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Get Rid of Deer Pests with Havahart Electronic Deer Repeller and Night Guard Red Light

by Barbara 29. July 2013 04:19

Question about how to get rid of deer day and night.

Question:"I have deer roaming through my yard, munching on my trees. This happens during the day and at night. Using deer repellent sprays and granules takes a lot of work. I don't want to install an electric fence as it is unsightly. What do you suggest? Thanks. John

Answer: I have two suggestions. One is the Havahart Electronic Deer Repellent and the other is the Nite-Guard. If you combine the two units, you should reduce deer damage significantly.

The Havahart® electronic repellent for deer uses a behavioral modification technique. The Havahart 5250 attracts deer short range by using an acorn scented deer lure. When a deer touches the post, he or she gets a gentle static shock. So you train the deer to stay out of your yard.This electronic deer repellent includes 3 units, aromatic lure, instructions, cotton balls, and order form for additional lure.

Electronic Repellent for Deer from Havahart®

  • 3 green and silver posts with red tops: Place 5 to 20 feet apart.
  • Aromatic lure, instructions, cotton balls, and order form for additional lure.
  • Delivers 400 volts (substantially less voltage than static shock) with virtually no amps (.01 Joules) to harmlessly repel deer
  • Covers approximately 1,200 sq. ft
  • Requires 6 AA batteries (not included).
  • Average battery life is over one year
  • Easy to assemble and install
  • Portable and effective

Add the Nite-Guard for additional deer repelling at night. Also discourages pest animals like coyote, fox, bear, mountain lion, wolf, bobcat, owls, raccopns, human intruders, hawks, mink, weasel, A great product to help protect your campsite from animal pests.

Nite Guard Solar is a solar-powered flashing red light for night animal control. When positioned correctly, this automatic red flashing light repels night pest animals that could harm  livestock or gardens. Nite Guard SolarTM is based on scientific research: night animals flee as they fear they have been discovered or are being watched. Completely weatherproof. Functions to -20 degrees F. Operates in a single direction: 30 degrees angle of sight to right or left. Add additional units to protect large areas. Requires minimum of 4 hours of direct sunlight to flash: turns on at dusk, turns off at daylight.

Nite-Guard Main Features:

  • Automatic red light flashing begins at dusk and lasts until dawn.
  • Completely weatherproof: can work submerged in water.
  • Tab for hanging on nail or screw
  • Requires minimum of 4 hours direct sunlight to maintain internal battery charge. Full charge may require several days of sunlight. Not for use in forests!
  • Functional to -20 degrees F.
  • Coverage: approximately 60 degrees, 30 to each side of the Nite-Guard.
  • For best coverage, use 4 or more units. Consider height of animals against which you want to protect your property when mounting unts.
  • Warranty: 1 year from manufacturer. Typical life span: about 2-3 years minimum.

Thanks for your question. Please take some action and save your yard, trees and garden.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

Repel Mice, Rats, Cats and Squirrels from Car Engine Compartments with Ultrasonic Repeller

by Barbara 19. June 2013 08:55

Question about how to keep animals from chewing up wiring in my parked car.

Q: " How can I keep mice and squirrels from getting under my car and nesting in my car's engine compartment. I live in the mountains of Colorado and do not have a garage. If I leave a vehicle parked for several days, I risk having small animals from nesting or crawling into the underside of my car. I've had to have wiring repaired several times. Thanks. Tom."

Answer: You are not the first person to ask for such a product. Years ago there was a 12 volt product made in China or India that attached to one' car battery and produced ultrasounds to get rid of pest animals under a vehicle. That was never imported.

Now P3 International has an inexpensive under the hood product that runs off C cells. This animal repeller, the P7825 Under Hood Animal Repeller, keeps your engine compartment safer from squirrels, rabbits, rats, martens/sables etc. At higher elevations or in colder weather, rats, cats and other animals seek shelter and warmth in engine compartments. There they chew on cables, wiring harnesses and other expensive parts.

