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Bird Spikes

Bird Spikes Kits

What Exactly Are They, and Do They Work for Households?

 

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Cost            ★★☆☆☆ (See Cost Here)

Aesthetic    4/10

Source        Local Hardware Store/Online

BIRD SPIKES ARE a humane and quiet way to keep out bird and other small animals from places where you don’t want them. The bird spikes are used to stop pests leaving a mess or nesting on your property. They are great for areas where birds tend to perch.

The Bird-X SP-10-NR Bird Spikes are  clear/slightly frosted plastic strips with pointy plastic strips that come with a tube of liquid nails glue. It takes about 15 minutes to get everything in place.

The birds can’t land on the spikes they will stay away, leaving you happy noise and mess free.

Different Types

There are two types of Bird Spikes. Plastic and stainless steel. The stainless steel version of the bird spikes are sturdier, and wont go brittle in the sun. They are also for those who don’t trust plastic to last.

The stainless steel version does cost more, although the extra cost is worth it in my opinion. and is available here.

What Do The Bird Spikes Do?

The spikes keep pests from landing and sitting. All you do is glue them to where you want to keep pests away from and attach the spikes there. They will keep away pesky birds hanging out on the ledge above doors, on balconies, rafters, tree branches, and anywhere that birds generally sit. They will also keep other animals away from the area keeping it clean and free from noise and mess, which is not a good look.

The Bird-X bird spikes are not for commercial or large jobs, but solves a problem that hardware stores can’t. There are bird spikes for larger jobs available.

How To Use The Bird Spikes?

To set up the spikes, you need to

  1. Find where the birds and pests are lingering
  2. Clean the area
  3. Trim the plastic spikes to fit the area
  4. Use the glue which comes with the spikes on the area you wan to keep the birds away
  5. Stick the bird spikes onto the glue.
  6. Poof…no more birds!

The glue dries clear like silicone in about 5-10 minutes It is also easily removable with a putty-knife or scraper if you need to remove it..

You don’t want to leave any spaces in between the spike strips because birds will still be able to perch there. The maximum gap you can leave is 2-3 inches if you are trying to stretch the product. If you have a decent area you may want to but more than one pack or buy the larger pack.

A good tip if you are going to apply the bird spikes on a balcony or ledge is to use a line of fishing reel. Tie the fishing line so it acts like a fence and your bird spikes don’t fall off the edge while you are setting them up. You will have to cover the entire rail if you wish to keep the birds away.

Bird Spikes Work Best Against

  • Pigeons
  • Swallows
  • Cats
  • Squirrels

** In rare cases birds can pile sticks and grass on top of the spikes until they were padded and then build nests on top of the padding. This can be fixed with periodic cleaning.

Bird-SpikesStainless Steel Bird Spikes

Notes About The Bird Spikes

Installing the bird spikes will take you 10-15 minutes.

Typical windows are around 3 foot so take this into account when purchasing bird spikes.

Other reviews for bird spikes are generally good, and this is why they get used in commercial places (like cafe's, office buildings, etc.)

CD’s tied on a string

CD's On String Review

My Experience Trying to Scare Away Birds with CD’s tied on a string

 

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Cost                ★☆☆☆☆

Aesthetic        0/10, If someone doesn’t know your trying to scare away birds, you’re going to have to   explain it to them, otherwise it may get a little awkward.

Source            Local hardware store/supermarket.

The Theory

The CD’s are used to create an irritating movement to the birds. Birds are naturally sensitive to movement and their first instinct to deal with potentially dangerous situations is to avoid them by either walking or flying away.

When sunlight hits the CD’s it will create a light which will flash all over the intended area, whilst any wind will move the CD’s around and therefore the lights, hitting any birds in the eye, irritating them and causing them to fly away.

How to use 

Cut the string into the lengths you desire and tie the string around the CD’s. You can have as many CD’s as you like on one piece of string, but one every 30cm (1 foot) would be plenty. There is no real upkeep or maintenance.

Story

I found some old burnt CD’s lying around and some string I had in a tool box. I wasn’t worried about the colour of the string, but if you had fishing wire I would suggest that instead. The thickness of my string did hinder the cd’s movement a little, this could be something to consider if you are contemplating this method, as the movement of the CD’s is important.

