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Plug in pest control

by The Bug Doctor

Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

ultra sonic pest repel pestcemetery 300x276 Plug in pest controlI have been asked so many times over the years about ‘plug in pest control devices’. Do they really work? Usually the question comes from a new customer who is standing in her kitchen with roaches scurrying about while her 8 pest control plug ins hum quietly along.

Obviously not is what the smug dark side of me wants to say; but almost always the polite little bug guy comes out in me and explains to her that they are ineffective and actually cost her more by taking up valuable electricity. Invariably the devices are still in place with the next service and there they’ll stay for the duration. I’m sure she just can’t give up hope that somehow this scientifically proven method can’t be wrong.

Actually tests have proven the devices are bogus and I was right. Hopefully for the rest of this post, my ‘good little bug guy’ side will stay intact but I so want to pat myself on the back and do the ” I told you so” dance.

There are literally hundreds of new inventions and devices for pest control put out every year. Some sound good and make it to the trucks of the pest control companies or shelves of the do it yourself stores around America. Many others never get past the first hurdle. No matter where they end up a good percentage still just do not work.

Here’s some off the top of my head and a brief description of problems they have.

Plug ins–most insects can’t hear ultra sonic sound waves nor does the pulse they create disturb them. It does make a nice warm home for the roaches though.

In ground pop up termite detector–orange pop up button goes up regardless if its ants, moisture or a weed whacker that damages the trigger.

Plastic ‘trap ease’ live mouse trap–plastic doesn’t seem strong enough and the mouse chews his way out.

Plastic round live mouse trap–to small and the mouse’s tail is usually caught in door, mouse turns around and works the door back open.

Foggers– unable to reach all the pests unless you use to many= bad things happen

Clear fly tape–made to be put on windows and usually only catches the draw strings of the blinds.

Aerosol dusts–use to work quite well but due to environmental concerns the formula has changed, now all it does is clog the tips or the always popular “won’t stop spraying” making a huge mess in someone’s kitchen.

Well that’s just a few but back to the plug ins. On my site you’ll notice achewed trapease pestcemetery 300x225 Plug in pest control Books and more store. I set that up mainly for the books but also put some products. There must have been 3 pages of this plug in device to choose from. I could not in all good conscience allow any of them in because I know they are a waste of money as far as I’m concerned. (If I missed any or the gods at Amazon sneak one in, let me know)

As a professional I want you to be bug free and if these little beauties would do it I’d have my trucks stocked to the brim with them. Believe me, my chemical bill would go way down and I could probably let a few of my technicians go home early for a change.

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Now if you’ve purchased or are considering some of these I don’t want to make you feel bad, I just don’t want you to be misled. There are so many tried and true methods in the pest control industry that will be much better for you and your wallet. Not the least of all is your ‘happy little bug guy’ who has all the tools, knowledge and experience to give you the desired result of a bug free home.


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  • linda

    I bought one of those devices, my hubbie was in pest control 11 years, now retired, he said it would not work either ,but made him plug it in anyway in the garage, he said by havong nothing out for roaches to eat keeps them away,he has kept them away from us thank goodness, it is the rats that come in our garage I hate, roof rats, he has caught 9 of them ewwwww in a trap, we have 4 cats so he will not posin the rats, he puts jerky in the trap, the rats love it,since this is may he said we should not have anymore problems till August, I hate rats lol
    thanks read your coment in the thrifty news letter
    linda

  • linda

    I bought one of those devices, my hubbie was in pest control 11 years, now retired, he said it would not work either ,but made him plug it in anyway in the garage, he said by havong nothing out for roaches to eat keeps them away,he has kept them away from us thank goodness, it is the rats that come in our garage I hate, roof rats, he has caught 9 of them ewwwww in a trap, we have 4 cats so he will not posin the rats, he puts jerky in the trap, the rats love it,since this is may he said we should not have anymore problems till August, I hate rats lol
    thanks read your coment in the thrifty news letter
    linda

  • admin

    Hey Linda,
    Tell your husband I’m gonna try jerky in my next rat trap. I never thought of that! I usually use sardines or some other disgusting smelly thing but his idea sounds like it might be better. Plus I can always take a bite myself when I’m hungry in an attic.;)
    Thanks for reading.
    The Bug Doctor

