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Scarry Man Scares Pest Birds, Animals
Latest new way to chase away pest birds and animals is the "Scarry Man" scarer, manufactured in England and now available in the U.S. and Canada.
"It combines noise, motion and the element of surprise," says Andrew Clayton, North American importer. "Thanks to its great success in England and other European countries, we're now making it available throughout the U.S. and Canada."
At preset intervals ¨ generally about once every 20 or 30 minutes¨ the device suddenly inflates (via a built-in battery powered compressor) to resemble a 6 ft. tall person dressed in colored fluorescent orange and white clothing. Its arms wave and a siren sounds. After 60 seconds of "jumping and screaming" the Scarry Man suddenly collapses into an inconspicuous heap. "We recommend setting a row of rectangular hay bales around it to keep it hidden and thus add to the element of surprise when it goes off," says Clayton.
He adds that one device for every 10 to 15 acres of cropland is generally sufficient to chase away unwanted birds.
Available in four "all-weather proof" models with solid state electronics: Day Time Flip-Flop (retails for $385): For use during daylight hours and with arms that flop; Day Standard ($380): Without arms; Multi-Use Flip Flop ($390): Comes with a built-in light for chasing away raccoons, foxes and other nocturnal animals, and with arms that flop; Multi-Use($385):Comes with light but without flopping arms.
The light on day-night, Multi-use models automatically shuts off during daylight hours to save on the battery. Normal battery life is about 2 weeks, says Clayton. All models operate on a regular car battery (not included) and come with a 60 second siren that sounds whenever the device suddenly inflates to stand-up position. Siren or light can be turned on or off manually to suit needs.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, "Scarry Man" Scarer, Andrew Clayton, Importer; Rt. 10, Box 791 B; Salsbury, N.C. 28144 (ph 704 633-8639).

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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #5