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Avoid Being a Victim of the Annual Mosquito Invasion

by Barbara 30. May 2015 10:08

Question: "How Can I Reduce My Risk from Mosquito Borne Illnesses?" Thanks. Tom

Answer: Fortunately, according to USA Today, Sunday May 24, 2015, most mosquitoes do not carry disease. The most prevalent diseases that effect humans are West Nile virus, encephalitiis, Dengue fever, malaria and chikungunya. We dog owners give preventative medication for heart worm disease, a disease very expensive to treat. West Nile is transmitted to mosquitoes after a bird eats an infected mosquito and then a mosquito feeds on the infected bird and then feeds on a human.

Steps to take to prevent bites include:

  1. Eliminate standing water near home or business.
  2. Avoid walks and other outdoor activities
  3. Use insect repellent
  4. Wear clothing with long sleeves and long pants.

Now you might be thinking, "Wow, that makes life a bit more difficult. How do I have a backyard BBQ, etc."

Your choices are to kill those mosquitoes in standing water like your koi pond, repel them from your party area or to attract mosquitoes to a location at a distance from your gathering.

To Kill Mosquitoes in Standing Water

  • Mosquito Dunks use BTI, a live bacteria that's deadly to mosquito larvae, harmless to other living things.
  • Mosquito Bits kill larvae, turning water in swampy areas, flower pots, etc. black. Bits are made from Corn cob granules coated in BTI/

To Attract Mosuitoes Away from Your Porch, Patio, etc.


There are other mosquito traps that Safe Home sells like the Bite Shield Indoor or Outdoor Electric Trap that mounts on a wall. Or choose the Biteshield Indoor Flying Insect Trap that attracts mosquitoes if you add Octenol attractant. This is a photo-catalytic indoor flying insect trap that lures moths, gnats, and other household flying insects using white LED lights and mosquitoes with 4bBlue LED UV lights that react with TiO2 (titanium dioxide) emitting soft light waves TiO2 reactions also can reduce harmful microorganisms that are constantly circulating through the air. (See U of Florida Study, 1997.) So the insects dies and dehydrate in the trap.

Use of Citronella/Geraniol candles also help to repel mosquitoes from outdoor activities. Bite Shield Mosquito Repelling Candles in Ceramic Pots repel mosquitoes and add color to your tables.

Browse and make your choice. If you have questions, send us an email to sales@safehomeproducts.com or phone us at 877-358-0900 during business hours. Remember USA Today notes the top 20 mosquito ridden cities include most of the South, Texas, New England and parts of the MidWest including Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, 

Barbara

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

 

Rodent Control and Small Animal Control Products For Summer or Winter Motorhome Storage

by Barbara 25. July 2013 06:41

Question about how to reduce rodent damage when storing a motorhome.

Question: "What products do you suggest for safe guarding my motor home against invasions by mice? We store our motorhome in an old barn. Thanks. Steve."

Answer: Steve, we suggest rodent control products for the barn, the motorhome interior and the motorhome engine compartment.

The preferred units operate on AC and send continuous ultrasonic and/or sonic waves that irritate rodents and small animals and discourage them from invading your barn.

  1. In the barn. If you have electricity in the barn, we suggest you install AC powered ultrasonic rodent repellers. One of the most durable are the Bird-X Yard Guard units. Depending upon which products you choose, you can also set the frequencies to keep small animals out of the barn as well.
  2. Inside the motor home. Your choices include traditional mouse traps and battery powered electronic mouse and rat traps. If you have 120VAC in the motor home from the barn electricity, ultrasonic pest repellers can be plugged in and placed under the kitchen sink and around the perimeters of the walking area. We recommend the Transonic Pro . This unit has a steel case, has settings that include those sounds that irritate mice, rats, small animals, insects, etc. We suggest a minimum of two units. Using repellers is much less hassle than emptying traps of decomposing rodents!
  3. Inside the engine compartment. The P3 International Under Hood Rodent Repeller will help to keep the mice out.This unit attaches easily to the inside of your engine compartment. Power is long lasting via batteries, not included.
  4. Underneath the motorhome. If you have power, place two Transonic Pro pest repellers back to back and turn them on the sonic chattering setting which covers the mice as well. If you do not, then the best option would be the YardGuard units, two units either back to back in the center aimed toward the outside or aimed toward each other.

