Myth Busting: Ultrasonic Pest Control Devices
January 21, 2015
There has been much hype, marketing effort and publicity around ultrasonic pest control devices as of recent. These devices range in price from less than $10 all the way up to $800. The reason they are receiving so much publicity is many devices position themselves as "safer" or "easier" ways to control the pest population in homes. So, the big questions are, how do these devices repel pests and do they work?
How Do Ultrasonic Pest Repellent Devices Work?
Most companies that produce electronic pest control devices infer that the devices use high-frequency, ultrasonic sound waves to "chase away" and deter anything and everything from rodents and birds to mosquitoes or spiders. These sound waves are above the range of sounds that humans can hear and process.
Most of these devices are intended to be plugged into wall outlets and claim to protect just the room in which they are located. According to the instructions, the more hard, reflective surfaces in a room, such as cabinets, mirrors, countertops, etc., the better they are supposed to work. There are also battery operated devices marketed toward individuals who enjoy spending time outdoors but do not enjoy the mosquitos and other bugs associated with the outdoors.
The theory behind these methods is that the noise emitted by the device causes a psychological response in pests that leads to distress. They will then evacuate the room or area where these signals are present, freeing homes of pests without chemicals or much effort at all. Sounds great, right?
Do Ultrasonic Pest Control Devices Actually Work?
NO! These devices are a hoax and have taken many unsuspecting consumers for a ride. While they seem like a good idea for a gift or a family and pet safe solution to traditional pest control methods, they are a scam. This method is another example of something sounding too good to be true.
A few studies have shown success with insects, such as crickets and on occasion rodents. This success was usually very localized. For example, if they avoided one room that did not mean they evacuated the entire house. On the other hand, there has been no proven success on cockroaches, ants, spiders or rodents.
Even the devices they can "prove" work in their test environments do not represent how well they work in real-world situations such as your home. The reality is that the signal and sound is weakened by almost everything found in homes. Furniture, carpet, blankets, pillows, rugs and many other fabric based items found in homes reduce the signal because they absorb it instead of reflecting it.
Safety Concerns Regarding Electronic Pest Control Devices
Multiple safety concerns have arisen from practical use of these devices. If a family has rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters or other rodent pests these devices can impact the pets and cause them varying degrees of distress depending how close to the device they are. While cats and dogs can hear the ultrasonic waves, they do not appear to be bothered by them.
Outside of bothering pets, the ultrasonic pest control systems have been documented to interfere with telephone quality and reception of both landlines and cell phones. There have also been reports of interference and disruptions with home security systems as well as hearing aids.
Superior Pest Control Alternatives
There are many pest control alternatives that are eco-friendly and safe for kids and pets including:
- Glueboards. Placing glue boards in problem areas at the first sign of insect or rodent presence is an effective way to catch unwanted visitors wandering about the house.
- Seal cracks and crevices. For rodents anything larger than ||special188|| inch is an invitation inside. For insects, it can be even smaller. Sealing those entry points makes it harder for them to enter your home.
- Eliminate plant growth directly around the house. Dense vegetation directly next to homes is a common place for mice and rats to build nests before moving inside homes.
- Place traps in problem areas. If you do not want to use poison or chemicals, traps are an efficient way to contain rodent populations.
- Call in the professionals. Many pest control companies have environmentally-friendly pest control options that are also safe for households that include pets and children. Ask questions before deciding on a pest control company and make sure they have solutions that fit your particular situation!
If an infestation is a concern, it is better to get ahead of it while you can. For example, female mice can produce five to 10 litters of young per year, and each litter can contain three to 15 baby mice. Insects and other pests also breed and reproduce quickly, so it is important to take action right away!
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