Do plug in pest repellers work?
Can an electronic pest repellent really make my home pest-free?
The short answer is yes, but, it’s important to understand how ultrasonic and electronic pest controllers work, what they repel, and how long they last for so you can rest assured that you’re covered.
As your trusty companion, I’ll go over all of this information and more below so you can figure out if you want to try one of these products in your own home. If you do, then you’ll want to make sure to check out my reviews of the best electronic pest repellers available. There are five in total.
How Do Electronic Pest Repellents Work?
First, you have to understand that the common pests that get into your home’s walls and into your home itself can hear and feel sounds and vibrations that humans can’t hear or see. These frequencies and vibrations can disturb the pests or disorient them when they hear them. This can cause them to want to get away from the sounds or vibrations and get out of your home if you have enough repellers around.
Most pest repellers plug into your outlet. Once you plug this repeller in, it’ll start to emit ultrasonic sounds or electromagnetic waves into the surrounding room, walls, and ceilings. These sounds and waves will travel out, and any pests near them will hear and feel it.
A repeller that emits electromagnetic waves works by sending these waves through your home’s wiring. This is the only type of repeller that can go straight through your walls, and the number of rooms on each circuit of your home will determine how many you need to purchase to cover your entire space. You can tell how many you’ll need by looking at your circuit box and counting the number of circuits you see.
An ultrasonic pest repeller uses ultrasonic sounds that are too high pitched for humans and animals to hear. These waves travel throughout the room that it’s plugged into. However, it can’t go through walls. This means that you’ll need one for each room you want to protect.
Regardless if the unit uses electronic waves or ultrasonic sounds, the end result is the same – pests get disoriented or confused, and this causes them to have trouble going about their daily routines. This will make the want to move away from the pest repeller and your home.
Which Type of Pest Repeller Should You Use?
Most homes have more than one kind of pest running around from rodents to creepy crawly insects. Even if you’re not sure what pest you have, it’s better to cover for both of them to deter any new pests from coming in and making themselves at home.
Most people will buy one type of repeller that emits ultrasonic sounds, and they also buy a second type of repeller that emits electromagnetic waves.
There are also two-in-one repellers available that emit both sound and vibrations. It’s important that you look at how wide of a frequency range your repellers have before you set them up and how many circuits your home has.
This will give you a good idea on how many you need to cover all of the rooms in your home. Different repellers have different coverage areas, and some don’t go through walls, so you don’t want to assume that one is the same as the other.
How Long do Ultrasonic Pest Repellers Last?
Since your pest repeller is plugged straight into your home’s electrical circuit, it can last for years. You won’t have to worry about switching out batteries, and it should work as long as you have a good stream of electricity running to it.
Of course, your device could wear out after a few years of continued use. This is when you’d replace it. But, a quality repeller should have no problem working constantly for at least five years or more.
They can take up to two weeks to start working on the pests in your home and deterring them from coming in or hanging around. You should notice a significant drop in pest activity, and this is how you’ll know your repeller is working like it should be.
So, do ultrasonic repellers work and do electronic pest repellers work?
As long as you have adequate coverage for your home, the answer is yes. They’ll help remove any existing pests and keep your home pest-free for years to come.