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Pestbye Advanced Spider Repeller Deterrent
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Pestbye Advanced Spider Repeller Deterrent
Date: 28/09/10, updated on 28/09/10 (488 review reads)
Advantages: Seems to work extremely well, has no adverse effects on humans or household pets
Disadvantages: If it rids your home of spiders expect an increase of flies
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 blasť 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.
Summary: What I originally thought was a rather expensive buy has proved a worthwhile gadget.