Are cats a problem where you live? If the answer to that question is yes, then you should look into these cat scaring devices right now.
Below we have five cat scaring repellents that work via ultrasonic frequency wave dispersal tech, which is all harmless to the animals themselves, so that you can enjoy a clean and untampered with garden.
By sending the cats running, you’ll not only keep them busy but over time pest animals may even naturally avoid your place.
Each entry below has pros and cons, which have been clearly listed out for newcomers to see what features one product may have over another.
If you are interested in more information about these products, we’ve included a buyers’ guide that breaks these devices down into their basic functions, which we then used to judge each product and rank them.
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If you’re new to these devices, it can be confusing to judge one repeller against another, especially when their properties don’t line up. This buyers’ guide exists to help those who want a breakdown of what these repellers can do and which features to prefer over others if you’re looking for the best quality product.
We’ve separated the repellers by the quality of repellent, their power supply, their weatherproofing, and their ease of installation, and elaborated on each category below.
Quality of Repellent
This is of course the most important factor when buying a repeller. Having a higher-end repeller with all of the bells and whistles won’t do you much good if it doesn’t succeed in its one main function, to repel pests from your property. So, how do repellers work?
Ultrasonic repellers work by emitting wave frequencies across their area of effect. Though called ultrasonic repellers, the waves are often a combination of sonic and ultrasonic waves since this lessens the chance that animals will become accustomed to them, meaning they won’t, in essence, develop an immunity and ignore the repellers. Some repellers also have a nocturnal function whereby they flash powerful lights when tripped by motion, but these are better against nocturnal pests like foxes, racoons, and owls.
That’s right, some repellers are tailor-made for certain animals whereas some can ward off anything from rats and cats to hogs and pest birds like seagulls and owls. With repellers that can deter all of these animals from lingering on your property, they usually operate by having several modes that are directed at certain animal groupings, though they usually have an all-in-one setting that keeps all pests away at once.
We mentioned the area of effect, which is dictated by two measurements that you need to pay attention to when buying your product. The first of these is the range, the distance in square foot measurement of how far the repellers throw their signals and is important for getting a repeller that’ll fit well in your garden.
The second is the angle of the signal emission and is usually expressed with an angle, such as 80-degrees or 120-degrees, though some repellers can emit all around them. This affects the positioning of your repellers, especially if you have smaller repellers in a larger garden and need to use some strategic positioning to get maximum coverage.
There are three main methods of charging your repellers, those being through solar power, through USB cable, or batteries. The first of these is one of the rarer features to find but a welcome one nonetheless, as it means your repeller devices can passively charge throughout the daytime. Solar panels are almost always used in tandem with batteries and/or USB ports for actual charging when the power starts to dry up. The efficiency of these solar panels varies, with some not working as much and requiring more actual charging, whilst others are sometimes able to survive with very little manual input.
We’re assuming if you have a problem, your repeller devices will require more charge from batteries or USB cords. Batteries are fairly self-explanatory, and a good set can make your repellers last for a few months before requiring any change. USB cords, on the other hand, charge very quickly but require a direct connection to an electric source, which can be the mains. USB charging ports, in some more poorly constructed devices, can present a weakness in the repeller casing where water damage is concerned, so you may want to cover these up when they’re not in use.
Speaking of the casings of these repellers, since they’ll be outside, you want them to be as sturdy against the weather as possible. Whilst dirt and dust resistance are great to deal with muck and natural debris, you should mainly be concerned with water-resistance, especially when you’re based in Britain.
You’ll most commonly see IP44 as the standard IP rating of repellers though you can find some higher rated ones out there. The IP44 models should suffice since it’s protected against knocks and water splashes, which should be fine for the punishment that it’ll take from the weather.
Ease of Installation
Repeller devices are generally quite easy to install and can be installed in two main ways. The first of these is where you drive a stake into some soft ground, the repeller device being mounted on the other end of that stake. This allows you to monitor ground-level infractions and helps you to get the most out of your sensor angles.
The second are hanging holes which can be screwed or hooked onto a wall or decking. This means that they can be further from your actual garden, so wall-mounting is great for longer-range devices that are capable of sensing further outwards, and they can be installed under some form of shelter to avoid having to contend with the weather.