Ultrasonic Pest repellent is one of the commonly used methods to get rid of pests and uninvited guests at home. Although these devices is effective against pests, there are also concerns about whether it is safe to use them around pet birds.
Rodents. They seem to be everywhere from your kitchen to your bedroom and even in your barn. Apart from the fact that they cause structural damage to almost everywhere they habit, they can also spread diseases through their urine and droppings.
If you’re a bird lover or farmer, you might be at wit’s end trying to think up ways to eliminate rodents for good without harming a single bird. Many pest control methods claim to take care of rodents, including ultrasonic mice repellents.
How does ultrasonic Pest repellent affect pet birds?
According to research birds hear best in the frequency range of 1 to 4 kHz.
Although there are differences between different birds, no species can hear sounds higher than ultrasonic frequencies (>20 kHz). Even high-pitched songbirds can only detect frequencies of 20 kHz, while species such as oil birds and swiftlets can only operate between 1 and 15 kHz.
Since the hearing ability of birds is similar to that of humans, ultrasonic insect repellent will not negatively affect your birds.
However, depending on your bird species, high-intensity and loud noise may damage their auditory receptors. Continuous exposure to these noises may cause permanent damage to their hearing. Therefore, if you use an ultrasonic insect repellent at home, watch your birds and check for any signs of stress or abnormal behavior.
If your birds are sensitive to these devices, you may need to use them in lower amounts or consider other pest control options.
Are ultrasonic insect repellents effective for birds?
Ultrasonic bird deterrents are ineffective against most pest birds.
They don’t work because they produce high frequencies above the hearing range of birds. Birds’ hearing is similar to humans, so if you can hear sounds, so can they. The natural response of birds when they hear the call is to flee the area.
Are ultrasonic devices fake?
Ultrasonic devices, the term used to describe a wide variety of devices, are devices that use ultrasound waves.
In the world of pest control, these high frequency sound waves are used to ward off all kinds of pests.
When you use an ultrasonic device for the first time, you might think it’s fake. This is because it makes no noise and releases no chemicals. It just sits there like a TV remote.
In reality, these devices do work. The ultrasonic sound waves they release can be heard by other animals, but not human beings. The sound waves are bad news for pests like we would see later in this article.
Are ultrasonic insect repellents safe?
The device is one of many similar models on Amazon and claims to use “safe and effective technology to extremely irritate rodents and insects so that they can escape from your home.”
Well, they are absolutely right, they are safe for humans and pests: don’t be fooled.
What about my kids?
Babies and children are not affected by any high frequency sound because just like adults, the human ear cannot pick up ultrasonic sound.
Ultrasonic devices come in different designs, so you can choose one that would be safe for your household. You can opt for outdoor repellents instead if you notice that your pet or child is affected by a particular repellent.
Ultrasonic pest repellers are safer at lower volumes. As for birds, continuous exposure to ultrasonic sound at extremely high volumes could lead to a psychological response called an audiogenic seizure. The bird could start convulsing, become confused, or even die in the process due to a high body temperature.
Do pest repellers affect birds?
Ultrasonic repellers do not affect birds immediately.
Ultrasonic repellers may be made to affect pests like rodents and insects, but these repellers emit high-frequency sounds that are mostly inaudible to birds. Birds and other pests hear different frequency ranges, so it’s unlikely that a bird’s hearing range will include ultrasonic waves.
But, there are ultrasonic repellers specially crafted for birds, in case you are looking to chase some birds off your lawn. Ultrasonic bird deterrents are effective against woodpeckers, pigeons, and sparrows that frequent your farm.
Can I use electronic pest repellents for the birds?
Birds have almost the same range of hearing as humans, so normal ultrasonic repellers might be ineffective against them.
Luckily, there are electronic pest repellents that can keep birds away effectively. These repellents do not make use of ultrasonic sound but use sounds from other birds. So you can actually hear these sounds in the form of bird distress calls. When a bird hears this, it would fly away from the area as the distress call signifies a problem.
Are there any disadvantages?
The downside to this is that bird sounds can be annoying with time.
Then again, the birds can get used to the sounds and decide to stay instead. It is advisable to use these bird deterrents in large, open spaces so that the sound doesn’t annoy you or those around you.
Can I use electric repellents?
If you’re not a fan of ultrasonic and sonic repellents, you can get another type of repellent.
Some repellents use a type of electric shock to scare away birds. Don’t be scared, the birds don’t get electrocuted by this method. The electric shock simply scares them away and prevents them from staying on your premises.
Does ultrasonic sound affect pigeons?
Ultrasonic sound is any sound above 20kHz. Scientific evidence shows that ultrasonic pest repellers would be useless against pigeons.
Instead, you can try to increase the volume of pest repellents to them chase away. Normally, birds are frightened by loud noises. A bird’s natural response will move away from the sound, just like other pests would.
How can I use Ultrasonic repellers to effectively repel mice around chickens?
For example, you could keep ultrasonic pest repellers on the other side of your house, or close to entry points.
You can use a large piece of equipment to block the high frequencies from getting to your chicken coop. Alternatively, if you don’t want rodents to come in contact with your chickens, you could keep them on a raised platform. It would be hard for rodents to climb up to where your chickens are. Plus, your coop would be cleaner, attracting fewer pests.
Can ultrasonic pest repellents harm pets?
Ultrasonic pest repellers work differently.
Their mechanism of action can affect household pets and pet birds differently. Just because one pet is not affected, doesn’t mean all pets wouldn’t. In cats and dogs, you might notice strange behavior when they are being affected by high sound intensities.
What about dogs and cats?
Dogs and cats are not left out.
For example, you might notice your cats start being more withdrawn. These sounds affect dogs too. Your dog starts barking and giving you ‘whale eyes’ a lot. Small rodent pets like hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits can be affected too. If your pets are showing any sign of discomfort, it’s best to move the device away from them or use other methods to eliminate nice and other rodents.
What other pest control methods can I use for rodents?
If you want to ditch the idea of ultrasonic pest repellers, you can use a variety of other pest control methods.
However, you have to remember each pest control method has its pros and cons, so we would advise you to combine ultrasonic pest repellents with any of these methods.
Traps are effective in catching mice, as they do not require any special application and don’t use chemicals.
To attract mice to your trap, put something they like on the trap like cheese or a bit of cake. When they get close to the trap, it would immediately injure rodents and they would be unable to escape.
Please do not put the traps close to living birds, particularly close to those that move about like chickens. Mice traps can injure birds too, and we wouldn’t want traps to affect your birds negatively.
Baits are another way to eliminate mice easily.
While purchasing baits, we recommend you go to an actual store as ‘cheap’ bait can cause more harm to you than to the mice.
Make sure you always use bait according to manufacturer instructions and keep it away from your birds’ feeding areas to avoid ingestion. You have to keep dropping fresh bait as often as you can to deal with the mice population, as just once a week would not be sufficient for a big mice infestation.
One of the safest ways to get rid of mice and any kind of rodents in your home is to get a cat.
Cats would naturally kill as many rodents as they can, even if they don’t eat them up. For rodents disturbing you in your barn or garage, you can get a bigger cat. Bigger cats would be able to hunt down all sizes of rodents and keep them off your lawn.
Getting rid of mice with birds around can sure seem like a Herculean task.
On one hand, you want to eliminate all the rodents and pest populations on your property.
On the other hand, you want to keep your bird or any other pet within your care safe. You have to strike a balance.
If you find out that the ultrasonic pest repellers are causing more harm than good to your birds, stop using them with immediate effect. Your priority should be the health of your bird. If you learned something new from this article, share it with others!