Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 26
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mark Works Well
The HavaHart Spray Away works really well. Just attach the sprinkler head with the supplied wrench, fill with water, set the sensitivity and turn it on. SWhen it's triggered it shoots water out for about 3 seconds. It seems to me that it is detecting motion, not heat as advertised, because the least little breeze rustling leaves in front of it sets it off; even at low sensitivity settings. Because of that I had to raise it off the ground by setting it in a large ceramic pot. Then it worked great.
It's so nice not needing a hose always attached and on to make it work. You do have to remember to turn it off if people will be walking around it; my wife got sprayed a few times; I thought it was funny, her not so much...
At $180, I think it's a little expensive, but pretty cool, all in all.
August 4, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Kevlar Great idea, but not sensitive enough
The idea is good, but the execution not so much. The unit is entirely self contained meaning it has a water tank and solar panels to charge the batteries. Fill the water tank, let it sit outside for a few days to get a good charge on minimum sensitivity then adjust to your personal preference.
The water stream is good, even at minimum distance settings will shoot 10+ feet. The included sprinkler can shoot water in one direction or rotate back and forth like a typical sprinkler.
The sensitivity of the unit though is lacking. Even at maximum (9) sensitivity, it will not trigger the system until you are probably 2-3 feet away from the unit. The instructions say it detects heat rather than motion which could mean that it is simply too hot here for it to work effectively.
When triggered at 2-3 feet, the unit sprays instantly for a few seconds before returning to its sleeping state.
July 28, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ThisOldGarageNJ Finally... I can eat tomato's........
For the last 3 years, I have been trying to grow myself some nice tomatoes… Due to the fact that there are so many new housing developments being built where I live, we are getting a lot of new residents,In my yard, ie: gophers, groundhogs, chipmunks and the occasional deer. I love nature and am an Animal Friendly person, so I went on the web and found every home remedy from moth balls to fox urine to keep the critters out of my garden…. Even tried some humane traps.. Nothing worked.. I certainly didn’t want to poison them, Even tried fencing the tomato's completely in, Including a fence over the top.. They dug almost a foot under the bottom of it to get in.. Last year they got over 200 string beans in one night.
I saw the Havahart Spray Away online,, A safe and Humane deterrent, that uses a blast of water to remove unwanted pests. I read thru the page of directions, sounded too good to be true. I unpacked and assembled it. ( you just have to screw the sprinkler head on with the included wrench) Took it outside and filled it with water. Set the area to cover. (VERY EASY) There is also a sensitivity control that can be set to ultra-sensitive for small pests to high for large animals such as deer
At that time, of my 7 tomato plants, one had all the leaves chewed off it, another had half the leaves chewed off. Its been 3 weeks now and there has been no further damage, All the leaves have grown back on both of them now. I finally have the answer and will actually be able to enjoy a fresh tomato salad with my dinner FINALLY !!!!! It also keeps the neighborhood cats from using my yard as a litterbox.
The beauty of this unit is its completely self-contained. You fill it with water, It comes pre charged so you can use it right out of the box anywhere on your property and it charges in the sun, no electricity required, You can put it in the middle of the desert and it will work.
This is a truly fantastic product, No Electric, No Pesticides, No traps, Self-contained, Covers 1900 sq. feet. That’s a garden almost 40 feet wide by 50 feet long. Thanks to the folks at Havahart for a truly unique and useful product. Absolutely worth the money, built extremely solid and will last a long time.
August 1, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Vedomano For the gardeners pulling their hair out over nuisance animals!
We love spending time in our garden and enjoy the vegetables we are able to pull from it. However the new area we live in is known for a large amount of deer, and we have had trouble with a majority of our plants. We have tried a lot of the deer repellants, but admit we are not big fans of using chemicals in our garden. When we found this product, we were quite excited to give it a shot. The first thing that hit us was the price point, it does seem a bit expensive, but it is difficult to benchmark this, because there are not many similar products in the market that have all the functionality of this product. The solar power panels, water tank, infrared sensor, and sprinkler top make for an awesome product that you can properly set up and forget about for extended periods of time! Also it has a range of settings for almost any situation. Though the price point is a bit off-setting I will admit that ever since we started using the product, we have seen an exponential increase in the number and quality of vegetables we can pull from our garden! There was an issue with the product when we first received it that prevented the sprinkler head from resetting its angular position, however Havahart's customer service was very helpful and worked with us to get it to work properly.
