How Effective Are Repellents Against Wildlife Infestation?

Types of Repellents and How Effective They Are in Terms of Wildlife Infestation

Repellents are mostly chemicals that are intended to discourage the wildlife from residing in your property. There are also machine that claims that they have the power to drive away the animals without harming them permanently. They are designed to create discomfort and make your place less suitable for them. However, study shows that a lot of repellants offered in the market today are not effective. Some effective product will take a considerable amount and constant application in order to successfully drive away the animals.

In this article, we will analyze some of the most popular types of repellents and their efficacy in driving away the wildlife creatures.

Pain Repellent

One of the most common products in the market would be the pain repellant. This is a chemical product that causes discomfort physically. They can either be breathed (like methyl anthranilate) or eaten (like capsaicin). This can be effective, but it needs to be frequently reapplied or sprayed continuously to see some desirable result. Pain repellant can only be useful when you want to protect your plants against animals that are eating your plants. However, make sure that you have no plan to eat the plants where you apply or spray the products.

Fear Repellent

Fear repellent are chemical products that are designed to create fear on the wildlife creature. In most cases, they are using the urine of their natural predator such as coyotes and fox. This type of repellent will only work during the initial try, but once the creature notice that there are no predators present, then they can easily adapt to these changes. There is also the possibility that the strong scent of urine can also affect your health. Mothballs are also considered as fear repellent, but all they have to do is to push it out of their den.

Tactile Repellent

These are basically products that affect the wildlife animal's sense of touch such as the sticky products that is meant to repel the pigeons. Most birds don't want the sticky feelings on their feet. While this repellent has proven to work effectively, the sticky substance can also attract dirt. Applying this to your house can affect the aesthetic appearance of your house. Furthermore, application of this product can also be messy.

Aversive Conditioning

Trying to avoid a certain food after you become sick is the process called aversive conditioning. By using this type of product, you need to encourage the wildlife creature to ingest the product. They will then experience nausea and other type of discomfort. Animals are clever creatures; they can easily connect their illness from the actions they have taken. The Anthranquinone is an active ingredient that is mostly found in aversive conditioning products.

While some repellants have proven to work effectively in driving the animals away, they also come with negative impact especially if you have no idea how to use them. To improve the possibility that they will work, allow a professional to do this job.

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