"A couple years ago I bought one of those mosquito-catching machines, this
one called "Skeeter-Vac" It uses a chemical attractant, a propane-fired burner
that generates CO2, heat and moisture, and a big sticky striped surface. A thermo-electric
generator powers a group of flashing visible, IR, and UV LEDs and a blower that
sucks attracted bugs into the mesh drawer. In the first weeks it harvested a
couple hundred down to 5 a day. The succeeding months had unchanging low performance,
but we noticed nearly ZERO mosquitoes in the yard to diminish out outdoor activities,
even morning and evening. For the few remaining bugs we burn citronella coils
(very effective). Neighbors reported spontaneously that mosquito populations
at their houses, up to 100m distant, had declined. They attributed the change
to the City's occasional driveby with the little spray truck. I think it's likely
that over time, this machine draws down populations in a large area, just as
scholarly (Univ. of Fla. Gainesville) reports and manufacturer's literature
Last week brought really 'Tropical' weather, with about 10" of rain in a couple days. The back yard filled in low spots to about 10% of the area and stayed for several days. There was no apparent change in mosquito populations for 2 days after. On the third day I checked the catch basket on the 'Vac and found over a thousand deceased mosquitoes. Since then, the catch has been more than 500 a day. We are suffering from a few more bugs in the house but not outdoors. The sticky surface is similarly quickly filled, mostly with flies, in 3 days versus 3 weeks previously. The weather here has been VERY humid and uncomfortable.
It's rough to pinpoint causation when more than one characteristic changes Not only was the weather/bug hatching different, but the LEDs failed, just as I powered it up after returning to USA last week. Again, we have had several very wet periods since I bought it that didn't result in high yields, but not quite so wet.
Things are drying out now, and if yields continue much higher than in August, I must surmise that the LEDs actually repelled the bugs and this machine is MIRACULOUS."
"I just assembled my SV-3000, that was easy! Hooked up the propane and lit
it at 5:00 pm. I spent 1 hour watering my lawn by hand from 7-8 PM and not a
single mosquito landed on me! normally I am brushing off several. I had to peek
in the tray this morning to see how many were in there. Hundreds! Several flew
out before I could get the tray slid back in! This is a gerrrreat product! I'm
looking forward to finally being able to be playing baseball with my kids in
my yard in the evening after 7PM."
M.B Brookfield, CT
"We got in our Skeeter Vac last month and we are EXTREMELY pleased. I changed
the propane tank and emptied the bag after 22 days. The whole back of the bag
was filled. I guesstimate 3000 mosquitos were dried & dead inside. Even now
we can walk in our backyard - and mosquitos don't bite (after only 1 month).
Occasional gnats are all that is around. What a difference! Your machine works
great! Thanks again."
"I have horses on my property. With the West Niles virus proposing a deathly
problem to my horses, I decided to try your product to improve my mosquito control.
I am very happy to say that my mosquito problem is almost entirely eliminated
in all areas on the front side of the machine. I can now work outside, my horses
don't paw and stomp in the pasture and we can enjoy the summer without being
eaten alive. To cover the rear of the property, I have invested in a second
machine. My deepest appreciation to your company for doing such a fine job with
mosquito control. I am telling all my "horse" friends about your product!"
"... SkeeterVac is the greatest thing since sliced bread, night baseball and canned beer. It has done wonders at getting rid of the skeeters. We live in a heavily wooded area which is very wet most of the time." B.M., South Carolina
"I have purchased one of your SkeeterVac machines. The machine is working
very well, and I am impressed in the quality of the construction."
"I am the proud new owner of one of your propane mosquito traps. I must say
I was impressed with the ease of the assembly and the directions provided. It
is not often I can say that about other products I have purchased."
C.C., South Carolina
"We bought one SkeeterVac and loved it so much, that we bought two more!
Thanks for such a great product."
"I have a SkeeterVac SV-35. It has been an awesome for stopping mosquito
problems in my own back yard i am a true believer in the machine. I have been
constantly asked where do you get it ? Or how does it work . I pride to be owner
of SkeeterVac SV-35."
Amazing product!!! I've have been through 5 mosquito magnets in three years.
Your product has worked fantastic. Much more reliable. Thank you for making
a great product. I use to pray every time I'd change my tank on the Mosquito
Magnet on whether or not it would start again. I kid you not that last year
I returned five consecutive MM to Home Depot because I couldn't get the units
to fire. Talk about a crappy product. MM said it was my tanks. The Skeeter Trap
fired up on the same LP tanks, all four of them, out of the box and every time
after 4 tank changes. I'm telling everyone I know to change.
Keep up the great job!
Tom M, MA
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