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ScareCrow motion-activated sprinkler animal deterrent keeps common animal intruders like cats, dogs, deer, heron, raccoons, and more out of your lawn and garden. The ScareCrow motion sensor sprinkler is a very effective option that does not use chemicals or ugly netting. Using just 2-3 cups of water per burst the ScareCrow motion detector sprinkler animal deterrent startles animals and scares them away. Working for as long as six months on just one, nine-volt battery the ScareCrow motion activated sprinkler protects up to 1,200 sq. ft. day and night. If you need to cover a larger area you can link several scarecrows together.
|Target pests:||Deer, raccoons, heron, cats, and more.|
|For use in:||Gardens and yards|
|Pet safe:||Yes, when used as directed.|
|Coverage Area:||1,200 sq. ft.|
|Shipping Weight:||1.85 lbs|
|Manufactured By:||Scotts (Mfg. Number: 300000296)|
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 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.
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29 of 31 people found this review helpful:
Keeps the dogs out
By Christopher in Star, Idaho on 04/01/2013
Great product and great service. My dogs hate these things so they do a great job of keeping them out of my vegetable garden. Be careful though. My wife and grandmother both got sprayed within two days. Service is terrific if you have an issue too.
27 of 28 people found this review helpful:
NO MORE CAT POOP
By Denny in Everett, WA on 04/25/2013
Tried everything last year. Netting, amonia, pepper,and all the stuff recomended on the internet. This year I was ready to put up a electric wire system. About $100 and a lot of time and work. Saw the ScareCrow on line and tried it on my 4x40' above ground garden. It took about 10 minutes to install. It's been in place about three weeks, and NOT ONE cat poop pile. All that fresh soil must drive them nuts. They stay clear. Last year it was a daily chore to clean up after them. VERY HAPPY..WORKS GREAT !!
21 of 21 people found this review helpful:
By Donna in Salem, Oregon on 04/05/2013
We have had one for about a year and it works great. I detects movement about 30 feet and our water pressure lets it spray about that far. We bought another one to extend our protection even farther. Donna & Frank
19 of 20 people found this review helpful:
By in Scappoose, Oregon on 06/12/2013
Overall, it appears a little cheaply made, but it works well. So far it has kept the grandkids out of the garden, scared at least a couple of deer away and shot me directly in the face at point black range when I forgot it was on, O yeh, I also got the neighbor on his riding lawnmower. Now, Let's see if it holds up.
12 of 14 people found this review helpful:
Too early to tell
By Barry in Riverview, Florida on 04/09/2013
I'm still trying to work with the unit. I have some kind of varmint digging up my garden. The scarecrow didn't deter whatever it is. I think it may be Armadillos, since I have seen them in the yard a lot. I moved the scarecrow closer to the garden, hoping this would help. I also changed the battery as it has already discharged after 2 weeks. If this doesn't work, I'm thinking about returning it.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful:
Great while they last.
By Arnie in Gates Oregon on 04/19/2015
Would give this product a 5 star review if they lasted more than a season. This is the fourth ScareCrow we have bought so far. They work wonderful and can be adjusted for distance and sensitivity. I use two in the garden and they keep the deer out. Problem is only one of the four has lasted more than a year. I remove the battery when I put them up for the winter and store them inside out of the weather. In the spring when I take them out of storage they inevitably fail. I've reset them as instructed and even put brand new batteries in them. I'm a retired engineer so I pride my self on being able to repair most things. Problem with these is, short of replacing the motion sensor nothing can be done. Yes I've adjusted water pressure to numerous psi.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful:
Possibly the best decision I've made since my wife!
By Humored in Jacksonville, Florida on 03/03/2015
Have an area of shaded sandy soil that I have been struggling for 2 years getting grass to fill in and the cats from using it as a toilet at my front entry. Spending plenty on every "deterrent" that you have tried and some you haven't, I bit the bullet (It's cheaper here.) Presto! I used rebar to secure due to strong push each time it turns on. Cats, dogs, door hangers jump at just the sound... didn't even tell family, neighbors or new young mailman. You've got to do this. The pests are gone! (No honey, not your family) It's a blast, just too much fun to watch... I love sending the grand-kids to check the mail.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful:
Scarecrow scares em off.
By Rich in Hampton Bays, N.Y. on 10/02/2014
Bought 3 of these last year. Aside from deer and other pesky animals, we've had "people" actually walking their dogs on our professionally maintained lawn and my wife's flower gardens. I have politely asked them several times to walk their dogs 60 ft. away in the vacant woods, to no avail. Being blasted with a shot of water has stopped this practice! I've purchased the 9V h.d. batteries and they last several month or more. By the way, seeing the deer, squirrels and roaming cats jump a few feet in the air upon being blasted creates some good giggles. LOL
7 of 7 people found this review helpful:
By Ron in Lakeville,MA on 08/05/2014
Before Installing two of these Center of 25'x35' Garden facing opposite Directions..The Deer/Ground Hogs and others..... were eating......... Tomatoes/Beans/Lettuce/Spinach/Parsley Sunflowers/Cauliflower.... They had a nice Little Smorgasbord going on.... I have had these in for 2 weeks with no animal Intrusion..Excellent Product....Mean to them without Harming Them
8 of 9 people found this review helpful:
For those of you that have trouble mounting it.