Just make sure to remember to warn anyone who may wonder in the path of the sensor about the product....or they will get soaked!
December 3, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Texas Pest control without the hoses
We have a small vegetable garden and a small 15 tree orchard on our Texas ranch. We got this to keep our dogs from digging around the tree roots, and running through the raised vegetable beds.
We had a similar product that required a garden hose be attached, and the periodic replacement of batteries. It was inconvenient to have to remove it and coil up the hose every time we cut the grass in the Orchard or between the raised beds. The tank holds a lot of water (3.5 gallons), and the solar panel means no batteries to remember to change.
A light flashes on the unit when the water needs topping up. At first we had to fill the water every couple of days, that was until the dogs learned to stay away from it. Now we go a week or more before the light flashes to remind us to fill it up. As the dogs no longer go near it, its obviously keeping pests at bay too (we have raccoons in the area). It sprays just a couple of cups of water a time, so it is very thrifty.
When activated by the built-in motion sensor, a jet of water emits from the sprinkler head (which also makes a noise as it pulses the water). The area the sprinkler sprays can be set from 0 to 360 degrees, and extends up to 35 feet.
You can adjust the sensitivity of the sensor to suit your environment. When situated near a fruit tree with leaves that blew in the wind we turned it down to prevent false activations.
I love the fact we can place this where water hoses do not reach or having to move them is time consuming.
Our dogs completely stopped digging the fruit tree roots, and no longer go near the vegetable beds.
A great invention, and one that does exactly what we needed.
August 12, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by MarilynB GREAT IDEA, BUT PERFORMANCE WAS DISAPPOINTING...
I love the idea of this Havahart sprinkler, but have not found it to be a truly reliable repellent. We do enjoy watching it when it occasionally scares off a rabbit or when we get sprayed by mistake, but the cost is a bit high for that entertainment.
I had high hopes that this would keep the rabbits from nesting in our lawn, but even when I set the sensitivity all the way up, it does miss them running right in front of it sometimes. I have spent weeks adjusting all the settings, moving the sprayer to different angles and areas, but it seems to 'miss' more than it 'hits'. The spray is so quick, it does not travel very far in the selected arc. There is no 'startling noise' as described. Perhaps this unit has a defect, since others have no problem? I have owned another of this type repellent in the past, but had no problems getting that one to perform.
It is a nicely designed, sturdy item and I do like that it has an on/off switch and adjustments and does not need a hose or electricity. It would have been a better idea to place the status lights on the backside where the switch and knob are located, though. It is difficult to see the status where it is placed (luckily I have eyeglasses, so that when I mistakenly bent over from the back to see the lights, the stream of water hit my glasses instead of my eyeballs!)
Another down side is that sometimes if the sun shines towards it, the spray will constantly trigger. Then, it takes 3 days to fully charge again. I did notice that it works much better right after it is fully charged, but the battery runs down quickly and the performance deteriorates. It is a shame that there is no option to use electricity, I think I would have preferred the reliability of steady, full power.
As I've mentioned, it is more of a fun item than something I trust to repel critters. The rabbits still hang around the front lawn, and now the neighbors dog has discovered the fun of playing in the bursts of water - he loves it.
Based on the unit I received, not sure if I would recommend it - but there seems to be some units out there that work better than mine, so it might be worth a try.
September 13, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Naturelover39 Good idea but....
I received this sprinkler two weeks ago and set it up as directed. I had some difficulties getting it to oscillate and after a week in hot and humid weather, there was condensation inside the infrared sensor and the unit no longer detected motion. I called customer service and they promptly sent me a UPS mailing label and gave me a number needed to return it. I am waiting for a replacement and hoping that the infrared sensor does not collect condensation inside the unit again. I hope the new unit works because I do think this is a great, humane way to deter animals away from preying on the fish in my pond.
June 29, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Ds Garden Water pressure
I bought these two years ago. They work as advertised. I did actually observe a deer running from one of the sprinklers, mid day. However, one drawback compared to the hose model is that the water pressure is generated by the solar batteries & therefore sometimes too weak to properly cycle the impact sprinkler head. It usually sticks without sweeping left and right. Another issue is that they detect small trees and bushes moving in the wind on hot days. Final issue is my dog keeps setting them off, which causes them to run the water reservoir dry. I intend to replace with the hose model, but have concerns over having to replace batteries. It would be nice if there were a hose model that was solar.
July 11, 2015