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Cd's tied with string

The strings of CD’s I had spaced out every one to one and a half metres along the top of my veranda, I also put some closer to the ground to target the birds that made it on my lawn.

Over the first few days I did notice that the birds were still loitering around the area, but not in the spots which had the seed in them and not in the area where the light from the CD’s would be directed. I have two popular places for birds to hang out in my backyard, on top of a little shed, and on top of the carport. The CD’s didn’t directly target these areas and the birds were still occasionally sighted there.

Over the period of days four and five I noticed that the birds were generally keeping away from the seed. I had noticed looking at the lawn that a lot of the seed was still there. I also noticed that there were birds at the other end of my back yard going for worms (10 or so metres away).

In any case I put down some more lawn seed, and I also put some seed just outside the ‘protected area’ on the side to see how my coverage I was getting.

On day seven I came home and saw birds right at the seed. And not just one or two, there were five eating the lawn seed right in front of the CD’s. After this it’s clear to me that the CD’s aren’t working.

There is about half the lawn seed left after I remove the CD’s eight days after putting them up.

Conclusion

The idea of the CD’s is to flash lights all over the area that you intend to keep bird free. However, the CD’s only work when there is direct sunlight, so when its night time, or overcast, or you have something blocking the sun (your house, a tree etc.) then they don’t work. They also need a breeze, otherwise the cd’s become static and don’t move around.

It is better to have the movement come from where a bird can’t see it. The CD’s are quite obvious and their restricted movement leaves them more predictable and therefore less effective in my opinion.

I also do suggest that you use a string that is small and thin, just so the CD’s will move in even the slightest breeze. My string was a little thick and the CD’s did need a strong breeze to move appropriately.

The birds did tend to keep away from the seed from what I saw, and there was quite a bit of lawn seed left after the experiment. When it was windy and the sun was out the CD’s worked quite well, I could see flashes of light move over my fence and on the lawn.

As far as someone who wanted to scare birds permanently, no, I wouldn’t bother leaving them up for more than two weeks. But if you wanted to keep them away for a shorter period then give this a go. I think It could be successfully accompanied by a noise deterrent.

Imitation Goshawk

My Goshawk Review

Imitation Goshawk

 

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Cost                 ★★★★☆

Aesthetic        5/10

Source            Ordered online from hawkbirdscarer.com

The Theory

The imitation bird of prey resembles a Goshawk, a bird of prey found (in variations) on every continent on the planet.

The bird hovers over its prey before striking, so the imitation goshawk is lofted high in the air, giving birds in the area the idea that it is looking for food/about to strike. Birds see your imitation bird, mistaking it for a real goshawk in hunting mode and stay away.

How to use

There are a few ways to use the imitation bird of prey, which does come with instructions. My choice was to use some 40mm PVC pipe and fishing wire that I had lying around the house. I created what looks like a hook, with about 3 metres of pipe, a few 45 degree joining pieces (you can use a 90 degree piece but that’s what I had lying around) and another 500mm piece of pipe to let the hawk dangle freely.

The fishing wire then ran up the middle of the pipe. At one end of the fishing wire, was the bird, the other end I tied a piece of plywood with the string so it couldn’t disappear up the pipe. This gave me a little bit of control of the height of the bird too, from the comfort of the ground.

There was a bit of mucking around, to make sure the hawk sits flat when it’s up in air, and to make sure everything is secure. There could be easier ways to do it, but the way it is set up, allows the hawk to move in very little breeze. (Picture on next page)

A tip with this setup, have enough fishing wire left over to be able to bring the hawk down to the ground without having to remove the pipe set up.

Story

It did take me about an hour to, construct the pipe setup, but also figure out where I was going to put it. My neighbour has chickens and stated in the booklet provided, the hawk should be out of sight of any domestic birds e.g. chickens, because the sight of the hawk can frighten them. So once I found an appropriate spot, I was good to go.

Once up, I contemplated my handiwork, put some seed down, watered it and walked away. That day was quite hot, so I went to the beach.

