How To Get Dead Mouse Smell Out Of Car?

A dead mouse can smell awful and is frequently very difficult to find. Mice can easily fit into tight spaces inside a car because they only need a small coin-sized hole to do so. They become trapped once inside, curl up, and pass away. The stench then intensifies as they decay and gets worse before it gets better.

Below, CarMats will show the steps to remove a dead rat carcass and its smell.

Locating and Removing the Dead Mouse

You Will Need:

  • Flashlight
  • Plastic or rubber gloves
  • Face masks
  • Plastic bags
  • Plenty of patience
  • Odor remover (Odor removers are available at many pet stores. Those that remove cat urine smells are effective in removing dead animal odors as well. For a home remedy, you can use white vinegar.)

Steps to Find and Remove the Mouse:

  1. Mice can fit into the smallest spaces because they are small. A good first step is to conduct a thorough search of your car. Even though the smell is awful, you can use your nose to find where it is coming from.
  2. Use your nose to navigate around your car and locate the source of the smell’s source.
  3. See if the smell gets worse by starting the car and running the air conditioning. This will give you a quick heads-up as to where to look if it is in the air system (or close to the circulation system).
  4. Take the cabin air filter out and thoroughly check it for food particles, animal droppings, etc.
  5. Look inside, around, and under any seats that can be raised or lowered.
  6. Lift the carpet if you can so you can look inside any crevices.
  7. Remove the dash’s removable components and take a look inside as well.
  8. With a good flashlight, search the area underneath your car for cracks or other access points to tight spaces where you can conceal yourself.
  9. Look under the hood around the engine and in other places for any nests, etc.
  10. Mice make their nests out of a variety of materials; look for any leftover pieces of anything that might help keep them warm.
  11. Additionally, follow any traces of food remnants, mouse droppings, etc. to see where they may lead.
  12. You must take out the dead mouse’s remains once you’ve located them. Wear a face mask and rubber gloves to protect your hands. At the source, the odor will be the strongest. Moving it around will make the odor worse.
  13. The mouse should be removed, along with any bugs or maggots that have gathered on the corpse.
  14. Put everything in the plastic bag, seal it, and throw it away properly.
  15. It is now time to clean the area to get rid of the odor and any leftover debris.
  16. Use an odor remover to thoroughly clean the area. For any odor that may still be present, spray an odor neutralizer all over the vehicle.

Dealing With The Smell

Occasionally, you won’t be able to find the dead mouse, or even if you do, the smell might still be present. It will be necessary to figure out a way to get rid of as much of the smell as you can in these situations until the mouse decomposes and stops smelling. The smell will gradually fade over the course of several weeks, though this typically takes longer. Here are some ideas to help you get through this challenging time.

  • As much as possible, leave the windows open to let fresh air in.
  • Run the ventilation system frequently to keep fresh air flowing through the car even if the mouse is not in there.
  • Open the windows while driving.
  • You can buy odor neutralizers or make your own by placing the bowl close to the source of the odor and adding one of the following neutralizers:
    1. Baking soda
    2. Activated charcoal (available at aquarium supply stores)
    3. White vinegar
    4. Coffee

If you’d like, you could use more than one bowl. Just keep in mind to take the bowl out before each drive to prevent spills. When using coffee grounds, keep in mind that while they will mask the majority of odors, the coffee odor will remain.

  • Clean the car as much as you can, especially by wiping down and/or spraying the surfaces, to combat lingering odors. For the majority of surfaces, a solution of one part white vinegar to two parts water works well, but it is always advisable to test a cleaner on a discrete, small area first. The dash, seats (leather or upholstery), door panels, roof upholstery, carpet, and even the windows can all receive it if it’s safe (be sure to test first if the windows are tinted). On surfaces made of hard material or leather, you can wipe them down afterward, and you can let cloth areas dry. To avoid getting it in your eyes, make sure to spray the roof panel away from you (not upwards). If necessary, apply a second, more generous coat later. Start with a light mist. While doing this, make sure the space is well-ventilated (all doors and windows should be open) to prevent being surrounded by fumes.
  • Pet enzyme cleaners like Kids ‘N’ Pets or Nature’s Miracle can also be sprayed on the carpets and fabric furniture to remove pet odors. However, it would be best to have the car professionally cleaned (using an extraction machine) after using these products because leaving their residue on surfaces will cause dirt to settle there.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Find out what draws the mice to the car. Are they attempting to access any snacks inside? Do you have any garbage around your car (in the garage, etc.) that might tempt them?
  • Certain vehicles, like Minis, have fluids that draw mice. To access the liquids, they will chew through the tubes. They frequently arise with these cars.
  • You could ask a mechanic to look for the mouse for you, but you risk getting stuck with a hefty bill and no luck finding the mouse. The mouse might be anywhere, and since mechanics frequently charge around $80 per hour for their time, it is usually more cost-effective to look for the mouse yourself. If you’re on a tight budget, you might be able to instruct the mechanic to limit the amount of time they spend searching, and you can make the most of their time by letting them know where you’ve already looked.
  • The mice frequently chew through the cabin filter and end up in the fan motor.
  • Consider using a mouse repellent to keep them away after you have fixed the issue, if not permanently. You can buy things like Fresh Cab Mouse Repellent, or you could use a few cotton balls soaked in peppermint essential oil.
  • Never leave mouse poison in or close to your car because the mouse will probably eat it and perish inside your car, possibly in a hard-to-reach place. Instead, use repellent.



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