Does That Idea Really Work? Myth Busting in Wildlife Control

Spend a day on social media or surfing the Internet, you’ll see all sorts of remedies for repelling rodents and other animals, but do they work?

Here’s some info you can use when making decisions on the endless “old wive’s tales” and folk remedies out there. Remember, whatever is printed on the label of any chemical product defines Federal Law in how the product may be legally used, and with good reason.

Electronic/Ultrasonic Repellent Devices

Plug it in, and like magic, watch numerous species simply disappear! The reality is that animals quickly become accustomed to new sounds, and render these products ineffective in a matter of days. Often, they don’t work for that long.

Bell & Howell must face lawsuit over ultrasonic pest repellers


Mothballs give off a gas that kills insect pests. Napthalene is a chemical that is labeled as a carcinogen, and should only be used according to the label.

Animal Urine

You’d think that the urine of a predator, such as a coyote, fox or a wolf would frighten and repel animals, right? Remember, pests live among predators, are accustomed to predator odors. They have evolved to use other senses to avoid capture.

Hot Peppers

Ghost, Jalepeno, Carolina Reaper and other hot peppers are sometimes recommended to control rodents. Interesting results! Mice, rats, and even rabbits will eat a pepper plant.

Clothes Dryer Sheets?

Only if you like providing free nesting material!

Irish Spring Bar Soap

“Rodent Sheriff” (As Seen on TV)

Food for thought: There are endless products marketed to repel wildlife. Before spending your money, consider this: If any of these methods were truly effective, don’t you think professionals would be using them?

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