If you have no electricity, the best options are the Underhood Rodent Repeller, the Animal  Away Pro, the Yard Guards on battery power and kill traps that operate on battery power. The investment the first year can be several hundred dollars depending upon your housing situation for your motor home or trailer. Just remember the damage that will be limited or avoided over the years to come.

Thanks for your questions.

Sincerley,

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

 

Compare Smart Solar, P3 Sol-Mate and Bird-X Transonic Solar Mole Repeller Stakes

by Barbara 25. July 2012 07:18

Question about the differences among the Smart Solar Solar Mole and Gopher Chaser Stake, Model 90400RM1, the P3 Sol-Mate Solar Molechaser and Gopher Chaser P7911, P3 Sol-Mate Solar Molechaser and Gopher Chaser, P7912 and the Bird-X Transonic Electronic Mole Gopher Chaser,Solar

Question: "How do these mole stakes differ? I don't know which to purchase. Thanks. Dave."

Answer: Here is a comparison:

Smart Solar Solar Mole and Gopher Chaser Stake, Model 90400RM1:

  1. Construction: metal with solar head.
  2. Area Covered (Max)  7000 Sq. Ft 
  3. Duty Cycle               30 seconds
  4. Frequency   400 Hz    
  5. Vibration/Sound: yes, emits sonic tone every 30 seconds
  6. Insertion:  Moisten dirt, insert stake bottom using board and mallet, put on top and connect
  7. Mow over: No
  8. Warranty: One year from date of sale, by manufacturer.

P3 Sol-Mate P7911: Currently not available (Summer 2013)  

  1. Area Covered (Max)  7500 Sq. Ft    
  2. Duty Cycle               30 seconds   
  3. Frequency   400 Hz 
  4. Vibration/Sound: yes
  5. Insertion: Moisten dirt, dig hole, insert, pack dirt around it.
  6. Mow Over: No

Bird-X Transonic Electronic Mole Gopher Chaser,Solar

  1. Construction: metal stake except for point and solar panel 
  2. Area Covered (Max) 7800 Sq Ft. 
  3. Duty Cycle    20 seconds
  4. Frequency   800 Hz 
  5. Vibration/Sound/Flashing Light:     All 3, Emits bursts of sound and vibration every 20 seconds, to repel underground intruders
  6. Light flashes every 5 seconds, to deter critters above ground
  7. Insertion: Moisten dirt, dig hole, insert, pack dirt around it.  
  8. Mow Over: No
  9. Warranty: 6 Month by Bird-X             

P3 Sol-Mate Solar Molechaser and Gopher Chaser, P7912

  1. Construction: PVC plastic tube
  2. Area Covered: Up to 7500 sq. ft
  3. Duty Cycle: 2 seconds on, 30 seconds off
  4. Frequency: 400+/- Hz
  5. Solar Panel: 4.3V20mAH.
  6. Battery: 1 AA Fe-Li 3.2v250mah (included) Note: Battery is long lasting but can be replaced if fails.
  7. Power supply: 2.4V DC
  8. Mow Over Design, if properly inserted into ground: dig hole, insert stake with solar panel at ground level
  9. Operating Time: up to 4 days without recharge
  10. Dimensions: 12 1/2" X 3 1/8"
  11. Weight: less than 1 pound
  12. Warranty: 6 months from date of purchase by manufacturer

Please click through on the links for more details. The Smart Solar is the easiest to insert.
Thanks for your question. Remember for serious infestations of moles and gophers, the best approach is to use several products at once. Adding the Mole Scram Natural Mole Repellent, 10 Lb. Bag or Scoot Mole, 32 Oz. Hose End Spray Applicator will help get rid of these pests faster. Also make sure you do not have grub worms, the mole favorite.

    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

Bird-X Electronic Balcony Gard Keeps Birds Off Balconies, Decks, Patios, Etc.

by Barbara 14. May 2012 09:39

Question about how to keep birds from perching and leaving bird droppings on my 5th floor balcony.

