Pest control is tricky business, with humans trying to outsmart the pests that would like to move in to our living space. However, there are a bunch of pest control methods whose promises of success are dubious at best. As professional exterminators, we would quickly go out of business if we suggested methods to people that didn’t actually work, and we can’t waste your time using techniques that don’t get rid of pests. That’s why we won’t be using any of the following methods ourselves. However, there’s no shortage on the internet of DIY advice on pest control. Some of these are cheap and easy solutions. If you try any of the following methods, we can’t promise they will make any difference, so don’t hold your breath.

Ultrasonic repellent devices

There’s something to be said for the concept of ultrasonic pest repellent. After all, if the Cuban diplomats got injured by an ultrasonic weapon, then wouldn’t it work on the bugs and rodents? Unfortunately, it’s hard to tell whether these devices actually work for pest control. We don’t think that they are successful often enough to justify the cost. Also, even though you won’t be able to hear it, your pets will, and it will drive them crazy.

Scent-based repellent

We’ve heard of lots of creative methods in this department, and we won’t bar you from trying them. Let us know if one of these worked for you.

  • Scent of predators: People with a rodent problem have tried scattering dog and cat hair around the premises to simulate the presence of a predator. While this may work temporarily, your unwelcome visitors will quickly learn to ignore it when they discover that there’s no real predator around. The smell will fade, requiring you to re-apply a fresh supply every so often, and even then, it’s not going to be enough to trick the pests forever.
  • Essential oils: People who are into essential oils claim that rodents dislike the smell of peppermint. This may be true, but in our experience, they like food more. If the presence and availability of food continues to be presented to them, they’re going to put up with a lot of things that are disagreeable to them. Food and garbage trumps peppermint smell every time. The better option is to completely eliminate their food source, stop up the access holes, and set traps for the remaining population.
  • Household spices / ingredients: Depending on the pest, you’ll find advice out there that you can repel insects with white vinegar, black pepper, ground cinnamon, garlic, coffee grounds, cloves, and hot peppers. While some of these methods may provide some marginal benefit depending on the situation, they also make a mess while not addressing the source of the problem, allowing your pests to continue to multiply into an even bigger problem.

Toxic chemicals

Depending on the chemical, the amount you’re using, and the purpose you want to accomplish, it may be dangerous to you, your pets, your landscaping, or your home’s interior if you spray toxic chemicals without being qualified and certified. The amount and dose of these chemicals should be tightly controlled to remain lethal to the pests while not doing harm to people and animals.

Talk to a Pest Control Expert today

If your pest control problem is getting out of hand, or if you don’t want it to get out of hand while you attempt to solve it yourself, please contact us. Our pest control professionals are standing by to help you. Contact us today.