FAQs About Keeping Out Critters
TALL AND SMALL CRITTER FAQs
ANSWERS TO THE FAQs
TALL AND SMALL CRITTER FAQs
Q: Can electric fences be used in residential areas?
A: Municipalities have different regulations pertaining to the use of electric fences. Check local zoning laws for guidelines in your area. Properly installed electric fencing can be the most effective method for keeping out critters.
Q: Will electric fences harm animals or people?
A: The electric shock delivered by an electric fence charger, while intense, is very brief and will not harm people or animals.
All Zareba® chargers are built to a high safety standard and pulse energy at one-second intervals, giving people or animals ample time to release the wire. The electric pulse deters pests, but is not long enough to harm people, children or pets.
Q: Will nuisance critters learn to avoid my electric fence?
A: All animals dislike the feeling of an electric shock. After one or two encounters with an electrified fence, the animals will quickly learn to avoid the area enclosed by the fence.
For deer/tall critters we recommend you train them to avoid your fence by baiting the fence. Small critters do not require baiting. Once the critters get a jolt, they will avoid the area and find food elsewhere.
Q: Can I electrify an existing woven-wire or chain link fence?
A: The Zareba® chain link insulators allow you to add hot wires to an existing chain link or woven wire fence. This gives you the flexibility of putting an electrified wire at the outside top of the fence (to keep animals from climbing over) or at the outside bottom (to keep animals from digging under). This is a simple, low cost way to “critter-proof” an existing fence.
(Note: you cannot directly electrify a chain link or woven wire fence, as they will ground out).
Q: What factors are important to successfully keeping out
critters with an electric fence?
A: Because you’re excluding animals rather than containing them, the wires need to be placed on the outside of posts. In addition, wires need to be spaced closely enough to prevent small critters from getting through. We recommend wire spacing of 3-4 inches.
Zareba® provides complete kits for simple and easy protection of your lawn and garden.
Q: Is electric fencing safe for my pets?
A: The brief jolt your pet receives from an electric fence will get their attention, but not harm the animal. The mild shock will teach it to avoid the fence in the future—just the result you want to keep your pet safely contained.
Q: Why should I use an electric fence instead of a traditional fence?
A: Electric fences can be portable and are far less costly than a barrier type fence. Plus, you don't block the view. In addition, using electric wires on the top or bottom of a chain link or wood fence prevents your pet or other animals from digging under or jumping over the fence.
Q: Can I electrify an existing wood, vinyl or chain link fence?
A: You can easily add hot wires to an existing chain link or wood fence. Zareba® insulators are available in a variety of styles that give you the flexibility of putting an electrified wire at the outside top of the fence (to keep dogs from climbing or jumping over) or at the outside bottom (to keep dogs from digging under).
This is a simple, low cost way to “dog-proof” an existing fence. (Note: you cannot directly electrify a chain link or woven wire fence, as they will ground out).
Q: Does Zareba carry buried wire dog containment systems?
A: Zareba® does not supply underground fence systems for pets. A leading brand of wireless pet containment like the Havahart Wireless® pet dog fencing system is recommended.
Zareba® electric fence systems provide effective, reliable and affordable electric fencing to keep critters out.