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New Products to Protect Garden Ponds from Predators

Koi fish from Japan are becoming increasingly popular in home garden ponds. While such things like building an appropriate living environment and keeping the ideal water temperature are important, many buyers of ornamental fish often forget that there are predators like herons and cats who may harm their animals. Especially herons have very good eyes and can spot the colourful and precious Koi carps easily with fatal consequences.

There are several products which promise to repel the unwanted beastly visitors. Classic repellants are replicas of herons, plastic figures to be placed at the bank of the pond. Herons hunt alone and are disturbed by fellow birds. Outside Living Industries are one of the companies which produce such sculptures under the brand name Ubbink. In Germany they can be found under the name “Reiherschreck”.

The British company Netfloat specialises in netlike mats made from hard plastic to be put over the water surface. The mats are supposed to float rather invisible on the water. With these mats birds and cats cannot get their prey.

There are several other methods of keeping predators away from the fish. The ScareCrow is one example of repelling animals with water. This product is made by the Canadian company Contech Inc. specialised in products for the protection of pets and plants. The ScareCrow is a sprinkler activated by motion controls. If something gets close to the pond a strong water stream shoots over the water surface. This should be especially annoying for cats.  Several ScarCrows can shoot at once – useful for larger ponds.

A new form of repellant is now being presented by the company Velda from the Netherlands. The Heron Stop Reflector is a ball-shaped device that has a reflecting surface and a large eye on it. It can be put on the water surface. Velda claims that the flashing sight of the reflecting eye scares herons and pigeons away. A similar product from the same company is the Heron Stop Spinner. This product looks like an eye as well but it is flat. It is connected to a string and can be hung over the water on the edge of the pool. Both products are announced for this spring.

Further information:  velda.com

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