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I am petrified of spiders. Everything about them horrifies me from the way the just appear in a space which minutes ago was blank wall to the revolting way they move without their numerous legs getting all tangled up together. Luckily I live with a very useful man who will pick them up and throw them out with an absolute minimum of fuss, unfortunately said very useful man is not always available to come running when I realise I have a squatter (or worse, a runner!) of the eight legged variety. The PestBye Advanced Spider Repeller came to me via my mum after I found a huge dead spider in one of my daughters drawers a couple of years ago, it panicked me to the point of bringing on slow labour so she brought me this little gadget over which she'd been using relatively successfully for a few months. The device itself is identical to the one in the piccie above - scroll up and have a look, it's not worth me putting it into words when you can see for yourself. It's not going to win any design awards and is actually an extremely ugly plasticky thing in my opinion, once the small LED lights are lit up it just looks ridiculous (several visitors have laughingly asked what it is) and I always wonder why PestBye couldn't have made it a little bit less obtrusive and designed it to look more like a plug in air freshener. It's huge too, our double plug sockets are all different sizes in this house and when it's plugged into some of the narrower ones it's impossible to use the socket next to it - this is a nuisance in a large household such as mine as we can't really afford to give up a whole double socket, the fact that it can't be used with an extension makes life just that little bit more awkward. The Spider Repeller works in two ways and you also have the option of setting it to different frequencies if you notice it's not working on the spiders in your house. The basic principle is that the gadget emits electromagnetic waves which creates havoc with the creepy arachnids' nervous system, it doesn't kill or cripple them but will (apparently) leave the spider feeling so uncomfortable that it will scuttle off to a place where it's not going to feel these effects. Electomagnetic waves will travel through walls and cover your whole house so even the spiders which are hiding behind radiators and wardrobes will be affected, when I plugged it in the first time I was terrified there was going to be a mass exodus of spiders leaving the building but thankfully this didn't happen and I just gradually noticed a reduction in the amount of spiders around. I suspect the other method of control used by the Spider Repeller is the more effective of the two however, the ultrasonic sound waves completely preventing spiders from showing their ugly little faces in the room where the gadget is plugged in - these sound waves are only useful in the one room as they can't get through solid objects (such as walls or doors), but clever placement will help you cover as much free air as possible. In our previous house we had lots of very large spiders; we moved in in the August with no problems, then at the beginning of October we would literally see two or three huge spiders every single day - usually in our bedroom. Well, I was beside myself when after disappearing again they reappeared the following October and being heavily pregnant by then I just couldn't chase the little blighters (big blighters!) around. The upshot is that I plugged the Spider Repeller into a plug in our bedroom and from that point on I only saw one large spider in the room, whereas during the same period of time I had seen seven or eight previously - quite impressive don't you think? PestBye state the machine will work effectively throughout an average size four bedroom house, we were then living in a small three bedroomed terrace but I still think it was a huge success due to the sheer number of spiders in that house. Now we've moved into a much larger house and as it's open plan I plug the Spider Repeller into a socket in the hallway to give the sound waves free reign to bounce around, I've only seen a handful of spiders in this house over a two year period and never in the open area covered by the sound waves rather than the electromagnetic waves. My neighbour often mentions spiders she gets in her bathroom and I always wonder if she's having our share as they dash to find relief from the pain and discomfort emitted by the Spider Repeller! It's incredibly easy to use, it's rare you'll have to fiddle with it once you've initially plugged it in but if you do you'll find the settings are self explanatory enough that you won't need to refer to the (rubbish) instruction leaflet. You can set the machine to continually emit the electromagnetic and sound waves, for them to be used in short bursts and on a kind of 'pulse' which is apparently the best setting if you need to remove crawly insects other than spiders (which are not insects anyway pedants, I know this!). Of course, this arachnophobe sets it to continual because if a spider decides to cross my threshold I want him buggered by the waves immediately so that he turns around and goes somewhere else - it seems to be working well, although during last winter I changed the setting to short bursts as we were so free of spiders that I wanted to see if there would be any difference. There wasn't, but I noticed the wood lice our garden is plagued with started getting cheeky and coming into the dining room again - a quick flick back to continuous waves and they once again started living outside, where they should be! This isn't a miracle product by any means and we do still see the odd spider here and there; these are mainly the very big ones unfortunately but there are far, far less than there would be without having this gadget plugged in. It's rare I see a smaller spider these days and I'd guesstimate an 85% reduction overall on the spiders I'd expect to see in the house in an average Autumn. There's a test switch located on the top of the machine which is there for you to check it's working properly, when pressed it'll scream like a rape alarm so don't decide to test it in the middle of the night - I actually feel some pity for the spiders if this is an accurate representation of the noise they are hearing through their very different ears, it's a hideous sound. An surprisingly useful aspect of the Spider Repeller is the inbuilt night light which is a soft blue glow radiating from the base of the gadget - I have no idea if this was added as an additional 'move along spider' method but I found it great for traipsing around with bottles and nappies at night, it doesn't throw much actual light out but enough that I wasn't tripping over the wash basket or walking into the bed every time David needed a night feed! There are a couple of warnings about using the PestBye Advanced Spider Repellent, the first one being that if you keep pet spiders or insects you shouldn't use it. I'd say that was fairly obvious, but according to the website the gadget can also affect the nervous system of some rodents to a degree so it's not advised if you have pet rats or mice. I wouldn't be without mine now. I give it a dust down every couple of days because it attracts the dirt like nothing else I've ever seen, but that's about it as far as maintenance goes unless you feel the need to mess around with the settings - sometimes I'll move it to a different socket in another part of the house but it's rare and even then it's only a case of unplugging it and plugging it back in again! A child could do it. It currently costs around £28 from Amazon, a price I'll be paying happily again this evening after Alice managed to smash my Spider Repeller clean off the wall with her guitar yesterday - it's money well spent in my opinion, giving me peace of mind as well as actually working as a deterrent against those horrible multi-legged things that think their only purpose in life is to scare me.
