Does the Riddex Sonic Mole Repeller Work?

Does the Riddex Sonic Mole Repeller Work?
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Does the RIDDEX SONIC MOLE REPELLER work?The Riddex Sonic Mole Repeller seems like it would be a humane way to get rid of moles and other varmints that can cause trouble in your lawn and garden. Using sonic technology to get rid of pests is not exactly a new idea, and there are some products that get the job done better than others, so let’s see where this one ranks as far as its effectiveness.

Overview
Moles and other pests can really wreak havoc on your yard. It’s not really their fault, they’re just doing what they do: dig, dig, dig. But the holes that they leave behind, and the half-eaten vegetables that they leave in their wake can really put them in the role of villain. Getting rid of the safely and humanely is a priority for most of us that have a mole problem, and getting rid of them without jeopardizing pets and family members would be ideal. From our research, there doesn’t seem to be a really good way to get rid of moles, so it’s still pretty wide open for a product to come along and be the answer.

The Claim
Riddex says their Sonic Mole Repeller will make it so you no longer see any moles, or their holes, in your lawn again. They claim it not only works on moles, but also on gophers, voles, and shrews. This is a way for you not to have to use poisons or traps, or even going as far as shooting them. You also don’t have to use pesticides, which can be equally harmful to family pets and even humans. They say that it sends out the sonic vibrations every 30 seconds, and that it drives the animals away to less aggravating yards.

The Hype
Sonic is a buzzword that is often used to make something seem high tech, and there are sonic toothbrushes, sonic vegetable peelers, and sonic face cleaners. The theory is that the device produces sounds that humans can’t hear, and pets aren’t bothered by, but that drives smaller critters up the wall, or at least out of your yard. It’s up to you whether to believe that’s what it’s doing, because since you can’t hear it working, you just have to leave it to faith and observable results.

The Cost
You can get a set of two Riddex Sonic Mole Repeller units for under $30. A great price if it works, but a waste of money if it falls short. That’s the Catch-22 with products that fall into this kind of price range. They’re either a great bargain or a big flop. From some of the feedback that has come in on them, it’s looking like these are rather ineffective, so it might be better to put your money towards something more reliable. If moles are really getting on your nerve, you might think it’s not a big deal, and will try just about anything to fix things.

The Commitment
All that would be required is for you to put these strategically in place where you’re noticing you have a problem. They say that each one covers an area of a quarter acre, so with the set you are clear for a half acre. After they’re in place you’ll just need to keep an eye on the battery indicator light to see when they need replacing. Other than that they should do their job without much involvement on your end. Compared to other potential solutions like setting traps and using pesticides, this would be a pretty hands-off way of going about it.

Evaluation
Riddex experienced some initial success with their in-home system that is supposed to keep roaches and other indoor bugs out of your home. It only makes sense that they would try to apply the same sort of system to other bothersome critters. The only problem is that sometimes when a company branches out they aren’t able to pull off the same sort of success that they had with the first product.

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Of course they made the Riddex Sonic Mole Repeller waterproof, so you don’t have to go out and collect them each time it rains. One thing you might be concerned about is how many batteries you’d go through, if this is going off every 30 seconds. It would be better if it was motion activated and only turned on when it’s disturbed.

Final Riddex Sonic Mole Repeller Review

The jury is still out on the Riddex Sonic Mole Repeller, with a pretty good split by users on how well it works. You can give it a try if you’re in the experimenting mood, but by many accounts it’s not going to produce the results that you’re looking for. There are those that say it works fine, and even on larger yards. But there are also reports that this might not be safe for pets, and that it might give dogs a problem as well. This is one point of contention that we had as well, how do you make a sonic product that moles can hear but not dogs?

Our Recommendation
We’ll be on the lookout for a better way to get rid of moles and other pesky animals from your yard. We haven’t really found anything that offers the same sort of benefits as this, mostly the humaneness of it. It’s easy enough to find traps and other methods, and we’ve looked at some of the other sonic competitors, and once we get done evaluating them we’ll bring the best one to your attention.

What do you think? Does Riddex Sonic Mole Repeller work or not?

Does the Riddex Sonic Mole Repeller Work?
3.4 (67.91%) 91 votes

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AlyssaL24 September 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I think what’s wreaking havoc in our backyard is a gopher and not a mole, but since this says it works on either I think I should give it a try. I don’t like killing animals unless they’re rats, so poison or traps I really don’t want to use. I also have a dog so any alternative method of getting rid of a gopher is dangerous for my dog as well. So people like me don’t really have a choice but to give alternative methods like riddex sonic repeller a try.

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Cathy January 14, 2013 at 4:16 am

I was hoping that this would work. I squished the mole tunnels flat before I inserted this gadget in the ground. I don’t know why they call it “sonic.” It emits a rather loud, long beep that is clear as day and very annoying to my human ears. The day after I put it in the ground there were fresh mole tunnels about a foot away from the device. I smushed them down and checked them the next day. New tunnels appeared again. I gave it one more day. Yup. New tunnels right next to it. So, don’t waste your money or your time on this device.

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Robert August 18, 2016 at 10:43 pm

The biggest load oif rubbish I’ve bought.
Mole came up right next to this contraption and probably laughed at it.
Going back to store tomorrow.
Also sucks the juice of the batteries!

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Rhonda G July 21, 2013 at 6:40 pm

One morning I was walking through the front yard and there are big mole tunnels so I went to Walmart and purchased the Riddex Sonic Mole repeller. It came with two so I thought this would be good enough. I placed them in the ground, then the next day there was no improvement. A week later still no improvement, but only more tunnels. The Riddex Sonic Mole repller doesn’t work one bit. There is a loud annoying sound that comes from it. It may scare a cat, but it sure doesn’t do a thing for moles. Don’t waste your money on this product. You will only be throwing away your money.

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Suds August 28, 2016 at 12:22 am

I bought the Riddex Sonic Mole repeller about 5 years ago as I had gophers undermining my expensive ceramic entranceway. The tile was set on 4 inches of reinforced concrete set on 4 inches of sand. The gopher(s) were digging the sand out from under the entranceway to the point that it had dropped about 3/4 of an inch. I placed the Riddex sonic mole repeller right adjacent to the entranceway where the “vibrations” could be
transmitted under the entranceway through the sand. Within one week the mole was gone and none have returned until about 3 weeks ago. I suspect that my mole repeller is old and no longer emitting as strong a vibration as it used to. Also I suspect that the effectiveness of the repeller may be determined by the type and moisture content of the soil. I replaced the 4 D cell batteries about once a year. I suggest that you give it a try. Yes, it may not work and yet it might. I think that local conditions have a lot to do as to how well it works.

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John Randall July 3, 2018 at 2:56 pm

how much ?

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Steven February 16, 2019 at 6:13 am

Mosf of the mole repellent will work at the first month, but after that, it will lose its function.

Why?

Because it emits the regular sound at a regular time, so the mole will get used to the vibration.

But there is a sonic mole repellent in the market, which will not get used to by the mole. They emit the sonice sound at different time. Here you can find the more detail,

https://www.x-pest.com/product/best-sonic-mole-repeller/

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Does the Riddex Sonic Mole Repeller Work?
3.4 (67.91%) 91 votes