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ScareCrow Motion Activated Animal Repellent
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- Protects gardens, landscaped areas and yards from deer, rabbits, birds and other animal intruders
- Startles pests with sound and startling-but-harmless burst of water, teaching them to avoid protected area in the future
- Protects 1,200 sq. ft. day and night - powered by a single 9-volt battery for up to 6 months
- Please refer user manual attached below for instructions and troubleshooting steps
- Stake Instructions: The two stakes will only fit together one way; with hose attachment facing downward, connect to the top of the pointed stake; which is then inserted into the ground
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ScareCrow stops animals from day one–guaranteed.
Tired of battling deer, raccoons, heron and cats? Keep animals from invading gardens and ponds with ScareCrow Motion Activated Animal Deterrent. This heat and motion-activated sensor is an effective alternative to harmful chemicals and unsightly netting. Plus, the startling, yet harmless, three-second blast of water uses just three cups of water to keep animals at bay.
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Trust your garden and pond to ScareCrow
Custom motion sensor lens
Unique lens design increases detection range for smaller animals, like cats and raccoons.
Fail-safe and leak-proof valve
The ScareCrow valve is designed to automatically close and cut off water–even without power.
Intuitive low-battery indicator
Protect your lawn from unnecessary flooding.
|Item Dimensions||3.6 x 7.3 x 12.6 inches|
|Item Weight||1.35 pounds|
|Manufacturer Part Number||059463001161|
|Shipping Weight||1.75 pounds|
Tired of battling deer, cats, raccoons, squirrels and rabbits? Stop animals from invading gardens and ponds with ScareCrow Motion-Activated Animal Deterrent. Guaranteed effective from day one, this smart ScareCrow uses a startling, yet harmless, blast of water to keep deer and other destructive animals at bay. Plus, the custom motion sensor lens increases detection range for smaller animals, like cats and raccoons. The original motion-activated deterrent protects day and night, all season long.
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We are very pleased with the results we got from using the Scarecrow for our dog problem. It is extremely important that people who buy it read the feedback. It is cheaply made; so if you don't follow the advice in the feedback, you will most likely have a negative experience with it.
I am happy I read every single feedback before purchasing it. I listed below the alterations we made, some of which we saw on the feedback and some being our own ideas. Therefore, my feedback is lengthy, but will help your greatly.
First I'm listing the alterations that EVERYONE must do when you buy the Scarecrow. Later I tell you optional alterations for making it work better for your particular circumstance:
Go to the store and buy:
1. Extra rubber hose-end washers (enough to replace their existing plastic washers and for additional doubling up on washers--more explanation below).
2. Teflon tape.
3. A metal stake. You can use a piece of galvanized pipe, a short length of pre-cut rebar, or a concrete-form stake. We used the concrete-form stake that someone left behind.
4. A high-quality hose reinforced inside. Standard hoses will swell up and eventually split or pop off the hose fitting. We have had no problem with the reinforced hose. Since they seem to only come in long lengths, we just bought hose ends and made one for our Scarecrow and one for the yard.
Instructions for the above items BEFORE putting the Scarecrow into the ground:
Pull out the cheap plastic gaskets inside the fittings and replace each one with TWO better quality gaskets from the store. The reason for this is that they built the threaded fittings too long so that when you screw on the hose and sprinkler, they don't quite reach the gasket. Two of them will take up the gap.
Next, wrap Teflon tape around each of the protruding threaded fittings. If you've never used Teflon tape, here is some help. Gently pull out a good length of it, maybe a foot long. Cut it with scissors rather than trying to break it off. Breaking it off makes it stick together instead of lying flat, making it harder to work. Then keeping it flat, carefully wrap it around the fitting over threads in a clockwise direction (or the same direction you will be twisting on the hose end), wrap several layers around and around. If you only put on 2-3 layers, it will not be enough.
Next, pound your metal stake into the ground. The reasons you are using this instead of just putting the plastic stake into the ground are these. First, if you have hard ground, you will mostly likely damage the plastic stake or the Scarecrow motion detector trying to force it into the ground. (You are not suppose to push down on the motion detector.) Second, if you have soft ground, then each time the water is activated, it will give a little push against your unit and eventually loosen it in the ground. Then the Scarecrow will not stay put.
(There is an optional plastic pipe included in the box. We replaced the plastic stake that goes underneath the Scarecrow with the plastic pipe because of the leaking of the extra hose fitting. The extra hose fitting is so you can run another hose to somewhere else that isn't controlled by the Scarecrow. The cap provided is difficult to get to stop leaking. So we screwed the optional pipe underneath the Scarecrow and put the hose on the bottom of the pipe. The drawback is that when you clamp it onto the metal stake I recommend for pounding into the ground, you have to be careful not to overtighten it around this plastic pipe due to possible cracking. If we have to move the Scarecrow or adjust it, we plan to get galvanized fittings to replace the plastic pipe.)
