Top Three Pest Control Gimmicks. Is Anything Worth Your Money?

The DIY pest control tools that don't work!

They say all myths are based on reality. Fantastic Pest Control wants to find out if this really is the case. Тoday we’re trying to determine which the biggest pest control gimmicks are and if you should buy any of them. Since many pest prevention devices make wild claims of exceptional results and exaggerated efficacy, we’re here to see if there’s any truth to the claims.

Artificial Wasp Nests

While we’ve written about artificial wasps’ nests as a last-ditch attempt to make wasps leave in peace, their efficiency is usually overstated. It’s not a coincidence we’ve written such a long guide on the topic of wasp nests and behaviour. If it were that easy to get rid of wasps, the article would’ve contained only four words – “buy an artificial nest”. However, this is not the case.

In terms of effectiveness, these have been hit and miss, with some people reporting excellent results, while others claim the wasps have built their nest inside the artificial nest. If you’re lucky, it might be an inexpensive way to solve your wasp problem. If you’re not that lucky, it’s still inexpensive.

How to Improve Your Chances

In order to give the fake nest a bit of a fighting chance, removing the wasp nest that’s already there is a good place to start. In the article, we’ve given details on how to detect, identify, and remove a nest. Stay safe when attempting anything we’ve recommended!

You can just hang the artificial nest and hope for the best. Some people have done that and it has worked for them, but your chances are about as good as flipping a coin and getting the same side 5 times in a row.


It’s inexpensive, so you can give it a go, but don’t expect miracles.

Ultrasonic Repellent

The ultrasonic repellent devices are very controversial. Some people claim they solve their problems as soon as they get plugged in. Others come out with stories about pests walking all over the plugged device which doesn’t seem to do anything. Personal experience we’ve had with such devices also shows they’re a bit of a gamble.

What we can say for sure is that as long as your home provides a hospitable environment for pests, the probability of something like this working out the way it should is slim to none.

How to Improve Your Chances

Create an inhospitable environment to communicate the message you don’t want to have pests in your home. Trust us – they get the hint. Once the reasons they infest your home are gone (food, water, shelter), usually, they make themselves scarce, too.


If you have money to spare and nothing better to use them for, you can give this a go, but don’t hold your breath.

Tea Tree Oils

Tea tree oil is claimed to be a remedy for pretty much anything from rats and mice to bed bugs. From different blog articles and publications online, you get the idea there this the answer to all your prayers. However, if something is too good to be true, it probably is.

There is some truth to the myth. Tea tree oil can indeed kill different insects and it might even provide some trouble for mice and rats. However, in order for it works, it needs direct contact with the pest. We’re not sure if you’ve tried to tag every individual bug in a bug infestation, but it’s not as easy as it sounds.

You have about the same chances are crushing the buggers with your bare hands. And the odds for that happening are… let us check the calculations… carry the one… not in your favour.

All of this is not even mentioning the fact that it can be dangerous for your health and your pets’ health. Especially if you have a cat, if she comes in contact with it, you’re not going to have a fun time.

How to Improve Your Chances

Use something else.


Don’t use it!


In the end, no pest control gimmick will help on its own. Otherwise the pest control industry wouldn’t exist. At the very least, you need to make sure your home is not attractive to pests. But if you do that, you might not need the gimmicks, anyway. Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to have an extra layer of protection for peace of mind. However, make sure you read the fine print first.

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