Does electronic pest control work?

Typically, pests are killed during pest control. This is usually accomplished by using toxic pesticides that are targeted towards a species. However, these pesticides can also be toxic for humans and pets. Some people are concerned because of this. Others are opposed to killing certain pests such as rodents but still don’t want them around their property.

Because of these concerns, there has been a heightened interest in electronic pest control. Manufacturers of these devices claim they keep pests away with no spray required. But does electronic pest control really work?

The science behind electronic pest control

Electronic pest control typically claims to work in one of two ways.

  • Ultrasonic sound waves. Ultrasonic sound waves are waves of sound that too high for humans to hear, but are annoying for pests. This constant emission of loud sounds is primarily targeted at rodents. The idea is that they avoid places with loud, annoying sounds–just like humans would!
  • Electromagnetic Fields. The other kind of electronic pest control on the market is based on electromagnetism. These devices claim to alter the existing electromagnetic fields to a level that is uncomfortable for rodents and insects. They also claim to not affect pets or people in any measurable way.

How do they compare to traditional pest control?

Much of the information on the subject is biased depending on who it comes from. Pest Control Spraying companies tend to claim the devices are ineffective. Manufacturers of electronic pest control devices claim even better than methods. So which is true?

Different studies produced different results. One done in 2002 in the US showed that they were effective for some insects like crickets, but not ants or spiders. Results from another were that they were effective in the short-term, but that the effect wore off quickly and eventually the pests became used to them.

Overall, most research shows that they aren’t an effective tool on their own. For large scale infestations, they are ineffective and not a long-term solution. Ultrasonic units, for instance, can be blocked by furniture or walls. Some people even claim that they interfere with other devices like phones.

Some people choose to pair them up with sprays and and traps. This tends to be effective, but hard to determine how of that can be attributed to each method.

What kind of pest control should I use?

If you’re not sure what kind of pest control to use, your best bet is to stick with pesticides. DIY sprays work for small groups. But a large infestation should be handled by a professional.

An expert pest controller knows where to spray and in what amounts to maximise effectiveness. For rodents, bait stations have also been shown to be more effective than traps alone. Take a look at our shop order some with free shipping, or learn more about our total pest control service or get a quote now.