Are you struggling with rodents or insects that could be harmful to your health? Have you already tried a whole range of ointments, traps and sprays to get rid of them? Right now, you might even be thinking about trying ultrasonic pest control devices. But before you do that, let us tell you more about them. What follows is a brief explanation of how they work, as well as the answer to the question of whether they’re any good. It should help you decide whether you want to give them a try!
How does an ultrasonic pest control device work?
These devices are of the electronic kind, meaning they use neither trapping mechanisms nor harmful substances to rid you of your pest problems. What they do use are high-frequency sounds, the purpose of which is to prevent rodents and insects from entering the premises. It might sound strange, but it’s actually a very old strategy when it comes to dealing with pests. Sounds were first used by the ancient Chinese to protect both crops and homes. And now this strategy is utilized in the production of modern pest control devices. But do they serve their purpose?
Are ultrasonic pest control devices efficient?
Unfortunately, there’s no single answer to this question. Different studies have shown different results. In 2002, Kansas State University conducted an experiment which proved that the devices were very efficient in repelling crickets. This, however, didn’t apply to cockroaches, spiders and ants. It seems that ultrasonic pest control devices only work with some insects and very few rodents.
In real life, that is, outside carefully monitored lab rooms, the success rate of the devices drops significantly. This is mostly due to their signal strength getting very poor from time to time, as well as being blocked by furniture and walls.
Are there any cons to using ultrasonic pest control devices?
Apart from the fact that they’re not as efficient as we’d want them to be, these devices have raised safety concerns as well. Since they need to make sounds in order to operate as pest repellants, they sometimes interfere with similar devices. This includes telephones, hearing aids and alarm systems. The sounds they produce can also affect pets, such as rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs.
Are there better options than ultrasonic pest control devices?
There is a wide range of pest control options that are a lot better than using an ultrasonic pest control device. These include everything from relatively harmless substances to other animals. But if you’ve tried everything that’s available to you and still can’t see any results, you might want to call a professional pest control team.
Proudly serving the greater Chicagoland area in Illinois and southeast Wisconsin, the professional exterminators at Aerex Pest Control understand the habits of different pests and use that knowledge when developing a pest control program that is best suited to your home and your particular problem. Our technicians are professional, state certified, licensed applicators. Call today for your free consultation 847-255-8888 or click here for a free quick quote.