I began planting my garden like I do every year. This year, however, I had four-legged visitors I did not plan on. My neighbor had decided some weeks ago to build a fence around his backyard. As a result, the deer no longer were able to use his yard as their runway and decided to try mine instead.
In the early part of June I saw my first deer. After a brief look around my garden I immediately noticed that something had clipped the tops off of my Anaheim peppers. No other damage was observed at that time. I decided then to look into pest deterrent options to protect my garden and purchased the Guardian™.
On June 15th a large doe was observed eating the tops off of all my peppers. Upon closer inspection I realized that the peppers were too far away for the motion sensor to be activated. My original placement of the Guardian™ was based mainly on where the deer were entering my yard not the garden itself. With this new evidence I decided to move the Guardian™ from its original location to a new one where it now covers the entire area where my plants are growing.
The next day I watched a deer walk through the backyard and go straight for the garden. The deer went straight to the peppers, but this time, (see image 1), you can clearly see the doe wants to go into the garden, but is irritated by the sound of the Guardian™ by cocking its head and ear to the side to deflect the ultrasonic sound.
The next day I observed two deer laying down in my garden. One was in front of the Guardian™ and the other behind it. They were not moving so the sensor was not activating the unit. More of my peppers had been eaten as well as all of my Swiss chard, some lettuce, and a couple of nips at my tomato plants. Because I had only just moved the device and oriented it towards my garden and not the backyard entrance, this was not a huge surprise as the deer may have been still adjusting to the new placement of the Guardian™.
As of June 24th no deer were observed in my garden since I moved the Guardian™ to cover that area instead of the entry-way from the back field. I did however notice that the unit does go off at random times due to the wind blowing the branches around, causing the senor to activate the unit. With a minor adjustment to the sensitivity dial, this problem was corrected. My neighbor also let me know that he had observed several deer wandering around the field outside of my garden but would not come on to my property. This was a good sign that the deer are becoming more aware of the Guardian™ and are leaving my plants alone.
On July 1st I observed no new activity or disturbances in my garden, however, I did notice that many of my neighbors have gone to great lengths both in labor and expense in deterring deer from their gardens by building fences to protect their plants when all I needed was the Guardian™.
Around July 5th I noticed that some of the branches on my tomato plants that are outside the range of the unit’s sensor, had been eaten. The fact that it was only these branches further points to the fact that the deer are respecting the areas covered by the Guardian™ and are staying away.
Almost two weeks later, around July 15th, I was walking through the garden and I noticed that the peppers had been eaten down again. Upon closer inspection I realized that the tomato plants had grown so much in height that they are now blocking the sensor of the unit for that part of the garden. As a result, I will raise the unit to look over the tomato plants.
Having been on vacation for most of August, on September 13th, upon my return I found many new piles of deer scat both in the garden as well as outside of it. Amazingly none of the plants had even been touched! Even the pepper plants had produced and they were the first to get eaten early on. In my opinion, in order to get the best results from using the Guardian™; its placement and subsequent monitoring thereafter to ensure proper exposure, will deliver the desired outcome necessary to keep deer out of your garden. This can be easily achieved by monitoring the Guardian™ in tandem with the daily maintenance of your garden.
The efficacy of the Guardian™ was not without its challenges (see image 2). There were a few times when the deer did get the better of the unit, however, on each occasion this was due to factors that had nothing to do with the engineering of the unit. External factors like plant growth or plants outside the range of the sensor were the main causes of these trials and required simple adjustments for the Guardian™ to achieve its full potential.
The protection provided by the Guardian™ was more than sufficient and allowed me to have one of my best harvests yet from my garden.
B.A., Wildlife Biology
Science Teacher, Ashland School District
By the way, this is the second time I have dealt with you and it is always excellent service. Furthermore the product really works and last winter was our first animal free year in 15 yrs! Many thanks,
Mark M. - International (GB)
I just wanted to recommend [the Ultimate AT] to everyone!
I had a mouse issue in the house. Not a bad one. But when we found the bread on the dining room table with small holes in the bag, we knew it was bad enough that it was time to try some other tactics. (Side Note: I still don't know how they got up on the table.)
I sealed the house up; that didn't work. I laid traps and poisons down; that was a hit or miss. Plus, it grossed my family out to find dead and smelly mice in the house. With a new puppy, that wasn't an option. I tried other sound repellents - the junk they sell in stores. When I actually saw a mouse sitting on the sound repellent one day, I though to myself, "This is hopeless!"
I bumped into [the Ultimate AT] online. I was extremely skeptical about these products that use sound to repel mice! I fell for this trick once already. This 5-In-1 technology and scientific research they showed intrigued me. I'll admit that $49.95 for one unit seemed steep to me, but I figured that perhaps you get what you pay for and gave them a try.
I bought 2 and got 1 free. I plugged one in the kitchen (where most of the activity was), one in an upstairs bedroom that had been having some issues, and one in the basement. No issues in the basement, but since I had 3, I figured I'd use it. It's been over a month now and I haven't seen one mouse or any evidence of mice. The room upstairs - no mice! The kitchen, which was the hub of activity, nothing so far!
