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Pest repellant is a scam?
« on: May 18, 2024, 03:33:44 pm »
Hi,
This would be useful when you live in an old house where the rats and bedbugs etc, live under the floorboards  where you cant get to them, and the insects come into the room through the floorboard gaps....

https://repellio.com/pp/uk/?gad_source=1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI95-vrcKXhgMVv41QBh1VhgzEEAAYASAAEgInSvD_BwE

..but is it a scam?

Sounds like an ultrasonic transmitter, thats all?
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Re: Pest repellant is a scam?
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2024, 03:43:27 pm »
PSA - the URL without possible affiliate link: https://repellio.com/
 
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Re: Pest repellant is a scam?
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2024, 03:48:56 pm »
PSA - the URL without possible affiliate link: https://repellio.com/

Tee hee.

The OP could easily check, by turning one on and seeing whether he rushes out of the room.

Or he could use google/bing or snopes.
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Re: Pest repellant is a scam?
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2024, 03:57:23 pm »
The IO stand for IN OUT. I don't see the problem.
 
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Re: Pest repellant is a scam?
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2024, 04:18:31 pm »
Ah it is the weekend again.  >:D

Send one to bigclive and let him test and take it apart for you.

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Re: Pest repellant is a scam?
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2024, 04:47:39 pm »
Sound based repellers are not effective according to testing -

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But Do They Work?

Studies designed to investigate the efficacy of ultrasonic pest repellents have shown mixed results. One extensive test performed by Kansas State University in 2002 found that the devices were effective at repelling some insects, such as crickets, but the same devices had little effect on cockroaches. Ants and spiders were unaffected by any of the devices. Of the pests that seem to be bothered by the noise, some tests have shown that they soon become habituated as they realize the noise is harmless. Even models proven successful in tests are unlikely to perform adequately in real-world situations, where signal strength rapidly diminishes and can be blocked by walls and furniture.

https://www.nachi.org/ultrasonic-pest-repellers.htm
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Re: Pest repellant is a scam?
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2024, 05:21:12 pm »
Yes, Virginia, it is a scam.
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Re: Pest repellant is a scam?
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2024, 07:53:32 pm »
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The sound waves used are bionic, electromagnetic, and ultrasonic.

What could possibly go wrong with that product?  ::)

Great product name though -- sounds like a magic spell straight out of Harry Potter. Uttering that spell is probably as effective as using this product.
 
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Re: Pest repellant is a scam?
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2024, 07:58:05 pm »
Yes. They are a scam. Shawn Woods made a video about them.
 
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Re: Pest repellant is a scam?
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2024, 09:00:08 pm »
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The sound waves used are bionic, electromagnetic, and ultrasonic.

could be systematic, hydromatic, ultramatic ... if you know what I am talking about.
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Re: Pest repellant is a scam?
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2024, 10:40:38 pm »
I've never seen any pests in my house once I got a cat. 

But you do have to feed the cat.  I'd argue it outcompetes the pests in cuteness and only asks for food in return for pest deterrence.

I found two dead mice in my dad's kitchen after he installed a pest-away-device similar to that.  I'm not convinced they work.
 
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Re: Pest repellant is a scam?
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2024, 06:56:42 am »
If the OP buys one, turns it on and finds it makes him want to leave the room then clearly it works.
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Re: Pest repellant is a scam?
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2024, 07:01:50 am »
AFAIK all ultrasonic pest or tick repellents are scam.
 
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Re: Pest repellant is a scam?
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2024, 08:35:08 am »
Not necessarily. One of our cats will disappear over the horizon if a high-pitched whine, such as from our vacuum cleaner, occurs. In fact, I only have to get the thing out and he's gone, knowing what's coming. Same with the robomower - sits there quite happily sunning himself but as soon as the mower gets going he is gone, and that's a very soothing kind of hum but high-pitched.

OTOH, our other cat couldn't give a toss. So maybe they work on some individuals and maybe they don't on others. Clearly, if the aim is total annihilation then they don't work (and much else wouldn't either), but if you just wanted to show they do work - as in having an effect - then you only need one or two critters to scuttle away.
 
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Re: Pest repellant is a scam?
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2024, 04:32:28 pm »
Not necessarily. One of our cats will disappear over the horizon if a high-pitched whine, such as from our vacuum cleaner, occurs. In fact, I only have to get the thing out and he's gone, knowing what's coming. Same with the robomower - sits there quite happily sunning himself but as soon as the mower gets going he is gone, and that's a very soothing kind of hum but high-pitched.

OTOH, our other cat couldn't give a toss. So maybe they work on some individuals and maybe they don't on others. Clearly, if the aim is total annihilation then they don't work (and much else wouldn't either), but if you just wanted to show they do work - as in having an effect - then you only need one or two critters to scuttle away.
Neither of those sounds are ultrasonic, and they only work on domestic cats, which can be a pest, but generally don't cause as many problems as rodents and as you say, don't work on all individuals. The OP wants to deal with rats and bedbugs, not the neighbour's cat using his garden as a toilet.
 
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Re: Pest repellant is a scam?
« Reply #15 on: May 19, 2024, 05:09:03 pm »
I think you missed what I was trying to get across. Wood...trees... you know the form by now.
 
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