We’re quite sure different types of insects, nocturnal animals, predators or birds such as pigeons or seagulls have their purpose and place in this world, but not inside or around our houses. Unfortunately, pest control problems are on the rise and calling for an exterminator is not always the best option. Such services are usually quite costly and the substances these guys use might be dangerous for your health.
Often, there are easier ways to deal with pests and sure enough, we’ve found some of them! A plethora of affordable pest control devices use ultrasonic sounds, alarms and light flashes to keep unwanted creatures at bay. This is a humane and non-destructive method of dealing with pests and we highly recommend it.
If you usually find yourself surrounded by ants, bees, stray cats, dogs or even worse, skunks, then you need to upgrade your pest control arsenal and get yourself a mosquito racket
, a bug zapper
as well as a high-quality insect and rodent repellent
. This will allow you to protect your house, but most importantly, protect your health and wellbeing.
To make sure you pick a good cat repellent, we have a couple of tips and tricks for you. Keep reading to get in on the secrets!
The price of a good-quality cat repellent is not that high. For example, during our research we discovered such products are usually priced around 20 bucks and can go up to 40 or 45 dollars. Now, it depends a lot on the type of pest control device you are using and the technology behind it. We will explain more in a sec.
As a word of advice, we highly recommend you stay away from cheap cat repellents because these can do you more harm than good, besides making you waste your money. Excessively cheap repellents are usually made from dangerous substances which might affect your health or the health of your kids – or they simply don’t work.
It’s important to pick the right cat repellent because these devices are usually tailored to work with specific types of pests. For example, some repellents are more suitable for nocturnal animals, others can repel dangerous birds while others are tailored to give insects a really hard time.
Let's take a look at a couple of factors which differentiate pest control devices in general:
- Type – some devices use ultrasonic sounds and light flashes, others come as sprays while others are concentrated formulas
- Power option – some repellents are solar powered while most of the others need to be plugged into a power outlet or work with batteries
- Coverage – this is another important factor. If you have a large area to protect, consider buying several devices at once
- Design – some devices can be mounted on walls (they even come with screws) while others can be stuck into the ground
If you prefer humane approaches, we recommend you using ultrasonic devices because these simply scare away pests without actually killing them. However, in some cases, using sprays or concentrated formulas is a more effective option.
Let's go ahead and look at the design of a pest control device.
Construction and Design
Obviously, these gadgets are not decorated with Swarovski crystals or designed in various color options because their form follows function. As mentioned earlier, some of them come with a special stick which can be planted into the ground. You attach the device to the stick and as a result, it will become more efficient and visible. Also, you want the device to be visible because most of them flash a bright light if they sense a predator approaching. Did we mention pest control devices also come with motion sensors? This is another bonus!
In some cases, these gadgets also ring an alarm to scare away predators, but during our research we found customers are usually reluctant to use this feature as it might bother the neighbors. You can safely deactivate this feature if you want to.
Another important thing we need to mention is that pest control devices are powered by electricity coming from various sources – sunlight, batteries or power outlets. If you want to keep costs at minimum, go for a solar powered device, assuming you live in a place with reasonable amounts of sunshine.
Performance and Ease of Use
Today's pest control devices have a certain coverage potential. For example, some high-end devices can protect an area as large as 5,000 square feet while others are more suitable for smaller spaces. Similarly, we also included a device designed to be used on boats or recreational vehicles, keeping curious deer and hungry coyotes away from you.
When it comes to upkeep, you might be happy to find out these devices require almost no maintenance at all. Pest control devices are waterproofed because they will be used outdoors and the installation process is a piece of cake. Maybe you will eventually need to change the batteries from time to time, to make sure your device works 24/7.
Now you have a better understanding about cat repellents and other ultrasonic devices designed to scare away pests, let's take a look at the 5 contenders we selected for this review.
The name of the brand is Natural Armor Animal Repellent and you have definitely figured it out the experts behind it don't make phone cases or car components! This company is focused on manufacturing high-quality natural repellents to be used against a wide variety of animals that might cause you troubles such as stray cats, skunks, raccoons, and even coyotes. The products of this brand come as ready-to-use sprays or as concentrate formulas which can be mixed with water for spraying larger areas.
The 128 Ounce Concentrate from Natural Armor Animal Repellent contains active, natural ingredients which are safe to the environment and best of all, safe for your kids. You can have this solution in 4 different natural scents – mint, peppermint, rosemary and thyme – and the bottle holds 1 gallon of concentrate.
