ScareCrow Sprinkler Motion Activated Animal Deterrent

4.5 out of 5 stars 142 Reviews | 25 Q&A

ScareCrow Sprinkler Motion Activated Animal Deterrent
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Product Overview

ScareCrow motion-activated sprinkler animal deterrent keeps common animal intruders like cats, dogs, deer, heron, raccoons, and more out of your lawn and garden. The ScareCrow motion sensor sprinkler is a very effective option that does not use chemicals or ugly netting. Using just 2-3 cups of water per burst the ScareCrow motion detector sprinkler animal deterrent startles animals and scares them away. Working for as long as six months on just one, nine-volt battery the ScareCrow motion activated sprinkler protects up to 1,200 sq. ft. day and night. If you need to cover a larger area you can link several scarecrows together.

*NOTE: Battery is not included.

Features and Specs

Target pests: Deer, raccoons, heron, cats, and more.
For use in: Gardens and yards
Pet safe: Yes, when used as directed.
Coverage Area: 1,200 sq. ft.
Shipping Weight: 1.85 lbs
Manufactured By: Scotts (Mfg. Number: 300000296)
UPC: 071549040161


Can I adjust the sensitivity of the ScareCrow?

Yes, you can adjust the sensitivity with the simple twist of a knob.

Can I hook the ScareCrow up to my in-ground irrigation system?

No, the ScareCrow needs line pressure at all times. An irrigation system pipeline only pressurizes when the system is sprinkling your lawn. You can however, set up a separate in-ground irrigation feed system to your ScareCrow that is on all the time. As PVC pipe is not as flexible as a garden hose and therefore less able to absorb the pressure flux of a ScareCrow activation, Contech recommends installing a hammer arrester at the point where the ScareCrow is affixed to the in ground plumbing.

Can I switch the ScareCrow off?

Yes. There are two ways to switch off the ScareCrow: either set the sensitivity knob to zero, or shut off the water supply. Please note that if you shut the water off, the unit will still sense and activate, but will not spray water. For a heavy traffic area, turning the sensitivity knob to zero is the best option.

Can the ScareCrow be used in the winter?

No. Bring it in when there is risk of freezing. Freezing water may damage the valve in the ScareCrow.

Does the ScareCrow work at night?

Yes. The ScareCrow works during the day and at night because it uses an infrared sensor.

How long will the ScareCrow operate before needing a new battery?

Results vary from a few weeks to a year depending upon how often people, pets or the wind trigger the unit. The average is between four and six months. The ScareCrow will typically fire approximately 3000 times from a single battery.

How much water pressure is needed?

30 to 80 P.S.I. If your water pressure is greater than 80 P.S.I., Contech recommends installing a pressure reducer (available at hardware and irrigation supply stores) at the hose bib.

I'm not sure I like the look of the ScareCrow. Can I get it in plain black?

Yes, the ScareCrow is delivered with the decals packaged separately – you may choose to apply the 'beak and eyes' design, or leave them off.


  • 5 of 5 Stars

    Keeps the dogs out

    By Christopher on 04/01/2013

    Verified Purchase

    Great product and great service. My dogs hate these things so they do a great job of keeping them out of my vegetable garden. Be careful though. My wife and grandmother both got sprayed within two days. Service is terrific if you have an issue too.

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    37 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • 5 of 5 Stars


    By Denny on 04/25/2013

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    Tried everything last year. Netting, amonia, pepper,and all the stuff recomended on the internet. This year I was ready to put up a electric wire system. About $100 and a lot of time and work. Saw the ScareCrow on line and tried it on my 4x40' above ground garden. It took about 10 minutes to install. It's been in place about three weeks, and NOT ONE cat poop pile. All that fresh soil must drive them nuts. They stay clear. Last year it was a daily chore to clean up after them. VERY HAPPY..WORKS GREAT !!

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    37 of 38 people found this review helpful

  • 5 of 5 Stars

    ScareCrow worshippers

    By Donna on 04/05/2013

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    We have had one for about a year and it works great. I detects movement about 30 feet and our water pressure lets it spray about that far. We bought another one to extend our protection even farther. Donna & Frank

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    30 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • 4 of 5 Stars

    Scare Crow

    By on 06/12/2013

    Verified Purchase

    Overall, it appears a little cheaply made, but it works well. So far it has kept the grandkids out of the garden, scared at least a couple of deer away and shot me directly in the face at point black range when I forgot it was on, O yeh, I also got the neighbor on his riding lawnmower. Now, Let's see if it holds up.

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    23 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • 3 of 5 Stars

    Too early to tell

    By Barry on 04/09/2013

    Verified Purchase

    I'm still trying to work with the unit. I have some kind of varmint digging up my garden. The scarecrow didn't deter whatever it is. I think it may be Armadillos, since I have seen them in the yard a lot. I moved the scarecrow closer to the garden, hoping this would help. I also changed the battery as it has already discharged after 2 weeks. If this doesn't work, I'm thinking about returning it.

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    15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Questions & Answers

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What is the range of the motion sensor and angle of detection on the ScareCrow Sprinkler?

The Scarecrow can detect large animals up to 30 ft away and very small animals up to 10 ft away. The detection range depends on the type of animal detecting. The motion sensor is approximately 105 degrees. We recommend reading over the manual to make sure the Scarecrow will fit you needs:

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Will the ScareCrow Sprinkler Motion Activated Animal Deterrent work to deter drunken college students from peeing on my shrubs?
The ScareCrow Sprinkler Motion Activated Animal Deterrent will release water when motion is detected. It is possible that if the students get wet, it could deter them from your property.

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12 of 13 people found this answer helpful

Does the water need to be turned on constantly in order for the the ScareCrow needs line pressure at all times
ScareCrow Sprinkler Motion Activated Animal Deterrent needs line pressure at all times, thus, it needs that water feed at all times.

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What is your return policy? Is it covered by a warranty?

Can I return it if doesn't meet my needs? I'm trying to keep my dogs out of my flower garden, where they lay in the mulch and damage the flowers. But it's a small area (next to walkway and front porch) and I'm not sure this is the answer.
We only allow returns on unused merchandise. If the product has been used it is no longer in retail condition and we cannot accept the return. We recommend that you go to the Scarecrow product page and scroll down to the video to see the product in action before you purchase it to see if it might work for your needs. There is a 2 year manufacturers warranty on the Scarecrow against any type of manufacturer defect "Contech Enterprises warrants to the original purchase of its products that the product will be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of two (2) years. This warranty does not cover damage caused by or attributable to acts of God, abuse, misuse, improper maintenance, or damage caused in transportation."

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Can the ScareCrow Sprinkler be used for robins and small birds?
You can change the sensitivity to pick up even small critters so the Scarecrow can work for most animals including small birds.

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