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Old 06-26-2013, 04:51 PM
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I see these all over town in our more upscale neighborhoods to keep wild turkeys and squirrels off lawns and out of gardens. I would assume these would work to keep varmints away from the chicken coop, rabbit hutch and away from the tomatoes and peas...

I have seen them used with water hoses, and I have seen them 'hard wired' in series, on a dedicated, buried, pvc, water pipe.

I know they work because I get nailed by these things as I walk up the front path to call on my clients.

http://www.havahart.com/store/electr...epellents/5266

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That is one expensive varmit deterrent. I live on a large piece of land with several gardens.It would not be a good choice for me.

I use scare crows that make noise w/ pie pans.It works well.
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I'm so sick of deer that it just might be something to buy. Thanks for sharing.
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I hear you Vectorwoman! You would not believe all the dough some folks have to burn on these things. Then there's the working folks like us who like to pinch a penny now and again. Nevertheless, I like to share my ideas... There may be someone here who can use that technology! Then again, if it's a technology that works and someone is willing to anti up, then go for it!

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That is one expensive varmit deterrent. I live on a large piece of land with several gardens.It would not be a good choice for me.

I use scare crows that make noise w/ pie pans.It works well.

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Seems like they'd soon get used to it. Think I'll stick to my trapping and making them dead plan
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Between my electric fence and a 22, I have had pretty good results. The fence puts out a pretty good spark, got my attention when I backed into it!
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You can get them much, much cheaper elsewhere. I've purchased one as a gift for about $30 (on Amazon, I think it was).
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I hear you Vectorwoman! You would not believe all the dough some folks have to burn on these things. Then there's the working folks like us who like to pinch a penny now and again. Nevertheless, I like to share my ideas... There may be someone here who can use that technology! Then again, if it's a technology that works and someone is willing to anti up, then go for it!
It is a pretty neat idea.
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Yeah Athan... Kinda like that!
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Thanks Inactive.
For those of us who live in suburbia and can not legally shoot these pests, it seems like a pretty good idea - especially when the cost of hiring a licensed exterminator is much more than the cost of the sprinkler.
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My husband rigged this type of system up for my garden. Once we got the kinks worked out it kept a good portion of my garden safe from deer. I don't think it would work for groundhogs unless the water spray was right there in their face. He had a motion sensor and it turned on a squirting hose that made a horrid zzssst-zzzsst sound when it shot water.

On well water, we only had the pressure for one hose. We estimated to work for the whole garden we would need three or four sensors and four hoses.

For two years we were deer free, however once they learned to come into the garden during the day, well, it stopped working for us.

I now have the traditional netting fence that is four feet high to keep out the dogs and chickens and then the line of electric to keep out the deer. My garden placement is good in it isn't easy for groundhogs to find it. They are shot on sight, but for now they seem to prefer the hay field down the road.
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