Are ultrasonic repellent devices painful for dogs?

By Nadine Oraby | 2020 Update

Who likes to have rodents and pests in their homes? Everybody wants to get rid of these unwelcome guests and for that, you can adopt different ways.

Many people opt for ultrasonic pest repellents to safely remove the rodents and insects. These repellents are not at all harmful for you and the environment.

But what about the pets in the house? If you’re a pet parent, then you definitely have to do your research before buying an ultrasonic pest repellent. 

Here’s what you need to know:

Ultrasonic pest repellents produce high-frequency waves that are not audible to human ears, but can be heard by insects and rodents which drives them away. Pets, specifically dogs, can also hear these high-frequency sounds. Many dogs ignore the sound, but some that are already upset will react and become uneasy. So, you have to watch your dog’s behavior and if it’s not doing well, then you have to remove the pest repeller device for good. 

First things first. Before investing in a pest repellent device, you should know how it works. So, let’s start. 

How ultrasonic repeller devices work?

Ultrasonic repeller devices are designed to keep away rodents and insects from your house. Although, there is no scientific evidence, yet the manufacturers claim that these devices are very effective to get rid of rodents and insects in a safe way. 

The ultrasonic repeller devices produce high-frequency sounds that are not audible to human ears. But insects and rodents can hear them and they get disturbed by these sounds. As a result, they escape and find a new he for themselves. Manufacturers say that it’s a green way to get rid of these unwanted guests in your home as there is no use of chemicals. 

If you own a dog, then you should know that dogs have a very sharp sense of hearing. So, if you are thinking to install an ultrasonic repellent device, then make sure you don’t panic your dog while doing so. 

How to know if your dog is hearing the repellent? 

The gestures of dogs are different than humans. Yet, if you are a caring pet parent, then you can easily understand whether your canine is in trouble or not. 

Just after you install the pest repellent device, start observing your dog’s behavior. We humans can’t hear the ultrasonic sound waves, but dogs do hear these high-frequency sounds. You must know whether your dog has ignored these sounds peacefully or its nervous enough and showing signs that it’s not happy. 

If your dog’s ears are straightened and not relaxed, tail tucked, and eyes wide open, then it’s for sure that they’re disturbed by these sounds. Also, your dog might run away from the noise, run towards the repellent and bark, and search for something in an annoying way. Your dog will look afraid and will not play much. It will prefer to sit close to you to feel safe. 

If these signs are persistent and your dog becomes all normal when you turn off the repellent, then your pooch probably doesn’t like this method of pest control. 

Are dogs actually affected by the ultrasonic pest repellent devices? 

Yes, some dogs react negatively to repellent devices. Dogs have the tendency to hear sounds as high as 45 to 67 kilohertz. Humans are unable to hear these sounds. The ultrasonic sound waves are high enough pitched that your dog can listen. 

All dogs hear these repellents but not all will react negatively. They will react based on their training and mood. The good news is that you can certainly train your dog to hear these sounds in routine. Let’s see how! 

How to train your dog to cope with the repellents? 

If you have already invested in an ultrasonic pest repellent device, then try to train your dog accordingly. Turn on the device and see the dog’s reaction. If he’s all good then there’s nothing to worry about. But if your dog looks nervous right after the device has been turned on, then don’t worry and keep observing your dog for a few days. It’s possible that he will get used to it.

But if your dog doesn’t get used to it even after a few days then show him the device. Pat him gently and make him understand that the device is completely harmless. You can take help from a professional as well. Make sure you don’t freak out your dog in the process. 

If your dog gets used to it after that, then well and good. But if not, then it’s time to remove the device as you surely don’t want to keep your pet in distress. 

Alternate safe pest repellent options 

If your dog isn’t comfortable with the ultrasonic repellent devices then don’t worry. You can still get rid of rodents and insects using other safe methods. 

Remove all the unwanted plants around your house. Rats and insects tend to live in the plants and reproduce there. So, it’s better to clean your backyard on a regular basis to get rid of mice and insects. 

Seal all the cracks and spaces that can become a pathway for rats. Insects also enter the house from minute cracks. So make sure you seal all those cracks and holes that can allow rodents and insects to pass through. 

The best option is to call the professionals. The pest control team will inspect your house and use safe, environment-friendly methods to remove all the pests from your home. 

Make sure your house is cleaned and there is no mess in which pests can hide easily. Clean all the food particles that can welcome those insects and rats. Also, make sure you empty your garbage bin daily before sleeping. 

The Bottom line

If you want to get rid of rodents and insects and are considering installing an ultrasonic pest repellent device then wait. As a dog owner, you have to think twice as dogs easily hear that high frequency sounds. Some dogs become anxious and don’t like these sounds all the time.

They will hear them and bark or run towards the device back and forth and prefer to be with you all the time. In this case, you have to either train your dog or just remove the repellent device so that your dog can roam around freely. In other cases, dogs don’t bother these sounds and go well with them. So, you have to give it a try and see how your pooch reacts towards these high-frequency sounds.

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