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Yes, Fresh Cab is a popular choice for use in cars, motorhomes, farm and recreational vehicles.

To use Fresh Cab in your Automobile: 

Place 1 pouch in the trunk, 1 in the passenger compartment and 1 under the hood when in storage (please be sure to remove pouch from under hood before operating vehicle). Replace when scent has diminished. 

EarthKind rodent repellent pouches are designed for indoor use and enclosed spaces. The product may still work in outdoor spaces, but will not last as long or be as effective in areas with a high rate of air exchange. If the product gets wet, its effectiveness may diminish.

Many people find Fresh Cab® that size perfect for use on the farm, in industrial settings, in a garage or RV. Stay Away® Mice is designed for home use and utilizes a subtler, minty scent. All of our products are backed by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and will help prevent the pests in your life.

No, they contain the same amount of Fresh Cab as the original mouse pouch. They are made from heavier duty material for tougher wear and tear in problem rodent areas. The tie allows you to hang the pouch in hard-to-reach areas.

When a rodent enters an area treated with Fresh Cab®, it’s likely looking for food, water, or a nesting site (a baited trap will attract rodents too). Once in the treated area, rodents will quickly discover they can’t tolerate the smell and exit outside for fresh air to clear their sensitive sensory organ.

Since rodents have no control over their bladder or bowels, they may leave droppings behind as they frantically make their way back out the same way they came in. Professional exterminators use Fresh Cab® to chase rodents into areas where they can be easily trapped. It’s highly unlikely that they will nest (or stay) in an area treated with Fresh Cab®.

Fresh Cab® works by its aroma. Rodents can enter an enclosed area before they realize that they can’t tolerate the smell. If this area has a baited trap, it’s likely that a rodent will try to consume food on their way back outside.

Rodents are built for survival, and will cache (store up) food if they are already full. It’s also likely that a rodent stumbled across the trap on their way in-or-out if the trap was not baited, since they can only see a few inches.

Yes, the clear plastic outer wrap keeps your product fresh until you are ready to use and should be removed before placing pouches to allow scent to repel rodents.

Yes, you can. However, we do not recommend it. These products usually have food attractants encased/affixed/attached to attract a rodent. If this is the case, starving/famished rodents may tolerate the strong aroma of Fresh Cab® for a short time to gain nourishment.

Respectively, you may find droppings where the rodent entered and exited quickly, even though you may not find the rodent in the trap. Fresh Cab® has been independent lab tested and proven to prevent rodents from nesting in the treated areas.

We do not recommend using this product in the direct vicinity of household pets. Its use is for enclosed (non-living) areas such as under the sink, behind appliances, behind garbage cans or cabinets in the garage, crawl spaces, sheds, campers, etc. which is where rodents tend to look for nesting sites.

The reason is that Fresh Cab® is made with essential oils, which can be very strong to tiny and ultra-sensitive noses of birds, and some small dogs, cats, etc. It won’t harm them, but could give them a headache that they are unable to tell you about.

We are quite proud of the fact that we test far more effective than other products and that we have a 90% repeat purchase rate. But nothing is 100% effective when it comes to nature. So we are pleased to offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for those rare times that Fresh Cab® doesn’t work. Some of the possible reasons that the product may not be totally effective are:

  • Improper use or not following directions
  • Used outdoors
  • Product gets wet
  • Not enough product used
  • The rare case where a rodent is born without a sense of smell
  • Heavy infestations*
  • Extreme pressure from large rodent population

*Rodents will often times try to re-enter a treated area (a few times) if there is heavy predation in the area. Like most wild animals, rodents protect an area from overpopulation due to limited resources. So, what can happen is the larger/stronger rodents will push the smaller/weaker rodents into areas they don’t want to live in.

If a rodent is faced with certain death by a larger rodent, they may choose the treated area instead of a brutal death. (Note: Fresh Cab® does not kill, but rather causes an area to be extremely unpleasant for them to stay in.)

In some cases, we don’t know why it didn’t work. It’s rare we hear this, so please let us know so we can continue our research to further improve the product.

We’ve had testimonies that it does, but the product has not been formally tested for these uses.

It means do not use where humans spend a lot of time, like under a bed, or under your couch. These are not usually places where rodents live, feed or nest.

The plastic bag and the staples.

This product is natural and contains no common allergens. Independent testing in product safety labs has revealed no allergic reactions. However, people can have an allergic reaction to just about anything.

