Reviewer: Mosquito Masher
Better than the Mosquito Magnet
I owned a Mosquito Magnet Liberty model for two years and then had to leave it for trash pickup down here in humid South Carolina. The second year was full of fighting with their customer service to get this thing working right. The SkeeterVac, as cheesy as the name sounds, has surprised my skeptical mind. I love the way it does NOT need a cord, a special battery, a ridiculous red "tank nozzle resetter", nor the cost and grief of the "quick clear cartridges". It catches the same amount of mosquitos for LESS MONEY AND LESS GRIEF. I am not using the tacky paper and still am getting amazing results. I have owned both of the "best" residential mosquito catchers now and I highly recommend the SKEETERVAC.
Reviewer: Hapless Husband
Mine just doesn't work.
This will be our third season TRYING to use our SV3100. My wife wants to try again this year, but I want to give up and throw it out. We have a small suburban lot (about 1/4 acre) in Bethesda, MD. I tried and tried to get it to work.... with virtually no success. I called Northern and the manufacturer... repeatedly. They are pleasant, made suggestions, and have been surprised with my lack of success, but otherwise unhelpful. It turns out that while I was rereading the instructions and watching the videos about how to set it up and make it work, THE RETURN PERIOD EXPIRED. I have tried every suggestion they have made. I have changed the location of the SkeeterVac, the volume of propane being burned, and the attractant... to NO AVAIL!! When I go to change the tank of propane, the trap has NEVER captured more than a couple dozen tiny insects! I bought the SV3100 because my wife gets "attacked" by mosquitos in our yard every spring and summer. She loves her garden, but frequently must retreat to the house because of the mosquitos. She gets some relief by wearing a ThermaCELL, but the SkeeterVac has poven WORTHLESS... It just doesn't work. I get so frustrated when I see the video of the fellow dumping out what looks like hundreds and hundreds of dehydrated mosquitos. I swear my wife has swatted more insects than the SkeeterVac has caught!
Reviewer: John C.
quality of the unit
I think I have everyone beat here! I purchased my first skeetervac back in 2001 and it finally gave in this year and wouldn't start. It is similar in appearance to the SV15 model. I immediately bought the SV3100 because I cannot be without it where I live. I hope the new SV3100 lives up to the old unit. It has been a fabulous machine over 12 years and I always said that if it ever died I would buy another. A note to all from experience: if you ever have trouble starting the unit in the Spring don't forget to clean out the propane inline filter in the hose that connects to the head of the unit. It's a really tiny ceramic filter so be sure it doesn't drop out and you lose it. Blow it out with a compressor and replace it and it should fire right up. I maintain my unit every year before I put it out so it is cleaned well and I even dismount and clean the circuit board that houses the little lights because it too gets covered in dust and pollen over time. Take care of it and it should last you as long as it has lasted me. Also, you may have to change locations in your yard at first until you hit the sweet spot where the unit will do a fantastic job. Good luck to all.
Very nice product
5 start product. Worth buying!!
TacTrap is dangerous for birds
Within less than one hour of installing our new Skeetervac the only thing we had caught was a poor songbird! After spending hours trying to free the bird we ended up finding a wildlife rehabilitator who said this type of incident is very common and deadly for birds. The TacTrap is optional - if you have any birds in your area please don't use it! I wanted to let others know about our experience so that it won't happen again.
We tried the new SkeeterVac on a recent camping trip. Without a doubt, our camping trip would have been miserable without it. The flies and mosquitoes were horrible, and the SkeeterVac took care of all!!!
Reviewer: Richard Schmidt
Works great and Mosquitos love it, for a while.
Reviewer: Mark R. Bunce
We live next to a large wooded area and during the summer and most of fall you cannot step foot out of doors without a serious dousing of mosquito repellant for fear of being eaten alive. When friends come to visit they run from their car to our front door and beg to come in quick because the mosquitos are so bad. I set up my SkeeterVac just before I left on a 2 1/2 week vacation. When we returned we arrived in the evening prime mosquito time and were surprised when we got out of the car that we weren't immediately attacked. The next day I talked to my neighbors and they all mentioned there seem to be almost no mosquitos. I have not put on an ounce of mosquito repellant since. I can't tell you how happy I am. So are my neighbors.
