Havahart portable deterrent sprinkler video

Havahart is making waves with their new free-standing sprinkler. While most other systems require a permanent connection to a water hose, Havahart has developed a portable version with built-in tank that holds 3.5 gallons and that is solar powered. Since this kind of machine only uses water for a short burst when triggered, the internal tank should last for quite a while.

Here is a funny video of deer and the motion detecting sprinkler. All the playful theatrics aside, it aptly demonstrates the size and action of the device.

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Automatic garden protection with water

The biggest problem for any gardener is how to keep animals away from your yard in the kindest way possible. To pull that off, a automatic system that repels animals without chemicals or traps is required. Contench, Havahart and Orbit all make these kinds of yard sentry systems that offer garden protection in a humane way.

Best motion sprinklerHow does a automated water sentinel work? A motion activated sprinkler sprays water for a couple of seconds when its sensors detect any movement in the area. Animals get startled by the sudden movement and burst of water and over time, they will associate your garden and orchards with insecurity, and ultimately avoid visiting at all.

Havahart Yard SentinelThe Contech Cro101 scarecrow sprinkler has a lightweight plastic shaft and a metal sprinkler head. The 17-inch unit has a mount, sprinkler, and motion detector. The scarecrow sprinkler can cover up to 1000 square feet of the yard. A group of Contech Cro101 units can be connected together for bigger spaces. The battery-operated scarecrow sprinkler runs with a 9-volt battery. You’ll also need a garden hose connected to the sprinkler unit for it to function. For maintenance and repairs, Contech Cro101 is covered by a 2-year warranty.

orbit motion activated sprinklerIf you check for reviews, most users have given Contech Cro101 a 5-star review. It effectively gives stray animals just the right scare, without putting their lives at risk. There are also notable reviews about this scarecrow sprinkler that don’t only focus on keeping stray animals away from the yard. Some people like this because it keeps the grass in the yard hydrated too, especially because it covers 1000 square feet.

Automation Cons
The Contech Cro101 has a motion-sensor, it can detect any movement including humans. So when someone attempts to enter your yard without warning, he or she is going to get drenched. Don’t make the mistake of crossing the yard in your date clothes though when the scarecrow sprinkler is activated.

Pros
However, it can work as a burglar detector too. Since Contech Cro101 can detect any motion, it will spray water on the intruder and strip off his or her defenses. Most likely, the intruder will be caught off guard and make noises.

Motion activated scarecrow explained

You might be forgiven for thinking that a scarecrow sprinkler is a camouflaged dual purpose lawn watering device. It isn´t. A motion activated sprinkler is a automatic deterrent that scares unwanted animals from your garden. This includes fairly large animals such as deer, as well as smaller intruders such as cats, rats and even birds. It is also one of the most effective raccoon deterrents you can deploy.

Over the years, various ways have been devised to get rid of garden pests, either permanently as in the case of poison, or temporarily such as with twirling windmills, or loud noises. Straightforward traditional scarecrows can be used, but however scary they might be, they are a poor long term solution since the effect of a stationary object (even if it moves) is temporary.

The fact is that with these methods, a biological effect known as habituation comes into play. This is seen in small creatures, such as snails, which stop retracting their antennae after a short time of being touched with a stick. With humans, we will get used to unpleasant smells or flashing lights over time, that might be distracting to begin with.

The same goes for most other animals. Once their brains get used to the idea that they’re not under any threat to their life, they will subconsciously cut out the nuisance effect to concentrate on other possible new dangers. So the static, traditional, scarecrow, or the loud bird siren will lose their effectiveness over time and the pests will ignore them. The surprise of being hit with a dash of water from a motion activated sprinkler is something the pests don’t ever get used to.

Methods such as the use of poison are obviously out of favor these days, because of the dangers of leaving poisoned slugs, for instance, that may carry toxic substances that will kill innocent birds that eat them. These methods could also be dangerous to pets and children and are, in any case, are perceived as inhumane by many people.

More ingenious methods have been used in scaring birds on runways, for instance, by playing loud recordings of the calls of birds that prey on the unwanted birds. These methods have been tried in gardens but can be costly and eventually ineffective.

The most effective animal deterrent is a combination of high and low technologies, known as the scarecrow sprinkler. This uses a motion activated spray of water, and is triggered by the same kind of reliable motion detector that you find in intruder alarms.

Once a pest is detected, the scarecrow sprinkler quickly shoots a jet of water in its direction and the shock of getting a splash of water from seemingly nowhere. The beauty of a motion activated scarecrow sprinkler is the effectiveness and simplicity. Since it runs on water it is a set and forget garden protection that simply works every time and is a ecological and animal friendly deterrent. Instead of inhumanely killing the animals, a automatic scarecrow sprinkler system will simply scare them time and time again until they eventually stop coming back to your garden.