Under Hood Pest Repeller Features

  • Easily mounted: 4 Eight Inch Vinyl Cable Ties Included Plus Two Screws with Plastic Screw Holders
  • Battery operated
  • Water Resistant
  • LED Indicator
  • On/Off Button

Specifications:

  • Frequency: 12kHz
  • Batteries:2 x C Alkaline batteries (not included)
  • Battery Life:6-8 months (longer with alkaline)
  • Dimensions (L x W x H):5 1/8" x 2 1/2" x 1 5/8"
  • Weight:4 oz.

Operation and Instructions:

  1. Open the battery door by unscrewing the metal screw.
  2. Insert Two C size batteries (not included, alkaline or better recommended).
  3. Close door. Unit is ready to use.
  4. Cautions: Avoid high temperature areas such as exhaust manifold. Do not place where unit will interfere with moving parts.
  5. Switch on by depressing and holding on/off button for 2 seconds. LED will light and unit switches on. Switch off if desire by holding button for 2 seconds.
  6. In operation, the unit sounds a 12 kHz frequency tone.
  7. Status LED lights up when unit is activated.
  8. Typical battery life is 1 year or more with alkaline battery.

Thank you for your question. This should help solve your problem.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Keeping Javelina, i.e. Wild Pigs Out of Yard in Arizona with Havahart Electric Fence Kit

by Barbara 15. October 2012 12:37

Question about how to keep javelina from yards in suburb of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Q: " Hello, I have a problem with javalina (wild pig) here our home - a suburb  of Scottsdale were in an outlying neighborhood and have always had nighttime visits,  all the neighbors as well. If we try to put out plants in the front of the house within a few days they are eaten. The javalina will eat anything even cactusI had a few roses planted from Home Depot and they lasted only 2 days .The walkway up to the front of the house has been attacked continuously. I have landscape lights there - they run off a lighting transformer. I thought if you have a unit that can run off that same power supply 12 to 13 volts AC. I could tap in to the line and zap them I ran all the lights and wires for the lights in front of the house. The transformer is a 600 watt with power to spare. With the timer Ic ould set it tor un dusk to dawn. Lay in some hardware galvanized cloth ( heavy screen ) on the earth forground - or  -  a wire above the earth about 4" up to bump in to thel eg/s of the pig and a wire or two at the plants about a foot up so as not to lookunsightly. Years ago I used a car coil with a 12 volt AC from a door bell transformer to keep our dog out of the trash cans. Do you have something I could purchase that will work? Don't want to zap one of the kids severely.With all the people here in our small town (19,000 population) with similar problems may be able to market a kit. Thanks. M Carlson."

Answer: We are not aware of any electric fences that run off 12 to 13 volts AC.

We suggest you install the Fi-Shock Havahart Above Ground Electric Fence Kit Model SS-750RPX that uses 120VAC. Used primarily as an electric fence for dogs, the Fi-Shock SS-750RPX is also ideal for keeping out unwanted critters like the javelina. This Havahart ® electric fence kit contains an energizer, 10-23” PVC fence poles, 1-22” ground rod, 100 feet of aluminum wire, 50 cotter pins for fastening wire, 1 ground clamp and 2 extra fuses. Easy to install. One year limited warranty. The electric fence energizer included has a range up to one mile of fence. The "correction" is a mild one with the purpose of discouraging entry or leaving the yard. Additional 17 gauge 1/4 mile lengths of aluminum wire, PVC fence poles in green and packs of 30 and cotter pins for fastening the wire are available.

Another option is a battery powered unit, the , the FISHOCK - Havahart Battery Powered Garden Protection Kit This operates on 2 D cells and includes 250 feet of wire.  The length of time the batteries will last is dependent upon the number of activations and the quality of the batteries. AC is more reliable.

Since you have access to electricity, the first unit would be the better choice.

Thank you for your very interesting question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

How Do Bird-X Yard Gard, Deer Gard and Balcony Gard Animal and Bird Pest Repellers Differ

by Barbara 10. July 2012 10:04

Question about the differences among the Bird-X Products besides the colors.

Q: "What differences are there among the Yard Gard, Deer Gard and Balcony Gard products? All three look the same to me except for the colors. I want to get rid of pest birds. Thanks. Tim."

