As I was browsing the web, researching articles, and watching videos, I stumbled across a rather unique little gem for gardeners and homesteaders.
It is called the ScareCrow Sprinkler, and provides harmless defense against animals who might be eating at your garden, or invading certain areas of your property. This could also be used as a temporary deterrent to the two-legged variety of pests, as well; nosy neighbors, Census Bureau workers, or salesmen trespassing on your property will get a healthy dose of motion-activated water! Here is what the company says about their product:
Note: I have no affiliation with this company or product. I do not receive any compensation from any sales of this product.
The ScareCrow motion-activated sprinkler is constructed of durable, high-quality materials, and has been designed to provide many years of reliable service.
Using the ScareCrow is easy. Simply attach a standard garden hose to its base, set the ScareCrow in the ground in the area you want to protect, and then turn on the water. Once you switch the unit on, it is ready to go.
How does it work?
The ScareCrow uses a combination of sudden noise, unexpected movement, and a startling blast of water to create a memorable and unpleasant experience for the trespasser.
The animal immediately associates this unpleasant experience with the location, and to avoid similar surprises, learns to avoid the area. If an animal chooses to return, the ScareCrow will be waiting.
While a human may flee several steps after activating a ScareCrow, animals are typically affected to a much greater degree. In most cases they run much farther, and stay away longer. Because the unit only triggers when the animal moves, its behaviour is difficult for animals to anticipate, making it a very effective deterrent.
Suggested Sensitivity Settings
Distance you wish to detect animal:
Animal Size 10ft. 20ft. 30ft. Small 6-7 7-9* Medium 3-4 5-6 7-9 Large 2-3 4-5 6-9
*Some small animals might not be seen at this distance
Testimonial from a farmer:
The Scarecrow has literally saved our farm. The neighbourhood ravens have devastated our crops for years: they snip the tops off of garlic and uproot transplants and leave them to dry out and die. They scratch away the mulch around plants that we’ve spent days laying down. We rely on our farm crops to make a living, and the ravens were costing us thousands of dollars in lost sales and time. Ravens are intelligent creatures and we were at a loss as to how to keep them off our property. Traditional scarecrows don’t work; netting is expensive and time-consuming. The only way we can effectively protect our farm when we’re not out in the fields ourselves is with our Scarecrows. Thanks to our Scarecrows, we’re once again able to enjoy a lazy Sunday breakfast or go out to a movie and relax, knowing that our crops are safe at home.
Brock & Heather, Makaria Farm, Duncan, B.C. Canada
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