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Flowtron BK-15D Electronic Insect Killer, 1/2 Acre Coverage
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- Advanced electronic insect control; non clogging killing grid; 1/2-acre killing radius
- Recommended not to be used within 25-feet of area intended for human activity, should not be attached to house or deck or other structures
- Instantaneous operation, continuous and uninterrupted service, Uses a 15-watt bulb.
- For best results replace the cartridge every 30 days, Please refer User manual for troubleshooting and its corrections
- NOTE : This product is for outdoor use only.
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Normally I stay away from writing reviews for items that have already been throughly reviewed and compared as I can be of more help writing about the stuff no one else has tried yet. In this case, since it became such a huge unsolvable problem for us, I felt compelled to write about going 'low tech' for a change.
Here's the scoop: we moved to a new home in late 06: 4 acres, large 12,000 gallon pond, about 1 acre grass, the rest trees/wooded.
Little did we know that the previous owners had put that pond in because of the excess water in the area. The trees were virtually always, except during summer, in puddles or swamp waters. With the recent turn-to-wet climate this problem got exacerbated. Net result: swarms and swarms of mosquitoes taking over our lot. Even the UPS guy and our postie complained when they had to deliver. We had the city come out but other than once a season spraying there was no solace.
So we looked online and finally settled for what we considered the high tech solution: the Mega Catch Premier.. We bought 2 and paid heftily for those...250$ a piece. The concept was a machine that fools mosquitoes into chasing it as it presents itself to mosquito senses as a living breeding and bleeding mammal. It basically looks like a black plastic square box with some openings. In the top part of the box are colored blinking lights (led) that rotate. Aparentlhy mosquitoes see this as movement. Secondly, under those lights, there is a large computer style fan that creates downdraft...into a compartment below when you keep octenol and a bowl with sugar water and hotdog bits. (?) Kid you not.
It actually did make a dent in the population. Let us not claim it was useless, because it was not.Read more ›
It has already zapped well over a dozen bugs. Instead of using chemicals as I have in the past, sought a better way to rid my home interior of bugs. The noise is minimal.
Like one reviewer said: the cord is short- real short. Less than a foot. It's working beautifully. Now, just need to replace my roach baits and I'll be ready for the summer bug season here in my sub tropical, coastal, bug infested location.
Will likely need to fabricate a tray device to catch dead bugs as they fall. Think I'm gonna like this thing.
Update: It has now been five days since I received my 15 watt Flowtron bug zapper and I'm happy with it. It has been on 24/7 since I plugged it in. It's not terribly bright which makes for a soft night light for my den. As I kicked back with my laptop tonight and listened to a bug fry every now and then, just ordered two more 40 watt Flowtron units. Hope to have a very bug free summer in my home.
Be advised that these things do not discriminate between benificial bugs that we need for pollination of plants and such. Therefore, there is valid scientific criticism regarding their indiscriminate outdoor useage. Any bug inside my home is fair game. It did not zap every last bug but it has put a big dent in my bug population. My cats don't quite know what to think of it yet.
Update #2: Before buying my first Flowtron, sought information to help me decide what size unit to buy. Have now tried out a 40 watt model in my home. It works well, is significantly larger than my 15 watt unit and the transformer hum is a little bit louder.Read more ›
One of the great things about this model is unheralded in the list of features Amazon gives. With the addition of an (included) strip of UV-activated bait, it's positively lethal against mosquitos. We've found it to be much more effective than citronella torches.
About the only thing that mars this otherwise excellent device is the need to place it in front of the area you mean to protect. This would typically mean placing it away from a house, not next to it. Depending on your particular site, this can mean using extension cords, which come with their own set of safety issues. Happily, however, this is an extremely energy-efficient device, so it's definitely not going to break your electricity budget.
There are 3 things one needs to look for in a bug zapper, not two. Bulb life is one.
The Flowtron BK-40D I got from Amazon worked fine for about 5 months of continuous service. The starter and bulb both went out at that time. I had only owned it for 10 months and put into service in the spring. (bought 12/08, put out 3/09, bulb failed 8/09.
Flowtron customer service said the bulbs are not warranted. They have an expected continuous life of about 5 months, in my experience.
Flowtron is only marginally better than the Stinger (Stinger bulbs are rated for 1200 hours, or 40-50 days. But Stinger will replace the unit if there is a grid failure.
Both bulb replacements are $20-30, almost the cost of a new unit.
I have not found a good zapper yet, these days.
I suppose both companies are making their profits on new bulbs, sorta like the old Polaroid cameras.
I have junked both brands and am looking for a better one.
UPDATE (December 09)... Flowtron DID send a replacement Zapper,... a couple of months after I returned the faulty product (bad bulb) at my expense ($13). We will see. No bugs now, so is turned off.. Terry
UPDATE (May 2010).. My New Flowtron was put back out on March 15, 2010. It died today, May 17, 2010. Bulb went out. (you can tell by the black burnt area, like flourescent bulbs). 2 months service on a $40 product is not acceptible usage for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Live in a NYC apartment and these wouldn't catch any mosquitoes indoors. Probably mostly used for outdoor yards, porch, etc.Published 2 days ago by Jason
Works very well so far (and I haven't used the attractant). Sometimes it takes more than one zap to kill the bug but the majority of them are toast after one hit. Read morePublished 3 days ago by BizzyBee
This product is great! Even in the daytime I've parked this in front of a yellow jacket/wasp nest opening they go crazy -- until they get zapped!Published 6 days ago by GP Hauler