Unfortunately, many consumers believe that rodents can be repelled through natural methods such as mothballs, peppermint oil and other such means. Generally, the home remedies for rodent removal are ineffective. At best they fail to completely eradicate a rodent problem in people’s homes and at worst, the rodent problem can actually get worse. Rodents are cunning but fortunately through trial and error, along with Snell Scientific’s testing, we can help find the most effective method for repelling rodents.

Which Scent Repels Mice & Rats the Best?

In simpler terms, there are two types of rodent repellents; scent-based and ultrasonic repellents. As shoppers think about purchasing one of these humane pest solutions, it is important to discover the pros and cons of ultrasonic and scent-based rat repellents as well as important considerations such as coverage and longevity. Scent-based products are sold as sprays, pellets, or packets. Being usually peppermint or pine, they work by dispersing a strong smell that rats dislike. To areas where rats enter the home, such as doorframes, cracks, windows, and crevices, leaving behind an oily residue are the areas liquid sprays are applied. For positioning around the exterior or interior of a home, packets are small pouches of dry ingredients and are ideal. With a mix of nonessential oils and other odiferous ingredients, rodent pellets are infused. A sprinkling of pellets in smaller spaces, such as a drawer or cabinet, and larger quantities in a garage or bedroom, with pellets, users can fine-tune how much of the product is distributed.

Ultrasonic Rodent Repeller

Intended to send rats packing, ultrasonic pest repellents use sound. Though these sound waves are inaudible to humans, they are irritating to rats. More than one unit may be required to treat an indoor infestation as ultrasonic waves cannot penetrate walls. Depending on the size of the residence, purchasing enough of these devices to treat an entire home could be costly. Small transmitters that are attached to stakes and powered by a solar cell are often utilized. Just as they would solar walkway lights, users drive these stakes into the ground. These devices typically cover a radius of about 40 feet.

Rodent Repellency Testing

To help you prove and develop your formulation from concept to finalization, Snell Scientifics has an excellent range of test methods. For starters, we use our single-rodent choice system. The Snell Scientifics team can collect a large database quickly since we can test 20-30 of these at the same time. Snell Scientifics have very realistic real-world testing methods once you have confidence in the product from our single-rodent (mouse or rat) choice test. To see if the repellent will keep rodents from entering a crawlspace, we have a Crawlspace Simulation test set-up that can simulate rodents being acclimated outside of a home. Additionally, we have two buildings connected to each other we also offer as a test method. In order to prevent the rodents from moving into the second building (which is treated), we acclimate the rodents in one building and monitor. In one of our massive (100’x100’) outdoor infested fields, we can provide area-wide repellency testing. Contact Snell Scientifics today to begin testing of your rodent repellent product today.