Riddex Pest Control Devices



Some people have asked us about Riddex pest control and about electronic pest control in general.  Riddex pest control is a company that makes electronic pest control devices.  These devices work by emitting ultra-high frequency sound waves that are supposed to repel pests, including creepy-crawly pest like ants and roaches and rodents like mice and rats.  The sounds cannot be heard by humans or by pets like cats or dogs, although if you have pet guinea pigs, gerbils, or hamsters, they might be bothered by the sounds. 

The devices are rather attractive little boxes that plug into an electrical outlet.  They can be purchased in different colors to match your décor.  A blinking light on the unit is supposed to let you know it’s working.  The Riddex units are supposed to work for an entire floor of a house, which is a greater range than most of these kinds of devices are said to have.


But Does Riddex Pest Control Really Work?

Some people do say they have used electronic pest control devices with good results, but science doesn’t really bear this out.  There have actually been studies in which cages of rodents were placed right next to such devices, and the rodents did not seem at all disturbed by the sounds.  They went on to live fairly normal rodent-lives (normal for caged rodents, anyway).  When males and females were placed in the same cage, they even bred.  And entomologists say that some creepy-crawly pests aren’t even able to hear the sounds put out by the devices, so there is no reason they should be affected by them.

In fact, in the 1980’s, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged a number of companies that make electronic pest control devices with making claims they could not substantiate and required them to make refunds to many customers.  The bottom line is that while Riddex pest control sounds very attractive – after all, what could be easier, or neater? – there is no proof that it really works.

Alternatives to Riddex Pest Control

Fortunately, there are a number of effective alternatives to electronic pest control.  For rodents, there are traditional snap traps, live traps, even electric traps, and of course poison.  For the creepy-crawly pests, there are a number of effective poisons and other treatments. 

The best treatment for you will depend on the type of pest(s) you’re dealing with, the scope of your problem, whether or not you have small children or pets in the house (some methods of pest control just aren’t safe to use around small children or pets), and your personal preferences.  We recommend you contact a reputable pest control service to discuss your options.  Many pest control companies will come to your home and do a free inspection and then discuss your options with you.  They can help you customize a plan that will work best for you.

Recommended Treatment Provider

We recommend that you use a licensed professional for all of your home pest control needs. A quality pest control company will come to your home and give a free inspection and discuss all options with you. They also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back. You can follow this link to get a selection of prequalified local pest control companies that can take care of your problem for a very reasonable fee.



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