  • emilia maria vancu

    hello, i would like to ask for your advice in how to escape roaches. i am a fobic and i took some pretty drastic measures to protect myself from them or any other insects: i sleep with the light on, if i see some hole i fill it with silicon based paste.and i always poison the cornerns and entrances, the bathroom and the kitchen. it’s a strong solution a combination of something for colorado and something else, anyway, apparently it attacks their digestive system and eventualy kills them.
    a week ago i woke up with a cockroach on my hand. i went crazy especially because besides the measures i mentioned above i don’t know anything to prevent myself from these pests.
    i was always told that they don’t step out into the light nor that they approach humans. this one was leasurely walking in the light, on my bed, on my hand.

  • emilia maria vancu

    hello, i would like to ask for your advice in how to escape roaches. i am a fobic and i took some pretty drastic measures to protect myself from them or any other insects: i sleep with the light on, if i see some hole i fill it with silicon based paste.and i always poison the cornerns and entrances, the bathroom and the kitchen. it’s a strong solution a combination of something for colorado and something else, anyway, apparently it attacks their digestive system and eventualy kills them.
    a week ago i woke up with a cockroach on my hand. i went crazy especially because besides the measures i mentioned above i don’t know anything to prevent myself from these pests.
    i was always told that they don’t step out into the light nor that they approach humans. this one was leasurely walking in the light, on my bed, on my hand.

  • The Bug Doctor

    emilia,

    I’m sorry that you had that experience but it’s really not unique. I have many customers who not only have my service but also load up on spraying their home themselves. They also buy the plug ins talked about in the article and after all this they still have an occasional pest and it drives them crazy. I think part of the problem is your understanding of bugs and as you stated, your “phobic mind set.” Don’t get me wrong- I understand and am not criticizing you- I’d freak too if I woke up and had a roach on me-that ain’t right. But you did ask for my advice on how you can escape the roaches.
    I would first say for you to consider a professional service and to slow down on the poisoning. Second-lights on does not affect the roach if they are always on. They simply wait then for the quiet times and come out. My guess is that this roach came in as a fluke and it may never happen again but that is not a guarantee. As long as you are as clean as possible- seal up what you can (good job on that :) and have a pro putting chemicals down that will be most effective you should have a relatively pest free life. Sometimes when we detest something or are afraid then that is always what seems to happen. Most likely it happens no more to you than it does others except for you the experience is magnified because of your fears. Having a service will go a long way to subsiding those fears.

    I hope this helped

    Thanks for reading
    The Bug Doctor

  • The Bug Doctor

    emilia,

    I’m sorry that you had that experience but it’s really not unique. I have many customers who not only have my service but also load up on spraying their home themselves. They also buy the plug ins talked about in the article and after all this they still have an occasional pest and it drives them crazy. I think part of the problem is your understanding of bugs and as you stated, your “phobic mind set.” Don’t get me wrong- I understand and am not criticizing you- I’d freak too if I woke up and had a roach on me-that ain’t right. But you did ask for my advice on how you can escape the roaches.
    I would first say for you to consider a professional service and to slow down on the poisoning. Second-lights on does not affect the roach if they are always on. They simply wait then for the quiet times and come out. My guess is that this roach came in as a fluke and it may never happen again but that is not a guarantee. As long as you are as clean as possible- seal up what you can (good job on that :) and have a pro putting chemicals down that will be most effective you should have a relatively pest free life. Sometimes when we detest something or are afraid then that is always what seems to happen. Most likely it happens no more to you than it does others except for you the experience is magnified because of your fears. Having a service will go a long way to subsiding those fears.

    I hope this helped

    Thanks for reading
    The Bug Doctor

  • emilia maria vancu

    hi, thank you for your specifications. they answered some of my questions and also killed some of the myths that go around about roaches.
    thank you again,
    emilia

  • emilia maria vancu

    hi, thank you for your specifications. they answered some of my questions and also killed some of the myths that go around about roaches.
    thank you again,
    emilia

  • The Bug Doctor

    You are welcome emilia,
    Thank You for reading my site and please feel free to ask any other question you may have on this or other bug related things. You definitely seem to be on the right track and have already done more than most of my customers when it comes to sealing up and paying attention. I will be most happy to try to help you in any way I can.

