Do Ultrasonic Rodent Repellers Work?

Posted by David Outhous on Oct 16, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Among the ways people try to get rid of mice and rats is to use something called an ultrasonic rodent repeller. This is designed to emit sound waves that people can't hear, but that rodents can. But does it really work as a rodent repellent? Well, maybe sometimes, with certain types of pests. But overall, not very well, most of the time. That's very ambiguous, but so are the claims made by the companies that manufacture these ultrasonic devices. In order to make a product claim, there has to be scientific evidence backing the claim. Providing that isn't easy for a device that doesn't always work. Here's what to consider.

Sounds that Scare Rats?

In theory, sound could be used for rodent control. It would be similar to using a very high-pitched whistle that dogs can hear, but that isn't detectable by human hearing. But the sound wouldn't just have to be heard. It would have to be a deterrent to the rodents, as well. Unless it's very loud or at a frequency that feels painful to them, and unless it covers a wide area, it isn't going to have a whole lot of effect. Rats and mice are easily frightened by noises they aren't used to. But over time, they get more comfortable with those noises. That means they'll eventually overlook the ultrasonic noise, even if it scared them off originally.

Ultrasonic Pest Repeller Side Effects

What about ultrasonic pest repeller dangers? Are there side effects or other issues to worry about? Unfortunately, there can be side effects in animals and even in human beings. Some dogs and other pets can hear the frequency, and even some people who have a very good range of hearing can pick up the sound. Even if they can't hear it, though, there's been some evidence that these ultrasonic frequencies can be damaging to hearing over time. The inner ear can also be affected, and this can produce nausea, fatigue, disorientation, and even migraine headaches.

The high-pitched frequencies won't affect everyone, but can definitely become a problem for people who have more sensitive hearing or nervous systems that react to stimuli more quickly or more strongly. There's no need to take the chance on one of these types of repellers, when it's easy to get the professional pest control help you need from a reputable and reliable company. That way you know exactly what you're getting, and that the treatment will be effective and safe.

Contact RichPro Pest Management

The best way to get rid of rodents and other pests is to let a professional handle things. At RichPro Pest Management, we can address your mice or rat problem quickly and efficiently, in a way that doesn't cause potential side effects to you or your pets. With options to consider and a professional company on your side, you'll soon be free of rodents in your home. Contact us today, and let us work with you to make sure you don't have any more pests in your house. We'll use the latest treatments to protect you and your family, as well as the envioronment, while we discourage any more rodents from trying to make a home in your house.

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