Bird_Scarer_hawk1Imitation Goshawk

When I returned, there were no birds around. And I’m not sure if putting the goshawk up has made me notice things, but it was quieter than usual. No bird sounds, but it was hot, maybe the birds have all gone to the beach too.

Over the next few days I noticed birds perched on the back fence and on my neighbours’ roof, but I have not seen any birds near my lawn seed. They have decided to stay away, from all my seed, not just underneath the goshawk, also in the majority of the backyard.

I have had to do 10 minutes of maintenance on the bird to make sure it was sitting level, which could be a problem for anyone contemplating stringing the bird up with fishing line, as the bird does flap around in the wind.

Day 5 and during a windy night my fishing wire setup gave way so I had to bring the whole setup down and rethink it. I cut a coat hanger in half and wrangled it around the plastic silhouette of the bird, then added tape.

Bird_Scarer_hawk2(The coat hanger is cut in half at the bottom and folded around the plastic insert. The hawk wont move around as much but the underside plastic sheet (just visible) will still flap around, and the plastic pipe will still move in a moderate wind.)

The wind snapped the fishing line during the night and I fixed it around 2pm the next day. The whole process took about ½ an hour. In between time I saw one or two birds eating seed.

Over the next few days the birds kept away. On day 9 there is as much lawn seed in the garden as was on day 2, even my wife has noticed the absence of birds around the back of our house (where the hawk is situated.)

When I returned, there were no birds around. And I’m not sure if putting the goshawk up has made me notice things, but it was quieter than usual. No bird sounds, but it was hot, maybe the birds have all gone to the beach too.

Over the next few days I noticed birds perched on the back fence and on my neighbours’ roof, but I have not seen any birds near my lawn seed. They have decided to stay away, from all my seed, not just underneath the goshawk, also in the majority of the backyard.

I have had to do 10 minutes of maintenance on the bird to make sure it was sitting level, which could be a problem for anyone contemplating stringing the bird up with fishing line, as the bird does flap around in the wind.

Day 5 and during a windy night my fishing wire set-up gave way so I had to bring the whole set-up down and rethink it. I cut a coat hanger in half and wrangled it around the plastic silhouette of the bird, then added tape.

The wind snapped the fishing line during the night and I fixed it around 2pm the next day. The whole process took about ½ an hour. In between time I saw one or two birds eating seed.

Over the next few days the birds kept away. On day 9 there is as much lawn seed in the garden as was on day 2, even my wife has noticed the absence of birds around the back of our house (where the hawk is situated.)

Conclusion

After doing tests of the owl, plastic snake and CD’s tied to string I started to get a bit sceptical about visual bird scaring techniques. Thinking to myself that the birds were just watching, waiting and creeping closer until they were at lunch. I also started to query whether silhouettes of any particular shape would work as the owl and snake had no lasting effect on the birds.

We’ll the answer seems to be that some shapes and silhouettes don’t work and some do, as the imitation goshawk definitely does keep the birds away. I have not seen one bird come within 10-15 metres (32-50 feet) of the goshawk.

It is a little more expensive that other bird scaring techniques, but on the other hand you could probably buy the equivalent in plastic snakes and/or CD’s and string and its not necessarily going to scare away the birds any better.

Plastic Snake

Plastic Snake Review

Plastic Snake Bird Scarer

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Cost            ★☆☆☆

Aesthetic    4/10

Source        Local Variety store/$2 shop

The Theory

Snakes are natural predators of birds, therefore a bird that may be looking at your lawn/garden will see the snake and be deterred.

How to use  – To start you just throw it on the lawn/garden you want to protect. But we know that birds are rather cunning and can ’smell at rat’ as it were. So every day I went out to my car (which was walking past the lawn I was trying to regrow) I would move the snake a bit. Not much ongoing maintenance but it is there.

Story

When I bought the plastic snake I asked the lady at the two dollar shop, if she had anything that would keep the birds off my lawn. That’s when I was pointed towards the shelf of plastic snakes. For a total cost of $2, I thought I’d give it a try.

There was a whole bunch of different colours of snakes; I picked a bright orange one so I knew the birds were going to see it.

When I got home I took it out of the bag and just put it straight on the patch of lawn that I was seeding and walked inside. I did make the effort to conceal some of the snake in some existing patches of lawn, to give the snake some kind of realistic look.

I remember when I got home proudly after my next day’s work, looking at the patch of lawn. My wife was walking up the path and towards the front door where I was. “Look no more birds!” I exclaimed, with a grin on my face.

She look back at me and it was clear she didn’t share the same enthusiasm, we both walked inside.
Over the next few days and slowly at first, the birds kept coming back. The snake did keep the birds away for a few days (from what I saw) but eventually they grew wise to my plan. They obviously knew the snake wasn’t real because they were snacking on my lawn seed rather close.

Because the birds were so close to the snake I decided to start moving it every few days. I didn’t set an alarm or go outside just to move the snake, every time I walked past the snake (to leave the house or go to the car) I moved it a little bit. This was a last ditch attempt to fool the birds.

It didn’t seem to work, the birds didn’t care where the snake was. They were happy to eat lunch within 1 metre of the snake, which had been moved earlier that day.
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Plastic Snake

Conclusion – The patch didn’t grow back completely; there were still broad sections of dirt 10 days after first sowing. Although some blades of grass did end up growing, the majority were taken by the birds.

The plastic snake is best for a smaller area where it is moved regularly, as it doesn’t take long for birds to take to an area a few metres away from a snake it has seen.

The snake suffers from a lack of scaring methods, as it is pretty one dimensional. It also doesn’t move on its own, when the birds are around. If it moved, it would spook the birds more and be more effective.

Screcrow

Scarecrow Review

Birds Are Scared of People in General

 

Bird_Scarer_Scarecrow1Cost               ★★☆☆☆ ( I had everything lying around. But you can also buy everything including the  old clothes from a hardware and second hand store)

Aesthetic       5/10 (You could make him look cool if you wanted, you could even draw a smiley face      on him, but I think typically scarecrows are quite ugly. They get a better mark because people know them and they are nostalgic to some.)

Source          Around the home or the local hardware and second hand shop.

The Theory

Birds are cautious and scared of people in general. So when we are outside we can scare the birds away.

Unfortunately we can’t stand outside scaring the birds off our lawn or garden, 24/7. So the scarecrow is the next best thing, a replica of a person standing outside giving the birds the impression that someone is there and to keep away.

Quite simple, been used for sentries, but does it work?

How to use

‘Football face’ took me a bit less than an hour to set up. He is a piece of pine stud (215mm long) for the spine, and two pieces of spare decking that were left over from a recent renovation (cut to fit my old clothes).

The decking was cut to size and screwed onto the pine stud. To support the scarecrow I placed the bottom of the stud into an old drum I had lying around and threw some bricks in to keep him upright.

I made sure that the old clothes fitted the frame as I went, saving any embarrassment and extra time later on.

Last thing was to tape on the football, and slide in an old broom handle to give him the extra arm span.

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Story

When the scarecrow was set up it looked good, the arms stretched out with some of the sleeves hanging down so it would move in the breeze, I was quite happy. But when I started to research the humble scarecrow I saw quite a few pictures with birds perched on the scare crows, which didn’t fill me with confidence. Also other peoples experiences with scarecrows don’t tend to be favourable. I mean scarecrows have been around for centuries, and people over the last 20 years have been inventing a lot of new ways to scare birds. Would they have to if scarecrows were working?

On the second day the wind must have caught the scarecrow, causing it to fall over. After fixing it up and straightening football face out he was good to go again.

A few days later (around day 4) my wife came in and said she saw some birds near the scarecrow eating seed. And again on the fifth day she said she had seen more birds. Personally, I hadn’t seen any birds near the seed, and my wife does tend to be a little critical of my endeavours, so I am cautious not to write the scarecrow off, but I must admit things aren’t looking crash hot.

From looking at the pile of seed its hard to tell if some is missing due to the birds or it is washing away, as we have had a storm pass through the other day. The jury is still out.

On day 9 there was a bit of a storm and the scarecrow got knocked over again. While I was fixing it, which only took a minute, I started to think about how the scarecrow was going. I was seeing birds around the backyard, but not around the area which I had the seed in. The pile of seed still had some seed in it, but not as much as I put there.

I have been sticking my head out and watching for birds over the last week and a bit, but I haven’t caught any in the act, like some of the other methods. I will keep trying to scarecrow with some new seed, until im more sure.

After trying the scarecrow with some more seed i did notice there was seed still there after a week. I have the scarecrow very close to the seed and it seems to be working! who knew!

Conclusion

The scarecrow is good because its cheap and it can look novel if done correctly. Although I did find myself fixing it a few times, if you were serious you would plunge a wooden stake deep into the ground.

The scarecrow is also very one dimensional. It doesn’t make noise, or move really (mine didn’t).

Inflatable Snake

Inflatable Snake Review

Dalen NESR Inflatable Snake

Cost                ★☆☆☆☆ (See cost here)

Aesthetic        4/10

Source            Local hardware store / Internet

THE INFLATABLE SNAKE is a quick, easy, versatile and cost effective way to keep birds and other pests off your property.

How does the Inflatable Snake work?

Snakes eat birds and other small pests and will hide and use stealth to hunt their prey. So if a bird or pest sees a snake, they will flee and avoid that area in future.

The pests seeing the inflatable snake will mistake it for a real one and stay away from your property.

All you need to do to install the Inflatable snake is to take it out of the packet, inflate it and place it where you want it. It is recommended that you secure the snake to stop it from moving if its in an outside area.

Once inflated the snake will be 6 feet long.

The Dalen NESR Inflatable Snake will:

  • Keep birds and pests away from the area
  • Quietly keep birds away
  • Be easily relocatable and doesn’t take much storage space.

The Inflatable Snake works best against

  • Grackles
  • Pigeons
  • Ducks
  • Squirrels
  • Woodpeckers
  • Frogs
  • Cardinals
  • Starlings

The snake doesn’t work against Possums and Raccoons.

Conditions the Inflatable Snake works best

The Inflatable Snake can be placed up a tree, along a deck, in the grass or anywhere you need to keep birds and pests off. It will still work in extreme conditions but may need to be held in position as not to move.

It works especially well keeping pests off crops and any vegetable garden or fruit in backyards.

Keeping nesting birds out of out buildings like boat sheds  and barns is easy with the Inflatable Snake. It’s presence simply hanging from a beam or tree will scare the birds away.

Details

  • The snakes can deflate when left outside so it is best to check them regularly.
  • The Inflatable Snake works best when moved often, and are regularly re-inflated. To avoid the snake puncturing it is recommended that you use caution when placing the snake.
  • The Inflatable Snake does look real so it is advised that you tell your friends and family about it before you use it, in case the mistake it for a real snake.
  • The snake is best used in areas where real snakes are known to exist, as the birds will be more cautious towards them.

Nite Guard Solar Predator Control Light Review

My Nite Guard Review

Nite Guard Solar Predator Control Light

 

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Cost           ★★★☆☆ (See Cost Here)

Aesthetic    5/10

Source        Local Hardware Store/Online

DURING NIGHT TIME, farmers and crop growers are resting in their homes. Due to this reason, no one can supervise their crops and growing seedlings. If you are looking for an electronic device that can help you supervise and shoo away wild animals that destroy your crops and seedlings in the middle of the night, the Nite Guard NG001 Predator Control is the one that you are looking for.

There is no need for you to have a predator control that is expensive as the Nite Guard Predator Control Light is particularly less expensive than other night time predator controllers.

Night feeders are alarmed by the bright light that the predator control provides. The easy installation process of the predator control is truly reliable and useful for anyone who will try this kind of device. The Nite Guard NG001 Predator Control Light will help all property owners with night time pest problems.

Nite Guard Solar Predator Control Light Product Description

The Nite Guard NG001 Predator Control has the ability to charge its battery using only the sun rays. There is no battery included because there is no need for such. The LED system will automatically turn on and the flash will be activated whenever dusk condition occurs.

The lifespan of this product can last up to three to four years of usage and it is also waterproof. This predator control product helps farmers and other people in preventing any unwanted wild animals such as fox, wolf, coyote and many more. The predator control’s LED system can be adjusted depending on the application the user wants.

Product Features

•             Automatic turn on of Flash LED system.

•             It protects poultry, farm, campsites, livestock, gardens and many more.

•             There is no need for you to switch on the predator control because it is automatic.

•             It is also weatherproof and can withstand any drastic weather conditions.

•             It can continue for three to four years of usage.

•             Effective and durable at all times.

•             Easy to install.

•             Based on scientific research

•             Energy efficient because it only uses sunlight.

Pros Of The Nite Guard Solar Predator Control Light

The benefits of the Nite Guard Predator Control Light are really essential for all who want to check the presence of intruders in their properties. One of the essential benefits of this predator control is its portability and affordability. Simple yet brilliant technology is fitted in the Nite Guard Predator Control Light.

The eco friendly feature of this solar predator control system is reliable. It consumes only minimal amount of energy with the help of the rays of sun. The automatic connection and flash are a large help for all who have their concerns about preventing wild animals. The installation process of the Nite Guard Predator Control Light is extremely easy.

 

 

Works Best Against:

•             Foxes and other bird predators

•             Coons

•             Skunks

•             Possums

Cons Of The Nite Guard Solar Predator Control Light

The flashlight of the Nite Guard NG001 Predator Control sometimes fluctuates depending on the installation of shoppers.

Conclusion

The Nite Guard NG001 Predator Control is a large help for all individuals who have concerns and problems regarding night feeders and wild animals. The affordability, portability and durability of the predator control are the major reasons why people use this product.

The Night Guard Solar Predator Control Light sells individually, or for larger areas you can get a pack of 4 here.

Scarecrow Motion Activated Sprinkler

Motion Activated Sprinkler

Hoont Powerful Outdoor Water Blaster

Cost                 ★★★★★ (See cost here)

Aesthetic        4/10

Source            Local hardware store / Internet

Want to scare the birds and pest off your property and get a kick at the same time?

A motivation activated spinkler is an ethical way to deter animals. It detects and sprays animals in a 1000-square-foot area day and night, and keeps them from coming back.

How does a motion activated sprinkler work?

The scarecrow simply put is a sprinkler with a motion sensor. When something trips the sensor the sprinkler fires for about 3 seconds. Scaring whatever it is in the vicinity.

This short burst of water scares the pests, after a while they learn to stay away from the property.

Using a Motion Activated Sprinkler

The sprinkler is made of metal and is attached to a plastic stake which pushes into the ground. This lets you place it where you want. A bracket is also available (for extra cost) so it can be hung too.

The sprinkler uses a 4 ‘AA' batteries (not included) and your hose connection. It sticks into the ground and can be placed anywhere you can run your hose to.

Having the adjustable motion sensor does help save water. The motion sensor has a sensitivity dial. This is used to detect slight movements or larger ones depending on your pest and situation.

If you choose to have the sensitivity up high, then it is recommended that you place the unit in an open space. Away from moving bushes, trees, where you walk, or even shadows as they seem to set the unit off and waste water, and battery.

The batteries can last up to 4 months with daily use. Premium batteries are recommended. When the batter runs low the sensor tends to become a little erratic.

It can be a good idea to buy a timer and put it on the tap faucet so that it doesn’t get activated when you don’t want it to (i.e. at night).

A lot of owners feel satisfied watching the pest they are trying to keep out of their property squirted with water.

The Motion Activated Sprinkler will

  • Spray anything that tricks the sensor
  • Keep pests off your property and stop them coming back

The Motion Activated Sprinkler Works Best Against

  • Birds (Buzzards, crows,
  • Dogs (some dogs will think it’s a toy and play with it)
  • Cats
  • Chickens
  • Squirrels
  • Children/teenagers/people
  • Deer (most deer)
  • Skunks

Mixed reports on smaller animals, possums, raccoons

Conditions it works best in

  • Night
  • Day
  • Still areas (no moving trees, bushes)

Details

  • The company (Crontech Electronics) has good customer service.
  • The decals provided for the unit to look like a scary face as an added repelling feature quickly faded to white in the sun.
  • Some animals will outsmart the sprinkler, so moving it around or using two to cover each other can help stop this problem.
  • It is made of plastic and some adjustments may need to be made to stop it from leaking.
  • Some customers find that using Teflon tape helps any leaking at the inlet.

