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Old 05-17-2019, 08:37 PM
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Mold and mouse invasion

I haven't been driving my jeep much in the last 10 months due to having bought a new diesel truck and trying to get it broke in. Last time I drove it was Dec of 18 and it was just as spotless on the inside as I had left it so I didn't think I needed to keep checking it. Anyway, since then an bunch of mold grew all over the inside of the hard top and freedom panels. And a very considerate little mouse had gotten in and built a nest under the seat using only a roll of paper towels I had left in there and didn't chew up anything else. He was already gone and I removed the top and panels and cleaned them up good as new.
I have been trying to figure out how a mouse got in there so I can fix that access point and also I would like to spray some lysol into my cabin air intake just in case any mold got in the ducting. I took the body panel between the hood and windshield off but I'm not sure exactly where the air intake is to spray into. Can anyone help me out?

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I would have liked to have edited my post but I don't seem to be able to do that. Anyway I found the air intakes. I think there are two. Still dont know how the mouse got in there unless its through the air intake and out a vent in the cabin. BTW I have a 2012 JKU.

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Sorry to hear about the mold and I'm glad your new pet didn't destroy any wiring in your Jeep! I can't answer your question, but wanted to share a tip that a buddy (mechanic) shared with me... Irish Spring soap can help keep critters out of your vehicle, especially if your vehicle will sit for a while. Cut the bar of soap into smaller pieces and place throughout vehicle; engine compartment, trunk, cabin, undercarriage, or wherever. This tip worked for me - my Subaru sat in a barn this past winter and spring, up in Maine. No critters/issues. Your vehicle will also smell Spring Fresh - a lot!
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Wow.. that is nasty..mold is very dangerous..
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Thanks. I'm going to try that. One thing I might also add is that it appears to be a very good idea to leave a roll of papers towels or other material in the jeep that is easier to use to build a nest with than the upholstery or anything else you want to keep.
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There seems to be a lot of dirt, pine needles, and maybe some mouse droppings down inside the air intakes below the outside of the windshield. Those holes look like they would get a lot of water in them anyway from heavy rain so I'm assuming water drains away somewhere in there before it can get in the ducting system. Do you think there would be any harm in spraying water in there to try to clean it out?

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