Answer: The YardGard Electronic Animal Repeller and BirdX DEERGARD Electronic Deer Repeller have identical controls on the back. All three will get rid of pest birds. Only the color differs. The green is less obvious when nestled among green plants. The brown is barely noticeable when mounted on trees. Remember if you use these products to keep animals away from bird feeders that you must distance them from the feeders. Many people use them as a perimeter boundary, i.e. they mount  them on the trees facing away from their yards at a distance from feeders. If you place the units near bird feeders, you will scare awy the birds, too!

The Balcony Gard is a light beige color, less obvious for mounting on balconies of apartments, condos, etc. This is used primarily to get rid of birds from balconies, decks, etc. You can also change the settings to keep small animals away.

All three units can be set to repel birds, small animals and deer.  All three units can be run continuously off AC power or can be set on motion sensor only to run from C batteries, not included.

The Yard Gard Manual and the Deer Gard manual are identical.

Caution: these units should not be placed so that the sounds are directed at people. The best results for all the units is to use them with other types of pest repellent products. For example, add holographic ribbon or a Terror Eyes balloon to your Balcony Gard for better bird repeller results.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

Differences Between Bird-X Structural Bird Netting, Standard Bird Net and Knotted Polyethylene Bird Net

by Barbara 15. June 2012 06:17

Question about the differences between Bird Net Structural 1/2 In. Black Mesh 200 Ft x 14 Ft and Bird Net Standard 3/4 In. Black Mesh 100 Ft x 14 Ft.

Q: "What are the differences between the two types of Bird-X bird netting? I'm not sure which would be better for my application. Thanks Tim."

Answer: The main differences are in the size of the mesh openings, the strength, the flexibility and the weight.

Structural bird net from Bird-X:                           Standard bird netting from Bird-X

Mesh openings: 1/2 Inch                                    Mesh opening: 3/4 Inch

Strength: 8.5 psf (pounds/square foot)                Strength: 2.5 psf (pounds/square foot)

Both are black, UV protected, plastic, barely noticeable. The standard is more commonly used by home gardeners and the structural by vineyards, construction companies, farmers, etc.

There is also a third type, Bird Net PE Plus Premium Grade Knotted ¾ In. Polyethylene 25x50 Ft. This is preferred for orchards or commercial settings where you may want to keep out small animals as well as birds and bats. Because it is knotted, there is stretch to it and it drapes more easily. The mesh openings are 3/4 inch.

If you have questions, please direct them to sales@safehomeproducts.com. These bird nettings come in several sizes.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Facts and Questions About Using Fi-Shock Electric Fencers or Fence Energizers

by Barbara 19. May 2012 08:14

Questions about the safety and advantages of electric fencing and electric fence chargers or fence energizers

Q: "What are the advantages of using electric fencing over barbed wire or wood fencing? Aren't the animals injured? I see that you sell Fi-Shock. Thanks for the information. Tom"

Answer: My knowledge of electric fencing is very limited.

I turned to the Fi-Shock web page where I found a great deal of information about electric fencing and energize. This includes informative writing as well as questions and answers. All the following comes from the Fi-Shock website or their catalog. All credit is given to those sources.

This is from the Fi-Shock Catalog:

"A typical energized or electric fencing is a psychological barrier that keeps farm animals in and wild animals out, even over long distances. High Tensile energized fencing systems can be both a psychological and a physical barrier for animals being controlled. Safety: Energized fencing systems provide a safe alternative to woven and barbed wire fences. A pulsed electrical current is sent along the fence wire, about one pulse per second, from an energizer. These short electrical pulses produce a short and sharp but safe shock which translates to a psychological barrier that trains the animal to avoid the fence. The shock is sufficient enough that the animal will remember and stay away from the fence.

Ease of installation: Energized fencing systems install quickly with minimal tools, saving on labor. Low cost: Cost savings is significant when compared to other fencing options such as wood rail, vinyl fencing, woven wire or barbed wire.

Flexibility: Fi-Shock systems give you the flexibility you need to design an ideal enclosure, whether a portable application, semi-permanent, as an add-on to a permanent perimeter fence or as a stand-alone high tensile permanent perimeter fence.

