Do Ultrasonic Pest Repellers Work?
Pest control can be a tricky and time-consuming task. Sealing off cracks in your home, setting out traps, regularly checking for signs of an infestation – it can all feel like a full-time job! That’s why so many manufacturers are constantly trying to find innovative ways to keep pests off your property.
One such innovation is a device called an ultrasonic pest repeller, which was first introduced in the 1950s. While these interesting devices have been around for a long time and seem promising, are they actually effective? To help you determine whether ultrasonic pest repellers are a worthwhile investment, the experts at Interstate Pest Management will help answer that question.
What are Ultrasonic Pest Repellers?
Ultrasonic pest repellers are special electronic devices that release high-frequency sounds designed to repel or injure household pests. Most are intended to be plugged into an electrical outlet, which would make them very easy to set up and use. Manufacturers claim that these devices can repel pests over a 1,000 square foot radius or more, even through walls.
Are Ultrasonic Pest Repellers Effective?
While the idea behind ultrasonic pest repellers sounds wonderful, several studies have shown that these devices are not effective in the long run. In fact, these devices are backed by so little evidence that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has gotten involved multiple times. From 1995 to 2018, the FTC and other organizations have warned, fined, or filed lawsuits against manufacturers for false advertising on these products.
Yet, despite these negative reports, ultrasonic pest repellers are still commonly sold – and many have great consumer reviews. So, why is there such a big difference between studies and consumer reports? The answer is because these devices might work, but only for a very short period of time. The initial noise can scare off pests, which can make it seem like the ultrasonic pest repeller is doing its job. However, once the pests realize the sound is not dangerous, they will continue to infest as if it isn’t there.
If you are struggling to keep pests out of your home or property, don’t depend on unreliable devices like ultrasonic pest repellers. Instead, contact your local pest control experts! At Interstate Pest Management, we are always happy to help you create personalized plans to identify, treat, or prevent infestations. Call us today to schedule an appointment!