    The Bug Doctor

  • The Bug Doctor

    You are welcome emilia,
    Thank You for reading my site and please feel free to ask any other question you may have on this or other bug related things. You definitely seem to be on the right track and have already done more than most of my customers when it comes to sealing up and paying attention. I will be most happy to try to help you in any way I can.

    The Bug Doctor

  • Amber

    How do you get rid of ants and spiders that is safe for kids and pets?

  • Amber

    How do you get rid of ants and spiders that is safe for kids and pets?

  • The Bug Doctor

    Hey Amber,
    I wish plug in pest control would at least help because the concept is great. For ants you can have great success with baits and maybe a combination of non repellant products (they’re not your traditional insecticides) http://pestcemetery.com/dont-let-your-ant-inspections-go-in-the-tank-inspection-tips/

    Spiders can be controlled but sometimes not as easily. Outside treatments go along way and proper use of insecticides will work fine. You could as well use water– http://pestcemetery.com/bug-doctor-minute-catching-spiders-water/ This non spray way may help just a bit too.

    Thanks for reading
    The Bug Doctor

  • The Bug Doctor

    Hey Amber,
    I wish plug in pest control would at least help because the concept is great. For ants you can have great success with baits and maybe a combination of non repellant products (they’re not your traditional insecticides) http://pestcemetery.com/dont-let-your-ant-inspections-go-in-the-tank-inspection-tips/

    Spiders can be controlled but sometimes not as easily. Outside treatments go along way and proper use of insecticides will work fine. You could as well use water– http://pestcemetery.com/bug-doctor-minute-catching-spiders-water/ This non spray way may help just a bit too.

    Thanks for reading
    The Bug Doctor

  • Mark

    Does this device works for lizards?

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    Hey Mark,

    Great question. I can say without a doubt it does not. I see lizards all the time in homes, garages and sheds with these devices. They really don’t seem to work for anything that I find–except a nice warm place for the roaches to hide behind…lol

    Thanks for reading

  • Maryloy57

    Please let me know what to do , I never had such a bad ant problem as I do now, over the years I might have some on a counter top, easy to get rid of, now they are in the bathroom, livingroom, and most recently the bedroom, please tell me how to get rid of them now. We have a new guest in our home my son’s girl friend and I hate to say it but she does not clean up after herself or the kids I try and politely let her know that ants like sweets food pop, when she found ants in the bathroom she wiped them on the wall for everyone to see but refuses to clean them herself. What should we do? please help

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    Hey Mary,
    Sounds like two dilemma’s but since I’m really only qualified for the one- I’ll try.
    If you are wanting to try this on your own I’d say use Terro ant bait. It’s available at Lowes or Home Depot and is a sweet syrup which most ants love. $1.98 I’d also check outside and see if you can find out where they are coming in or just where the nest is. If you find either then you can bait that but the bait dries out quicker outside- or you can spray it also with a residual spray product from those same stores. If it’s way out of hand I’d call in a pro– not because that’s what I promote but because they’ll have access to the ‘non repellant’ insecticides that are so much more effective on social insects such as ants. Just a little of it can wipe out entire colonies fast.

    Hope this helps

  • Dmaxcy90

    What do you suggest for bedbugs. Will electric devises work for them.

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    Sorry Dmaxcy90,
    Plug in devices really don’t work for any pest in that way including bed bugs. There is a device though that uses c02 from a paintball type cylinder that attracts them and then traps them on glue boards. Also there is the same idea using dry ice. http://pestcemetery.com/bed-bugs-dry-ice-house-bed-bug-trap/

    All in all, I think it’s best to just hire a pro for the job to be honest– Way to much work involved and you really have to understand bed bugs to get the job done right.

  • Ecu_dad

     Whats the best OTC chemical for outside foundation spraying. The house will be vacant so odors wont be a concern.  Looking for the best protection against those big black ants.  I hear they can get in the walls and eat wood like termites.

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    The best way to rid yourself of ants these days is with non repellents and baits. It’s a one two punch that rids you of whole colonies rather than just the 10% you see at any one time. This link should help. http://pestcemetery.com/bait-switch-ants/

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