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Riddex Plus pest control device

  1. Jan 29, 2008 #1
    Here is another informercial product we should discuss. The claim is when you plug this small device into any electrical outlet it repels rodents and insects/bugs. Apparently it sends a patented pulse technology through the electrical system of a house. While doing some google searching some people claim it works, but it sounds super bogus to me. What do you think?

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=riddexplus
     
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  3. Jan 29, 2008 #2

    chroot

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    Repels rodents? I could try it with my guinea pigs, but they're mostly attracted to things. You know, carrots, shiny bits, the usual.

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  4. Jan 29, 2008 #3

    Ivan Seeking

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    About ten years ago we tried a similar product. When I saw a spider making a web directly over the ultrasonic transducer, I took it as a clue that they don't really do much.
     
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  5. Jan 29, 2008 #4

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    My in-laws have the little pulsing clickers all over their house. They still get mice. It would seem the best rodent protection is of the feisty feline variety for them.
     
  6. Jan 29, 2008 #5
    I had something similar in my kitchen for roaches (this was a long time ago, I keep a very neat kitchen) and when I finally gave up on it serveral had nested and died within it. Perhaps the pulse needs to be tuned to more country music frequencies. Then again, I would starve and die since I would never return to the kitchen.
     
  7. Jan 29, 2008 #6

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    New from Coleman: the "Achey, Breaky Roach Repeller!" :rofl:
     
  8. Jan 29, 2008 #7

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    When we moved into this place, I noticed that I was getting very edgy, tooth-grinding feelings in the cellar, attached garage, etc. I found and unplugged several of those little noise-makers, and no more problem. I have very sensitive high-frequency hearing, and those nasty buzzing things drive me nuts. BTW, at 55+ years of age, I can easily hear the mosquito ring-tone and it sets my teeth on edge.

    And no, the pest-repellants do not appear to accomplish anything. If you want to get rid of rodents, invest in bait, traps, and poisons.
     
  9. Feb 2, 2008 #8
    They just left them plugged in? Was it a large apt or something?
     
  10. Feb 2, 2008 #9

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    They are very tiny devices and the previous occupant of this house believed that they would work. They don't keep mice away, but they bugged the crap out of me until I found them all and unplugged them.
     
  11. Feb 2, 2008 #10

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    Conkers are the best spider repellant.
     
  12. Feb 3, 2008 #11

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    I can't tell you if the thing could do anything in terms of running over all the electrical wiring of your house, but rodents do use ultrasonic calls for communication. On the other hand, I've only heard of them in the context of mating, so I'm not sure if it would chase away rodents or draw them in thinking they're going to "get some." :uhh:
     
  13. Feb 4, 2008 #12

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    I suppose that while having rats is bad, having unbearable horny rats must be even worse.

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  14. Feb 11, 2008 #13

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    I think I have super-mice. These devices seem to have little or no affect on them and they have also (just about) mastered taking bait off traps without triggering them...
     
  15. May 26, 2008 #14
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    The Federal Trade Commission has prohibited the sale of riddex units. They do not work. the company has been under investigation since 2003. Everyone should research products before you buy them, regardless of what the commercial or advertisement "claims".
     
  16. Jun 3, 2008 #15
    Strange I just saw another ad for the product a few days ago!
     
  17. Jun 28, 2008 #16

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    Have not tried Riddex BUT, I have tried several others and they are GREAT>>>>

    I have a country home that was always visited by mice, I put one on each of three levels - basement, first floor and second floor and have never (ever) had a mouse since.

    I passed the message on to a friend who had a rental home and the tennants were always complaining about mice. He went out and bought two - he called me and told me how they never had another complaint. I am absolutely amazed at how efficient they are for rodents.

    I had a Degu in a cage and I put one of these in the basement of my home and the little degu went real silent. I had to unplug the unit - he returned to normal.

    They work, they are great, they are inexpensive and they last a long - long time.
     
  18. Jun 29, 2008 #17

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    Some just emit ultrasonic tones directly from the unit, which is more likely what you got. The device described above is claiming to work through the home's electrical system, and their claims extend beyond just rodents.

    If it did run through the home electric system, what sort of interference would that cause for anything and everything else plugged into that same circuit?
     
  19. Oct 7, 2008 #18

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    I agree with GRR. I bought a new two story paired home (duplex) in Colorado in 2001. I had two similar units plugged in. One upstairs and one downstairs as recommended by Riddex. It was seven years before we noticed any cobwebs. We never had any rodent problems either. I recently purchased two units from Riddex and they were delivered on time. So, I guess they are still in business. ( FTC? please) I have found my success came from how I installed them. For best possible griding, position them on opposing walls. i.e., I plugged the downstairs unit on the south wall center. The unit upstairs is plugged in on the north wall. They could be east or west too. Give it a try. They work for me. I couldn't be happier.
     
  20. Oct 7, 2008 #19

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    You're basing this all on not having rodents in the house? Maybe it just means your house was well constructed so they aren't getting in. I never had rodents in my previous house either, and only one in my current house. The current house, it's not much of a mystery though, since I live next door to a large field that is likely filled with little field mice. My cat takes care of cobwebs; haven't seen any since I've gotten her. :uhh:
     
  21. Oct 14, 2008 #20
    GRR and JJH? One post each? What are the odds that they work at Riddex?
    I've never heard anything good about those ultrasonic pest repellers. In fact, I think I've heard more good things about psychic pest control. If your house is shaped like a pyramid you are supposed to never have a spider problem. Scarab beetles are another story though.
     
  22. Oct 14, 2008 #21

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    Maybe, but they live in different countries.

    We have quite a few people join to post once in PC.
     
  23. Nov 16, 2008 #22
    There is no device either ultrasound or with uv rays that goes to the animal or insects "fear factor". If it bothers them, it will be only for a short time until they get used to it. Who says they can even hear or see it and if they do, why would it bother them? That is why it takes several devices and constant reinforcement to haze them. Even a little Jimmy Page at 3 am won't get them to move! A little 21st century snake oil. But if it is for sale it must work! Lasers work on some species of birds, depending on the structure of their eye. Dogs don't see it, but cats do and think it is a toy. Who knows about other animals. The old fashioned methods work best. Snap and pop are the operative words.
     
  24. Nov 30, 2008 #23
    Hi there, I have read all reviews on this product & still am dumbfounded....Heres my dilema....we moved into a rental out in the country which I love completely and we have been here for over year & 1/2...I noticed our landlord had those little devices plugged into the walls in the garage...well we had no mice in the house but there had been a few in the garage we found during the winter time...so needless to say my hubby said they were bulls&$t and tossed them...(he lacks patience lol) well we did ok for the rest of the year and NOW...( this is both humiliating and comical at the same time) Those little buggers are everywhere!!!! We are a fam of 4, two daughters, daddy and myself and we are VERY clean people...well one day I went to get a spoon and addorned around all utensils were little "gift" droppings.....I litterally freaked out! I called my hubby and told him what had happened, cleaned up the mess and used another cabinet up high for my utensils, well that night my hubby came home with traditional $1.99 metal traps that now are made with a piece of plastic looking cheese on it which I find remarkably stupid, but he went and baited one with peanut butter no less (a trick from my father, and yes we didn't believe at first, I laughed like he was insane!! ) and not more than 5 mins went by and we heard a loud click, bang sound....he went and checked and somehow we had a "2 fer 1" special in the drawer....he set the same one again, sat down and "CLICK< BANG another one....I could go on forever...but honest and truthfully within a 3 hour time span on one faithful old fashion snap there heads off trap....my hubby...the good soul he is with his very weak stomach... had dispossed of a total of 12 field mice!!!!! You can not imagine my shock, fear, sickening feeling of how MANY there were and of course a mixture of excitement for capturing all those little field mice during a short period of time...there was one moment that my husband set the trap in the drawer made it back to the couch and it had caught another victim!! We were just sitting there in shock!!! OK OK now your probably wondering why I shared in such detail about this and I want to say this.....
    1-landlord put in baseboard heating and didn't plug the holes the pipe was shooting out of therefore thats how they were coming in, we have corn up STILL all around us and they were trying to find warmth with the colder weather approaching....
    2-I did go buy some steel wool and foam for sealing up the holes and have success so far, our total body count from the start within 3 days was 23 total!
    3- I did try again to use those electronic plug-ins not Riddex per say I went to Ace Hardware and bought some of theirs.....no luck we had 3 more poor souls meet their maker in the Omnious drawer... after plugging them in......So I really dont know what to think about any and all products out there for getting rid of pests.....also everyone says " oh I let my cat at em' and we haven't had a problem since"

    Well Well Good For You!!! I have 3 cats that did Absolutely NOTHING!!! That was another mind blower....
    Moral of the story is.....the old way is the best way....metal snapper and a little peanut butter goes along way.....I just PRAY this will be the last of them...I would like to express some thoughts to the landlord though..:mad:..especially since my two girls are ages 14 months and 4 years...the floor used to be their playground...Not anymore until I get a pressure washer and some bleach :-)

    Thank you for letting me share my story Makes me feel better to know theres others out there struggling with this too, just maybe not as much as us lol

    Sherry K
     
  25. Nov 30, 2008 #24
    tribdog was right. this is classic shilling. sign up to make the one post and never come back. check the activity.
     
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