Expert Tips for Using Ultrasonic Repellents
When it comes to rodent removal, one of the most natural ways to get rid of mice and rats is to place an ultrasonic repellent unit. Ultrasonic pest control products from Victor® use high-frequency sound waves to drive away mice and rats by creating an unpleasant environment for them.
Electronic repellents are capable of preventing a rodent infestation before it can even start. Plus, they are safe to use around children and non-rodent pets because they are inaudible to anyone but rodents and they don’t use any chemicals or poisons!
Location, Location, Location
First, identify a room that has signs of rodent activity. Rodents are nocturnal creatures, which mean they rarely surface during the daytime. Begin by looking for the signs of an infestation, including:
- Chewing or gnaw marks
- Small tracks
- Rodent nests
Once you’ve identified an area with rodent activity, plug the unit into an outlet that is open to the rest of the room, not behind furniture where the sound waves may be blocked. Note, hard surfaces reflect ultrasound, while soft surfaces absorb it.
In a room with mostly hard surfaces, like a kitchen, ultrasound will "bounce" around giving coverage that is more effective. The ideal placement would be one that allows the sound waves to cross in front of an entrance way.
Use Multiple Units
Ultrasonic waves behave more like light than sound. For example, music from your stereo can fill your entire house. Ultrasound cannot penetrate solid surfaces (walls, floors, ceilings) or travel around corners. This is why you need a unit for each affected room.
The rule regarding square footage coverage is simple: an ultrasonic device can only cover the room in which it is installed For example, in a 10' x 10' room it covers 100 sq. ft., in a double car garage it covers 400 sq. ft. With obstructions, you will need to install more than one unit for maximum effectiveness.
Monitor Rodent Activity
Monitoring the signs of rodent activity will allow you to correctly place the units in high-frequency areas and allow you to direct the unit towards their entry points. Additionally, regular checks for the signs of recent rodent activity will allow you to confirm the population is dissipating. Remember, rodent populations can tolerate unfriendly changes in their environment for only a short time so you can expect to see a reduction in activity after 6 to 10 days on average.
Combine with Other Rodent Control Methods
For best results, ultrasonic devices should not be used alone to control an established infestation. Use traps as well as sanitation and rodent-proofing efforts in conjunction with ultrasonic repellents. In fact, ultrasonics are great for use as a herding tool to force rodents into areas equipped with traps and baits. Once the infestation is under control, continuing using the devices to keep rodents from coming back!
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