Now you are ready to attach the Scarecrow. First slide on two metal hose clamps over your stake. Now hold the Scarecrow so the stake is lined up against the metal stake and the unit rests on top. Tighten the hose clamps so they are snug. Now adjust the aim and tighten the hose clamps so it won't move.
Now we are ready for the optional alterations we made. If you plan to use it to make a large sweep across your lawn, you may not need to do any of the following. Our situation was twofold:
First, we needed the Scarecrow to work at a close range. Like all rain-bird-style sprinklers, they are angled to shoot upwards about 45 degrees in order to reach a distance. The problem with this is that if the animal crosses in front of it within about 10 feet, it won't hit it. I saw this complaint in some of the other feedback. To solve this, my husband bought a 45 degree angle galvanized pipe fitting (1/2"). He took off the sprinkler and put on the pipe (again, using Teflon tape). He then put the sprinkler on the end of that. As he screwed the pipe on, he kind of angled it to the side a bit so it would change the angle of the sprinkler. It looks kind of strange since the end result is that the sprinkler kind sits off to the side. This worked great. The sprinkler now squirted low so it covered the area where the dog tended to go onto our lawn to do his business.
The above solution to the Scarecrow not working at close distance now prevents it from spraying more than about 15' or so. We've been waiting to see if the dog figures out that he just has to walk down further and then can do his pooping. So far he hasn't. However, if he does, we plan to add a T pipe on top so that our low-aiming sprinkler can come out one part and we will add a short length of reinforced hose to the other part of the T and put a normal metal sprinkler into the ground. This way, we will have two sprinklers running from the top of the Scarecrow, one for close range and one arched for distance and both coming on at the same time by one Scarecrow.
Our Next Problem Solved of needing to narrow the field of water shooting:
Our situation is that we have a 4' wide strip of lawn running along the side of our house. Our neighborhood is very old, so the houses can be close to a property line. In our case, the lawn had our house on one side and the neighbor's driveway at the edge of the lawn. Even though the neighbors deserve to get sprayed when they drive up and down the driveway (it's their dog that poops on our lawn every single day, twice a day), we don't want to waste water and we don't want to create a war since this is our only problem with them. Anyway, we replaced the plastic sprinkler with a standard metal rainbird sprinkler, because the metal sprinklers have metal wire tabs that you can move them to limit the width of the sprinkler. Since our lawn strip is so narrow, we didn't want the sprinkler to move side to side at all, so my husband moved the tabs together and tie-wrapped them so the sprinkler would be stationary. He also cut the spring on top of the metal sprinkler and tie-wrapped the flap back so the water would just shoot out solid instead of pulsating.
Solution to our last problem of two-wide of a motion detection:
Since our lawn strip is narrow, we didn't want the neighbors setting off the motion detector every time they drive and down their driveway. It will waste water and also wear down the battery. I cut out two squares of plastic out of a black garbage bag and my husband put one on each side of the detector window and taped them with black electrical tape leaving the center prism exposed so it has a more pin-pointed kill zone. I don't know how long the tape will last, but it has done well for a month now even with our summer thunderstorms. Using this method, he narrowed the field of "vision" down to about a half-inch in the middle. It works very well.
We set the sensitivity to 7-1/2 which is perfect. When I want to mow the lawn strip, I just place a thick or dark hand-towel over the lense to prevent detection. That way I don't have to keep turning on or off anything.
So that is end of our alterations. Bottom line is that the dog poops on our lawn no more and so I don't hate the neighbors every time we have to pick up the poop every single day.
UPDATE: We put the Scarecrow away near end of November so it won't break when we have freezing weather. I was afraid that the dog would start pooping there again. However, we were pleased that he developed the habit to go in his own backyard. The whole spring through fall was very successful eliminating this problem. Love the scarecrow.
Just a side note. Since they let their dog loose all the time, our neighbors on the other side of them had nothing but trouble with the dog chewing up everything in their yard and chewed up 4 pairs of their shoes on their own front porch plus hauled off their brand new dog bed! I felt so sorry for them having to deal with this, especially since they have very little income. Finally, another neighbor told the owner that he better tie up the dog; because if he catches him in his yard again bothering his chihuahua, he would shoot him. The problem dog is part pit bull, so he probably meant it. Well, that did it, so none of us have problems with him anymore except that he barks more being tied up. I feel sorry for dogs who have idiot owners. It isn't the dog's fault. They are just doing what dogs when inconsiderate people don't bother training them.
