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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Protect Your Garden from Animals:
Scarecrow Motion-Activated Sprinkler

Ms. Eclectic's garden has been saved from the ravages of dogs, cats, squirrels, birds and other animals!

We bought a Scarecrow motion-activated sprinkler through It uses a 9V battery, and every time an animal moves in its range (which is large and adjustable), the sprinkler gives off a massive burst across an adjustable arc. It is doing a great job for us. You can get one here:

My friend, Gord, wants to set one up for when unwanted human guests arrive. Talk about the economics of deterrence!
Update: Kent asks in the comments whether the vermin will just get used to it. My guess is that they won't. The five-second burst is very powerful, and the range is also quite adjustable. Our pets really scoot away when they get blasted (as do I, when I forget it is there). I doubt if it would deter coyotes in pursuit of fresh meat, but it might even do that. We go ours through this site. There was maybe a week-long delay, but the price is only $49.xx.
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