Strobe lights have a long history in pest control (starting in 1964) but
are just recently (since the mid 90’s) coming to the general public’s
As far as others’ results with strobe lights for squirrels ...
The strobe lights for squirrels effect the ciliary muscle (eye muscle that
controls the expansion and contraction of the pupil) in the eye (causing
considerable eye soreness for the pests) and also the saccadic eye
movements (tracking movements made by the eyes) causes general
disorientation in the pests and nausea.
These effects are more cumulative (over time and repeated exposure) than
immediate so the pests leave as the effects start to accumulate - usually
within 24-48 hours. Please see Rodent Strobe’s “How it Works” section for
more information and scientific documentation ... www.rodentstrobe.com .
The strobes have the same effect on human eyes - so exposure in a dark
environment is not recommended. When the strobes are running there is pest
protection - when not - no pest protection. Turning the strobes off is
recommended before entering the application site.
Rodent Strobe recommends initially turning the strobes off for several
hours at a time to allow the mother rats or squirrels to get their young
out. Squirrels, rats, raccoons, etc. are good mothers and will
instinctively evacuate their young from an environment they deem as
unsuitable for their young.
Your question about the effectiveness of other humane methods ...
Mothballs - it is illegal to use moth balls in an attic for squirrel or
rat control because mothball vapors are heavier than air and will seep
down into the lower living spaces. The vapors from moth balls are coal tar
based and it is very similar to car engine exhaust in your house - moth
balls for use in attics to get rid of squirrels is illegal and is toxic to
humans(especially children and those with asthma) and pets.
Ultra-sonic repellents - the Federal Trade Commission(FTC) in 2001 sent
warning letters to 60 manufacturers and retailers of ultra-sonic pest
control devices telling them not to claim that their ultrasonic products
repel pests. The FTC since 2001 has started prosecuting companies that
produce these products and claim that they repel pests. Here is a link to
the FTC website telling about the warning letters
Fox Urine / Predator Urine for squirrels:
Most Academic/University Vertebrate Pest Specialists say these do not work
and my pest problem experience confirms that. Besides, the main ingredient
in most of these repellents is fox urine crystals (large quantities of fox
urine boiled down and processed into crystals) - Have you ever wondered
where all this fox urine is coming from? Are there fox “port-a-potties”
located in the forests? The largest commercial producers of fox urine,
coyote and wolf urine are large fur farms - can you imagine hundreds of
foxes, each in a small cage, with trays underneath them to collect the
marketable urine? - That does not bring the word “humane” to my mind -
plus, I do not want my hard earned money possibly going to support the fur
farm industry for something that the academic/university pest
professionals say does not work anyway.
I had a problem with roof rats in my Scottsdale Arizona home for 7 years
and tried everything - my Mother-in-law had a 10 year squirrel problem and
the wire damage the squirrels did (squirrels and rats love to chew on
attic wires causing an estimated 15,000+ residential fires each year) was
extensive. I tried everything ... traps, bait stations, 4 pest control
companies trapping and house sealing (my mother-in-law spent over
$1,500.00 on trapping and house sealing and predator urine - and the
squirrels just chewed their way back in in a couple of days) ... I even
wasted my money on one of those ultrasonic things - nothing worked until I
found out about strobe lights for squirrels and rat control. I solved my 7
year problem and my mother-in-law’s 10 year problem. I now produce a line
of industrial quality strobe lights for squirrels and rats which are built
for continual use (10 year warranty on strobe’s internal electronics
located in strobe housing) and are designed to withstand the harsh attic
conditions and use only 4.8 watts of electricity (less than the average
nightlight) and are so well heat insulated (internal electronics are
potted/coated in polyurethane) that the the operating strobes give off
very little heat discharge - not even warm to the touch. Rodent Strobe
strobe lights for squirrels also have built in surge protection. Rodent
Strobe strobe lights for squirrels and rats are custom produced to my
specifications here in the USA by a leading electronics factory that also
produces industrial strobes for the police and fire control industries.
Anjela - I hope this has been helpful to you and others - I and my wife
know what it is like to have unsolvable pest problems and what a relief it
can be to finally solve them.
Kevin Peterson, President
Rodent Strobe Inc.