Blue Rhino SkeeterVac SV3100 Mosquito Eliminator, Up to 1 Acre Coverage
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- MOSQUITO ELIMINATOR - Don't let pesky mosquitoes and other insects ruin your backyard parties, picnics, and barbecues. Covers up to 1 Acre of coverage.
- EASY TO USE - Electronic ignition easily sparks the filled propane tank (propane sold separately). Takes up to 14 days to become fully effective.
- BUILT TO LAST - CO2 rating is 27,000 cc/hour. This product is cordless - Which means no cords to trip over, no service interruptions, and no restriction on location.
- EASY TO INSTALL - Assembles easily in minutes; no tools required. Product performance can vary due to weather, wind and other environmental conditions
- DIMENSIONS - Measures 25 x 12 x 19 inches; weighs 19 pounds. Not recommended for use below 40 F (4.4 C).
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Don't let pesky mosquitoes and other insects ruin your backyard parties, picnics, and barbecues. The Blue Rhino SkeeterVac Mosquito Eliminator's FineTune baiting system transforms clean-burning propane into CO2 to attract mosquitoes into its trap. Turn the FineTune dial to set the attractant to match the insect species indigenous to your neighborhood. Once the bugs are attracted, the Vac&Tac trapping system utilizes a powerful vacuum and sticky paper traps to securely capture them. Just place the SkeeterVac Mosquito Eliminator in a shady spot, secure it in place using the included security spikes, and use the electronic ignition to ensure fast, easy, safe starts. Propane tank sold separately. Use the rain cover to protect the SkeeterVac from the elements and from children. Assembly and maintenance take only minutes, and no tools are necessary.
Within 4 to 6 weeks of operating the SkeeterVac around the clock, you will notice a great insect reduction within 1 acre of your yard. The Motion Lighting feature attracts a broader range of insects to increase your capture rate. The SkeeterVac measures 25 x 12 x 19 inches and weighs 19 pounds. It's quiet, odorless, child-safe, and presents no pesky cords to trip over or get in the way of the lawn mower. A 1-year limited warranty is included.
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So, this season I had no unit working and we could not be outside at all. Upon doing some more research I decided to go for the Skeetervac SV5100. This unit seems to combine the technologies of both the other units ( Lights, Propane > CO2, Octonol PLUS this tacky fly paper type wrap that causes some of the bugs to stick to it for added catching ability ) AND its cordless!. I ordered the unit next day delivery via my Prime account and it was on my doorstep the next afternoon. Set up was very easy and took all of about 10 minutes. I hooked up a fresh propane tank and followed the start up instructions. I will note that they say you will know the unit has started by hearing a popping noise as the "engine" starts up. I did not hear this noise and was not sure if the unit was actually running properly at first, but went over to check it about 20 mins later and the guage showed green as they said it would and I could hear the fan running. This was on the evening of June 27th. Blue Rhino says you need to give it 4-6 weeks to see it really start to work. 1 week later I went over to the unit to check out the progress. Mosquitos were swarming all around the unit and the tack paper was about 85% covered with bugs. I then pulled out the catch tray and was AMAZED!! It was chock full to the brim with mosquitos. I mean I dumped it out and it was literally a solid "brick" of dead mosquitos!
It is now July 10th, just about 2 weeks since I started the unit and 1 week since emptying the trap and replacing the tack paper. AGAIN, Holy S*%*! Just as many skeeters on the tack strip, possibly more, and the trap tray was again, completely solid full with mosquitos! I will try to upload some photos of my week 1 and week 2 results.
Bottom line....this machine WORKS!! The best of the 3 technologies I have tried and I am thoroughly pleased with the product and results. We have been spending a lot of time in the yard lately and sure, there are a few pesky blood suckers around, but total day/night difference from before. We got our yard back! Thanks Blue Rhino!
PS: I ordered an extra Octonol attractant cartridge and a replacement set of Tack strips with the unit. I will need to order more tack strips already as I just put my third and last one on today - although thats a good thing because it means it is filling up with dead mosquitos. Definitely order at least one replacement pack if you buy the unit.
I live in Central Texas, where we have the 'old' kind of mosquito and the 'new', the Asian Tiger. My home is within a half-mile of a large creek, and we get the bloodsuckers PRETTY THICK for being in a city. Ugh.
I lurked on the review boards for at least a YEAR before biting the bullet because these things are too expensive to not work. I eventually decided on the SkeeterVac over the Mosquito Magnet sadly, because the MM is made in America and I like buying American.
The overwhelming consensus seemed to be that they are unreliable and short-lived, though. I just have no handy/putter gene, and fixing/jerry-rigging a propane appliance every few weeks just wasn't appealing. So the SkeeterVac went into the cart.
It ships in its own package, so if you live in a sketchy part of town, you might want to be home the day it arrives since anyone passing by will be able to view the sweet new item you ordered.
I went down to Wally World for my propane, as it was reasonably priced and of the Blue Rhino brand (maker of the Vac) and I wasn't 100% sure you could use any brand (I told you I'm not handy or outdoorsy).
Setup was easy even for a newb like me, and I didn't have any of the issues listed by other reviewers (I listened and listened for the 'popping sound' without which catastrophe was implied, but never heard it and it seems just fine).
And best of all IT CATCHES MOSQUITOES. I suspect then that some of the disappointed folks didn't experiment with placement ( the other reason I went with this brand is that you need no electrical outlet, which is big at my house because there's only one outlet and its smack at the back door...not where I want to park my mosquito-attracting item).
I put it in the corner of the yard under a tree and next to a bush...mosquitoes congregate in cool shady areas with not a lot of wind/draft.
I haven't even moved it to see if anywhere else is better because it works well right there. Every time I go to check the catch cup there's thirty to a hundred vampires in there.
It does NOT catch the Asian Tigers because they are not sensitive to the lure that SkeeterVac sells. I have purchased MM's Lurex-3 bait for the Tigers and now I just need to figure out where it goes (they are different sizes but so many reviewers said they will fit...kindly let me know if you know where to install them!!!)
Also, the Tac-Trap went straight into the trash. I have no desire to catch lizards/birds/bats/dog faces. Don't want kill anything but bugs, thanks, and so many people mentioned finding out the hard way that small animals are attracted to the delicious bugs stuck to the glue...only to be caught in their turn. Man, that's got to be bad karma. SkeeterVac peeps, can't you sell some kind of wire cage for the Tac-Trap that tiny mosquitoes can infiltrate but insect-eating animals cannot? If your sales of traps are lower than you expect, maybe that's why...I'd buy if there were such a device. But it turns out I don't need the Tac-Trap.
I can now sit on my deck. My dogs can sit on the deck without serving as blood bags. Before I couldn't even walk out to turn the sprinkler on without coming back with 3-7 bites. Sitting outside to read a book/have a drink/play with the dogs??? Unthinkable. For masochists only.
Now I know when I've run the propane tank down 'cause I start getting bitten again. I might get five bites in a week now, and they are ALWAYS the Asian Tigers, which this product does not target anyway but which I'm working on addressing as mentioned earlier!
I'm doing my neighbors a solid favor. The leeches should be chipping in for propane, because it DOES chew through a tank quickly if you run it continuously like you're 'supposed' to.
But I mean, what is it worth to you to be able to go outside not suited for battle and slathered in chemicals? Its amazing. I'd forgotten the feel of the sun on my face. I'd buy it again...wish I'd bought the bigger one.
Trust me, I WILL update if it only lasts a year, because a perishable good should not cost three to five hundred dollars. But for now add me to the wagonload of folks ready to testify that if placed properly, it does catch its target and results are significant.