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We Tested It: Stay Away natural pest prevention

We Tested It: Stay Away packets use essential oils to keep bugs and rodents at bay.
We Tested It: Stay Away packets use essential oils to keep bugs and rodents at bay. Earth-Kind

How much: $25.80 suggested retail price for four packs.

Where to buy: Available online at www.earthkind.com and www.amazon.com

Pro: No need to kill when you can repel. These handy scent-filled packets make critters head the other way. This is the first botanical pest prevention line made entirely from essential oils and plant fiber, all grown in the United States. Four scents aim at specific pests: spiders, ants, rodents and moths. In our tests, they were effective. These smells are pleasant for people (think lemongrass, cedar and citronella) but offensive to pests. Place in closets and cupboards. These packets contain no toxic chemicals and are safe for children and pets. And there’s no messy cleanup!

Con: Do not place directly on furniture or fabrics; the oils may stain. The packets lose their scent and effectiveness after 30 days.

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