Archive for Electronic Pest Control
Electronic pest control is the term used to describe various types of electronic
devices designed to repel or eliminate unwanted pests. Electronic pest control
products are available in various types. A few claim that they will repel
insects,rodents and various other vermin via ultrasonic, or high pitched
frequencies. Some claim to create an electromagnetic field that is repells unwanted vermin, whereas more recent products include ionic air cleansing. Generally these little units are plugged straight into electrical wall outlet or via an adapter cord.
The actual claim is that these types of gadgets "drive unwanted pests out" of
a home, or structure, through a mix of electromagnetic, sonic and/or ultrasonic
energy. The theory is, that the energy waves will be repellent to assorted unwanted pests — everything from roaches to rats.
Do electronic pest control devices work as advertised?
Sorry to say, no. Since these devises are not regulated by the Federal Government, the EPA does not require the same kind of efficacy testing that it does for chemical pesticides. As such, not one of these products have been scientifically proven to work. We would like to advocate this type of pest control as being a safer option to interior pesticides, but they have not ben proven to work.
The end result is that if manufacturers possess technological information which show that these types of products function, they ought to make it easily obtainable. Rather, testimonails are the only proof of effectiveness. Testimonial information isn't dependable since it is highly susceptible to the placebo effect. To become reputable, the statements have to be supported with accurate scientific data.
Manufacturer sof electonic pest control products may well counter that there's also not any proof that the devices don't work. This which is correct because you can't prove a negative. Nonetheless it is the total absense of published, scientific data that's most stunning. We have not been able to locate just one positive result that was published. In our opinion it is the obligation of manufacturers, or marketers, to supply reputable data that the the products that they sell really work.
Recent testing of various electronic pest control devises by independent labs have shown mixed results in controled environments, varying from pest to pest. Based on these mixed results, studies have concluded that more research is needed to improve these electronic pest control devices.