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ScareCrow Motion-Activated Animal Deterrent

ScareCrow Motion-Activated Animal Deterrent

Protect gardens and yards from common animal intruders. 

The original ScareCrow motion-activated animal deterrent uses a startling but harmless burst of water to deter pests.

A deer deterrent, and more -

  • Proven to solve the most common animal complaints:  deer, raccoons, heron, and cats
  • Effective alternative to harmful chemicals and unattractive netting
  • Protects 1200 sq. ft. day and night, all season long
  • Guaranteed effective from day one
  • Can link several together for larger areas
  • Conserves water - just two to three cups per deterrence
  • Operates up to six months on single, nine-volt battery

Buy Now $79.00 USD

ScareCrow Mounting Bracket

Allows you to mount the ScareCrow to a fence or post in areas with rocky or unstable soil.

Buy Now $15.00 USD

 

  • How it Works

    How it Works

    Protect gardens and yards from common animal intruders.  The original ScareCrow motion-activated animal deterrent uses a startling but harmless burst of water to deter pests. The sudden noise, movement and spray scare animals away.

    • Proven to solve the most common animal complaints:  deer, raccoons, heron, cats, and more
    • Effective alternative to harmful chemicals and unattractive netting
    • Protects 1200 sq. ft. day and night, all season long
    • Guaranteed effective from day one
    • Can link several together for larger areas
    • Conserves water - just two to three cups per deterrence
    • Operates up to six months on single, nine-volt battery
  • Media Coverage

    I love this thing, and with all the motion sensor lights around, I'm amazed they didn't think of it sooner. A motion-sensing sprinkler! Now isn’t that just the thing to keep unwanted pests out of your garden; pest of any species. (Except, perhaps, for ducks.)

    - Your Guide to Dogs – Krista Mifflin

    Deer will gladly go over an 8-foot fence to get at roses, but they won't stand for getting wet. That's the concept behind Scarecrow, an animal-invasion deterrent commonly known as "deer sprinklers." The device consists of a rotating sprinkler head on top of an infrared motion sensor. When on guard, it will spray any animal - dog, raccoon, rabbit, cat, cat burglar, daughter's boyfriend - that gets within 35 feet… Cost and assembly are minimal compared with digging postholes and running fence.

    - San Francisco Gate "Must Have" by Sam Whiting

    Another repelling device is a water Scarecrow. "It's a hard sprinkler connected to a motion sensor. When critters walk past it, they get blasted with water and they will stay away.

    Toledo Blade "Hungry deer are nimble, resourceful" by Kelly Heidbreder

    "Herons are probably the biggest predator we have," he says. "Everyone thinks it's raccoons, but a raccoon won’t be much of a predator if the pond is built eight feet or more in width." It helps that herons are skittish. That limits most of their foraging to water gardens tucked into quiet corners of properties. "They don't like a lot of traffic or noise or kids running in and out of the house. If you're in an area where you think you’ll have a problem, consider buying a 'Scarecrow'." By Scarecrow, Beaulieu means a sprinkler that runs off a nine-volt battery. It has a motion detector built in with a range of 30 feet. "Hook it up to a water hose," he says. "Anything that breaks that electronic barrier gets soaked with a blast of water.

    Chicago Sun-Times "Some critters you don't want splashing in your pond" by Dean Fosdick

  • Testimonials

    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

    It really works! I never thought I would see my daylillies again, or my hostas, and plant and be able to harvest from my vegetable garden - but the Scarecrow really does what it says! The deer have already started to wreck their usual havoc on neighbors' properties, but not ours! And that thanks goes to you folks for making available a product that really does keep the deer away. Thank you so much!!!!!

    —Janna Zuber

    Since purchasing the ScareCrow, I can tell you that not one deer has come back…After one night using the ScareCrow, that was it! My Cistus has bloomed for the first time in two years. Great product!

    —Judith Vosper, WA

    Your product has been the best item I've purchased in years. Until the arrival of your ScareCrow we tried every solution to manage the problem - nothing worked. Your product literally worked overnight and got rid of the raccoons 100%!

     —Greg Hinkley, WI

    I am using mine to keep pigeons off the ground and from around the feeder. It is doing great and keeps them away 100%. As soon as they see it on the lawn they keep away. Thanks a lot.

     —John Witalec, MI

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  • Replacement Parts

    Replacement Parts

    Lose a part? Have an unfortunate run-in with the lawnmower? We've got you covered. The ScareCrow Sprinkler Head and Stake are both available for purchase.  To make it a bit easier, we offer free shipping on our replacement parts.

    Buy Now ScareCrow Sprinkler Head - $10.29 USD

    Buy Now ScareCrow Stake - $9.99 USD

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I adjust the sensitivity of the ScareCrow?

Yes, you can adjust the sensitivity with the simple twist of a knob.

Can I hook the ScareCrow up to my in-ground irrigation system?

No, the ScareCrow needs line pressure at all times. An irrigation system pipeline only pressurizes when the system is sprinkling your lawn. You can however, set up a separate in-ground irrigation feed system to your ScareCrow that is on all the time. As PVC pipe is not as flexible as a garden hose and therefore less able to absorb the pressure flux of a ScareCrow activation, Contech recommends installing a hammer arrester at the point where the ScareCrow is affixed to the in ground plumbing.

Can I return a ScareCrow if it doesn't meet my needs?

Yes. Contact the store or catalog where you purchased the device for specific instructions. If purchased from Contech, call 1-800-767-8658 (in Canada or USA) or 1-250-413-3250 (overseas) for more information.

Can I switch the ScareCrow off?

Yes. There are two ways to switch off the ScareCrow: either set the sensitivity knob to zero, or shut off the water supply. Please note that if you shut the water off, the unit will still sense and activate, but will not spray water. For a heavy traffic area, turning the sensitivity knob to zero is the best option.

Can the ScareCrow be used in the winter?

No. Bring it in when there is risk of freezing. Freezing water may damage the valve in the ScareCrow.

Does the ScareCrow work at night?

Yes. The ScareCrow works during the day and at night because it uses an infrared sensor.

How long will the ScareCrow operate before needing a new battery?

Results vary from a few weeks to a year depending upon how often people, pets or the wind trigger the unit. The average is between four and six months. The ScareCrow will typically fire approximately 3000 times from a single battery.

How much water pressure is needed?

30 to 80 P.S.I. If your water pressure is greater than 80 P.S.I., Contech recommends installing a pressure reducer (available at hardware and irrigation supply stores) at the hose bib.

I'm not sure I like the look of the ScareCrow. Can I get it in plain black?

Yes, the ScareCrow is delivered with the decals packaged separately – you may choose to apply the 'beak and eyes' design, or leave them off.

Which product works better for deterring cats: the ScareCrow or CatStop?

While both products effectively deter cats, the CatStop can be used places where the ScareCrow is unsuitable (anywhere that spraying water would be unacceptable, or where a water source is not easily available). For example, the CatStop is a perfect solution for keeping cats out of carports and garden beds near public walkways. The ScareCrow has a larger sensing range and is an excellent device for keeping cats off lawns, and away from ponds and gardens.

scarecrow-warranty-badgeThe ScareCrow comes with a 30 day money-back guarantee and a two-year warranty.