Alternative ways of getting rid of bed bugs and other pests are often marketed to the public. Despite repeated studies showing complete ineffectiveness of such devices, electronic bed bug repellents continue to be sold to the gullible public. The article published in the Journal of Economic Entomology, confirms again that commercial devices that produce ultrasound frequencies are NOT effective in repelling bed bugs.
Bed Bugs Are Not Repelled by Ultrasonic Devices
In “Efficacy of Commercially Available Ultrasonic Pest Repellent Devices to Affect Behavior of Bed Bugs (Hemiptera: Cimicidae),” authors K. M. Yturralde and R. W. Hofstetter report the results of their tests of four commercially available electronic pest repellent devices designed to repel insect and mammalian pests by using sound.
The devices, which were purchased online, were used according to manufacturers’ instructions. A sound arena was created for each ultrasonic device, in addition to a control arena which featured no sound. However, the authors found that there were no significant differences in the number of bed bugs observed in the control (no sound) and sound arenas, and that bed bugs were neither deterred nor attracted to the arena with the sound device.
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Bed bugs are notoriously difficult pests to eradicate. To be completely effective, the treatment must destroy adult bed bugs, their eggs and larvae. As bed bugs are easily transferred from room to room in furniture, clothing or cushions, it is important to treat the entire household, not just one room.