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Rodent Sheriff Review [Does it Work?]

The Verdict
Rodent Sheriff is cheap enough, but isn't proven to deter rodents or insects. I recommend sticking to a product that has been studied and shown to be effective.
Ease of Use
The Good
Relatively cheap, and safe ingredients
The Bad
Not proven to work
If applying outside, you'll need to re-apply frequently especially after rain
Bug Lord Rating

If you’re looking for an all-natural way to repel rodents and other pests from your property, then you may have come across Rodent Sheriff. This product uses peppermint oil as an active ingredient, which is safe for plants, pets, and your family to be around.

But does it actually work for keeping rodents away?

In this review, we will take a close look at Rodent Sheriff, discuss the science behind peppermint oil, and tell you everything you need to know to use it effectively.

Let’s round up those rodents, giddyup!

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  • Made with all-natural peppermint oil, SAFE to use around pets and children but rodents hate it! Non toxic - MADE IN...
  • Safe to spray in your home or garden. Rodents naturally dislike the smell of this handcrafted peppermint formula and...
  • Proven to repel mice, raccoons, roaches, insects & more

What is Rodent Sheriff?

Rodent Sheriff is a peppermint oil spray formula that claims to control a wide variety of pests – anything from raccoons to cockroaches!

peppermint oil

Rodent Sheriff comes in an 8oz spray bottle – roughly enough for 1-3 treatments of a small-to-medium-sized space (such as a garage or garden).

According to the website, the product has an “invisible natural time-released gateway that slowly releases the scary mint essence to repel the pests away!” 

This is apparently referring to the active ingredient peppermint oil in addition to sodium lauryl sulfate – a very common foaming agent found in many shampoos. While the website and product pages on places like and Amazon promise big things, the actual science is less promising

Does Rodent Sheriff Work?

The science behind peppermint oil as a pest repellent is less than compelling. For example, while one article claims that peppermint oil (and other essential oils) may have a potential to repel rats, it also stated some rats actually chewed on the cardboard containing the repellent.

raccoon in trash

A meta-review of many different essential oils as rodent pest control found that the science is inconsistent at best. Rodent Sheriff has not been specifically tested, though user reviews also paint an inconsistent picture.

For example, over 5,000 reviews on Amazon give the product a 3.8-star rating (of 5 stars). Many users are happy with the product, though there are also stories (and pictures) of pests like raccoons clearly ignoring the sprayed surfaces to raid trashcans and other food sources.

Some users also complain that the peppermint smell is too strong for the product to be used within the house. If you’re spraying in the home, start with only one or two sprays and see how the smell remains before continuing.

As an insect repellent, essential oils have been shown to have some beneficial repellency. However, essential oils are often extremely volatile (evaporate quickly), so they usually do not last as long as synthetic pesticides and repellents. Most users who posted positive feedback for Rodent Sheriff reported using the product very frequently to control pests. 

If you’re dealing with a pest like cockroaches, this isn’t going to get rid of an infestation. At best it might make the cockroaches ignore an area where you sprayed for a bit of time, but they’ll still be living and reproducing in your home.

How to Use Rodent Sheriff

Rodent Sheriff comes in a simple spray bottle, with easy instructions. Simply spray the area around anything you want to protect (such as your trashcan).

The spray bottle produces a fine mist that should easily coat any surface it is sprayed on. The sodium lauryl sulfate helps to distribute the peppermint oil evenly and may help it last longer (though there are no studies on this, specifically). 

Essentially, you should reapply whenever you begin to notice pests back in the area or if you can no longer smell the peppermint oil yourself. For indoor applications like your car or kitchen, you may want to test the product in a small amount before you cover an area with it – the smell can be very potent!

The product should start working immediately (if it actually works) – since the main mode of action is simply an olfactory response in the pests you are trying to drive away. 

What Pests Does It Control?

According to the website, Rodent Sheriff will control:

  • Mice
  • Raccoons
  • Cockroaches
  • and Ants

However, there is very little scientific evidence to back any of these claims. Many users have had positive results, but other users felt the product was a waste of money. Some studies have found that peppermint oil has some action against some insect pests, while other studies have noted that peppermint oil showed no repellent effects on any pests. 

Is Rodent Sheriff Safe?

Compared to harsh chemicals, synthetic pesticides, and rodent poisons, Rodent Sheriff is a much safer product. In fact, some peppermint-scented soaps are made out of very similar ingredients.

That being said, you should never ingest Rodent Sheriff or spray it directly on a person or animal. Peppermint oil can cause negative reactions on some people’s skin.

People with conditions like asthma may be especially sensitive to peppermint oil and other essential oils, so you should only treat a small area before you apply Rodent Sheriff to indoor areas.

Rodent Sheriff Review Summary

There is certainly no definitive evidence that Rodent Sheriff works, or that the main ingredient has any proven repellent effects. Essential oils are commonly touted as pest repellents, though the science behind them rarely matches the promises made by the marketing materials.

Since this product is available from many retailers and is relatively cheap, it might be worth trying if you’re trying to repel rodents from the edges of your home or something like a trash can.

If you already have an active infestation whether it’s mice, ants, cockroaches, or other, you should really seek out the help of a professional or a more serious product than Rodent Sheriff.

Alternatives to Rodent Sheriff

In general, the best way to deal with large mammal pests like mice, rats, and raccoons is to exclude them from a space physically and remove any food sources that they are being attracted to.

For instance, if raccoons are attacking your trashcans an easy solution is to store them in your garage or make sure that any food you throw out is contained in sealed plastic containers to reduce the scent. If possible, metal barriers are best because they cannot be chewed through.

If you are looking for insect repellent, you may want to check out our Essentria IC3 review – a product that contains peppermint oil, geraniol, and rosemary oil. This product is a little more concentrated but still all-natural.

You may have better luck with a combination of essential oils. This product has also been tested specifically on several insect species. Plus, it still has a pretty strong smell – which may deter mice, rats, and raccoons. 

Essentria IC3 Insecticide Concentrate
Active Ingredient: Rosemary Oil 10%, Geraniol 600 5%, Peppermint Oil 2%

Essentria IC3 is an all natural insecticide that may also help keep rodents away due to its scent.

Why DoMyOwn? offers professional-grade insecticides to DIYers while ensuring proper storage of chemicals. Couple that with their impressive customer service and knowledgeable staff, it’s the #1 choice.

While it is unfortunate, serious pest problems require serious solutions. Baits, traps, and rodenticides are often the only solution if mice or rats have invaded your home. If essential oils and natural products are not repelling these pests, the best bet for your health and safety is to eliminate the animals. 

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Written by Gabe Buckley

Gabe Buckley is a professional science writer with a Bachelor's of Science in Zoology and a Master's of Professional Natural Sciences from Colorado State University.


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  1. Rodent Sheriff is worthless!Within fifteen minutes of totally soaking down my kitchen counters I seen mice on them.Product does not work.How do I get a refund?

  2. We have a problem with rodents in our vegetable/fruit gardens, but my wife also has a butterfly garden. How will Rodent Sheriff affect butterflies?

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