Four things to know before getting an ultrasonic deterrent

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Courtesy of Bird-X Inc.

There are many bird and pest deterrents on the market, and with some research you will be able to find the best humane deterrent for your pest situation. A newer and more effective type of electronic solution is ultrasonic bird and pest control.

How It Works

Ultrasonic repellents work differently than other deterrents. They use high frequencies (which the human ear cannot hear) to deter birds and other pests. When the birds or pests hear the sound being produced, they become disoriented or irritated by the noise. Birds also quickly learn to avoid areas where they have felt the ultrasonic sound waves

There are many ultrasonic devices to choose from depending on the coverage you need. Typically, they are able to cover up to 3,600 sq. ft. With multiple speakers, you can customize coverage for even larger areas.

Location

Like with all other bird and pest deterrents, there are certain specifications to meet in order for the ultrasonic device to work optimally. Location of the deterrent plays a big factor in effectiveness. Ultrasonic devices work best in enclosed and semi-enclosed locations where sound waves can bounce off walls or ceilings.

For outdoor problem areas, ultrasonic devices that include weatherproof speakers and waterproof control panels, like the Ultrason X, are recommended. Areas such as parking structures, barns, and loading docks are ideal locations for ultrasonic deterrents.

Type of Pest

Ultrasonic devices are used to deter a variety of pests. They are most widely used to deter birds that carry diseases such as West Nile or E. Coli.  Some of the most common repelled birds include: pigeons, seagulls, grackles, sparrows, woodpeckers, starlings, ducks, and geese.

While the ultrasonic device is ideal for a variety of birds, it is also effective in repelling bats, rodents, and other small critters. The frequency on the device may need to be adjusted to effectively repel these pests.

Residential Ultrasonic Pest Solutions

For smaller scale use, there are residential ultrasonic products. While the deterrent still requires a semi-enclosed space, the residential products are tailored towards balconies, awnings, and gardens.

Since these deterrents are for residential areas, they are tailored to residential pests. These ultrasonic devices deter rodents, bats, rabbits, cats, dogs, skunks, opossums, armadillos, raccoons, deer, and insects. The frequencies on the device can change according to what pest you are trying to deter.

One thing to note about this product is that if you have pets, it could potentially irritate them depending what setting the product is on. The frequencies go from highest to lowest (clockwise) when looking at the dial. Our product images feature what pests are deterred at what frequency. Ultrasonic frequencies travel in a linear line, so mount the speaker off the ground if pets are in the area. Additionally, make sure to point the product away from your house, or any outside areas your pet might use.

Ultrasonic deterrents are an ideal choice when looking for a humane way to get rid of unwelcome pests. They are a low-profile deterrent and require little maintenance. Whether you are looking for a product to cover a large area, or one to place in your backyard, Bird-X has multiple options for any need.

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