Home
Fact-checked

At HomeQuestionsAnswered, we're committed to delivering accurate, trustworthy information. Our expert-authored content is rigorously fact-checked and sourced from credible authorities. Discover how we uphold the highest standards in providing you with reliable knowledge.

Learn more...

What is a Scarecrow Sprinkler?

A scarecrow sprinkler is an innovative device designed to protect your garden. It combines motion sensors with a water sprinkler system to deter unwanted animals by spraying them with a burst of water upon detection. This humane solution keeps your plants safe without harming the intruders. Have you considered the benefits of a scarecrow sprinkler for your own garden sanctuary?
S. Mithra
S. Mithra

When an unwanted animal wanders onto your property, a scarecrow sprinkler jets them with a strong stream of water and sounds an alarm to frighten them away. A sensitive motion sensor alerts the sprinkler and noisemaker to pesky animals like deer, dogs, or large birds that threaten plants, grass, fruit, crops, or pets. A scarecrow sprinkler easily set up using just a battery and garden hose to guard a farm, lawn, or backyard.

Animals like dogs, cats, crows, raccoons, rabbits, gophers, deer, and possums can ruin a landscape by nibbling on berries, smashing plants, digging holes, eating vegetables, defecating, or scratching outdoor furniture. Some efforts at repelling destructive beasts, such as chemical poisons, fences, or foil streamers can be ineffective, harmful, or nonspecific. A scarecrow sprinkler offers a humane, harmless, and accurate method of dissuading animals from coming into your yard.

A scarecrow sprinkler may be useful to keep raccoons and other animals out of a person's yard.
A scarecrow sprinkler may be useful to keep raccoons and other animals out of a person's yard.

A scarecrow sprinkler works through a hose with a water source, such as a spigot. It is powered by alkaline or lithium batteries. The scarecrow sprinkler itself is just a high-velocity spray nozzle linked to an infrared motion sensor and an optional noise component that beeps or blares to accompany the water jet. The motion sensor can be pointed in a particular direction, then raised or lowered to catch tall or squat animals. Some models even allow the user to set the sensitivity, so that a sparrow or a rustling breeze won't set off the sprinkler.

Scarecrow sprinklers are used to keep deer and other animals out of gardens and yards.
Scarecrow sprinklers are used to keep deer and other animals out of gardens and yards.

Just like outdoor lamps that switch on when you walk within range, the smart scarecrow sprinkler will be triggered when a suspicious animal enters the specified area. Immediately, it opens its valve and directs a strong stream of water in the exact direction of the animal to startle it. Manufacturers have conservation in mind, as the scarecrow sprinkler usually only releases 3 cups (710 mL) of water over 3 seconds.

Even if the animal bounds out of the way before getting wet, it will be scared and leave the area. Over time, intelligent animals like dogs, cats, and deer, will learn which areas are likely to scare them and no longer frequent them. If you have ever trained a cat or dog to keep off the furniture with a kitchen spray bottle, you know how effective, yet harmless, this method proves. Other, less intelligent animals will get spooked each time and run off, saving your crops or garden.

You might also Like

Discussion Comments

anon8613

These things are awesome- highly recommended, but remember you can't use it in the Winter if you live in an area that might freeze, and also that it will spray you as well if you aren't careful!

Post your comments
Login:
Forgot password?
Register:
    • A scarecrow sprinkler may be useful to keep raccoons and other animals out of a person's yard.
      By: marburg
      A scarecrow sprinkler may be useful to keep raccoons and other animals out of a person's yard.
    • Scarecrow sprinklers are used to keep deer and other animals out of gardens and yards.
      By: Chris Lofty
      Scarecrow sprinklers are used to keep deer and other animals out of gardens and yards.