When I was six, my family awoke in our Yellowstone campsite to see a buffalo the size of a Ford Ranger standing right outside our tent. Luckily, it wandered off before causing any serious damage. Now Nite Guard makes a solar-powered deterrent to ward off the nocturnal riffraff of the wilderness. Its red LEDs blink in the darkness, mimicking the reflections of animal eyes and discouraging other creatures from getting too close.
While effective at covering campsites, the Nite Guard can also protect cabins and property (and trashcans), bird feeders, gardens, orchards, livestock, and poultry from predators such as owls, coyotes, raccoons, opossum, weasels, fox, muskrats, and wild boar.
The Nite Guard requires no batteries or electricity and automatically turns itself on at night and off during the day after a three-day full-sun charge. The unit’s also sealed from moisture and resistant to temperature extremes (as low as -20 F, heat threshold unknown). It appears bigger in the photo, but actual size is a handy 2-1/2″x 2″x 1″.
It mounts easily via a tab with a drilled hole on top of the box. Nite Guard’s website features mounting instructions with setups aimed at owls and hawks, small or large ground predators, and deer. Since the unit is uni-directional, the company recommends setting up several to cover a wide area — they claim effectiveness for up to half a mile.
Street pricing starts around $25.