The usage instructions are quite simple – mix this gallon of concentrate with 7 more gallons of water and you have 8 gallons of spray which can cover an area of approximately 32,000 square feet. This formula is designed to keep rats, skunks, chipmunks, raccoons, rabbits and deer away from your yard, field or livestock.
It’s even safe for Santa Claus, so he will still be able to bring you gifts when Christmas comes!
Aspectek is one of the most popular brands specialized in pest control and animal repelling. This company sells a wide variety of devices designed to keep insects, rodents or predators at bay. For example, you can buy affordable mosquito zappers from Aspectek as well as bee repellents and even a device which will make a dog stop barking. We picked this brand not only for its popularity, but also because it’s focused on gadgets which will help you create a pest-free environment.
Now, let's look at the Electronic Pest Repellent from Aspectek. This device can be used both indoors and outdoors and it is suitable for boats, recreational vehicles, yachts or camping sites. Of course, you can also use it in your own home if you have problems with pests.
What makes this device special is its incredible coverage of approximately 5,000 square feet. Basically, this gadget doesn’t work by magic, it emits a powerful ultrasonic sound heard only by rodents, nocturnal animals and other pests. This sound will mess with their central nervous system, telling them (indirectly of course) to get the hell out of there! Best of all, this device also comes with a motion sensor and can be controlled from a distance using a remote.
The name Pestzilla is well chosen as this brand specializes in pest control devices. Apart from mosquito zappers and ultrasonic pest repellents, this company also makes handheld gadgets which tend to scare away dogs. Additionally, many of the products sold by Pestzilla come with various features such as night lights and some of them are powered by sunlight.
For this review, we have chosen the Electronic Animal & Pest Repeller from this brand as it is highly efficient and versatile. This device emits ultrasonic sounds and flashes a bright light in the case animals tend to step into the protected area. Additionally, the device comes with a stick which lets you install it directly into the ground.
When it comes to power, you can plug this device into a power outlet and forget about it. The animal repeller also works with batteries, but you might have to purchase them separately. Protection-wise, the repellent is weatherproof and can be used both indoors and outdoors. It will protect you from all sorts of annoying pests such as cats, dogs, birds, skunks, raccoons, chipmunks, insects, rodents, bats, foxes and many others. Unfortunately, it might not keep the tax collecting guy away from your house, but hey, this ultrasonic technology keeps progressing!
Anmago is yet another brand which makes high-quality pest control devices and sells them at affordable prices. We went for this brand because we liked its line of products and we have found during our research that customers are generally satisfied. This company also gives you the option of buying its products in bulk, saving a couple of dollars from each transaction.
Let's take a closer look at the Anmago Ultrasonic Pest Repellent and see how it works. This device uses ultrasonic sounds to deter cats, dogs, mice, rodents, skunks and other pests from your house and it comes with a frequency dial, allowing you to adjust the intensity of these sounds.
Secondly, this device uses alarms and light flashes to keep pests at bay. These safety measures combined will discourage even the most courageous animals from patrolling in your yard. The product is also versatile as you can plug it into the power outlet or operate it using batteries. Best of all, the device is totally weatherproof, so no amount of rainfall will damage it in the future.
Pest Soldier is a company that adopts a humane approach when it comes to dealing with different types of pests. For example, most of the products made by this brand use ultrasonic sounds to deter animals, instead of poisons or glue-like solutions which might be dangerous for people. Additionally, you can also buy different types of organic sprays from Pest Soldier, particularly if you want to keep insects away from your house.
For the 5th spot in our review, we wanted a product slightly different from the others and we think we found it. The Nighttime Solar Powered Animal Repeller gets its juice from the sun, so you don’t have to plug it into the power outlet or buy batteries on a regular basis. The device charges itself during the day and protects your house during the night. The manufacturer says the battery can last for 7 days on a full charge and the device is suitable for keeping nocturnal animals at bay such as coyotes, raccoons, foxes, cats, deer and others.
Additionally, this piece of equipment incorporates a sensor which turns the device on and off automatically, depending on the time of day. It also flashes lights to deter animals and burglars alike, because the latter will think your house is wired with some sort of security device. We liked this idea a lot!
These devices are capable of keeping a multitude of pests away from your house such as cats, dogs, rodents, mice, birds, nocturnal predators, insects and more. Don’t call the exterminator yet as there are efficient and less expensive methods of dealing with pests that you can try first!