Hope all this helped you.
I give up. It does not work with a 25psi pressure reducer, only 10. I am stuck (and you will be too) with a stream of water that goes barely 10 feet and would probably not scare a mouse. Junk.
MOST RECENT UPDATE 8/29: 2nd Replacement Scarecrow also failed within a few days. I went through Amazon for the return this time and they sent out a mailing label and a third Scarecrow.
I treated the third one like a baby, being very gentle. The motion detector worked fine..until...I HOOKED UP THE WATER! then it ceased to work. I noticed that when I went to unscrew the water connection, as the pressure released, the Scarecrow activated. I tried this about 5 times and the same thing happened. Not working when water turned on, working when water turned off as I unscrewed hose connection.
***This morning I dug out an old pressure regulator from my garden tools and attached it at the hose bib, and re-tried the Scarecrow. Lo and behold, now it worked with the water turned on! TRY THIS FOLKS, AND SEE IF IT HELPS...the water pressure regulator (mine is plastic, not brass) can be obtained for under $10 at Amazon, Home Depot, a plumbing supply or drip irrigation supply store. Mine reduces to 10PSI, I am going to try one that is maybe 25PSI to see if it gives a better result. The 10 works, it just doesn't spray very far. Hoping the 25 will not be too much pressure and cause it to stop working again!
I DOWNGRADED MY RATING TO ONE STAR because I shouldn't have to go through all this for such an expensive item! It is built very cheaply, made in China. It looks like there is a defect in the part that is sensitive to water pressure, my original Scarecrow from years ago didn't require a pressure reducer. If you sort the reviews by most recent, you will see I am not alone with problems of the Scarecrow just ceasing to work!
UPDATE 8/17: after a few days of working, the motion detector stopped working. Contech offered me a full refund after I send the battery cover back. I am hoping this was just a bad apple, I really liked my last ScareCrow. Will try another and update after I get it.
ORIGINAL REVIEW 8/7: This is my second ScareCrow, the other one was destroyed by my weed wacker when the battery compartment popped open and I cut through the wiring...oops! That being said, it would be nice if there was some sort of twisting lock on the compartment instead of a snap on cover. The cover worked fine for a couple of years, but then just got loose and kept falling off, so I had to tape it shut. But alas, the tape must have gotten too wet and didn't hold.
I have a large garden consisting of 8 raised beds, and my lot backs a wooded area. I get deer, groundhogs, opossum, rabbits, chipmunks, an occasional coyote etc, all hungry to enjoy my veggies. I have a variety of deterrents, but I believe the ScareCrow is the most effective, once you set it up correctly.
Setup is relatively simple, just thread all the pieces together. I added a "quick connect" where the hose connects so I can quickly disconnect and attach a spray nozzle to my hose if needed. I found I had to tighten everything with a wrench or it leaked, but that may just be that the arthritis in my hands couldn't get a good enough grip.
The key to this device is to have it optimally positioned to detect motion of your particular critter. I believe that smaller animals, like chipmunks, are probably being missed, but they do minimal damage compared to the bigger critters.
This device really shoots out water very quickly and startles anything in it's path. I've scared the bejeebers out of myself when I forgot to turn it off and wandered in it's path. Also had a few good laughs when guests unknowingly trigger it.
One thing you need to make sure you do BEFORE you put the water on, is to set the spray arc direction AWAY from you. There is a little wire loop that flips down which indicates the direction of the spray...just adjust the plastic rings so this wire is in the middle. Stand on the opposite side of this wire or you will get sprayed while testing. But if you want to have full circular coverage, you will probably get wet no matter what. My spray direction faces the woods, and covers about a 90 degree arc. The directions that are included are pretty good describing how to adjust the arc. I have not played around with the motion sensitivity control extensively, it seemed to work for me right about in the middle. It is easy to adjust. The adjustment for the angle of the spray (high/low) didn't seem to do a whole lot, not enough to matter. But that being said, I don't think it's necessary to actually hit the critter with water, the abruptness of the sudden noise and action is probably doing most of the deterring.
Something to be careful of, if it's really windy, the wind can blow tall grass or vegetation which will set it off. Keep that in mind when positioning it. Also, keep a good eye on it and test it regularly because there is no low battery indicator, which would be very helpful.
All in all, I am happy with this purchase, and would give it 5 stars if it had a battery indicator. Just a note...in the few days I was without my ScareCrow waiting for the new one, I found a few half eaten tomatoes littered about the garden (probably groundhogs), and deer poo and urine burns on the lawn! A little pricey for sure, but worth it in my situation. But boy the grass grows twice as fast in front of it!
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