Pestbye Battery Operated Electronic Ultrasonic Outdoor Garden Cat Repeller Repellent Scarer
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- Sends out a very loud noise at a frequency that cats can hear but is too high for most humans to hear. This is thought to be both annoying and frightening to the cats but should not affect birds - also audible to dogs and foxes
- Fully waterproof, it can be left out in any weather
- Battery powered, it's easy to install by pushing into the ground using the stake supplied, or it can be screwed to a wall or fence
- Requires four AA batteries. Battery life depends on how many times the device is activated, but we expect last 3-4 months assuming 10 activations per day. Batteries are not supplied as standard
- Money back guarantee! - see description for more details
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The repeller comes with an infra-red (PIR) motion sensor which turns the device on when a warm body enters the controlled area. With the motion sensor, the theory is that cat learns to associate the noise with its own movement and is therefore much less likely to stop become desensitized to the noise.
The device covers an 80 degree arc, to a distance of up to 23ft(7m), giving a total unobstructed working area of 184sq ft.
Unlike most other repellers this allows you to cover a smaller area with the sensitivity dial. The repeller will give you the full 7m if the dial is fully round to the right; to decrease the distance turn to the left; this will help increase battery life as the repeller will cover the distance you want it to.
If cats have a habit of feeding and fouling in your garden, it may take longer to achieve the desired effect.
If you have a dog, it may be affected if it is allowed in the same part of the garden. The sound doesn't travel well through walls and fences, so it should not affect a dog in the house or a neighbour's dog.
As with all methods involving animal behaviour, we can't guarantee effectiveness in every situation, however feedback from customers suggests that this device is effective in many situations.
The device allows the changing of the frequency of the ultrasonic noise, potentially making it possible to target animals with hearing in different ultrasonic ranges, such as foxes and dogs.
Dimensions: Height 10.5cm, Width 10.5cm, Depth 4.7cm.
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If you're not satisfied with the performance of this product, return it to us within 45 days and provided you've had it running for at least a month, we'll refund the cost of the item (less postage).
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Update (3/27/2013) - #4 seems to be doing as well as #3 (Pestbye). I saw the feral cat once since I put up the device. I went out and increased the sensitivity and I haven't seen the cat since (in my yard). The yard behind my yard has a good neighbor fence (so people tell me it is called) where you can view the yard at the right angle looking through the spaced boards. I can see the cat moving around there. These owners also feed birds but apparently don't concern themselves with the cat roaming their yard. I mention this because the feral cat is that close to my yard but doesn't visit it. I've seen him close to the fence and watched to see if he would come over. He did visit once while I was out of town. I saw him the day I came back (before I got #4 Pestbye) and checked the two Cat-Stop units. One had stopped working which could explain why he wasn't bothered as much since the concentrated effort of the two seemed required for that model to work effectively on this cat. I've notice since I have set up this system with the two concentrated Cat-Stop units and the individual Pestbye units on a fairly high setting that I don't see ANY cats in the backyard. I do see cats in the front part but not in the back. I have to attribute their avoidance of the back area to the units. I'm considering a fifth unit to put in the front. I have a good row of rhododendrons that I've heard is a popular cat litter box for the neighborhood due to the amount of cat droppings seen when a leaf blower is used to clean out that area. I'd like to discourage the neighbor cats from using that area for their bathroom.
I have four male cats. They all like to walk on our cars and at least one of them has been leaving prints on my neighbors' truck. Right out of the box, I could tell there may be no single product that will work on all cats. Two of my cats were obviously put off by the sound of this product. As soon as I put they batteries in, they immediately wanted out of the house and when I followed to install it in the yard, they got out of sight. However, soon after setting it up in front of the vehicles, I found one of the cats laying on top of my truck! I pulled the Pestbye down and used it to chase him off, but it seemed to be only a minor annoyance.
Time will tell if prolonged exposure will prove to be enough to train my cats to avoid the cars, and hopefully the other two cats won't become accustomed to it! I will continue to update this review and post my long-term results. Pay no attention to the people who say it doesn't work. It clearly does, but your results may vary.
I'm updating this review to address my disappointment that I couldn't get this product to work for me. After using it for a few months, I often walked outside to find all four cats laying on my truck. I still believe the theory is sound, but this product falls short. There are knobs to adjust the sensitivity of the motion detector and the frequency of the ultrasonic output. What it needs is a volume control so you can adjust the output power. I've taken mine apart (inevitable for electronics around my house) in hopes of hacking it into a suitable device.
Both repellers came with absolutely no instructions. An Internet search turned up a site in the UK that said for cats the frequency dial should be set between 3 and 5. Unfortunately there are no numbers on my versions. Assuming the total range was 0 to 10, I set the frequency dial pointing horizontally to the left, approximately where the 3 to 5 zone should be. I set the sensitivity dial to the same position to provide a 15 foot turn-on range. Any higher and wind would set it off. I also made sure to aim the repellers toward the north so the sun couldn't trigger them.
The batteries lasted over four weeks. I am completely satisfied with this product, though instructions would have been appreciated.
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There were no instructions on how to set sensitivity and the frequency knobs!! Sensitivity was simple, But frequency????Read more