I was estatic when my husband brought one of these, you see I hate spiders and he was going away, leaving me without my usual protection from the eight legged ones. Usually, when I see a spider I am sent running into the next room and hiding in a safe place, usually a corner where no spiders can sneak up on me, watching the ceiling just in case. So when he brought this home and said it would stop the spiders coming in my house I was happy, sceptical but happy. It isn't the nicest looking bit of kit ever invented but it doesn't need to be. It is the same size as a plug in air freshener and silver in colour, so easy to plug in and forget about. It works by emitting electromagnetic waves and ultrasonic sound waves throughout an area the equivalent of 200 square feet (or an average 4 bedroomed house). Now apparently spiders do not appreciate these waves and noises and are repelled by them. PLus the waves and sounds do not effect any humans or electronics in the house. Bonus! You can select different levels, some being noisier than others, I always have it on the quietest one and it seems to work well. I have noticied a lot less spiders since we started using this item, but then maybe I am just not looking as hard as I think there are none here. It won't dispose of every spider, and once you stop using it they will inevitabely return, however, for the peace of mind and a lot less spiders in your house, I would highly recommend this product. Well worth the money , we brought ours for about £30.
Now, before I commence this review allow me to give you an insight as to why I bought the product in the first place. I have absolutely no fear of spiders whatsoever, in fact I rather enjoy watching them scurrying around and it is only the memory of requiring hospital treatment after being bitten by a large native African spider (and I do not mean UK large, I mean African large - there is, quite literally, a huge difference) that has made me ever so slightly nervous of picking them up with my bare hands. However, the bungalow in which I now live is built on the site of an ancient woodland. Obviously, the trees are mostly gone now but despite spiders being incredibly intelligent creatures they still do not realise that after hundreds of years their forest habitat is no longer there - and they adore my bungalow in the space of their long forgotten trees. This is not a problem for me. I do, however, have a rather neurotic daughter and fourteen year old granddaughter who get into such a ridiculous panic upon seeing a spider that I had to do something to rid myself of the pesky terror-inducing arachnids. I tried all the old methods; placing conkers around the windowsills (which actually ended up keeping the spiders in rather than out), vacuuming away any cobwebs I saw instantly (spiders are creatures of habit and will usually disappear if you destroy they home) and I even bought a bottle of something-or-other which I had to spray on the walls to make them smell offensive to spiders and other household pests - this actually led me to be admitted into hospital as I had a rather severe asthma attack immediately after spraying. Needless to say, nothing worked and the screams of my silly offspring could be heard from miles away as yet another spider presented itself for their 'amusement'. So, I laid out almost £35 on an 'Advanced Spider Repeller' - I must be quite mad, and in retrospect I should have had my daughter pay for it! It's a rather simple gadget packaged to make it seem more complex than it is, after all who would pay that sort of money for something which actually isn't as state-of-the-art as it looks? You simply plug the Repeller into a wall socket (not an extension lead), adjust the setting to your requirements and leave it to its business of deterring spiders from your home. The Repeller works in two ways, it sends out sound waves to irritate our eight legged friends and also sends an electromagnetic pulse through the wiring of your home. This pulse will disrupt the nervous system of a spider and (in theory) send it scurrying away, hopefully out of your house and into someone elses! There are three settings on the machine to ensure you are making life as miserable as possible for the spiders in your home; these are to adjust the frequency of the sound waves, whether you want the pitch to sweep through a range of ultrasonic 'sounds' and a selection whereby you can choose to have the unit switch on and off at random intervals. I would suggest you read the accompanying pamphlet to decide the best way of setting your Repeller, as obviously everyone's needs are different. The other things you will notice on your machine are a set of three LED lights (two green, one red - I have no idea what these are for and it is not explained in the instructions), a 'test' button and a night light which will illuminate the floor beneath your gadget. I advise you not to press the 'test' button for too long as this will cause the machine to emit an ear splitting shrieking noise which actually deafened me temporarily in one ear, if this is the sound which reaches the spiders I can completely understand why they would want to vanish as quickly as possible. So, does it work? Well, yes I think it does. This year we have been treated to a bumper crop of spiders due to an increase of moths and other winged insects, yet in the three months I have owned this product I have seen a very sharp reduction in the amount of spiders in my home. There was one rather amusing incident when a large house spider decided to spin a web directly above the Repeller (I mean roughly three inches above it), I can only assume this one was deaf or had a faulty nervous system in the first place! I took a photograph and jokingly sent it to the manufacturer, only to receive a scathing reply which outlined the fact that the machine cannot be 100% successful due to the amount of different species of spider - so, a complete sense of humour failure there! The machine will only work while it is plugged in, and once unplugged