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The presence of modern technology makes sure that every aspect of our lives is made easier, even in pest control. That is why the old and traditional methods of using traps, bed nets, or even calling the local pest control to take care of pest problems have been overlooked. The idea of making things simpler and thus involving less work on our part is appealing to the most of us, but you shouldn’t completely rely on what technology has developed without considering the risks that it may come with. That is why I’ve laid out the new approaches that have been developed for battling pests, and included each of their pros and cons:
Ultrasonic Pest Control comes in many forms, it can be a small electronic device that you either plug in or is battery operated, it can be an app that can be downloaded through your mobile phone, it can be broadcasted on the radio and some has incorporated it on air conditioners. Its function is to emit a very high frequency that only rodents and insects can hear and will eventually annoy them and force them to leave. It is impossible for us humans and for our pets like cats and dogs to hear, unless you are half-rodent or something. However, if you have gerbils, hamsters, and guinea pigs as pets, there is a possibility that the noise will disturb them as well.
1. No chemicals will be used so it is environmentally friendly
2. No weird smell that may harm our lungs
3. Convenience. It won’t really cost us much energy because we just have to plug it in or just open your mobile phone or the radio.
1. The high frequency sound can be distorted by furniture and walls
2. It’s reach is very limited. It can only reach 30 sq meters of a room so you have to put it in every room. Although some devices claim that the sound reaches the whole house, but of course it will be pricier.
3. Science has proved it to be a myth. Studies have already been conducted to test its effectivity: The device was put right next to a cage of rodents and these rodents did not react to it at all and they just did normal rodent things. Another study has also been conducted saying that every species of insects perceive sounds differently thus having different reactions. But they all have something in common: they all get used to this high frequency sound eventually and there’s really nothing you can do about it.
So it is up to you to if you will believe the claim of science who has proven this device to be a myth , or the claim of the advertisements about the device and those who tried it without problem.
These patches and wrist bands have gained popularity in the market. It claims to make its wearer be “invisible” to mosquitoes, thus preventing these disease-bearing creatures from going after you. It works by blocking mosquitoes’ ability to detect carbon dioxide which is their primary method of tracking human blood meals.
1. It is spatial.
2. It is convenient. It easy to put on since it’s just a patch that we put on, thus requiring almost no effort at all in our part. All in all, it is very simple yet innovative.
3. Some come with cute designs too.
4. Many claim it to be effective. Others have said that they have seen visible results when they put these things on, but only on the area where they put it.
These small and spatial patches and bands won’t be enough to protect the whole body from mosquitoes. Unless you put it all over your body, but of course doing so will make you look ridiculous and will make you feel uncomfortable – just yourself covered in patches and your arms full of wrist bands. How will you even move? Even of you cover it with shirt the mosquitoes can still go inside unnoticed, not until they bite you of course.
With the pros and cons stated above, I am not against the development of these new methods, nor promoting it. I’m just saying that they should not be a sole preventative measure against pests, and sticking to the traditional ways that has been proven to be effective in ages may require time and effort but at least they’re effective and won’t really cost us money that much, and most are environmentally friendly too, even some local pest control uses very little usage of chemicals.