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How to Prevent House Fires Caused by Rodents: Use a Safe, Effective, Natural Rodent Repellent


Rats and mice cause 20% of undetermined fires in the U.S.,” says Kari Warberg Block. As the inventor of FRESH CAB® Mouse Pouch (, Warberg Block is an expert on rodent behavior and specifically on ways to keep rats and mice out of buildings without using methods that endanger children or pets.

The U.S. averages 1.6 million home and building fires each year. In the last 10 years, more than 194,000 people have been injured in home and building fires, and almost 37,000 people have died. Rodents started 8% of all these fires by chewing through electrical wiring and causing a short—and most homeowner insurance policies don’t cover fires caused by rodents.

If you think you’re safe from the expense and heartbreak of rodent-caused fires, think again. “In the U.S., 30% of all homes contain unwanted rodents,” Warberg Block says. “In fact, these rats and mice are known as ‘commensal’ rodents. The term means eating at the same table with humans, and they’re called that because they thrive in close proximity to people.”

To Prevent Electrical Fires Caused by Rodents, You Need a Rodent-Free House.

All rodents have prominent, continually growing incisor teeth. Because these teeth never stop growing, rats and mice find pleasure gnawing every day to wear down their teeth. If they don’t, the incisors grow too big to gnaw food, and they cannot feed properly. That’s why they like to make their home where there’s plenty to chew on: between walls, in drop ceilings and subfloors, in attics and garages, behind appliances and in pantries.

One pair of mice can make 15,000 more mice in just one year. If your home is in the 30% that’s already rodent-infested, call a rodent control expert for extermination methods that work and are safe. In addition to starting fires, rats and mice carry 35 known diseases, some of them fatal, so it’s important to get them out of your home pronto. Do-it-yourself solutions such as poison and traps are dangerous to children and pets, leave a mess for you to clean up, and don’t work all that well.

If you’re lucky enough to not yet have rats and mice “eating at your table,” doing some simple home maintenance and placing a rodent repellent in key locations will help prevent electrical fires caused by rodents. The best way to control rats and mice in your home is to make them feel unwelcome from the get-go so they never set up house in your house.

FRESH CAB® Mouse Pouch is Safe, Effective, and EPA-Registered.

You can keep rats and mice out of your home, garage, storage unit, vehicles and any other enclosed places safely and effectively with rodent repellent: FRESH CAB Mouse Pouch. FRESH CAB is the first botanical rodent repellent to earn federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration for safe, effective use indoors and in enclosed areas. FRESH CAB’s main ingredient is balsam fir oil, which is safe and smells great to humans but which rodents hate.

Here are some things you can do inside and outside your home to make mice and rats feel unwelcome and prevent house fires caused by rodents:

1. Caulk foundation cracks and utility line feeds. Mice can fit through a hole the size of a pencil eraser.
2. Cover ceiling vents, outside dryer vents, and soffits with wire mesh.
3. Trim trees and climbing vines so that rodents can’t crawl up them to enter your home.
4. Make sure the bottom seals on all outside doors, including your garage door, are tight.
5. After you’ve done #1 through #4, place FRESH CAB Mouse Pouch inside your home at the site of foundation cracks, utility line feeds, ceiling vents, dryer vents and soffits and on either side of all outside doors.
6. Also place FRESH CAB in the pantry, under the kitchen and bathroom sinks, and in crawl spaces and drop ceilings—anywhere that mice and rats might feel inclined to settle in and breed.

For more information on how to keep your home rodent-free using a safe, natural rodent repellent, visit