If you feel like you are having a reaction to the product move to a well-ventilated area and have the product removed.

Yes. In order to get EPA registered the product effectiveness must be proven. Independent laboratory testing has proven the product to be very effective and our customers agree! In fact, we have a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

There are no known safety risks with Fresh Cab®. All ingredients are on the GRAS list (generally recognized as safe). However, please keep it out of reach of kids and pets to safeguard from any unforeseen risks. Please share the appropriate SDS sheet with your vet or physician.

Unlike chemical or toxic products, EarthKind products do not leave a chemical residue that may last for months. A little care is necessary because it may stain furniture or finished surfaces because of the essential oil ingredients. We recommend not placing the pouches directly on stained or finished surfaces.

The shelf life, unopened, is 3 years if stored in original bag, in a cool-dry place, and out of direct sunlight.

Yes. If it is warmer, the scent will evaporate quicker. If it is cold, the scent will last longer. (The oils inside are volatile – that means they evaporate due to environmental conditions).

Fresh Cab® is a natural blend of plant cellulose fiber (corn cobs) and essential oils of balsam fir, lavender, Spanish rosemary, cedar, orange, and lemon. This mixture is sold within breathable fabric pouches that can be placed or hung in areas you want to keep fresh and protected. Each pouch weighs about 2.5 oz.

All of the data we submitted to the EPA was accepted, and the product has no known hazards to human or environmental health. These tests were performed by independent product safety labs to insure that the product would be safe when used as directed. *Note: Promptly remove pouches from the house if you feel a headache or dizziness. Everyone has a different response to scented products, even if they are all natural. Do not place on finished or stained woods, as the pouches may discolor such areas. Remove pouches once the scent has diminished. Since the product is all natural, it could potentially become nest material (or food) for ravenous rodents.

Rodents are considered to be a public health risk because they can carry and pass on human pathogens and diseases. Any product that makes a claim of repelling or killing pests that are considered a public health risk must undergo a series of rigorous performance testing. In order to be EPA registered, products must do what they claim to on their label, as well as have minimal effects on the environment. Be assured that, if a product is EPA registered, the product’s claims on the label are tested and have been proven. Fresh Cab is the only plant-based rodent repellent registered by the Federal EPA for use in indoor/enclosed areas.

Yes, we don’t recommend using Fresh Cab anywhere in the immediate area where you spend a lot of time, for example under a couch or bed. Also, if used outdoors, it only lasts 10 days in the heat and rain, so is not as effective.

Simply distribute Fresh Cab pouches around any uninhabited and enclosed area where rodents tend to hide, feed or seek nesting sites, i.e. garages, sheds, attics, cellars, cottages, RV’s, autos, and farm equipment.

Pay particular attention to areas like walls and other surfaces that may serve as runways, to any area of potential entry, and to potential nesting areas.

Begin treatment with one pouch per average-sized room or storage area placed near entry points where a rodent might gain entry. For current infestations, place a pouch near possible food and water sources. Remember, rodents need food and water, as well as shelter.

Increase the number of pouches as needed, until the space is rodent-free. Heavier infestations may require more pouches per room. For mouse-prone areas, use 1 pouch per 125 sq. feet placed at area entrance for protection. Replace when the scent is no longer strong to the nose. For known infested areas, use one pouch per 8 sq. feet of floor space, for up to 30 days of maximum protection.

Length of effectiveness depends on air exchange rates and temperature condition of storage areas.

  • RV: use 3 pouches for up to 30 ft. Place near water tank, drains, slide-outs, and cushions. Also place a pouch in each storage compartment below to protect against nesting in those areas.
  • Tractor or Truck: use 2 pouches; replace when scent has diminished; 4 if it is in storage for the season.
  • Combine: use 4 pouches when putting away for the year.
  • Garage: use 4 pouches for up to a double garage. Replace every 30-45 days.
  • Home: use 1 in an entryway, pantry, or closet. Use in mouse prone areas like vents that open to the outside (i.e. dryer vent, attic vent, etc.).
  • Tac room: use 1 pouch per 8 feet of floor space.
  • Auto: use 1 in the trunk, 1 under each seat, and 1 under the hood if in storage. (Be careful to remove pouch under hood before driving.) Replace when scent has diminished.
  • Drop Ceilings, sub-floors, crawl spaces: Use one pouch per 8 sq. feet;replace in 30 days to prevent re-infestation.

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