Will a high pitch sound deterrent machine work against opossums?
When opossums invade your yard, at times it feels like you can do nothing to make them leave. You want them gone, but you do not want to hurt them or kill them. You are not skilled in the handling of wild animals, and everyone knows that any animal that feels threatened can become vicious, especially if protecting its young. You have probably seen the number of number opossum repellent devices on the market today. The internet is full of ads. Local feed and hardware stores proudly display them on end caps. Specialty stores have shelves of them in the garden section. You might even decide to try one. After all, they claim to be humane, safe for the environment, and really work.
These self-proclaimed wonders all assert that they are the “one” because of their unique qualities. The unfortunate truth is that most consumers are left disappointed. There are numerous testimonials that claim none of these gimmicks really works. Here is a list of the most popular ones we have found, and their so-called features. There are a multitude of high tech spinning noisemakers and machines that use wind, batteries, or solar power to operate. They are a high tech scarecrow and boast a high price tag ranging 40.00-250.00$ USD. They might startle the opossums at first, but the creatures soon become used to the noise. There are many sonic devices, some motion sensitive, and some constant.
One variation of the device comes equipped with flashing strobe lights, and can even be solar powered. They all claim to solve your opossum problem by emitting a high pitch noise undetectable to our ears. Unfortunately, it does not bother the opossum much either. Opossums do not have particularly keen hearing, so despite the manufacturers claims, the opossum is not sensitive to these noises. Often, the consumers complain that these devices are more of an annoyance to them and their pets than to the opossum. Taking steps to critter proof your yard and home is the best way to be rid of opossums.
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