Electronic Rodent Control – What Is It And How Does It Work?

Rodents can cause a lot of damage and are known to carry many diseases such as Salmonella – which is a well-known form of food poisoning; infection in humans usually occurs when they come into contact with faecal matter coming from mice, and it causes naughty gastro-intestinal symptoms. Besides contaminating food and leftovers, part of the natural behavior of mice also includes munching on everything, and this is why they can cause important damage to electrical cables, lead pipes and fittings. Thus, keeping rodents away must be a priority. Fortunately,  electronic  rodent control is now an accessible and affordable alternative to the traditional pest control and comes with significant other advantages. Let’s learn more about it.

What is electronic pest control?

It refers to controlling and keeping pests away using various devices that work on the principle of electromagnetic waves and ultrasounds. This method works for all kind of pests, from insects to rodents and wild animals; it was invented in the early 1990s, as a consequence of the concern to keep away rodents from the kitchens without using poison, and proved to be a great success later.

However, considering that these devices have been perfected and started to be widely sold only recently, it is natural that most people still doubt their efficiency.

Do these devices work? Are they a real solution or just a scam?

Ultrasound devices for rodent control are electronic devices that emit high-frequency sounds designed to repel the pests from certain areas – mostly interior, but also exterior. They are tested by special laboratories and certified by regulatory organisms. These electronic devices emit ultrasounds on different frequencies, depending on the type of the pest that they are designed to repel. The pests, either mice, insects or wild animals, perceive these ultrasounds like a nasty scratch on the blackboard and are tempted to go away as soon as possible – which is exactly what we seek for!

How do these ultrasound devices work?

The use of sounds to drive away pests is actually an old strategy. The Chinese used mechanically operated devices that generated repulsive sounds, to stop rodent infestations in the houses or fields, to protect food and crops. Ultrasounds are defined as  „audio frequencies beyond the upper limit of human or animal hearing” and are currently widely used to create efficient electronic pest control devices. In order to do their job, these devices must be plugged into the socket and they will immediately start causing panic and disorientation among the pests.

The technology is advanced today and most of these devices are designed for particular pests, without affecting other animals in and around the house.

Characteristics and advantages

  • Electronic rodent control devices emit ultrasounds with variable strength; some are able to cover larger areas than others
  • Using more devices simultaneously increases the efficiency of rodent-repelling; maximum efficiency is typically obtained after a few days of permanent functioning
  • The devices must be kept away from moisture and sources of excessive heat
  • They are typically small and lightweight (250-300g), so they can be easily handled

Last but not least, these devices are environmentally friendly and do not require any qualification to be operated.