Product Type: Pestbye gadgets
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No more arachnophobia for me!
Pestbye Advanced Spider Repeller Deterrent
Member Name: chrisandmark
Pestbye Advanced Spider Repeller Deterrent
Advantages: It gets rid of the spiders - which is the only advantage you need to know about!
Disadvantages: Unfortunately it's not 100% effective, but it definitely works better than I expected it to
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.
Summary: An excellent buy for me, helping me to avoid the terror I feel at being confronted with a spider!