By Drone in OC, Ca on 05/04/2014
I forgot this in my previous review. For those of you that may not have much space to mount the Scarecrow, I used just the long straight tube. I then hung it over the back a patio chair. It was perfect since we just have a block planter ~2ft tall. A Velcro strap keeps it secure. Lastly, I had to use two of the included gaskets where the hose screws in.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful:
ScareCrow scares racoons, too!
By Anonymous in Hendersonville, NC on 08/07/2013
I was amazed and more than delighted with this gizmo. Nightly visits by a "family" of racoons were leaving a mess of my newly-laid sod. My wife ran across a video of the "ScareCrow" and suggested I try it. Since I had attempted numerous other "cures" over a week's period I had nothing to lose. (Local trappers wanted $425 to trap and kill the critters; so $50 seemed like a bargain.) It arrived the next day. 5 minutes later it was set up and ready to "scare". What do you know!!! No more visitors and the sod is flourishing. I may even order another one for the deer this fall. Sorry your rating scale only has 5 stars. This product rates 6 or 7! Thanks.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful:
Love it so much, we bought another!
By in Hillsboro, Oregon on 07/09/2013
We bought our first Scarecrow many, many years ago. Like 10, 15? It's been a fish lifesaver for our pond, and has also provided many laughs and swearing when one inadvertently forgets about it and walks right in front of it yet again (you'd think we would have figured it out by now, but no). A Scarecrow is a must when you have a Koi pond (Don't think you have herons or raccoons? Put in a pond!) Our old Scarecrow was starting to fail, so we didn't put it up right away this spring, and lo and behold, my favorite Koi was stolen by a blasted heron! Hate herons!!! Deciding we needed a new Scarecrow stat, I ordered from DMOPC.com and not only impressed by how quick they got it to us, but by their great pricing, about half of what we paid for our original Scarecrow. The fish are now safely under guard, and as per another reviewer, I'm thinking of moving our old one out front to deter solicitors. I'm tired of people badgering me to change my religion and those who TAPE THEIR JUNK MAIL ON MY HOUSE! (And always right next to my large "No Soliciting" sign.) My office over looks the front walk and I can always use a laugh!
8 of 10 people found this review helpful:
By Anonymous in Midway, Georgia on 07/07/2013
I purchased the ScareCrow to keep the neighbors cat away from my bird feeders. She was killing the birds and wrecking the feeders. I didn't want to hurt her but I was at my witts end. I surched the web and found the ScareCrow. It really works with no harm to the cat. I'm very happy. Oh and it keeps the squirrels away too. It's also fun to watch. :)
9 of 11 people found this review helpful:
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By in Saint Francis, Mn. on 06/29/2013
Works great no more dog poop in my front yard from the neighborhood dogs.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful:
By in Frostbite Falls, MN on 06/25/2013
....that's the one word that comes to mind. I'm primarily concerned about deer in my garden. And, I could see by the deer's skid tracks on the outer perimeter of the Scarecrow's range that this thing performs as advertised: the tracks indicated panic exit. I also watched my neighbor's cat get blasted. The only constructive criticism I can offer new owners is to use one wrap of plumbers tape on each threaded joint. Garden hose joints are historically not water-tight: they drip. These are no different. Be careful not to over-tighten. Song birds do seem to get used to the yellow predator decals on the motion sensor. Rabbits don't know what to make of it and remain a little nervous. Scarecrow is a very reliable product. Highly recommended. It provides the next best source of security for your plants. In my opinion, only a shotgun is better. But, you have to be there to pull the trigger.
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01/14/2014 Dajmipivo from Williamsburg, Va
QWill the ScareCrow Sprinkler Motion Activated Animal Deterrent work to deter drunken college students from peeing on my shrubs?
AThe ScareCrow Sprinkler Motion Activated Animal Deterrent will release water when motion is detected. It is possible that if the students get wet, it could deter them from your property.
03/18/2013 Jack from Palmdale, Ca
QWhat is the range of the motion sensor and angle of detection on the ScareCrow Sprinkler?
A The Scarecrow can detect large animals up to 30 ft away and very small animals up to 10 ft away. The detection range depends on the type of animal detecting. The motion sensor is approximately 105 degrees. We recommend reading over the manual to make sure the Scarecrow will fit you needs: http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/msds/ScareCrow-Manual_2.pdf
The Scarecrow can detect large animals up to 30 ft away and very small animals up to 10 ft away. The detection range depends on the type of animal detecting. The motion sensor is approximately 105 degrees. We recommend reading over the manual to make sure the Scarecrow will fit you needs:
03/01/2013 Chris from Plymouth, Mn
QCan the ScareCrow Sprinkler be used for robins and small birds?