Reviewer: Jim Van Houten
Skeeter Vac does the job nicely. New improvements over previous models is quite good. But leaves a big footprint killing the lawn under it. I had to make a wheeled platform for it to ease the moving process.
Reviewer: Bruce Simon
I am very pleased with this product. Mosquito population is greatly diminished.
Love my new SkeeterVac! It works well, is easy to assemble and start, does not require excessive expense in additional item purchases, and is not as temperamental as similar mosquito trap products I have used in the past.
This is a good product from a good supplier.
Reviewer: Jack Noah
So far I'm very impressed with the SV3100. We have been plagued with Mosquitos and biting insects for ever. I've been running the unit for about 2 months now and the bugs appear to be GONE! The unit is not cheap nor is the propane gas to run it. A tank of propane last about 1 month, but for me it is worth it.
My backyard is woods with a swamp across the street. I have used this for 3 years with never an issue. My daughters and wife can be outside without worries of being chased inside because of being bitten. The maintenance is easy and I have yet to have any issue with either unit that I purchased. Great product and I now have 5 family members and friends that own this product who are all very satisfied.
Reviewer: Sharon McCormack
Have recommended it to many of our friends. Our church is probably going to purchase a few for their grounds.
What a great produce
I purchased mine 2 1/2 years ago. Running as strong now as right out of the box. I live in south Georgia near both the coastal marshes and the Okeefenokee Swamp. The mosquitoes were so bad that you could not go outside for more than a few minutes after dark. After the first 2 weeks the difference was like night and day. My family was able to enjoy our yard anytime we wanted. A wonderful side benefit is that the skeetervac also has killed millions of the biting gnats, I almost accused my kids of throwing sand on the sticky trap until i realized it was covered completely with dead gnats. Horse flies and yellow flies don't stand a chance either. I am very pleased with both the effectiveness and reliability of the skeetervac. Many times people have commented on the lack of biting insects when they come over to my house and every time I give all the credit to my little friend.
Reviewer: Wayne Comire
One of the smartest purchases I ever made! With the pleasant outdoor season so short in NH this allows my family and I to enjoy every moment without being bothered by mosquitoes. I will never be without a Skeeter Vac again!
Reviewer: Steve Copen
This has been working fine for us. 98% less mosquitos.
Had the SkeeterVac up and running in 15 minutes!!! First weeks yield probably over 100+ bugs. Backyard/Lanai on Kauai is much more enjoyable.
Some difficulty after the first tank Required three restarts for the SV3100 to continue to operate.
We have only had this about a month but so far we have been REALLY happy with it! The bugs have been so bad this year that we could not even be out a few minutes in our yard even with deet, tiki torches etc. We checked this after 2 weeks of putting it out and had a ton of dead mosquitoes and the sticky part was loaded with flies. It was so full we ordered more sticky traps and after another 2 weeks with a new one that is full again also. The trap has a whole lot of mosquitoes also. I am very happy with this purchase so far. Northline express was great also. Product received practically over night from ordering it.
Reviewer: Maria Cavazos
Our yard is almost mosquito free. We hosted a wedding reception for 80 people and no one was bit by mosquitos.
In June we couldn't go outside. In July I installed the SkeeterVac. Now we still get a few mosquitos but there are about a billion mosquitos on the sticky paper and in the trap well maybe not a billion, but A LOT
Reviewer: Jim Choate
After one month of use we have seen a marked decrease in the mosquito population. We are using 2 of the 1-acre SkeeterVacs on less than an acre, so we did expect a little more improvement. We had the plastic nut that attaches the regulator hose to the propane tank break when replacing one of the tanks. It was replaced promptly by the customer service, and all is working again.
