Living in a valley in the forest beside a deep, winding creek *sounds* idyllic, and in many ways it truly is. I adore being surrounded by the beauty and majesty of nature and for the most part enjoy living in harmony with the wildlife. For instance, I barely even flinch when the bunnies and deer and other critters decide I must have planted my garden just for them. My strategy is to plant more and hope they leave me some. I’ve spent hours patiently coaxing birds, lizards and spiders out of the house. But rats are where I draw the line. They’re much too destructive and breed too quickly for any human to live in harmony with them.
Still, I hate killing them, so I was curious to try this ultrasonic repeller. My instincts said “oh that’s too good to be true or everyone would be shouting about them from the rooftops”. Yet I was willing to give it a try. I should REALLY start listening to my instincts. This thing is beyond useless. I’m only giving it one star because I cannot give it negative stars. I’m only not cursing because I’m in polite company here.
The instructions said at first you might see increased pest activity, that this was a sign it was working as they got riled up by the ultrasonic emissions and began to leave. I gave it plenty of time. And I DID see a marked increase in rat activity. In fact, one moved into the wall directly beside where this was plugged in. No I’m not kidding. It’s become the running joke that this thing is like the Pied Piper of electronics. I was waiting for the ransom note from this company where they’d tell me how much I had to pay to get rid of the new rats they’d attracted to my house. Well played, evil corporation, well played.