The Motion Activated Sprinkler is also

  • Lightweight plastic shaft; metal sprinkler head
  • Includes sprinkler mount and motion detector; ‘4 x ‘AA' Batteries not included
  • measures approx 9 inches tall

Solar Rotating Head Owl

My Rotating Head Owl Review

Solar Rotating Head Owl

Cost                 ★★★☆☆ (See cost here)

Aesthetic        9/10

Source            Local hardware store / Internet

THE OWL IS MADE from recycled materials and is a humane way to scare away birds from your property.

Product Description:

The head swivels by way of the solar panel on the back of the head. The solar powered owl moves its head every two minutes, stopping to look in a different direction each time; it is about 1 1/2 ft tall, very life-like in looks and size.

How Do You Use The Owl?

There is nothing to do to get it started, just remove the tag and stand it in the yard.

It is recommended to mount it on a stake to give it some height, but you can also fill the bottom of it full of sand or dirt through the opening to give it some weight.

The owl is so lifelike reviewers pets thought it was real. You may want to familiarise pets with the owl if they are disturbed by it.

The Solar rotating head owl will:

  • Keep birds out of your yard
  • Work straight out of the box
  • Deter birds and keep them guessing with its moving head.
  • Stop birds from eating your fruit trees and destroying plants.

The Solar Rotating Head Owl works best against:

  • Doves
  • Pigeons
  • Robins
  • Woodpeckers
  • Blue jays
  • Sparrows
  • Cardinals
  • Crows
  • Geese

Will also deter chipmunks

Mixed reports against hawks, ducks and squirrels.

It can help if you change the position of the owl every so often

Conditions it works best in:

  • All weather conditions (solar panel don’t need direct sunlight)
  • The owl works better in areas where owls naturally habit.

Product Details:

The solar powered owl is reported as lasting longer than a year.

If it falls or breaks, the head will snap back on and will continue working.

Ultrasonic Animal Repeller

Ultrasonic Animal Repeller

A Humane Alternative to Repel/Deter Chemicals and Traps

Cost                 ★★★☆☆ (See cost here)

Aesthetic        3/10

Source            Local hardware store / Internet

BIRDS SEEM UNAFFECTED as the sound range is outside of the hearing range of birds.

How does the Ultrasonic Animal Repeller work?

When the motion sensor is triggered on the repeller, it activates an ultrasonic sound which is used to deter unwanted animals.

The sound frequency is supposed to be outside of the human range so that you and I can’t hear it, although a lot of people are saying they can hear it when its working (especially younger people). When it goes off it sounds a little like a cicada.

The unit is 3.5 x 6.8 x 5.2 inches (Similar to a CD case in size except a bit thicker). It is easy to move around and set up. Just put it where you want it and turn it on.

** Birds seem unaffected as the sound range is outside of the hearing range of birds.

Using the ultrasonic repeller 

There are Keyhole slots on the repeller so you can either sit it on something, or hang it up on a wall.

You can use batteries to power the unit, but if it is working a lot (the ultrasonic sensor is getting activated a lot) then it can chew through batteries. It also comes with a power cord if you are going to put it near a source of power this option is advised.

The Ultrasonic repeller will

  • Deter animals from entering the particular area
  • Will stop animals pooing and weeing in the guarded area
  • Only work when the motion sensor is triggered, to save power

The Ultrasonic Animal Repeller works best against 

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Rabbits
  • Raccoons
  • Squirrels
  • Groundhogs
  • Bats
  • Pack Rats
  • Deer
  • Possums
  • Foxes

*Limited effect on birds.

Conditions it works best in:

The manufacturer says “Maintenance-free and weatherproof”, however you may not want to put it out in all the elements, as some people have said that water has got into it, rendering the unit useless. Placing it off the ground and under some kind of cover is advised.

Notes:

  • It does take a few days for animals to get used to the sound and get repelled by it.
  • Young people can hear this. Teenagers can hear the sound, which can be quite annoying for them. This may be bad or good depending on your situation J
  • Effective to up to 4,000 square feet
  • It can also be used in conjunction with other pest deterrents for stubborn pests.

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