How energized fencing systems work: A typical electric fence is a psychological barrier meaning that the animal will touch the fence and become “trained” not to go near the fence. The fence must be well-designed and constructed to absorb some pressure from animals, snow and wind. The energizer must
have enough power for the length of the fence and for the animals being controlled. When an animal comes in contact with an electrically charged fence wire, the animal will feel the electric current because the electrical charge passes through the animal to earth ground, thus completing the electrical circuit. If the animal and the ground terminal of the energizer are not sufficiently grounded, the path of electric current cannot be completed and the animal will not feel the shock. Since the earth is half of the electric fence circuit, it is very important to have a properly installed ground circuit. In areas where poor soil and earth grounding conditions exist, a two-wire system can be used with one wire being electrically charged while the other wire acts as earth ground. The two-wire system is utilized when there are alternating “hot” and ground wires installed. Also, the electrically charged fence wire must always be properly installed and not be allowed to come into contact with shrubs, tall grass, and any other conductive objects on a continual basis. Otherwise the electric charge from the fence wire will lose its “shocking” power. Regardless of what wiring system is utilized, ground rod(s) and their connection to the energizer’s ground terminal must always be used."

More from Fi-Shock:

"Q: What is the benefit of electric fencing vs. barbed or woven wire?

A: An electric fence system is a positive alternative to barbed or woven wire for two reasons. First, it is easy to install and maintain while also costing less than barbed or woven wire fencing. Second, it is a safer alternative because animals are trained to stay away from the electric fence and in the case that an animal does lean against the fence, it will not be harmed or push the fence over. With an electric fence, there are also fewer edges and points that may cut the animal and cause harm.

Q: Is electric fencing safe for the animals I am containing?

A: Electric fencing is a safe alternative because animals are trained to stay away from the fence and in the case that an animal does lean against the fence, it will not be harmed or push the fence over.There are also far fewer edges and points that may cut the animal and cause harm.

Q: Will energized fencing interfere with my power lines or phone lines in the ground?

A: They should not cause a problem to power or phone lines. To insure that there is not a problem make sure to locate the grounding system for the fence energizer at least 50 feet away from the grounding system for the phone or underground phone or power lines.

Q: Does energized fencing cost more than conventional fencing?

A: The most costly piece of any fence is the posts. In barbed and woven wire posts need to be set every 12-15 feet; however in High-Tensile fencing posts can be set 30-50 feet apart, which automatically lowers the cost of the fence. Here are some typical costs for various type of fencing options: (cost estimates per foot) Barbed Wire Cost: $.84 per foot Woven Wire Cost: $1.07 per foot High-tensile Cost: $.57 per foot Conventional electric Fence Cost: $.08 per foot

Q: Is there a benefit of using a certain voltage over another when getting an energizer or charger? A: Voltage is the measure of electrical force in a circuit to push the current down a long length of wire. Generally, the higher the output voltage the longer the fence line that can be effectively loaded. Q: Can electric fencing be used to keep certain animals out of an area?

A: Electric fencing can be used for both containing an animal while also deterring predators or nuisance animals from specific areas. Animals will receive a small shock every time they come in contact with the fence no matter which side of the fence they are on.

Q: Do you have fencing systems for horses?

A: Yes, in fact Fi-Shock offers a complete assortment of products for equine fences. By offering a wide array of polytape, polyrope and polywire as well as insulators and energizers, the equine offering is a safer and effective alternative to keep your horses contained.

Q: Will it hurt my children/my pets?

A: NO, electric fencing is the safest form of agricultural fencing. Even though voltages are high, current (Amps) is very low and is generally intermittent or pulsed. Amps are the dangerous part of an electrical charge."

Our thanks to F-Shock for supplying such complete information about electric fencing and energizers. And thank you for your question. Do choose your energizer according to what kind of animal you want to keep in or out.

