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Following up on the ultrasonic critter repellent--

I ran into an old guy at the hardware store who was buying critter poison pellets, and a f had discussion on anti-critter technology. This is the consensus:

1. Ultrasonics do "work" but

2. positioning is important (i.e., they don't work through walls) and

3. the critters become acclimated to the sound and return.

However, nobody was familiar with the more expensive models that vary the frequency (which I assume makes acclimation slower) which seemed the most robust approach to me anyhow.* And the only models the hardware store had used wall sockets, like night lights; clearly toys. Not suitable for me; I need something more industrial strength that's built for crawlspaces.

So I came away with pellets which I left out last night especially near the woodpile, which I read is a handy home for critters.

* * *

I still think that ultrasound devices have their place but one must think strategicallly. For example, it makes no sense to drive critters away from the space under my bedroom if they end up another part of the crawlspace or up in the attic, heaven forfend, where they could chew on electrical wires.

So what I would need to do is protect the entire house, placing a unit in each crawlspace, and so driving them out of the house -- and toward the pellets placed in the areas critters are likely to frequent. And even if the effect is temporary, if temporary is longer than one generation of critters, I should be OK. So, no, I'm not that Buddhist....

Although I do tend to get panicked and reach for a technical solution. I did, after all, go out and buy the makings of an electrical fence when I was fearful of woodchucks, when it turned out that I really should have been concerned about deer, and a single black fishing line strung round the garden would have protected it....

NOTE * Thinking like the geek that I kinda am, it seems to me that the manufacturers are being insufficiently imaginative. I'm thinking about a high-frequency soundtrack of sounds that critters hate and fear -- cat yowling, for example.

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