there is no residue of it's effects. I needed to unplug it just yesterday and was amused to see the spiders trooping back in as they realised the coast was once again clear, although when I plugged it back in again (after several hours) the rooms were free of spiders within an hour - the effectiveness not being in dispute here as I watched two absolutely humungous spiders make their way to the window and disappear through it as the sonic and electromagnetic waves made their way through my home. The Repeller also makes claims of being able to deal with any crawling insects, as well as mice and rats to a certain degree. I must admit I have not tested these claims as with three cats they tend to jump on any beetle or earwig which may cross my threshold, of course they will also attack spiders (unless they are very large) but the clever little arachnids have learned to stay close to the ceiling to avoid a cat ambush. This is by no means a miracle cure for spiders, in fact there is no cure for spiders as in the grand scheme of things they are surprisingly important. You need to think about the type of spider you are trying to repel; is it outdoor spiders which are invading your indoor space? If so, don't waste your money on this Repeller because as soon as an outdoor spider realises it is inside (and therefore too hot) it will make its own way out. I am very sorry to tell you this, but house spiders are in your home all the time - not just when you can see them. They live behind things, in your attic and in all sorts of places. Now, an indoor spider will more than likely die if forced outside and they know this so in actual fact these large spiders will probably retreat no further than your porch or conservatory to get away from the irritating effects of this Repeller. In my opinion this machine simply moves the spiders out of sight or, as I mentioned earlier, into your next door neighbours home. I must say, however, that the Repeller does have an extremely good placebo effect, regardless of how well it actually works. I have found my granddaughter is far more blasé when confronted by a spider now, correctly assuming that this is a single (yet still horrific to her mind) spider which has escaped the pain and nuisance of the two methods this gadget uses to remove them - and she no longer scours the coving of each room before entering to check whether there is a 'monster' lurking. One point worth mentioning is that this machine is not suitable if you keep either rodents or tropical spiders as pets, although frankly if you are comfortable with a tarantula in your living room I doubt you would have the need for such a gadget. The Repeller can produce some noise apparently, this has not happened for me but other users have reported an intermittent clicking sound or the type of whistling which may put you in mind of birds at dawn. It will not interfere with any electrical items you have in your house either, which can only be a good thing. Something I have noticed since plugging in my Repeller is the increase of flies in my home, which is quite obviously down to the fact that I no longer have any spiders to catch these awful creatures. Personally I would rather a thousand spiders in place of a single fly, and for this reason I tend to plug in the Repeller an hour or two before my granddaughters' are due to arrive as this has proved to be ample time to disperse the spiders in readiness of their visit - oh, now spoiled children of the day are.
I cannot convey how pleased I was to come across this product. It is not something I like to admit, but I do not like spiders. I mean, I REALLY don't like them. I can pinpoint the exact moment my aversion to the eight legged fiends began, too: when I was about eight years old I was sitting in the park with some friends, and from the corner of my eye I noticed something large and fast-moving coming at my face. The rascal became stuck in my hair, and as I pleaded with my friends to provide some assistance, they began screaming and running away. I managed to dislodge it eventually, unaided, but since that moment I knew it was me against them. The Pestbye Advanced Spider Repeller Deterrent works on the premise that the ultrasonic sound waves and electromagnetic waves it emits are unpleasant for creepy crawlies to be in the same vicinity as. When the device is plugged in, the electrical pulses supposedly work their way through the wiring of your house to banish your adversaries. According to the manual this pioneering technology is effective within the average four bedroom house (or 2000 square feet). It goes on to purport that when spiders come into contact with electromagnetic radiation it affects their nervous system and causes them to flee from the source. While arachnids are deterred by this technology however, it is perfectly safe for adults, children and household pets. It will not compromise other electrical devices, either. The Pestbye Deterrent is 2 - 3 times the size of a plug-in air freshener, so is hardly discreet and nor is it particularly attractive. It is comprised of a lightweight silver plastic box, which has a dual speaker set into it. The device is simply plugged into to any electricity socket and ready to work. There are three settings. You can select the sound frequency you prefer, and depending on your choice you will detect a very, very distant high pitch, or a more noticeable one or an even more noticeable one. If you are planning on staying in the same room as the Deterrent I would advise selecting the quietest setting, and luckily I have discovered this to be the most effective in terms of purpose. No, the Pestbye Advanced Spider Repeller Deterrent will not rid you of all dwelling arachnids, but I can tell you I did notice some decline in their population. I rarely use the device now, and unfortunately as soon as you unplug it the effect is removed and spiders are free to return. However, if ridding yourself of just a few more of those unbearable creatures will please you, then make this purchase immediately.