Q: "We live on the fifth floor of a condo high rise. We have a high protective railing but no screening above the railing. Birds try to build nests in our outdoor plants. Cleaning off the balcony furniture and the floor is a continuous issue due to bird droppings. How do we get rid of them? Thanks. Diana."

Answer: We suggest a combination of the Balcony Gard and other bird deterrents. If possible, install the Balcony Gard before the "bird season" in your area. Keeping birds away is easier than getting rid of them once they have built nests or begun to roost.

The Balcony Gard by Bird-X operates on 4 C batteries or on AC current. The strongest settings on ultrasonic would be the LO position, the lowest frequency. Rarely humans can hear this frequency. Having the unit run constantly works best. Otherwise the unit makes repellent sounds only if the bird (or animal, like squirrels) starts the unit by moving past the motion sensor. Coverage is up to 900 square feet in a generally oval pattern: the speaker projects sound on a horizontal plane in one direction. You can adjust the motion sensitivity and the frequency of sound generated.

More than one unit may be required. Getting rid of birds is more effective if you use the Balcony Gard plus other deterrents such as bird netting and a visual repeller like Bird-X Holographic Bird Tape or Tanglefoot Bird Repeller Ribbon,2 inch X 100 ft or bouncing ball repellers like the Terror Eyes Moving Eye Holographic Bird Repeller Ball.,

Point the Balcony Gard away from dogs or cats: outward is the best choice. The Balcony Gard operates at 15,000 to 25,000 vibrations per minute, Usual coverage is 50 feet forward and 30 feet wide at the higher frequency. At the lower frequency, this increases up to 80 feet forward by 50 feet wide.

You'll know it is operating when the red light is in during continuous AC use or when the red light comes on when something passes in front of the unit. The unit should make a chirping sound when turned on. Batteries last about a month on the MS or motion sensor mode.

  • Unit dimensions: 7” x 6” 4”
  • Weight: 3 lbs
  • Coverage: Up to 900 sq. ft. in a generally oval pattern
  • Frequency Range: 15–25 kHz (adjustable)
  • Sound Pressure: 90 db at 1 meter
  • Electricity Costs: Less than $0.25/month
  • Motion sensor range: 35’ x 70’
  • Working current: <200 mA
  • Power supply: 4 x 1.5v “C” batteries or included 120v AC adaptor. Other voltage adaptors should be purchased locally. Unit switches to battery power during a power failure (if batteries are in).
  • All versions of AC Power Cord are 30 ft
  • Compliance: UL and CE listed
  • EPA EST: 075310-OR-001

The warranty is 6 months from the ship date. Weatherproof – casing is designed to withstand outdoor use (rain cover included)

Thank you 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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In South and Hawaii, Lurex is Superior to Octenol to Lure Asian Tiger Mosquitoes to Mosquito Magnet Traps

by Barbara 8. April 2011 08:19

Question about whether to use Lurex or Octenol to increase mosquito capture rate in my Mosquito Magnet Independence Trap.

Q: "I live in Kentucky. I just bought a Mosquito Magnet Independence Mosquito Trap because we expect a huge problem with mosquitoes this summer. Which lure works the best for this area? An octenol lure came with the trap. Thanks. Sam."

Answer: You live right on the boundary line. Lurex is recommended as the better lure for Asian Tiger mosquitoes for Southern USA and Hawaii. Asia Tiger mosquitoes are more common in those areas and are day-biters as opposed to most mosquitoes who bite more at night..  Lurex3™ is a patent-pending mosquito attractant that mimics naturally occurring human skin scents or odors known to attract mosquitoes. This EPA-registered product is the only attractant developed for the Asian Tiger Mosquito. Lurex3™ out catches octenol by 3:1 on the Asian Tiger Mosquito. Lurex is also effective at luring no-see-ums and black flies as well as other mosquitoes that may transmit West Nile Virus, Encephalitis and Heartworm.

If you have tried the Octenol lure and are still getting bitten by mosquitoes who haven't found your trap more inviting than you,  you need to use Lurex3™.

If you have additional questions, please contact us.

Thank you for your questions.

Sincerely,

Barbara

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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