It's cold and mice love to come indoors this time of year. I'm very pleased. My 7-month-old Labby had a minor issue the first day I plugged the units in, but the next morning, they didn't appear to bother her anymore. Great product! When these finally wear out, I'll be ordering some again! Thanks.
Jamil W. - Philadelphia, PA
The sprays I applied GENEROUSLY and FREQUENTLY in my attic worked for a few hours to a day or so. Then I got one of your Guardians. Worked well, but every once in a while I could hear a squirrel in my attic.
I bought two more of your Guardians and installed them in my attic, so that every direction in the attic was covered. PERFECT! Not one scratch. (I set the devices at [frequencies] 5, 6, and 7.)
Thanks. And I don't think there is anything wrong at all in your suggesting that more than one device might work better than just one.
Jack N. - Placerville, CA
I simply had to write you. While I purchased the Guardian for helping with some voracious squirrels, just this past week some bats got into the walls where squirrels had chewed a wooden panel below the soffit. I reset the Guardian to annoy the bats.
After one very noisy night (they were unhappy - LOL), they exited the building and have not returned! Hooray! I will keep the unit plugged in and working until the entrance is caulked. Thanks for a great product!
Patricia H. - eastern North Carolina
Thank you so much for helping me order more Guardians. They are extremely effective in protecting against the Bambi population that would like to use my garden for their personal 24-hour Buffet. While my two-year-old grandson was visiting I turned off the Guardian that was protecting my tomatoes and peppers (the sound and light frightened him). In the excitement of the visit I forgot to turn the alarm back on. The next morning I found deer nipped branches on the tomatoes and the tops of the peppers. The alarm is back on 24 hours a day and no more carnage has ensued. We have just re-landscaped a 100 ft bed along our west property line and need to use the next two Guardians to protect the rhododendrons, hydrangeas, and dogwoods. Great Product!
Jane D. - Zanesville, Ohio
I purchased your top products for our home in the woods... raccoons and squirrels were playing in our attic and had broken into the screened in back porch to eat my cat's food night after night, and repair after repair to block them. From the time that we plugged in the outdoor and indoor units [The Guardian and Ultimate AT]... no more raccoons, squirrels, bugs... there have been a few poor roaches that have shown up every now and then but look all beat up, stagger around for a while and drop dead. All I have to do is sweep them up. Do you ever recruit network/local marketers? I live in Austin, Texas... home of the bugs and critters.
Catey K. - Austin, TX
I purchased the Guardian (AC adapter included) from Good Life in June 2008, as I was having a problem with incessant squirrels on the roof of my mobile home. However for various reasons, including that I did not find the instructions easy to follow, I did not end up using the machine at that time.
A week ago, a number of raccoons started spending the night marauding up and down my trailer roof feasting on a large crop of apples on a tree up there this year. The first night this happened, I was awake till 5am, despite hosing the roof down with an intense water jet at intervals.
The following day, I dug out my Guardian, and got it set up. For the last three nights, no raccoons on my roof. I am delighted with the results from using this product.
Jane S. - Boulder, CO
Our Customer Paulette from Deerfield, FL reports using the Guardian successfully to repel many opossums and squirrels from her avocado, peach, sugar apple, and banana trees in her yard. Paulette is using the Guardian on standard 'D' size alkaline batteries, and the batteries have lasted 8 months!
Paulette - Deerfield, FL
Our experience with the Guardian devices to repel deer was successful. Not a single deer invaded our 2012 Gold Hill Food Share Garden areas.
Our strategy was to use the minimum number of devices to keep the deer from entering the areas that comprise our 22,350 sq ft garden. The northern rectangular plot had physical protection on its northern boundary provided by an 8 ft. fence and blackberries. Its eastern boundary was protected by high blackberries. The southern irregular shaped plot had no physical protection. Considering the operating characteristics of the Guardian (120 degree pattern, 75 ft beam radius) the units were positioned as shown in the diagram. Note the arcs depicted are 50 ft radius so there was an additional 25 ft beam radius (which we confirmed in our testing and use). The units were mounted on standard wooden stakes about 5 ft above ground level with the beams directed outward toward the garden perimeters. The desired overlap of beams was effective and provided the desired coverage. The units operated continuously and reliably 6 months (from May - October) which required battery replacements in August (three months). The devices were stored and will be used again this year.
The Guardian devices repelled the deer at about half the cost of a traditional 8 ft. deer fence. That meant we avoided the labor to erect a fence. And they did not change the esthetic beauty of the garden (that a fence would cause) nor interfere with the gardening efforts of our volunteer workers. The protection provided by the Guardian devices allowed us to achieve a record production (33,000 lbs) of free veggies to needy families in Gold Hill and ACCESS pantries in Jackson county.
We are pleased! You can use this testimonial however you desire - no restrictions.
Curt Shuler, Project Manager
Gold Hill Food Share Garden - Gold Hill, OR