Andy Walworth: Hi! My name is Andy Walworth with Victor. Today I'm going to show you how to effectively rodent proof your home.
Now I am going to discuss a new technology called ultrasonic rodent repellents. Ultrasonic rodent repellents emit high frequency sound waves that have been found to effectively repel rodents from protected areas. Inaudible to the human ear, these new products emit non-repetitive patterns at 80 oscillations per second, making the electronic mouse repellent sound like a jackhammer to mice. For additional effectiveness, a distinct spike in sound at 46.
5 KHz replicates the sound of a dominant male rodent. Rodents are very territorial and will constantly fight to establish dominance. The sound of a dominant rodent will discourage others from inhabiting a territory.
To effectively use ultrasonic repellents, first identify room that has signs of rodent activity. Rodents are nocturnal creatures, which mean they rarely surface during the day time. Look for the signs of an infestation such as chewing or gnaw marks, droppings, tracks and nests.
Next, plug the unit into an outlet which is open to the rest of the room, not behind the furniture where the sound waves maybe blocked. Ultrasound is reflected by hard surfaces and absorbed by soft surfaces. In a room with mostly hard surfaces, like a kitchen, garage, or basement, ultrasound will bounce around giving more effective coverage. The ideal placement would be one that allows the sound waves to cross in front of an entrance way.
The rule regarding square footage coverage is simple. An ultrasonic device can only cover the room in which it is installed; in a 10 10 room, it covers 100 square feet. In a double car garage it covers 400 square feet. Putting out several units per room improves effectiveness.
Ultrasonic waves behave more like light than sound. For example, music from your stereo can fill your entire house. Ultrasound cannot penetrate any solid surfaces; walls, floors, or ceilings or travel around corners. This is why you need at least one unit per room, with obstructions you will need to install more then one unit for maximum effectiveness.
Ultrasonic devices should not be used alone to control an established infestation. Traps and rodenticides as well as sanitation and exclusion efforts should be used with ultrasonic repellents. Although ultrasonic devices are not enough to gain complete control, they are effective at significantly reducing rodent activity when used per the instructions.
Now you know how to effectively use ultrasonic repellents to prevent rodents from your home.