Examples:

  • FI-Shock Havahart Pet Battery Powered Fence Energizer is pet containment or exclusion for dogs, raccoons, skunks, possums, etc. Or use the Fi-Shock Economy Pet Deterrent Electric Fence Kit which includes an energizer and 100 ft of aluminum wire plus the accessories.
  • Havahart Fi-Shock Low-Impedance Solar Fence Charger lets your electric fence work when no electricity is available to power a pet fence (not included) that can also keep small animals out of your garden. Charges up to 3 miles of electric fencing. Included is a built-in solar panel and a 4-volt battery. Low-impedance technology means 1/3 less drain on your battery than in standard fence energizers. This solar electric fence energizer resists shorts when the electric fence is in contact with weeds and grass. In addition to all of those features, it comes with a one year limited warranty.
  • Small Animal Containment such as Sheep, Goats, etc
  • FI-SHOCK 20 Mile AC Fence Charger works well to keep larger animals contained or excluded when you have electrical power available. Use for Pigs, Cattle, Horses, Deer, Elk, Etc.

Please visit our website SafeHomeProducts.com and type in "electric fence" or "fence energizer" to see the variety of electric, battery powered and solar powered fencers, fence wire and accessories that we sell.

Thanks for your questions.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Cardinal Gates Silver Deck Shield Net with 1/2 Inch Mesh Openings for Child Safety

by Barbara 25. April 2012 06:12

Question about the advantages of the Cardinal Gates 50 Ft. Silver Deck Netting over the Cardinal Gates Black Deck Shield Netting

Q: "Why is the silver so much more expensive than the black? Why would installing it be better than the black? Thanks. Tom."

Answer: The silver deck shield netting has a longer life and is less visible on light colored decks or when used to block animals (or children) from pushing between the pickets of fences. Both are easily installed using the wire ties, etc. included with each deck net kit. Both are made from polypropylene plastic and UV protected.

The major differences between the silver and the black deck netting are as follows:

  • Thickness: Silver is substantially sturdier and thicker—more than 7 times thicker than black. Black is approximately 0.26mm thick. Silver is approximately 1.98mm thick.
  • Size of openings: Silver: each "mesh" rectangle measures ½-inch hole size .  Black: each "mesh" rectangle measures about 1.25" x .75". 
  • Visibility: silver is even less visible from a distance.
  • Height: 35 inches for black and 36 inches for the silver
  • Can cut with scissors
  • Ideal for homeowner associations
  • Cable ties (provided) to attach uv mesh netting to deck posts.
  • Eye screws (provided) to attach plastic netting to deck surface.

There are two other lengths available.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Squirrel Proofing a Bird Feeder with a Baffle or a Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder?

by Barbara 24. September 2011 08:33

Question about using a Mandarin Hanging Squirrel Baffle-Green or a Brome 1024 Squirrel Buster Plus Wild Bird Feeder or a Brome Squirrel Buster Feeder CLASSIC Birdfeeder to keep the squirrels out of the bird seed.

Q: "We are fighting a constant battle to keep the squirrels out of our birdfeeders. What are the options available in squirrel proofing with baffles? Would it be better to get a squirrel proof feeder? If so, what are some of my options? Thanks. Paul"

Answer: Squirrels are a nuisance to some and a pleasure to others. For example, we sell squirrel feeders such as the Adirondack Chair Squirrel Feeder, Green that holds an ear of corn and the Duet Diner Squirrel Feeder which holds an ear of corn in the middle of a picnic type table! You can even buy a feeder that holds peanuts like the Heritage Farms Squirrel Feeder - Diner 2

If your goal is to keep the squirrels out of your birdfeeder as opposed to attracting them elsewhere, there are the options of baffles that cover the top of the feeder and feeders such as the Brome ones and others where the feeding ports for the birds are covered when the squirrel climbs onto the feeder. Remember that there is always some bird seed scattered on the ground below feeders and that attracts regular squirrels, chipmunks and other hungry pest animals, that is if you consider tham pests!

