Scarecrow Sprinkler vs. Wildlife: Who Wins?
Note, this is a personal review. To visit the Scarecrow Sprinkler Product page on Amazon.com click here.
My family and I live in an urban setting in Los Angeles and my backyard is a dream for the local wildlife. We grow organic vegetables and raise chickens. This alone presents attractive opportunities for raccoons, bobcats, squirrels or other critters to come into our garden and wreak havoc.
Every morning I find new holes in my lawn and garden beds. Often times the plants are either eaten or ripped out and tossed aside. Turns out we have a raccoon, who visits us pretty much every night, to dig for grubs and steal our veggies.
I did some research on raccoon deterrents and deer repellents and finally came across a motion sensor sprinkler system which showed promise. I bought the Scarecrow Motion-Activated Sprinkler from Contech and shot a video to document the set up and show the water sprinkler in action…
How does this Motion Detection Sprinkler work?
The concept is simple. A powerful sprinkler is pointed towards a target area (e.g. a vegetable garden) to protect it from any sort of wildlife interference. As soon as a critter moves into the monitored spot (a built-in sensor tracks movement and body temperature) the sprinkler is triggered and shoots a quick 3 sec. burst of high-pressured water across the entire target area.
The sprinkler’s radius as well as the height of the water spray can be manually adjusted. The raccoon, deer or possum gets sprayed and a good scare: The sudden and noisy activation of the sprinkler gives the animal an adrenaline shock, immediately putting them into panic/survival mode with the only option to run. Once they undergo that stress for two or three times they learn to stay away.
Did the Scarecrow Sprinkler work out for me?
The Sprinkler works. I have reduced my raccoon activity in my veggie pad to zero. While I’m happy to report that I gained the upper hand, I do have to point out the importance of using a heavy-duty hose (like the Never Kink hose) to connect to the Scarecrow in order to minimize the risk of leaking. Within days I had to replace a flimsy hose that couldn’t take the constant water pressure. While I was waiting for the new hose to come in the mail, I actually turned off the system and I noticed that the garden still remained untouched for those nights. The raccoons have been conditioned to refrain from entering my garden area. It leads me to believe that I should be able to move the sprinkler occasionally to cover additional spots to keep the raccoon on its toes (literally) while expanding my protected area. Once I connected the sprinkler to the heavy-duty water hose it has been without a leak ever since.
So here are 5 reasons why I recommend the Scarecrow Sprinkler:
- The sensor is reliable and I can easily adjust the sensitivity of the spray radius.
- The sprinkler is built with good quality materials and can handle the constant water pressure.
- I can hook up several sprinklers within one water line (daisy chaining is possible).
- The sprinkler is non-lethal and safe for pets or kids. If someone crosses its path they will get wet but not hurt
- A good price. The Scarecrow runs about $55, while other sprinklers like the Havahart Elite is more like $170
The ScareCrow Sprinkler has over 2000 reviews (4+ rating) on Amazon.com and is a #1 Best Seller. It did the trick for me. Look for my Follow-up Review with some actual night-vision footage of my friendly backyard raccoon. I hope you enjoyed this blog. Feel free to post a comment as I’d love to hear your thoughts. To read more about The CR101 Scarecrow Motion Activated Sprinkler on the Amazon product page click here.
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