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Stay Away® Rodent FAQs

Stay Away® Rodent pouches are safe to use around children and pets when used as directed. The pouches do not contain harmful chemicals. Placing our pouches in a Pouch Pod will further protect them from curious kids and pets.

Stay Away® Rodent pouches are made with a mix of balsam fir oil, fragrance oil, and plant fibers that create a smell that’s offensive to rodents, but not to humans. These pests have poor eyesight and a very strong sense of smell. Rodents hate smells that overwhelm their noses because they use their sense of smell to detect danger. Stay Away® pouches keep the strong scent locked in for 30+ days which causes mice to leave areas where pouches are placed.

Many of the mouse repellent options available for purchase make use of harsh chemicals and poisons to kill the critters. EarthKind’s Stay Away Rodent and Fresh Cab rodent repellents both use a mix of essential oils and other botanical ingredients to create pouches that are lab-proven to be effective at getting rid of mice and keeping them out of the area. Both EarthKind products contain no harmful chemical ingredients.

You should begin to notice the results immediately. However, depending on the type of pest and severity of the infestation, it may take up to 48 hours for the full effect to occur.

Rodents tend to infest areas adjacent to the living areas of a home or building. People, and the common living areas they occupy, are often avoided by rodents. We recommend using the pouches in overlooked areas like behind appliances, attics, basements, crawlspaces, closets, garages, etc…

For example, if you are seeing signs of mice in the kitchen, consider placing pouches behind the stove, the fridge, and in storage spaces rather than directly on the kitchen table.

Although scent-based repellents aren’t made with harmful chemicals, some people may find the aroma overwhelming. Instead of placing the pouches where you spend the most time, use them in the places where rodents are likely to live, feed or nest.

As indicated on the package, pouches may be disposed of in a regular trash receptacle. Prompt disposal is important because rodents may view the natural plant fibers contained in the pouch as a food source after the balsam fir scent has dissipated.

Fresh Cab was invented to repel mice from truck and tractor cabs, preventing expensive rodent damage to high-value property and equipment. Stay Away Rodent is intended for use in and around the home, making rodents ‘stay away’ from the spaces where we live, work, learn and play. Both products have the same active ingredient (balsam fir oil) and may be used interchangeably.

For maximum protection, use 1 Stay Away® Rodent pouch for 8 Sqft of floor space in the area to be treated. Infestation does not always include the full SF of an area, so as a way of reducing the number of pouches required, we recommend placing pouches in the areas where activity is seen, and not in the full open area in general (re. at entry points, where food/water sources are accessible, and along walls where shelter and possible nesting areas may exist). Stay Away® Rodent lasts up to 30 days, however, length of effectiveness depends on rate of air exchange, temperature and exposure to moisture. For best results, replace every 30 days or when scent has diminished.

Use Stay Away® Rodent anywhere rodents or rodent droppings are noticed: basements, pantries, closets, attics, crawl spaces, or places you would like to prevent them from entering.

Stay Away® Rodent is made from:


Balsam Fir Oil,

a botanical pesticide………......……2.0%


Fragrance Oil, Plant Fibers..…….98.0%


We do not recommend it. These products usually have food attractants encased/affixed/attached to attract the pest. Thus counteracting the benefits of Stay Away® products.

Stay Away® Rodent 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.

When a rodent enters an area treated with Stay Away® Rodent, 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 Stay Away® Rodent

Although EarthKind rodent repellents have only been tested for efficacy repelling rats and mice, most rodents share a similarly highly developed sense of smell. Many customers have reported success using EarthKind rodent repellents to repel other rodents and pests, but the results have not been tested or proven.

Although EarthKind rodent repellents have only been tested for efficacy repelling rats and mice, most rodents share a similarly highly developed sense of smell. Many customers have reported success using EarthKind rodent repellents to repel other rodents and pests, but the results have not been tested or proven.

EarthKind products are made from ingredients primarily sourced from U.S. regenerative farms. EarthKind suppliers use traditional and sustainable farming practices but are not required to have non-GMO verification.

EarthKind pouches are designed for indoor use and in 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.

There are no known safety risks with Stay Away® products. 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 this SDS sheet with your vet or physician.

This approach is untested and the combination of the different scents may mask each distinctive scent, prohibiting them from working as effectively as intended.

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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.

Stay Away® is the first natural pest prevention line made entirely of essential oils and plant fiber. The EarthKind promise guarantees effectiveness and safety for humans, pets, and the environment when used as directed.

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.