Invention keeps monkeys away from your garden

2008-01-02 00:00

SUBURBAN Pietermaritzburg residents who complain of being plagued by monkeys should be pleased that a new device has been launched to deter both monkeys and baboons.

Baboon Watch is a new device recently developed by South African inventor Doug Reid. It is a weatherproof, CCTV camera-shaped unit that emits a harmless, high-frequency sound that deters both baboons and monkeys without harming them.

The Baboon Watch is also useful for farmers, who will now not have to resort to desperate and often cruel measures in order to protect their crops, said Heather Hiscox of Dazer, the marketers of the device.

“Baboon Watch can be permanently mounted outdoors and is a variable frequency audio generator that emits a high-pitched sound that is uncomfortable for baboons and monkeys and deters them from the area. The frequency is variable from audible to inaudible, allowing the user to set the frequency according to their specific conditions.

“Its effective range is approximately 30 metres, but an optional extension speaker can be added which gives an additional range of some 20 metres.”

The device only operates during the day as monkeys sleep at night, said Hiscox.

Participation in a recent SA Veterinary Association animal behaviour exhibition chanced the meeting of the inventor with Hiscox, who already imports and markets another ultrasonic device that deters dogs, controls barking and operates as a pet training tool.

“I used to live in Capri Village in the Southern Cape Peninsula where we were often plagued by baboons. As an animal lover, this would have been the ideal device to have, to keep the baboons away from our home without causing them any harm,” said Hiscox.

This deterrent can be purchased directly from Dazer for R1 085 per unit. Call 044 534 8280 for details or visit www.dazer.co.za

The device that may be the humane answer for city residents who have been plagued by troops of increasingly aggressive monkeys.

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