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mouse in hard top

So, brought the new jeep home, put the hard top on and Boom, I begin smelling the stench of death.

After disassembling the rear portion of my jeep (carpet, plastic, tailights) I think I have found the smell. it is coming from the bottom right corner and slightly from the bottom left corners of my hard top. It seems to definitely be a dead animal of sorts, I suspect a mouse. I have browsed all forums I can find and the general consensus is wait it out or drill the top.

Does anyone have detailed instructions/pics for where and how to drill the top? Would the hole not have to be rather large to do a surgical mouse removal? My worry is that even with the top removed it will not go away as the temps are dropping into freezing, id also like to have the bodies removed.

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Anyone have a cheap 2 door hardtop they want to sell?

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post #2 of 11 Old 12-01-2018, 08:30 PM
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All you need to do is make a small whole and pour some bleach in. Or use a spray and a straw.

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I've read a similar story in this forum, try to search for it and see what he did but if I remember correctly, drilling a hole next to death was in order.
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if you find a very emaciated cat you could possibly
coax it thru a small hole to go in & get the departed
rodent? You might find it easier to shave the pussy
& lube it up with some KY so it's not such a struggle for entry...



in seriousness, I am not sure which but there is some opening the little rodent
made it in thru so it's gotta be shakable back to point of entry. Unfortunately ,it's gonna take
you & at least 3, probably more like 5-6, friends to be able to invert & shake /bang on the top
to even get the corpse to fall back to wherever that may be within the shell.

Your delimna causes me concern since my barely used freedom top from my '11 unlimited has been outside under the porch deck for 4 seasons , albeit triple clingwrap bound then triple tarp wrapped , stood up off ground by 8 coke shipping carrier trays out of a Coca-Cola delivery truck ( a great ,raised 4" off ground ,stand solution for freedom tops ,btw) ...

This makes me inclined to suspect that the little bunny family I have
seen coming from under it may not be the only wildlife calling it's shelter
'home'.

For that matter , it's for sale if you want a great deal on a freedom top ( Nashville) ...

(edit: sorry, I just noticed you are 2door top discussing,my bad)


GLW whatever you do ...I just think drilling a hole large enough to allow extraction
will require at least a 1.5" , or 2" hole saw which will f*ck the fiberglass tops insulating
and sound deadening , wouldnt it ?



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I just thought of something, so if you think it's at the bottom, drill a small hole the side big enough for a tiny beetle to go through.

Next, buy a small starter colony of Dermested beetles, about 10/30 or more if you cant buy in small quantities. Then let the beetles flow into the hole and let them eat the mouse. They will strip the mouse to bare bone and only thing left will be a skeleton. Leave the skeleton there. The hole should be big enough for the beetles to come back out.
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I have never heard a beetle whistle before ...or can you call them with vocals?
"beetles ...HE'YAH, BOYS..!"






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I have never heard a beetle whistle before ...or can you call them with vocals?
"beetles ...HE'YAH, BOYS..!"




You can only call them if you have rotting flesh, they care less on how beautiful you can sing
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Well I think, based on all the above responses, I have solved the problem. I drilled a hole in the bottom corner of the top and inserted a large mongoose, it will surely eat the mice and get rid of the smell.

thank to all those who helped.....this is why this forum is the best.

But seriously, I just put on the soft top and put the hard top out back..... now we wait.
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if you find a very emaciated cat you could possibly
coax it thru a small hole to go in & get the departed
rodent?


Your top is full of squirrel corn nuts.
dead rodent threads are the best part of JKO.
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Your top is full of squirrel corn nuts.
dead rodent threads are the best part of JKO.



now you've compelled me to go out & check for this , you evil, funny mutha...

Yes; we have a penchant for dead-rodent threads 'round these parts ....






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Well, I was removing the carpet today and when I pulled it out from under the rear of the center console, BOOM massive stock pile of mouse shit. Turns out there was a nest under there. Explains the lingering smell.

I guess I will just keep removing things until the smell is completely gone.....

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