Do Electronic Mouse Repellers Work On Rats Or Spiders?
Safe, easy pest control at the push of a button. Sound too good to be true, right? Well these are the claims that manufacturers of electronic mouse repellers make. But what are they and do they actually work on pests like rats or spiders?
What is an electronic mouse repeller?
Electronic mouse repellers are a pest control device that give off a high-pitched sound that’s designed to drive away household pests. The sounds are not audible to humans, but manufacturers claim they can eradicate pests including;
Fleas and ticks
Rats and mice
Do electronic mouse repellers work on rats or spiders?
Laboratory studies have shown that certain levels of ultrasonic sounds can impact on pests like cockroaches and rodents. However, the technology and methods used aren’t available or practicable for domestic use.
If you do invest in an electronic mouse repeller for your home, you might see a short-term effect. For example, it might be able to deter pests that have not yet set up home in your property. But, for determined pests who are looking for food, water, and shelter, they will soon get used to the sounds. Add to this the fact that furniture, carpets, rugs, and other things you have in your home absorb a lot of the sound and you can see why it might not be an effective deterrent.
What does the research say about electronic mouse repellers?
Despite many claims to the contrary, electronic mouse repellers don’t appear to be effective in eradicating pests.
• A few studies on insects like crickets found that although the electronic repeller did deter them, it only eradicated them from the room where the device was located. There were still insects present in other areas of the property. There have been no successful studies on spiders, cockroaches, ants, or rodents.
• A study carried out for the US Department of Agriculture found that rodents stopped responding to the sounds after only a few days.
• A study on the impact of electronic pest repellers on mosquitoes found that it actually made the problem worse! It increased the rate of mosquito bites by 50%.
So what are the better options?
They promise so much, but the science supporting the effectiveness of electronic mouse repellers is lacking.
Whatever pest you’re dealing with in your home, calling in professional pest control is by far your best option. Not only will they be able to eradicate the pests, they’ll be able to give you expert advice on how to prevent them from getting into your home in the first place.
Don’t waste your time and money on pest control methods that don’t work. Protect your home and family by calling in the experts.
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