vec or camping vec is not a good idea.

I've lived in the country all my life in different places with rodents, rats, mice, squirrels, little snake, frogs and everything else that lives in country and tried all the wives tales about remedies for rodent control and the only really good control for rodents and these other varmits around house, vehicles and shops is a good outsider mouser cat and for some reason a female cat is always the best killer. I have a good hunter cat and I've not seen a mouse, rat, chipmunk or squirrel within 300 yards around the house in a long time and I see her quite often with a mouse or chipmunk. I have a male outside cat that is her son and he just lays around and waits for mommy to bring him a meal. (rodent control is the only reason that I put up with a nasty cat)

Mice, rats and chipmunk can do major severe costly damage to the late models autos. Some of the late model vehicles have electrical wiring insulation that is made from soybeans that attracts rodents. Now that was a bright idea from some city dude enviromental electrical engineer so as to help save the enviroment from green house gases.

On same subject seen on news few days ago where these type lab specialists that dream up this stuff can now grow Beef steaks and chicken meat in a lab using stem cells. Ranchers and chicken farmers will no longer be necessary to raise cattle and chickens for meat and farmers will no longer be required to raise grain for such.:tango_face_surprise:tango_face_surprise:tango_face_wink::00000060::confused:
 

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I don't use poison for all the reasons you mentioned...

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