How does Mint-X work?
Mint is a natural animal repellent, traditionally used by gardeners to deter burrowing pests from ruining prized flowerbeds. While humans find the smell of mint appealing, rodents and raccoons have more highly developed nasal cavities and the strong smell of mint irritates their delicate olfactory tissues. Inspired by this natural solution, Mint-X founder Joseph "Dee" Dussich developed an all-natural mint-additive for plastic film. The mint scent is added during the extrusion process and the end product has all the benefits of a traditional trash bag with the extra benefit of being unappetizing to rodents.
In the United States, where Mint-X was first released, Mint-X Trash Bags are approved, registered and classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a biopesticide. In the EPA classification, biopesticides “include naturally occurring substances that control pests (biochemical pesticides), microorganisms that control pests (microbial pesticides), and pesticidal substances produced by plants containing added genetic material (plant-incorporated protectants) or PIPs.” In Canada, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has approved Mint-X Trash Bags under the Pest Control Products Act (PCPA).
Watch the videos below to see how effective Mint-X bags are at dissuading rodents from breaking into garbage bags. Once the animals learn that a home is no longer an attractive food source, they will generally leave it out of their nightly foraging activities.
El-En Packaging Company Ltd. and Polykar Industries Inc. make no guarantee that these techniques will completely eliminate a rodent problem. Mint-X Trash Bags will dissuade rodents from tearing into trash bags but additional steps may be needed to eliminate rodent problems completely. Please consult your local pest management professional if additional steps are required.
* Mint-X Trash Bags are proven effective against the common brown rat (Norway rat) and raccoons