Mouse Repellents Compared: See Which Are Winners or Scams

Mouse repellents, in theory, are the ideal way to deal with a mouse infestation. By letting off a scent, they send mice packing. However, these products do require a monetary investment, so you want to be sure they are going to work before you spend your money on them.

Here are some of the most popular mouse repellents and some information from customer reviews about how well they do or do not work.

Mouse Away Mouse Repellent

Mouse Away uses plant-based repellents to keep mice away. The product claims to work on mice, rodents, rats, bugs, mosquitoes, roaches, and other pests. It uses peppermint and spearmint essential oils to repel mice. Completely humane and safe for humans and pets, Mouse Away has mixed reviews by consumers.

Those who say it works say it works perfectly, but others state that it does nothing, even increasing the number of pests they have. However the majority of reviews were positive when the product was used on rodents. It does not appear to work well for bugs. 

Because Mouse Away is not EPA registered, the product has a restricted list of ingredients it can use.

Mouse Magic Repellent                          

Mouse Magic works using peppermint and spearmint, just like Mouse Away. Again, it is not an EPA registered product, so the manufacturers are limited on the ingredients used. According to customer reviews from people who actually used this product, it did not work consistently. Some even claimed that they saw increased mouse droppings around the repellent. Some, however, had good results.

Shake Away Mouse Repellent

Shake Away uses a completely different method to repel mice. Instead of utilizing bio-based products like peppermint and spearmint, it uses granules of bobcat and fox urine. The theory behind this is that the rodents will smell the urine of a potential predator and flee the area. While the theory seems sound, most consumers found Shake Away did nothing against small rodents.

Shake Away does not last long, which is perhaps the reason for the poor reviews. If the product is not reapplied every three to four weeks, it will not work at all. This can make it an expensive way to repel mice. Also, the idea of sprinkling urine, even in granule form, around a home is a little unsettling for some.

Fresh Cab Bio-Based Mouse Repellent

Fresh Cab is the only bio-based mouse repellent to be registered with the EPA. Because it is registered, the product's developer uses more effective ingredients than those used by the competition.

The main deterrent in Fresh Cab is essential oil from balsam fir, but it also contains cedar, orange, lemon, lavender, and Spanish rosemary essential oils, all contained in a plant cellulose fiber made from corncobs. The smell of these oils is offensive to the rodents, sending them away.

Fresh Cab would not have been granted registration with the EPA if it did not work. The product has also been reviewed and recommended by the National Home & Gardening Club, and received 90 percent effectiveness rating. Of all of the mouse repellents on the market, Fresh Cab has the best effectiveness ratings in customer reviews and in research performed by consumer advocacy groups.