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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

 

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

Fi-Shock Pet Deterrent Electric Fence Deters Stray Dogs, Not Stray Cats

by Barbara 30. December 2010 07:51

Question about the Fi-Shock Economy Pet Deterrent Electric Fence Kit

Question: "I am calling because I have a problem with the neighborhood cats. As many as 5 or 6 at a time come into my yard, dig up the flower beds and use the yard as their litter box. These are not feral cats but ones that the owners let run loose. Public services were cut back here due to the economy. Animal control tells me it is my problem. Please tell me how this works. I have tried the organic repellents you spread on the ground but these have to be re-applied regularly due to the rain." Thanks, Debbie

Answer:  In Coralville, IA, the laws are that cats are not allowed to run loose. (One of our cats was actually from a litter born under our house in April 2010. We didn't know they were there until a neighbor told us. Animal control got the Mom and my Jack socialized the kittens and found them homes.) In our city, animal control comes and sets traps.

This electric fence is a deterrent for dogs, raccoons, possums and other animals that are not jumpers. As we talked, I learned that you have never owned a cat. This low voltage fence plugs into a standard outlet, works continuously, and can protect up to about 100 linear feet of area. The problem is that cats can easily jump over a fence. In fact, our Siamese cat once jumped 9 feet from a standing position and landed on the top of a cupboard. And the cats easily jump over the tall expandable dog gates we use to keep the dogs out of the living room and dining room. Our two cats are de-clawed house cats and never run loose outside.

The options I suggest are:

  1. Get cat traps from the animal control officer or your local humane society. Trap the cats and take them to the shelter. Tuna fish works well. Then the owners have to deal with paying to get their animals back and perhaps will keep them indoors.
  2. Buy your own stray cat trap like this one from Havahart. Catch and take them to the shelter
  3. OR some better ideas, i.e. electronic repellers that are battery operated and/or AC operated.

These products emit ultrasounds that cats do not like. (The Yardgard has multiple adjustments; the Koolatron repeller is set only for cats and dogs. ) Set up two of them up in your backyard where you say the cats go and keep the cats out without trapping them. (Of course then they are your other neighbors' problems. You can just send them along to Safe Home Products just as our customers do when they use mole chaser stakes and drive the moles next door!)

First, the Yardgard. This Yardgard has settings to deter about any animal and birds, too. Run it on AC or use the battery mode. With cats, I recommend the AC, continuous on, mode rather than the motion activated mode as cats are swift running. Mount it at the cats' head level. With the yard you have, two is definitely the lower limit of units you need. These units last for years and years without maintenance. Just make sure they are not in standing water. If you should have a squirrel problem in your attic, rats in attic, garage or crawl space, a deer problem, etc, you can adjust this unit to handle those animal pests as well.

Best results: Mount at animal's head level.  Low (sonic) settings may be audible to humans with good high frequency hearing. If this occurs, select a higher frequency. Note: Birds may be repelled by some frequencies of the Yardgard depending upon the height at which it is mounted.

Yard Guard Technical specifications:

  • Dimensions: 6.75" x 5.25" x 3.5"
  • Weight: 1 pound (shipping weight 2 pounds)
  • Coverage: 4,000 sq. ft. (278.7 sq. meters)
  • Frequency range: 15,000 - 25,000 Hz (adjustable)
  • Sound pressure: 90 dB at 3 feet
  • Electricity costs: Less than $0.25 per month
  • Working current: <200 mA
  • Power: 4 "C" batteries or AC adapter (included).
  • Weather proof.
  • Motion sensor activation: 35 x 70 feet
  • Pattern: Oval pattern of sound is about 50 ft. wide at the widest and extends about 80 feet out. The lower the sound frequency, the wider the coverage.
  • Dial positions: Dogs and cats, skunks, opossums, armadillos, raccoons, deer, insects, rodents and bats.
  • In CONT AC ONLY mode: Continuous operation using AC power.
  • Power Light: Red light behind clear lens activates when motion sensor is activated. Note: if left on continuous one, this red power light is on continuously.
  • Compliance: EPA establishment No. 058480-TWN-001. CE marked.
  • YardGard includes: Mountable plastic unit, 110vAC power adapter (with 6 ft cord), and extension wire cord (63 ft).
  • Continuous or motion-sensor modes.
  • Multiple sonic and ultrasonic settings.
  • 6 month limited manufacturer's warranty.
  • Outdoor use recommended. Use indoors only in rarely occupied areas.

Second, the Catstop. The Catstop is made especially to keep cats away. We also sell a 120VAC adapter for the Catstop so you don't have to be concerned about a dead battery. (With the traffic you've had in your yard, the adapter would be a good idea.) The unit includes a 50 ft cord.

CatStop Highlights:

  • Ultra sound based concept: Safe, effective cat pest control without chemicals, visually objectionable barriers or shock.
  • Infrared detection range: 80 degrees across a 20 ft distance in front of the device.
  • Passive ultrasonic detector: Operates unattended. Activates when movement is detected.
  • Operates 24/7: CatStop protects day and night for up to 6 months (or 4900+ activations) on one 9 volt battery.
  • Silently creates a temporary sound 'barrier': Works where fences are not allowed or are impractical. Keeps neighborhood cats from violating your space without drawing attention to your efforts.
  • Simple Installation: Easily extend coverage with additional CatStops.
  • Power supply: 9V battery (not included).
  • Output: 124 dB.
  • Sensor warm up time = 40-60 seconds when battery is first inserted.When you activate the unit, the red light will come on for 3 seconds, and then turn off.  It takes approximately 8 seconds for it to re-charge between activation
  • Operational time when activated = 3 seconds.
  • Delay between activations: about 8 seconds.
  • Output frequency: sweeping from 21-25 kHz.
  • Fully water resistant.
  • 2 year warranty from manufacturer

A third option is the Koolatron Outdoor Cat and Dog Repeller with AC Adapter As the Catstop, this Koolatron Repeller has ultrasonic frequencies that bother but do not harm cats. This unit also works for dogs.