AYou can change the sensitivity to pick up even small critters so the Scarecrow can work for most animals including small birds.
04/21/2013 Pamela from Sparta, Tn
QWhat is your return policy? Is it covered by a warranty?
Can I return it if doesn't meet my needs? I'm trying to keep my dogs out of my flower garden, where they lay in the mulch and damage the flowers. But it's a small area (next to walkway and front porch) and I'm not sure this is the answer.
AWe only allow returns on unused merchandise. If the product has been used it is no longer in retail condition and we cannot accept the return. We recommend that you go to the Scarecrow product page and scroll down to the video to see the product in action before you purchase it to see if it might work for your needs. There is a 2 year manufacturers warranty on the Scarecrow against any type of manufacturer defect "Contech Enterprises warrants to the original purchase of its products that the product will be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of two (2) years. This warranty does not cover damage caused by or attributable to acts of God, abuse, misuse, improper maintenance, or damage caused in transportation."
06/02/2013 Robert from Pittsburgh, Pa
QIs the ScareCrow Sprinkler effective on chipmunks?
I have chipmunks that invade my 8 x 12 garden to eat the ripe tomatoes. I need to repel them.
AYes the Scarcrow Animal Deterrant can be used on smaller animals such as chipmunks and rabbits. However, keep in mind that if they are getting to a food source on your property the repellant may or may not work everytime if getting wet is less important to the chipmunk than getting to the tomato. You may need to use Chipmunk Traps to try and eliminate the population from your yard.
09/06/2014 Brian from Bracknell, Berks, England
QWhat hose fittings come with ScareCrow Sprinkler Motion Activated Animal Deterrent?
What hose fittings are supplied with this product? Can spares be obtained in England?
A The ScareCrow Sprinkler does not come with any hose attachments. There is a piece on the sprinkler that attaches to a regular garden hose. We do not currently ship to England. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The ScareCrow Sprinkler does not come with any hose attachments. There is a piece on the sprinkler that attaches to a regular garden hose.
We do not currently ship to England. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
07/30/2014 Teresa from Clarksville
QWhat is the difference in the various models of the scarecrow animal deterrents
AWe only sell the Contech ScareCrow Sprinkler Motion Activated Animal Deterrent. We apologize, we are not aware of another Scarecrow sprinkler by Contech.
06/07/2014 Fran from Metro Denver, Co
QCan the distance of the spray on the ScareCrow Sprinkler Motion Activated Animal Deterrent be adjusted?
I know the sensitivity of the motion detector can be adjusted, but can the actual distance of the water spray be adjusted? If so, what is the shortest distance it can be adjusted to?
05/29/2014 Robin from Nj
QWill it get rid of opossums?
Has anyone said that it specifically works on opossums? Is is available in stores?
AYes, the ScareCrow Sprinkler Motion Activated Animal Deterrent will work well on opossums. You can change the sensitivity to pick up small critters as well as larger animals so the Scarecrow can work for most animals including opossums.
12/21/2013 Virginia from Albany, Oregon
QCan you adjust the distance the water sprays from the ScarCrow Sprinkler Animal Deterrent?
We only need it to spray around 10 feet.
AYes you can control the spray based off the sensor reach and the pressure you set the water to for the device.
12/03/2013 Marisa from Miami, Fl
QAvoiding humans and pets
How exactly does this work to avoid spraying unintended targets like human visitors, pets, etc.?
06/30/2013 Joe from Phoenix
QDoes the water need to be turned on constantly in order for the the ScareCrow needs line pressure at all times
AScareCrow Sprinkler Motion Activated Animal Deterrent needs line pressure at all times, thus, it needs that water feed at all times.
06/01/2013 Danny from Whitney, Tx
QDoes ScareCrow Sprinkler Motion Activated Animal Deterrent work on armadillos?
AYes, the ScareCrow Sprinkler Motion Activated Animal Deterrent can detect different sizes of animals just adjust the sensitivity knob according to the size of animal. If you still have questions please contact Contech at 1-800-767-8658.
05/24/2013 Shar from San Diego, Ca
QWould this work on rabbits??
They invade my garden every night. Just wo during if they would be too small to detect.
AYes, the ScareCrow Sprinkler Motion Activated Animal Deterrent will deter rabbits. You can adjust the sensitivity the the deterrent.
05/07/2013 Glenn from Phoenix
QCan you adjust how long the ScareCrow sprinkler turns on for? If so how long can it be turned on for?
AYes, to change the length of time the ScareCrow Sprinkler Motion Activated Animal Deterrent is turned on for adjust the sensitivity knob. If you still have questions please contact Contech at 1-800-767-8658.