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Do ultrasonic pest repellers work on mosquitoes?

We hate to burst your bubble, but there’s no solid proof these ‘awesome’ devices actually work to repel mosquitoes.

January 4, 2022

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No one wants to have mosquitoes around them.

These small, blood-sucking pests can distract you from getting a good night’s rest and leave you with a small itch.

If you’re traveling to a tropical region, it’s even worse.

Mosquitoes love hot climates, and that’s why you would notice them mostly in the summer.

These insects transmit malaria and other mosquito borne diseases that could kill with time if not treated promptly.

So how can you protect your home from a mosquito invasion?

What are ultrasonic devices?

To know if these devices work, let’s refer to the science behind them.

Both ultrasonic mosquito repellents and an ultrasonic repellent devices, all work the same way.

Ultrasonic devices release high-frequency sounds known as ultrasonic waves. Scientific evidence shows that we can’t hear ultrasonic sounds, because they are above our range of hearing.

Human ears can pick up sound around us, but when it is more than 20khz, it becomes inaudible to us. Maybe our ears were made that way to protect us from really high sounds.

Anyway, the fact that we can’t hear these sounds doesn’t mean pests like mosquitoes can’t. This is where it gets interesting.

Animals can hear ultrasonic sounds higher than 20khz.  An ultrasonic mosquito repeller emits these high-frequency sounds and keep pests like mosquitoes off your property. They do this without the use of harmful chemicals, and just need a power source to function.

Do ultrasonic repel mosquitoes?

Many homeowners love the idea of an ultrasonic pest repeller.  It’s safe for kids and pets and promises to get the job done.

We hate to burst your bubble, but there’s no solid proof these ‘awesome’ devices actually work to repel mosquitos.

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Repelling mosquitoes: What else can I use?

Most pest control methods focus on killing the pest in question.

However, mosquito control methods are much different.

They are not focused on killing mosquitoes, but preventing them from getting to you.

There are several other repellents you can use apart from ultrasonic pest repellents. These anti mosquito methods have been tried over time, and you can pick any you like.

Before we go into the pest control methods, understand that most of these methods are based on a mosquito’s sense of smell.

As we said, mosquitoes can pick up smells easily. Any strong smell would definitely keep them at bay.

1. Peppermint:

Mosquitoes hate anything that remotely smells like mints, such as peppermint.

You can combine a few drops of peppermint oil and water and turn the mixture into a mosquito repellent spray. You can also grind peppermint leaves and spray the powder around areas you see a lot of mosquitoes.

Peppermint can be used as a relief from a mosquito bite too. Just rub the affected area with peppermint oil or ground peppermint leaves.

2. Citronella

Citronella is very popular, especially when it comes it preventing mosquitoes.

Citronella candles, apart from offering a nice scent to your home, can be used to repel mosquitoes.  The downside of citronella is that it doesn’t work for long. You can only use it as a temporary repellent for mosquitoes.

3. Commercial mosquito repellent

There are a lot of commercial mosquito repellents today.

One popular category is the category that contains DEET (N, N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide).

It’s usually yellowish and present in many repellents. While it is advisable for you to buy repellents with DEET, you have to be careful with them as they can still harm you.

As a rule, don’t apply them on toddlers. If you must apply them on older children, ensure that it doesn’t get to their hands. This is because they can play around with it and ingest it.

Avoid applying it to wounds or allergy sites. Also, don’t apply such repellents directly to your face. You can apply them to headwear or dab them lightly on your face with your palms.

4. Insecticides:

If you’re not comfortable with the idea of applying anything to your body, then you could use insecticides.

Pyrethrin insecticides work best for mosquitoes as they can kill them almost instantly.

To spray insecticides, lock up doors and windows before you start spraying. Then, ask everyone to leave the house as you spray your house with insecticide. Stay away from your home for some time.

This way, you will kill both mosquitoes and other insects disturbing your beloved home. After some hours, you and your loved ones can return to your home.

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Ultrasonic pest repellers are touted as substitutes for mosquito control methods like coils, but in reality, they are ineffective.

To stop those irritating insects from getting into your home, use the preventive measures in this article.

Remember, it’s useless to get rid of mosquitoes without doing anything serious to prevent them.

If you can’t handle the mosquito population in your home, you should call a pest control company. It would be able to deal with mosquitoes without harming you and with little stress.

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