Four Things to Know Before Getting an Ultrasonic Deterrent

There are many bird and pest deterrents on the market, and with some research, you will be able to find the best humane deterrent for your pest situation. A newer and more effective type of electronic solution is ultrasonic bird and pest control.

How It Works

Ultrasonic repellents work differently than other deterrents. They use high frequencies (which the human ear cannot hear) to deter birds and other pests. When the birds or pests hear the sound being produced, they become disoriented or irritated by the noise. Birds also quickly learn to avoid areas where they have felt the ultrasonic sound waves

There are many ultrasonic devices to choose from depending on the coverage you need. Typically, they are able to cover up to 3,600 sq. ft. With multiple speakers, you can customize coverage for even larger areas.


Like with all other bird and pest deterrents, there are certain specifications to meet in order for the ultrasonic device to work optimally. The location of the deterrent plays a big factor in effectiveness. Ultrasonic devices work best in enclosed and semi-enclosed locations where sound waves can bounce off walls or ceilings.

For outdoor problem areas, ultrasonic devices that include weatherproof speakers and waterproof control panels, like the Ultrason X, are recommended. Areas such as parking structures, barns, and loading docks are ideal locations for ultrasonic deterrents.

Type of Pest

Ultrasonic devices are used to deter a variety of pests. They are most widely used to deter birds that carry diseases such as West Nile or E. Coli.  Some of the most common repelled birds include pigeons, seagulls, grackles, sparrows, woodpeckers, starlings, ducks, and geese.

While the ultrasonic device is ideal for a variety of birds, it is also effective in repelling bats, rodents, and other small critters. The frequency on the device may need to be adjusted to effectively repel these pests.

Residential Ultrasonic Pest Solutions

For smaller-scale use, there are residential ultrasonic products. While the deterrent still requires a semi-enclosed space, the residential products are tailored towards balconies, awnings, and gardens.

Since these deterrents are for residential areas, they are tailored to residential pests. These ultrasonic devices deter rodents, bats, rabbits, cats, dogs, skunks, opossums, armadillos, raccoons, deer, and insects. The frequencies on the device can change according to what pest you are trying to deter.

One thing to note about this product is that if you have pets, it could potentially irritate them depending what setting the product is on. The frequencies go from highest to lowest (clockwise) when looking at the dial. Our product images feature what pests are deterred at what frequency. Ultrasonic frequencies travel in a linear line, so mount the speaker off the ground if pets are in the area. Additionally, make sure to point the product away from your house, or any outside areas your pet might use.

Ultrasonic deterrents are an ideal choice when looking for a humane way to get rid of unwelcome pests. They are a low-profile deterrent and require little maintenance. Whether you are looking for a product to cover a large area, or one to place in your backyard, Bird-X has multiple options for any need.

Questions? Contact us.

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    • Rachel Cable
      Rachel Cable says:

      Hi Cheri! Yes, ultrasonic pest repellers are great for keeping rodents away from gardens. So is our Nature’s Defense Mouse & Rat Deterrent Granules; non-toxic and easy to use!

  1. Matthew Wood
    Matthew Wood says:

    How an I verify that my ultrasonic bird scarer is operating correctly.
    Is there a sonic detector I could use to check?

  2. Julie
    Julie says:

    Will the ultrasonic deterrent deter birds? We want a unit to deter the squirrels that constantly break out window feeders for the blue jays, but it sounds like this unit will deter the birds this correct. I want a unit that just deters squirrels and not the birds… is this possible?

  3. Sue
    Sue says:

    If I use one of these devices to deter birds from sitting on the posts of our deck and leaving a mess, is it also going to keep my hummingbirds from coming around?

  4. Melissa
    Melissa says:

    Hi there. I need to stop ducks partying in and around my pool, but the pool area is also my dogs backyard, can I deter the ducks on a frequency that doesn’t stress the dogs?

  5. Evelyn Turner
    Evelyn Turner says:

    I do not want birds to be deterred from my garden, just rats and mice and cats. Will my ultrasonic device deter birds as well?

  6. Brad
    Brad says:

    Hi, I would like to get an ultrasonic seagull deterrent for the front of my house to stop the seagulls sitting on top of my vehicle. I have a cat and a dog. Can you please advise on what product would work best and not upset my pets


    • Annie Gavin
      Annie Gavin says:

      Hi Eva,

      Ultrasonic devices could potentially be irritating to pets, such as dogs or cats. If you have questions or need help figuring out the best bird control method for your problem, give us a call at 800-662-5021 and we would be happy to help.

      Bird-X Marketing Team

  7. Cindy
    Cindy says:

    I have been considering ultrasonic methods to rid the area of the woodpeckers that are destroying my house and chimney. However, I do have outdoor cats and dogs. Can I save my house without upsetting my pets?

    • Annie Gavin
      Annie Gavin says:

      Hi Cindy,

      We have a device called the Woodpecker PRO that uses natural bird alarm calls to deter woodpeckers. Contact our team at 800-226-5021 and they can answer any questions you have about safely deterring woodpeckers without causing harm to your pets.


  8. Caroline West
    Caroline West says:

    Hi I need to get rid of pigeons which sit on my neighbours roof and make a mess and are noisy. ( doesn’t help they feed them either !)

  9. Patti
    Patti says:

    We have large black buzzards that like to sit on the edge of our patio, and on the side of our pool to drink from the pool. What can we use to scare them away? If I had a gun, I would shoot them, but that is illegal here

    • Annie Gavin
      Annie Gavin says:

      Thanks for your question. Yes, it will keep ducks out of your pool. We would also recommend using the Gator Guard predator decoy in your pool to deter ducks.

    • Annie Gavin
      Annie Gavin says:

      Hi Kurt,

      Thanks for your question! Yes, it will help keep ducks our of your pool. We would also recommend using our Gator Guard predator decoy to keep your pool duck-free.

  10. Angela
    Angela says:

    I need to get rid of cowbirds that have taken over my bird feeders and scared away my smaller songbirds. All the gold finches, chickadees and cardinals have left. Does your repeller scare away cowbirds, grackles and crows but NOT the small songbirds?

  11. Carolyn
    Carolyn says:

    Please help in my backyard is all water for boating fishing etc. The geese are taking over my backyard by eating my lawn and pooping on my sidewalk. Will this ultrasound device get rid of them? I don’t have pets I am elderly. Thanks!

  12. Pam
    Pam says:

    My neighbour is using an ultrasound device and my miniature dachshund is afraid to go out into the garden. Is there a way of stopping the ultrasound waves coming into my garden

  13. Jen
    Jen says:

    Small birds are invading my chicken coop and run. What can I use to keep them away? We have cats and dogs but they are not kept close to the coop it’s approximately 40-50 feet away.


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