Critter Ridder® Motion-Activated Animal Repellent & Sprinkler

Model #: 5277

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  • Repels nuisance animals such as dogs, raccoons, opossums and more
  • Releases a startling surge of water to scare animals away
  • Infrared sensor detects animal heat and movement within a range of up to 100 feet
  • Metal spike allows for easy placement anywhere on your lawn or garden
  • Continuous spray setting allows for use as a sprinkler unit
  • Eco-friendly design – Uses only 2-3 cups of water per spray

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Critter Ridder® Motion-Activated Animal Repellent & Sprinkler Defend your property from animal damage with the Critter Ridder® Motion-Activated Animal Repellent & Sprinkler. This unique electronic repelling device uses a built-in sensor to detect motion and effectively frighten away nuisance critters with startling bursts of water. The compact design and subtle green coloring allow this device to blend seamlessly into any landscape. In addition to providing humane repelling power, it can also be used as a sprinkler for watering your lawn or garden.
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quick simple installation
Quick and Simple Installation For your convenience, the Critter Ridder® Motion-Activated Animal Repellent & Sprinkler is easy to set up. Just follow these simple steps to get it up and running.
  1. Connect all four pieces of the unit by screwing them together. Then insert 2 AA batteries (not included) into the battery compartment.
  2. Turn the sensitivity knob to setting 4. Move hand across the sensor until the valve clicks. You will hear another click approximately 5 seconds later. Once the valve clicks the second time, the unit is working properly.
  3. Stake the unit into the ground wherever you’d like to repel animals and adjust the range as necessary.
  4. Attach a standard garden hose to the connector. Test the device to make sure the sensor detects your movement at the selected range.
Provides 24/7 Monitoring Critter Ridder®’s infrared sensor seeks animal heat and movement day and night. Every time that it detects a passing animal, the device releases a startling surge of water for approximately 5 seconds to scare the invader away. This conditions potentially destructive critters to avoid your property, keeping your gardens, ponds and home safe.
Monitoring 24-7
Multiple settings
Multiple Settings Offer Flexibility To ensure you get exactly the protection you want, the Critter Ridder® Motion-Activated Repellent has 4 available setting on the sensitivity dial, ranging from least to most sensitive. In addition, the sprinkler head features a distance dial so you can adjust the range of the spray – up to 100 feet (depending on conditions). Use these dials to determine how far and what size critters you want your device to see.
Use as a Sprinkler Not only does this unit work for protecting your yard from nuisance animals, but it can also be used to water your lawn or garden. Simply turn the sensitivity knob to the “Sprinkler” setting to enable a continuous spray. Once the area has sufficient water, use the knob to turn the unit off or revert to a motion setting.
Use as a sprinkler
a safer alternative
A Safer Alternative to Traditional Chemical Repellents This motion-activated repellent deters animals using only water (just 2 to 3 cups per spray!), making it environmentally friendly and great for your lawn. Not only is a water sprinkler repellent safer than applying chemicals, but it’s also more efficient and economical as there is no need for continuous reapplication.
Critter Ridder® Motion-Activated Repellent Product Details Do you want to know more helpful details about the Motion-Activated Animal Repellent? Take a closer look at the in-depth specifications for this product. Complete Product Details »
Critter Ridder® Motion-Activated Animal Repellent
Model # 5277
Batteries Required 2 AA Batteries (not included)
Sensitivity Settings OFF, 1, 2, 3, 4, Sprinkler
Detection Range Up to 100 ft
Spray Range Up to 35 ft
Learn More About Humane Animal Control At times, nuisance animal problems can seem like a never-ending battle. But, believe it or not, you can get the upper hand. Understanding your invader – their habits and preferences – is the first step of successful control. Check out some of our helpful resources to find out more about humane animal control.
Our Guarantee Your satisfaction with our products is our top priority. Havahart® stands behind the quality of Critter Ridder® Motion-Activated Repellent with a 2-year manufacturer's warranty. If for any reason you have any issues with this product in that time, please call us at (855) 542-8242 so we can assist you.
About Havahart® Havahart® has been a trusted name in wildlife control solutions for over 70 years. Since our early beginnings, we have prided ourselves on delivering caring control methods for wildlife by offering live animal traps, conscientious animal repellents and safe electronic solutions. We design every product with the consumer and wildlife in mind. From beginners to experts, Havahart® has the solutions you need. More About Havahart®»
WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including lead and lead compounds, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to
Critter Ridder® Motion-Activated Animal Repellent
Model # 5277
Dimensions 10.75" x 5.69" x 4"
Weight 5.75 lb
Batteries Required 2 AA Batteries (not included)
Sensitivity Settings OFF, 1, 2, 3, 4, Sprinkler
Detection Range Up to 100 ft
Spray Range Up to 35 ft
Materials Plastic, metal
  • Birds
  • Cats
  • Chipmunks
  • Deer
  • Dogs
  • Groundhogs
  • Opossums
  • Rabbits
  • Raccoons
  • Skunks
  • Squirrels

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Most Recent Customer Reviews

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Review posted on
August 15, 2018
Decent repellent for deer By Deerslayer

I bought two that do a decent job of chasing deer. Difficult to adjust angle and max. height of spray. Prone to small leaks.

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Review posted on
July 31, 2018
Good news, bad news. By Happy gardener

I have older versions of this product and find the current smaller, less expensive model to be improved in several ways, but I also have a complaint. I like that it has a turn off feature on the sensitivity knob. I also like that the hose connection is on the stake rather than on on body of the unit. However, the stake that came with the unit has a hose connection that is such a poor casting, I could not get it to stop leaking. Fortunately, I had a stake with a similar hose connection from a Rainbird lawn sprinkler that I was able to substitute. Without the ability to change the hose connection, I would have had to return the product. It dose change the behavior of deer with regular use. My hosta plants are untouched!

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Review posted on
July 30, 2018
3 on scale of 1-10 By nickname

This product has a really good sensor. BUT it only has about a 20 degree spray of water, which means that the critter would have to come nearly straight at it before it would be sprayed. If there were about 90 degrees or more of spray, the product would be worth the expense.

Response From Havahart®
Jennifer : Consumer Relations Representative


We are very sorry for this experience! Depending on the weather and environment, this product has a detection angle of approximately 75 degrees and will spray up to 60 feet. We recommend adjusting the spray coverage limiters to adjust the range covered by the sprinkler head.

Please feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-5-HAVAHART (1-855-542-8242) with any questions or for additional assistance.

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Review posted on
July 28, 2018
It's OK By Al

since using the Critter Ridder I've have little or no issue with deer in my vegetable garden. The deer have moved on to the Hosta's and Other plants in front of the house. I do find some issues with the hand secured connections leaking. Also the electric eye is sometimes temperamental and it won't pick up something at a distance and at an angle. The batteries seem to wear out quicker than I would expect

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Review posted on
July 28, 2018
Poor By Unimogtom

Bought three of them. Hooked up hose and water is coming out the quick connect connection...duh... Why doesn't this come with a cap that blocks it when you are not using a quick connect?! I'm sure that cap would cost Havahart 3 cents to produce and include it in the package?! Rediculous!

Response From Havahart®
Jennifer : Consumer Relations Representative


Thank you for providing this feedback! We are sorry for this experience. If the Quick Connect Hose Adapter is not needed, simply unscrew it from the spike and attach the hose in the same location. The other side of the spike includes a cap to prevent leaking.

We hope this information was helpful! Please feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-5-HAVAHART (1-855-542-8242) with any questions or for additional assistance.

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Review posted on
July 17, 2018
Great deer deterrent By Timap1

I had deer constantly destroying my tomato plants and since using Critter Ridder haven’t had any deer trouble whatsoever. I have two units and one has some minor sprinkler problems but other than that they continue to work well. Quite a few false triggers but since they use little water doesn’t seem to be a big problem. Just don’t forget they are out there because you will get a breif shower!

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Review posted on
July 13, 2018
Excellent/effective deer replent! By Beekeeper

The motion-activated sprinkler is very effective in keep deer away from my bushes that they love to eat and kill. The newer design with an 'off 'button is an excellent improvement.

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Review posted on
July 11, 2018
outrageous poor quality. Now QC sticker on box or device. Likely greymarket knockoff By Disappointed Dam Inspector

bought one today. Easy to assemble and impossible to set sensitivity. Every setting except off and sprinkle turn on and off randomly at every temperature. I do believe it is made with defective Christmas light circuits. The longest time off is 90 seconds, then the valve is back on for 5 with some random few to many seconds before reopening valve. True no critters hung around, probably afraid of the swamp mud and quicksand the ridiculous device was making in sort test with the water on. Leave the water off and the eventually they get used to the loud constant random valve open and close noise.. Cheap plastic male hose quick connect came screwed in much tighter than finger tight. No one has the female quick connect that matches it. Maybe they hoped I would buy it and never get around to actually getting water running through it.

Response From Havahart®
Jennifer : Consumer Relations Representative


We are very sorry to hear of this unusual experience and would like to learn more about what is occurring! For further assistance, please contact us directly. Our Consumer Relations Team can be reached at 1-855-5-HAVAHART (1-855-542-8242). We want you to be satisfied with your purchase and would like to make this right!

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Review posted on
July 8, 2018
Great results By Frank

I have been using for several weeks now with excellent success. I have a ground hog who hasn’t entered my garden since. Seems to be working with chipmunks too.

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Review posted on
June 20, 2018
Great product. By George

Critter Ritter has worked great for me. The only time I have a problem is when I turn it off and forget to turn it back on. I have very tasty Hosta plants and I have had no damage since I installed the critter Ritter

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Q.I need a replacement pipe for this product, are they available?

Replacement parts for this product are not avilable. It is covered by a 30-day guarantee and a 1 year warranty. Please contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-5-HAVAHART (1-855-542-8242) for assistance.

Q.How will I be able to use this all year long? i live in north east where temps fall below. I was always told to close the water spicket so the pipes will not freeze. Thank you

We do not recommend using this product in temperatuers below 32 degrees.

Q.I bought the critter ridder yesterday, my problem is it go off when nothing is there. what is wrong ?

The sensitivity of this product should be reduced if it is spraying when no animal is visible.

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