Ultrasonic Pest Repellers: 4 Things You Need To Know

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Ultrasonic Pest Repellers: Do They Actually Work?

Thanks to the power of Google, more people than ever before are taking the DIY approach to all sorts of tasks. Why work with a professional when you can take care of a problem on your own? While this may be true for a lot of things around the house, one area where DIY falls short is pest control. In particular, trying to get rid of a rodent problem on your own is next to impossible.ultrasonicpestrepellers

But what about ultrasonic pest repellers? Don’t they get rid of rodents? Ultrasonic pest repellers claim to emit very high frequency sounds which deter mice and other rodents from taking up residence in your home. These frequencies are outside of the human hearing range, meaning that you won’t notice them -- but they can be detected by a number of other creatures, including rodents. These ultrasonic repellers claim that they work for a variety of other pests, too, including roaches, ants, spiders, and even fleas.

But is this actually true? Can you simply plug a few devices into your walls and say goodbye to your pest problems forever? Here are four things you need to know about ultrasonic pest repellers. 

1. Commercially available pest repellers don’t do the trick

There are a lot of available on the market, and they range widely in price. Some can be found for as little as $10, while others will run you in excess of $100. But are they effective?

As it turns out, not really. It is indeed possible to affect the behavior of different animals using ultrasonic frequency, but the data shows that commercially available ultrasonic pest repellers just don’t work as well as they claim. They’re generally not targeted enough in terms of frequency range, and they also fail to offer the power needed to actually deter pests.

But how exactly do commercial pest repellers fall short?

2. Rodents can acclimate to the sound

For one thing, pests can simply acclimate to the sound. While it’s true that an ultrasonic pest repeller will have some impact on pests (including rodents), this effect is usually short lived. Within a few days, mice and rats grow used to the sound. Before long, it loses its effect on them completely.

3. Short-term vs. long-term impact

Given that rodents can acclimate to the sound of a repeller quickly, it makes sense that there would be a difference between the short-term and long-term impact of the device. And, not surprisingly, that’s exactly what turns out to be the case.

When you first plug in one or more electronic pest repellers, you’ll likely see at least some minor decrease in pest activity for a short time. You might even think that you’ve eliminated your rodent infestation, for instance. But before long, you’ll start to see signs of rodents showing back up again: droppings in your drawers and cupboards, chew marks on soft materials around the house, and so on. In other words, electric pest repellers don’t have any real long-term impact on pests.

4. Low range means low effectiveness

Aside from the fact that rodents can grow accustomed to the sound of the repeller, there’s also the question of strength and range. The sound waves that repellers emit are very high frequency, short range, and weak. While they may work in the immediate vicinity of the repeller, they won’t be able to travel through walls, furniture, or other obstacles. This means that even if you’ve installed a large number of repellers around your home, there will still be places where rodents can escape the sound, build their nests, and reproduce.


Professional Home Pest Control

So, what does all of this mean for you? At the end of the day, the only way to ensure that you get rid of rodents once and for all is with the help of a professional pest control company. Home Pest Control offers affordable, environmentally friendly, and highly effective pest control services. When you work with a professional like Home Pest Control, you can achieve rodent control quickly and easily -- and you won’t have to worry about pests coming back, either. Call us today to get started.

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November 15, 2018

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