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Electronic pest repellers are quickly becoming a must have in many households, keeping pests out at the flick of a switch. Here at Primrose we are always striving to innovate in our products, and we recently took a deeper look into some of our competitors to see what else was on offer across the pest control market. While hoping to find ways to improve our own designs, we discovered many retailers were offering products which didn’t perform as advertised. Here’s a little insight into some of our findings and a look at some products which you should be avoiding.

Product 1

The first product is a Solar Garden Ultra Sonic Pest Repeller, bought from eBay. As the product is advertised as a twin speaker product – clearly displaying two speakers on the front of the casing – you would expect it to utilise both of these, right? Wrong. When opened up you can clearly see it is not wired to the second speaker, which is just a fake covering and not a speaker at all. We believe this to be a way to cut costs during the manufacturing process but this is clear false advertising and the pest repeller would not perform how you would expect.

Twin speaker pest repellerNo wiring to second speakerFully disassembled product

Product 2

Next we tested one of the most popular pest repellers on eBay, the Whole House Ultrasonic Plug In Pest Repeller. This is available through lots of resellers on eBay and is typically sold in multiple deals. The product suggests on the front of the casing that it uses electromagnetic technology to rid your home of pests. However, when you take a look at the inner workings, the product is completely void of an electromagnetic component altogether. This would render the product pretty useless over larger areas and definitely would limit its use within an entire household.

Popular electromagnetic pest repellerDisassembled productNo electromagnetic component

Product 3

Finally, we looked at another product which claimed to be an electromagnetic pest product, suitable for the whole house. This time we opted to compare it to a Primrose product, the Budget Rat and Mouse Repeller which is near identical. However upon further inspection the product also has false claims of electromagnetic technology. The pest repeller also just generally lacks many features of other whole house devices, such as amplification circuitry and power management circuits.

Comparison to Primrose product

We were genuinely shocked at just how many products on the market are misleading consumers into buying products using deception and manufacturing shortcuts. Here at Primrose we don’t rely on false claims, and you can trust us if we say something is in a product, it’s in the product.

 

GeoffGeoff works within the Primrose marketing team, primarily on anything related to graphics and design.

He loves to keep up with the latest in music, film and technology whilst also creating his own original art and his ideal afternoon would be lounging in a sunny garden surrounded by good food, drink and company provided there is a football nearby.

While not an expert, his previous job involved landscaping so he’s got some limited experience when gardening.

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Cat In Garden

We all love a cat when it’s our own, but a neighbour’s cat creeping into your garden can cause all sorts of nuisances. From scaring away birds to fouling the lawn, there are plenty of reasons to keep pesky kitties away. Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Prevent the cats getting in

Small, spiky objects can really put off a cat that’s trying to sneak into your garden. For a DIY approach, place some chopsticks in the soil or lay bits of thorny plants in your flowerbeds. Another easy way to do this is using fence spikes.

2. Scare the cats off with light

Cats hate flashing lights, so try stringing up some old CDs along the fence to glint in the sunlight. Placing little bowls of water on the ground will have a similar effect.

3. Use a cat repeller

For a modern solution, you can try an ultrasonic cat repeller. This sends out a high pitched sound, which you won’t hear but keeps the cats at bay.

4. Spray the cats with water

We all know cats aren’t the biggest fans of a bath, so try giving them a little spray from a water pistol – though maybe not a super soaker! It’s a sure-fire way to get them out of your garden.

5. Use scents to ward the cats off

Curiously, cats are really repelled by citrus scents. Scattering bits of orange or lemon rind around the garden will help to keep them away.

6. Get a dog

If all else fails, you can’t beat a good hound to scare its feline enemies away.

Please let us know in the comments how these work out, or if you’ve got any more suggestions!

George at PrimroseGeorge works in the Primrose marketing team. As a lover of all things filmic, he also gets involved with our TV ads and web videos.

George’s idea of the perfect time in the garden is a long afternoon sitting in the shade with a good book. A cool breeze, peace and quiet… But of course, he’s usually disturbed by his energetic wire fox terrier, Poppy!

He writes about his misadventures in repotting plants and new discoveries about cat repellers.

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Could these pest products have worked on prehistoric creatures?

Tyrannosaurus on the terrace? Velociraptors on the veranda? Bactrosaurus in the bushes? What if we really were Walking with Dinosaurs?

