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Barbara Staib, President of Safe Home Products, is an expert on child safety, emergency preparedness, pet training and even pest control. She has personally helped thousands of customers since SHP started in 1999. Here you can find Q&A with Barbara to foster safer, healthier and simpler living.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Ultrasonic Rodent Repeller Coverage Area

Q: "What is the total square footage that one Woodstream Commercial PestChaser PC 600 covers?"

Answer: Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to your question. Ultrasonic frequencies are sound above the normal range of human hearing and act more like light than say sound from a radio or television. See my answer below after you read why the answer is not absolute.

Characteristics of Ultrasonic Sound:
  • Is Highly directional like FM radio waves.
  • Reflects from hard surfaces like bare walls, doors, etc. like light from a mirror.
  • Is absorbed and dampened by soft surfaces such as carpeting, drapes, furniture and cardboard boxes.
  • Can be effected by the humidity of the air.
  • Creates a "shadow" of silence behind an object it hits, a sheltered area for pests. Place traps or poison bait in that "shadow" or aim additional PestChasers be aimed at the back of the object and eliminate the "shadow."
So under ideal conditions, each PestChaser can deliver sound up to 1000 square feet of space for up to 10 years or more. The PestChaser Commercial has a constant "on" swept frequency mode of 32 to 62 kHz with a sound pressure level of 110dB@ 1 meter. Do remember that best results come from treating the entry points and the perimeter and being patient. Field tests show that 6 to 9 days' is the average time to force rodents out of an infested area.

Please contact us if you have additional questions.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Snooze Time for ShakeAwake Alarm

Q: "How long can you snooze between the snooze alarms on the ShakeAwake Vibrating Alarm Clock?"

Answer: 8 minutes. To have the SNOOZE alarm repeat every 8 minutes, you must disable the alarm within 1 minute from start. You do have to find the alarm clock (not too difficult if it is tethered and under your pillow!). The flashing ( Z Z ) on the display indicates SNOOZE alarm is still activated. Remember to choose either the "VIBRATING " or "AUDIBLE" alarm. "

Feel free to contact us if you have more questions.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Friday, December 28, 2007

Checking Ears with An Otoscope

Q: "Is the red Piccolite Professional Otoscope Earscope a good product to check for ear infections in a 2 year old? Will we be able to see the ear drums clearly? Are the ear tips different sizes depending upon which one we buy?"

Answer: All the piccolite otoscopes have the same sized of specula. Each otoscope has 20 disposable specula, ten of the 2.5mm and ten of the 4.0mm. The specula can be reused if you wipe them off with alcohol. These units have a halogen light which is very bright and a 3X pivoting magnifying lens. There are no instructions included as this is a professional type model.

We sell a book called the "Ears Book" with photographs and information about ears, ear infections and how to do an examination at home. Unless a medical professional trains you, this book is needed. Also wax in the ear canals can block your view of the ear drum. Use a cleaner from the pharmacy or have a physician remove the wax.

Or you can buy an economical home otoscope made by Notoco. One customer from Muscatine, Iowa who recently bought earscope bulbs from us shared that her unit was 10 years old. She tried looking with the doctor's halogen unit and saw more with the less bright bulb of her Notoco. The Earscope 1202 comes in a set with the "Ears Book" and three reusable specula or choose the professional unit, the 1205 with the book and get another specula. Both Notoco earscopes magnify the image 2.5 times. Please remember that the replacement bulbs we sell are tested to shine a straight beam.

Another health product you should consider is the Earcheck, a device that uses sound waves bounced off the eardrum to indicate whether middle ear fluid is present.

I hope this helps and your child has little need for any of these devices.

Sincerely, Barbara

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