Cat and Dog Repeller Features :

  • Built-in focusing cone: Focuses sound for greater effective distance.
  • Passive Infra Red (PIR) motion sensor: located behind the front frosted white housing.
  • Test button: ultrasonic function is confirmed when button pushed as sound is lowered to an audible level.
  • Compact unobtrusive design: green color
  • Durable ABS housing: shock proof, can withstand harsh outdoor weather conditions.
  • Waterproof to IPX4 standard: international standard that means the Lentek Cat and Dog Repeller is protected against damage from the elements.
  • Perfect for yards, gardens, flowerbeds, near garbage, etc.,
  • Swivel motion mounting bracket: allows easy and quick range direction changes.
  • Wall Mounting Bracket: Adjustable angle allows for 180 degree direction adjustment.

Cat and Dog Repeller Specifications :

  • Advanced ultrasonic sirens:
    • Ultrasonic sound: 80 to 115dB
    • Frequency sweep: 18 kHz to 24 kHz
    • Duration of ultrasonic bursts: 5 seconds.
  • Cone range: 70 degree cone range for primary ultrasonic coverage area.
  • Distance range: Up to 85 feet.
  • Power on LED lights: confirms unit is active and on when lit.
  • Wall mount bracket: install on wall or any vertical surface with two long screws (included). Attach unit connector to mounted bracket using bolt and nut provided.
  • Power: Two (2) 9V batteries (not included)
  • Battery life: approximately 2000 sound releases.
  • Optional AC adapter: included. Adapter must be kept in a dry location if used as main power supply. Use only outdoor rated extension cords that accept the Cat and Dog Repeller plug. Keep all cords away from heat, oil and sharp edges. Always keep the connection between the ultrasonic repeller and the extension cord dry. Unplug before cleaning the animal repeller.
  • Caution: Use outdoors only. Do not place near human ears or use in confined spaces or allow use by children.
  • Warranty: 1 Year manufacturer warranty.
  • Manufacturer: Lentek, Division of Koolatron

Our customers have had great success with all the electronic devices. It is rare to have a return IF the units are installed correctly and in sufficient quantity. Remember that ultrasound is more like light than audible sound: best results are line-of-sight, ultrasounc stops at hard objects and can bounce back and is absorbed by soft objects like bushes and flowers.

Good luck and thanks for your inquiry.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Fi-Shock Pet Deterrent Electric Fence or Koolatron CD-01 or CD-02 Cat and Dog Repeller?

by Barbara 20. July 2010 05:58

Question about the Koolatron Cat and Dog Repeller, Battery Powered and the Koolatron Cat and Dog Repeller with AC Adapter

Q: "I have a home in an Atlantic Ocean coastal town near the beach. There is a constant stream of beach traffic including people with dogs. The dog owners pick up the droppings but of course not the urine which is killing my grass in several spots near the sidewalk. I tried the CD-01 without success. Do I have a bad unit?" The batteries last only about 12 days. Thanks Barry

Answer: I discussed this with my Koolatron rep at length. Heavy traffic and salt spray combine, he feels, to make this unit ineffective. He suggested a fence to discourage dogs from squatting. He reminded me that dogs tend to urinate where other dogs do. Also pet owners may be quite unhappy if their dogs cannot walk on the other side of the street.

My own recommendation, if you can do this, would be to install a low voltage above ground electric fence such as the Fi-Shock Economy Pet Deterrent Electric Fence Kit. Perhaps this could be discretely mounted in front of or just above behind a border type fence, preferably a UV stabilized PVC plastic fence.  The Koolatron Cat and Dog Repeller is better suited for backyard or side yard use or for a very deep front yard where it can be mounted to shoot the ultrasound, if activated, across the yard from the side.

These are the reasons not to use the Koolatron unit in your front yard or back yard near the ocean:

  • The Koolatron CD-01 or CD-02 will activate every time that a person, animal or vehicle passes. That means the battery life will be short. Battery Life is determined by how many times the motion sensor picks up motion and triggers the ultrasound. Two batteries should last up to 2000 ultrasonic bursts, Of course, we humans won't hear the sound.
  • A salt spray environment will cause corrosion of screws and perhaps the inside as well over time.
  • The effective distance of the unit pointed toward the street is up to 85 ft in a 70 degree arc so folks across the street may also trip the alarm. Plus dogs across the street will be effected to their owners' chagrin.

If you don't want to put a "flower bed" type PVC fence in place then use the above ground low voltage electric fence alone. This is a single wire strung between PVS fence poles. The Fi-Shock™ economy pet deterrent kit trains pets and or keeps unwanted critters away. This product can be used to break your pets' bad habits and keep them fenced in. The electric fence delivers a mild shock, deterring animals from the area. It plugs into a standard 110 volt outlet and delivers continuous output.

The Fi-Shock electric fence kit includes the charger, 10-23” PVC fence poles, 1-22” ground rod, 100’ of aluminum wire, 50 cotter pins for fastening wire and 1 ground clamp. It is easy to install and has a 1 year limited warranty. Unless the dog/dogs jump over the fence, your yard will be protected from urine damage.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara