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
September 7, 2019
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this product and I have recommended it to numerous people By kathryn

We live in rural No. Ca. I purchased the Motion Activated repellent & sprinkler in the spring this year. The birds were going crazy in our 2 cherry trees. I set up the sprinkler and the birds left. We never saw any raccoons or bear either, like we usually do. We harvested more cherries than we could imagine. As fruits in the garden were ripening, plums, nectarines, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and pears, I moved the sprinkler to that area. This is a bountiful year for our garden. Next in line is the fig tree. We never get the figs before the birds. . but this year will be different.

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Review posted on
August 6, 2019
Super By Anon. - Bramalea

Great product, great service - thx!

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Review posted on
July 31, 2019
Poor quality By Bobby

Bought one of theses and it has been replaced twice for numerous problems. The new one is having issues going off by itself with nothing moving

Response From Havahart®
Kathryn : Consumer Relations Representative

We're sorry to hear about this. If the unit is spraying with no target identifiable, we recommend reducing the sensitivity. Please contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-5-HAVAHART (1-855-542-8242) for assistance, we're happy to help!

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Review posted on
July 22, 2019
Didn't work but cost was quickly refunded without hassle. By Jerry

Thought this was a wonderfully designed device but was manufactured with a weak part, -- hose connection made of flexible plastic instead of metal. Water pressure pops the hose off because of the plastic connector thus making the whole thing unusable. I have to give Havahart credit though, when we contacted them about the problem they gave us a quick no hassle refund. Wish more firms would fix their problems so quickly and easily.

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Review posted on
July 12, 2019
Good with some adjustments By Hogan

My first impression is that the product is cheap. However after rigging it up I made it work. 1. Instead of the sprinkler on the top, I attached a hose and ran it to a different sprinkler on the ground. This technique allows you to have water sprayed in customized locations instead of just from the top of the motion sensor. You can also use any sprinkler you want. 2. I put a pole in the ground and attached the motion sensor to it. with zip ties. This gave it higher placement allowing it to look over the garden I was trying to protect. 3. After these adjustments, the sprinkler system works very well and covers the garden. No deer tracks and its been two weeks.

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Review posted on
July 9, 2019
Works as advertised. By Don

Works as advertised. The deer apparently do not jump the fence anymore. They are now eating the plants in the driveway. I have another to use in the driveway and I will be able to get a free car wash when entering and leaving.

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Review posted on
June 26, 2019
Perfect By Michel


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Review posted on
May 6, 2019
So far so good BUT...... By Stan D

Assembly and setup was pretty straightforward and initial abbreviated testing was ok but the product literature does not clearly show how to adjust the spray coverage limiters. A call to customer support on this did not resolve the issue. I do not want to force any of the limiter plastic parts to avoid damaging them so would appreciate more detailed instruction on setting the limiters to widen the spray angle. Please advise.

Response From Havahart®
Jules : Consumer Relations Representative

Hello Stan,

Our products are produced at a high quality of standard. Adjusting the product as instructed should not result in any damage to the product. If you have any further questions, we are more than happy to help at 1-855-5-HAVAHART (1-855-542-8242)

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Review posted on
May 6, 2019
Sensitivity settings suck! By Joe Gardner

Pretty lame at best. I'm hoping it will deter the cat that keeps crapping in my new soil in my planter. In testing I've found it matters not which setting I use 1 or 4, each one is the same. Cars go by it goes off, my neighbors walk by it goes off but I care about the neighbors cat so I'll see how it goes but review from now? It sucks.

Response From Havahart®
Jules : Consumer Relations Representative

Hello Joe,

We're sorry to hear about your experience so far! For any troubleshooting assistance, our Customer Relations Team is more than happy to help! Give us a call at 1-855-5-HAVAHART (1-855-542-8242)

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Review posted on
April 27, 2019
Jury still out By Daniel

Jury is still out. Detection "eye" seems to be overly sensitive even when turned down. Directions on adjusting the unit were non-existent. It came apart at threaded joints and had to be put back together. I think I've got it working after decreasing the water pressure and the eye sensitivity. Not enough time to evaluate its effectiveness yet.

Response From Havahart®
Jules : Consumer Relations Representative

Hello Daniel,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience! This product should not come apart when working with it and we have passed your comments along to our Product Managers. Thank you for bringing this to our attention! If you have any additional questions or concerns, feel free to give us a call at 1-855-5-HAVAHART (1-855-542-8242)

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Q.Wow, I am not impressed with a 30 day guarantee, but can you tell me once the unit is triggered how long it stays on?

The unit will activate for a few seconds to startle the animal away from the area.

Q.Can this unit's sensor be set to only function at night? I'm primarily about deer grazing at night.

There is no timing mechanism on the product that will make sure it only functions during the night. We recommend manually turning on your hose and the sensor before each night.

Q.Can this work if the water supply is a rain barrel ?

For this product to function best, it needs a pressurized water source. PSI of the Spray Away should be between 25 and 80. 

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