Dinosaurs have been notoriously tricky to keep in the enclosures created for them in the movies, but how good would your garden be at keeping them out? We’ve investigated a few of our pest control products to see which would be best to keep the dinos from trampling your tulips. Here’s what we found out…

PestBye™ Advanced Cat Scarer1. PestBye™ Advanced Cat Scarer

Bad luck, although the hearing of mammals like cats extends to ultrasonic frequencies, making a sonic repeller like this the perfect deterrent for them, research suggests that large dinosaurs could probably only hear low frequency sounds meaning that this would be as silent to them as it is to humans. Perfect for keeping away the kitties, less so the big dinos.

Anti Bird Spikes2. Anti Bird Spikes

Did you know that birds are basically modern dinosaurs? This xkcd comic shows that T-Rex is actually more closely related to the sparrow than it was to triceratops! These spikes are great for protecting your sills and ledges from becoming roosting sites for pesky birds so we bet that they’d make a pterodactyl think twice before making your garden her home.

PestBye™ Get Rid of Spiders Spray3. PestBye™ Get Rid of Spiders Spray

Ok, so a huge iguanodon is probably not going to be that fussed if you spray this at him. But spiders have been around on Earth for a terrifying 240 million years, meaning that they’re a menace even older than our Jurassic pests. This spray is perfect for harmlessly keeping them from building cobwebs and preventing them from infesting your home and garden (and we can think of plenty of people who find the sight of a spider just as terrifying as that of a velociraptor!)

Deer Repeller4. Deer Repeller 

“Don’t move! He can’t see us if we don’t move!” That’s what Jurassic Park tells us about the vision of the T-Rex on the hunt, but evidence actually suggests that this dino had great eyesight. Perhaps then the super bright LED of a deer repeller would be just the thing to startle them into keeping off of your lawn. Measuring about 40 ft long these giants could cause a great deal of damage if allowed to run round the garden.

PestBye™ Rat Cage Trap5. PestBye™ Rat Cage Trap

Not all dinosaurs are the huge creatures which are the stars of the movies. Anichiornis is the smallest known non-avian dinosaur and, at approximately 34cm in length, it would be stumped if it wandered into this cage trap! However, you may not actually want to keep these tiny beasts out of your garden – it’s likely that they were insectivores so may have provided some pest protection themselves!

Dinosaur Silhouette

Whether you your garden is infested with dinosaurs or something a bit more native to this millennium, check out the Primrose website for our extensive range of pest control products.

Harriet works in the Primrose marketing team, mainly on online marketing.

She’s a big fan of reading, TV quiz shows, and is a highly experienced user of gardens (especially when it involves lounging outside on a sunny afternoon).

As a trivia lover whose favourite book when growing up was an illustrated factopedia (true story), she likes to write for the blog about interesting things she has found out whilst wandering the internet.

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Cat, Cats, Pest Control

Silent Roar at PrimroseSome of the products we sell are just a little bit more unusual than others – for example our Silent Roar cat repellent which contains lion poo and is an effective and environmentally friendly way to keep cats away from your garden. We have also heard of it being used as a method to keep cats in the garden, for example for people living near busy roads.

It’s not surprising to see funny comments about the product and we absolutely loved this comment thread in the my Telegraph section last week:

  • helpmaboab: Lion poo. http://www.primrose.co.uk/silent-roar-cat-repellent-05kg-p-791.html?source=blog
  • KatiePult: What do you use to keep lions out of your garden then?
  • helpmaboab: Elephant poo. It really spooks the lions.
  • KatiePult: What keeps elephants out then?
  • Rosie21: Don’t say anything about elephants, they are up and down the avenue two or three times a day……come to think of it, that poo in my front garden is…………….!!
  • KatiePult: Like stepping stones, mini roundabouts? Delete as appropriate.
  • helpmaboab: Mouse poo. Elephants are terrified of mice.
  • KatiePult: Isn’t that a myth? They are probably scared of accidentally squashing them with their exceptionally large feet. I have never seen an elephant jump up on a chair or table when confronted with a mouse or other small rodent, but to be fair elephants cannot jump.
  • helpmaboab: It is just a myth but all elephants believe the myth. They are not very well informed.
  • KatiePult: How on earth would anyone know? Obviously they would have trouble using a qwerty keyboard so surfing the internet is problematic as would reading a broadstreet newspaper.
  • helpmaboab: Not just keyboard problems, they can’t use a computer mouse, because they’re terrified of mice. It’s a vicious circle.

Thank you, helpmaboab, KatiePult and Rosie21!

wedding-meCat works in the marketing team and is responsible for online marketing, social media and the newsletter.

She spends most of her time reading about a variety of interesting facts, such as oddly named Canadian towns, obscure holidays and unusual gardening.

She mostly writes about Primrose news and current events.

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