A Christmas tree farmer, Jim Boswell, was having a difficult time with deer eating his evergreen trees. This third-generation farmer had to find a deer repellent that would work, or lose his business. Neighbors frowned on his use of shooting guns, and carrying a crossbow. Deer repellent sprays weren’t working either.
Repellent Review would have told Jim he’d probably need to use a combination of proven deer repellent techniques, as just spraying is not as effective. Well he did find a repellent that worked for him. The Critter Blaster Pro, an electronic repellent that produces annoying sounds such as beeps, whistles and screeching sounds. We searched ebay and found this repellent available for $488 to $594. For that price it should work great. It did!
This electronic deer repellent worked so well that his neighbors took him to court. Not only was it annoying the deer, but the neighbors too! Regarding his use of the repellent Mr. Boswell commented, ‘”I am just trying to make a living the old-fashioned way – by farming.”… Boswell’s family has been growing Christmas trees in the Skippack area since the 1940s. “I just want to sell my trees.”‘
Boswell believed he could legally use the deterrent. ‘Like other farming states, Pennsylvania has laws aimed at protecting agriculture. In 1982, as housing developments began eating away at suburban farmland, the state enacted the Right to Farm Act to protect farmers from new residents who might complain about the smells and sounds of farming in their developing neighborhoods.
The law states that any municipality with a nuisance ordinance must exempt agricultural operations that do not have a “direct, adverse effect on the public health and safety.”‘
The Critter Blaster Pro animal repellent can go as high as 112 decibels. Boswell claims he set it at 55 decibels. He’s still fighting his neighbors in court
Repellent Review would suggest using the Critter Blaster Pro electronic deer repellent device if you reside in a rural area with NO neighbors.
We’ve recently completed two reviews on mosquito repellent equipment produced by the group at Thermacell. Both of the repellents tested were given high marks by our reviewers and given a thumbs up by Repellent Review. Warren used the Thermacell Mosquito Repellent lantern in a practical way, while Jeff used the Thermacell Appliance while camping. One thing that was not really mentioned in the reviews was the extensive testing completed on the Thermacell repellents by our U.S. Army.
Our military troops get sent all over the world to some of the nastiest, pest-infested places you can imagine. Jungles, swamps, rainforest, you name it. We’ve seen where the military has tested and used Snake-A-Way repellent during the Gulf War to combat against snakes. It seems the U.S. Army has also tested repellents for mosquitoes which show some very positive results.
Through a cooperative research agreement involving The Schawbel Corporation and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, the Thermacell Area Repellent System was tested by United States Army Units. Results were impressive. The Thermacell units achieved a 98% protection rate against getting bit by a mosquito. This is especially important for those troops exposed to malaria vectors in places like Korea where the field tests were conducted.
Another study evaluating the efficacy of the Thermacell equipment was conducted in an area near the Pan Mun Jom in 1998. Thermacell was field tested in open guard posts and bunkers. Mosquito activity was recorded before and after treatment. Control sites using no Thermacell treatment were established.
The levels of protection ranged from 81% to 98% using Thermacell. These excellent results are the best seen so far for a mosquito repellent product used as an area repellent.
Having the same access to products the U.S. Military uses to repel mosquitoes is fortunate for you and I. With nasty diseases like West Nile Virus possibly lurking in the next mosquito, it’s a relief you can rely on repellents tested by the military.
You can find Thermacell Repellent devices online.