Will a High-Pitch Sound Deterrent Machine Work?

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There’s no sense in tip-toeing around the question. No, high-pitch sound deterrent machines don’t repel raccoons. The FTC has officially declared ultrasonic high-pitch sound emitting devices to be fraudulent and completely ineffective. Nonetheless, you will still find these machines for sale in stores and on the internet, under all sorts of false promises of 100% critter deterrent abilities. I definitely recommend staying away from these devices, and not throwing away your money.

For those who don’t do their homework, it’s easy to fall for the high-pitch sound device hoax. While raccoons are indeed nocturnal animals, they aren’t known for making extra efforts to stay out of our way. There are those cases (more and more, unfortunately) where people just can’t resist a raccoon’s extreme level of cuteness, and will feed it, making it comfortable and relaxed around us. It’s understandable – aside from being adorable, raccoons are a great source of entertainment and amusement. Also owed to our reaction at the sight of them, urban raccoons as a species have become more and more fearless, learning to see us more as décor or even allies rather than as threats. We mustn’t forget, though, that they are incredibly opportunistic, and will leave our homes in ruins if they have the chance. But before they adapted so well and became totally urbanized, raccoons would’ve stayed away from human activity and human noise as much as possible. Keeping this in mind, it’s easy to see why we might think that raccoons would be susceptible to noises or high-pitch sounds, especially when high-pitch sound emitting machines are advertised the way they are. I think this is the reason why high-pitch sound deterrent machines still sell, but I can definitely guarantee that they do not work.

There is something to the whole noise deterrent strategy, but it’s certainly not high-pitch sound devices. If you want to try a sound repellent tactic to get rid of raccoons or prevent raccoons from entering your property, you could see if a radio works for you. Chances are that it won’t, but you might get lucky. If you leave the radio on at a high volume for a couple of days (three, four), the raccoon might feel unsafe and decide to leave. What can I say? It’s worth a try. At least you don’t spend anything or risk your health by trying it.

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