To choose a baffle, look for either one that pole mount like the Liberty Universal Squirrel Stopper Baffle which fits a pole and moves up and down and side to side to keep squirrels off or a more traditional looking baffle like the Heath - Squirrel Baffle Make sure you measure the diameter of the pole before you purchase to make sure the baffle will fit it. Also remember that squirrels are great at jumping from trees, roofs, etc. For example, we currently sell a pole mount baffle that fits a 4 inch by 4 inch square post, the Woodlink Audubon - Green 20 in. 4x4 Mount Baffle

Birdfeeders that are not squirrel resistant are hung from baffles such as the Arundale Hummer Hat Squirrel Baffle in Red which is also widely used to keep pigeons off hummingbird feeders. The Woodlink - 16 in Clear Hang/Mount Weather Shield/Sq Baffle is a larger clear one that also protects the bird feeder from the weather.

The easier route, especially if your feeders need replacing anyway, is to go to a Squirrel Proof feeder such as the Brome 1024 Squirrel Buster Plus Wild Bird Feeder or a Brome Squirrel Buster Feeder CLASSIC Birdfeeder One unique feeder is the Hiatt Manufacturing Grande Squirrel Proofwhich has the seed tube within a cage that has a locking system to keep the squirrels from opening the lid to get at the food. The Perky-Pet Fortress Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder also uses the squirrel weight to close off the feeding ports.

If you are into high tech and can afford it, the Squirrel Boss Bird Feeder is solar powered and shocks the squirrel who dares to attempt to steal seed from it. And you get to push the remote and deliver the static charge!

So the bottom lines are 1. do you want to keep your current feeder? 2 Is your feeder mounted on a pole or hanging from a tree? or 3. do you want a replacement feeder with squirrel proofing? #4 might be do you want to feed the squirrels somewhere away from the bird feeder in the hope that a full stomach might keep them out of the seed?

If you need help, please write or phone us. Go to our website to see the many options you have.

Thanks again for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

OMRI Approved Havahart CritterRidder Lasts Up to 30 Days in Repelling Small Animals

by Barbara 19. July 2011 08:43

Question about Critter Ridder Animal Repellent

Q: " How and why does CritterRidder work? What animals does it repel? For how long? Is it organic approved? I want to keep animals out of my garden and don't want to risk contamination of the soil. Thanks. Frank"

Answer:

Havahart® Critter Ridder® animal repellent contains the scent and taste deterrent ingredients of oil of black pepper, piperine and capsaicin. These active ingredients irritate animals when they touch or taste the product. This patented, effective animal repellent is both OMRI (Organic Material Review Institute )listed and compliant for use in organic gardening. Effectively repels skunks, groundhogs, dogs, cats, squirrels and raccoons from treated areas for up to 30 days. The competition requires more frequent application.

The Critter Ridder® animal repellent granular shaker canister is perfect for perimeter protection. Sprinkle your lawn, garden path and flower bed or spot-treat ground around other problem areas such as garbage bags, ornamental plants, trees or shrubs. It can also be used indoors – ideal for use in potted plants and non-living areas such as basements, cellars, storage areas, sheds and barns.

CritterRidder Sizes:

As noted above, this is also for indoor use to keep animals out of potted plants, repel animals from barns and sheds or to keep raccoons and squirrels out of attics!

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

Havahart Cage Traps for Trapping Animals Like Raccoons and Possums

by Barbara 17. April 2011 09:39

Question about Havahart cage traps to catch nuisance animals like raccoons,

Q: "I am not sure which live animal trap would work the best for me. We live in town. There is a large county park about 15 miles away. If we can catch the raccoons and possums, we could take them there to release them. What Havahart trap or traps do you suggest? Thanks. Tom"

Answer:The main differences among the Havahart traps are the physical size, the number of doors and whether the cage collapses. So base your choice on size of the animal, your comfort with one or two door release systems and storage space.

These are the main types of live catch traps by Havahart, a Woodstream Company

Any of these live catch traps would work. The last two traps are easy set-easy reliease. Choose according to price and size of the animal. If it is a really large raccoon get the 42 inch trap.

The best baits for raccoons are

◊ Fish, fresh or canned
◊ Honey or sugar covered vegetables
◊ Smoked fish
◊ Watermelon
◊ Sweet corn
◊ Cooked fatty meat
◊ Crisp bacon
◊ Marshmallows are a favorite!

Good luck! Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

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