Earthkind Botanical Rodent Repellent, 4 Pouches - 125 Square Feet per Pouch
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|Item Dimensions||4.75 x 4.75 x 5 inches|
|Manufacturer Part Number||FC6|
|Shipping Weight||0.62 pounds|
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The only Plant-Based Rodent Repellent registered for inside use by the Federal EPA and with a 100 day guarantee to Work For You. Let down by electronic pest repellers? Sick of the smell from using poisons? Tired of baiting traps that don't catch the rodents? Fresh Cab has been used by farmers, truckers, and homeowners nationwide to provide lasting protection against the most challenging mouse and rat infestations. Effectively repels rodents up to 100 days with a "woodsy" scent that you'll find refreshing, but they'll find extremely offensive. So safe around kids and pets, no safety warning is required on the packaging. Environmentally-friendly - Fresh Cab is 98% biodegradable. 9 out of 10 Fresh Cab users come back for more - tested and endorsed by Good Sam Club, National Home & Garden Club, independent labs, and farmers nationwide! We are the manufacturer and offer the lowest prices.
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Two identical cardboard boxes, 7 x 10 x 5 inches, were prepared. These were closed at the top and bottom and had a triangular opening on one side near the bottom. A stamp pad was placed at this entrance to each box, so that any mouse entering the box would have to walk over the stamp pad, thus getting its feet inky. A sheet of paper was placed on the bottom of the box, and any mouse exploring the interior of the box would leave its inky footprints on this paper. One of these Fresh Cab repellent packets was hung inside one of the boxes. No bait was put inside the boxes, out of concern that the smell of the Fresh Cab packet might reduce the traffic of mice simply by masking the smell of the bait. Thus the boxes were just a dark, enclosed space of the sort that mice are prone to investigate.
Over the course of several days, the boxes were alternated every 24 hours; the "active" box being put in the same place on the floor of a crawlspace under my house, while the "inactive" box was removed to a separate area and sealed so that no mice could enter it. through this methodology, the comparative density of mouse footprints on the sheets of paper placed on the bottom of the two boxes gives an indication of how effectively the Fresh Cab packet kept mice from exploring the box.
As you can see in the photos that accompany this review, there is slightly less mouse-traffic in the box with the Fresh Cab packet, but only slightly. It's clear that the product did not prevent mice from entering and exploring the box, and that it did not repel mice to any meaningful degree
Figure 1 shows the mouse tracks from the box with the Fresh Cab packet.
Figure 2 shows the mouse tracks from the box without the Fresh Cab packet.
Figure 3 shows the experimental setup for the box with the Fresh Cab, with the top of the box open. Note the stamp pad at bottom and the Fresh Cab packet hanging in the upper right corner of the box. The box is shown open here, but was closed for the experiment to contain and concentrate the smell of the repellent and also to make the box an inviting area for mice to explore.
I've read that there are some indications that scented products like this one can discourage mice from _nesting_ in a treated area. So if you have a problem with mice nesting in a certain spot (the engine compartment of a car, for example), this product might work for preventing that. But for simply repelling mice, for keeping them from doing all the destructive, annoying, and unsanitary things they do when not in their nests, this experiment clearly shows that this product does not work.
The #1, most important key to this product being successful is that the room(s) you put it in _must_ have very little or no air flow for the _entire_ time you are treating the area. Even opening the windows occasionally will greatly reduce the product's effectiveness. The second most important key is that you must use enough packets for it to smell very strong to the human nose. The scent may appeal to you, or it may not. (It smells like a slightly spicy, herbal Christmas tree.) In an average sized room, I've found you need 1-2 packets per room to keep the scent at a level that will repel rodents. In addition, you must replace them periodically to keep the smell strong, as keeping the smell strong at all times is the only way to truly keep the rodents away. Once the smell dissipates, the rodents will likely come back (I have witnessed this). And, if you choose to treat only certain rooms in your house, the rodents may find their way into the rooms without the packets.
Bottom line - if you can keep your house with very little to no outside air coming in, and stay on top of replacing the packets regularly, then yes, this product really works.
-Works Best: Winter, if you have hot water heat/radiator heat and leave windows closed all the time. Summer, if you have central air or air conditioning window units and leave windows closed all the time.
-Might work, might not: Winter, if you have forced hot air and leave windows closed - it will totally depend on how much outside air you have coming in from the heat running.
-Does not work at all: Summer, if you don't have air conditioning and you leave windows open. Or, anytime of year, if you open your windows regularly. (Even occasional open windows will greatly reduce the product's efficacy and require much more frequent replacement of packets in order to keep rodents away.)
I know this because I have used this product in several different "environments" - the first was in my old office, which had hot water heat and central air, and we never opened the windows; in this environment, the product really worked. In my new office, we have forced hot air heat, which gets too hot in the winter, so we have no choice but to open windows fairly regularly. The moment you open the window, the smell dissipates and usually does not come back even after closing the windows, because at that point, all the fragrance has gone out the window. The third environment I've used it in is my home, which has forced hot air (which seems to bring in air from outside), and since I don't have air conditioning, in the summer I have to leave a lot of windows open.
Simply put, if you live in the right environment, this product will work like a dream. It really does repel rodents if the smell is strong enough. Just be careful not to let the smell get too light because the rodents might come back.
If you live in the wrong environment, these packets will, unfortunately, be a waste of money - unless you are willing to buy dozens of them, which would be the only way to keep the smell strong in a home that has outside air coming in.