Reviewer: Chuck Hoff
My second SkeeterVac for a two acre yard. First has been great and is still running after four years.
Reviewer: Edward Bloes
The trap works very well, catching several hundreds of mosquito's in less than two weeeks. Had two traps of a competitor's brand which also worked very well but after they were two years old they hardley ever worked. I was tired of pouring money into them .Bought the Skeeter Vac and I think I have a superior mosquito trap.
Didn't think it was working that well, until I opened the catch drawer!! It is coated with dead stuff. Going to buy another for the garden.
Reviewer: Jim Hunn
So far so good- We would like to buy a warrentee if possible!
Wihin 3 weeks we were mosquito free and reduced the green head population as well. Worth the money.
We live on a heavily wooded lot with a small pond nearby and have used another manufacturer's product for about four years. The other product was discontinued along with its supplies, so we needed to find a new unit to be able to enjoy our yard. The SV3100 is significantly more effective than the previous product we used and the customer service we've received from Northline Express and the manufacturer have also been great.
Reviewer: Andy Petisce
This trap catches everything and I mean everything. From Mosquito's to biting black flys, to deer flys...excellent product and would recommend over any other trap.
Reviewer: David Wortman
I live in South Louisiana with rice fields on all sides. The Skeeter Vac works great and seems to be a more reliable machine than a Mosquito Magnet brand machine.
Reviewer: Paul McDevitt
This is a great machine. Much improved over the last generation of Skeeter Vac which,in itself, was a fine product.
Reviewer: Jim Crosby
I rated the unit AVERAGE because I have not used any other and have no basis for comparison. It has worked OK. The sticky outside TaacTrap has caught all manner of strange bugs but there are not too many mosquitos in the removable tray. However it does seem that there are not as many around. I will order more bait and the TacTrap and see how it performs over time.
This machine is really neat, kinda expensive but well worth it. We can now enjoy being in the yard without getting bitten by mosquitoes.
I am happy I purchased the machine but must give credit to the salesperson for selling me and overcoming my concerns.She had good product knowledge.I was replacing the first generation of the machine and was concerned about the longevity.She was familiar with the old product and stressed the improvements.The machines are not perfect and the conditions vary but in our application it is worthwhile and allows for more evenings outdoors than without it.It makes a difference.
I rated the sv3100 some time ago. I thought it was only good. Since then I have had to clean it out. I now rate it excellent! I saw the number of live and dead Skeeters, and was amazed. I have lived in the area for 56 years, and have never seen a worse year. I am considering the purchase of an additional one next year for the other side of my house!
I've had the SkeeterVac for about two to three weeks and love it. I looked at all of the reviews and felt this brand was the best all around one. One of the reasons I selected this one was NO POWER CORD was required, just two AA batteries. I live on the river in Central Florida and could not go outside for one second without mosquitoes attacking me. I just had a pool put in my backyard without a screen. The first night my family went swimming at night we were devoured by all of the mosquitoes. Within the first week of the SkeeterVac a huge drop in mosquitoes. My kids go swimming every night now without any mosquito bites. My wife and I can sit outside by the pool at night and feel very comfortable. For the price this is the best product. I would give the SkeeterVac five stars.
I had a Mosquito Magnet for 3 years and it finally died too much cost to repair it The SkeeterVac is head and shoulders above the Magnet. No cord, starts quickly everytime and captures many more mosquitos. Love it, would highly recommend it.
It works great.
We have seen a big improvement.
Going outdoors is a pleasure again
Reviewer: Ilan Ben-Zvi
I am extremely satisfied with the performance of the SkeeterVac SV3100. I catches a phenomenal number of mosquitoes and is very efficient with the consumption of the propane one tank lasted over a month non-stop operation. It is simple to install and operate. For the first time we can sit on the porch without being bothered by mosquitoes. I owned an older CO2 based trap which was nowhere as good as the SkeeterVac.
Works like a charm!
Reviewer: Anna Fish
My only regret is not buying this thing sooner. We have had it 4 weeks & what a difference! We are surrounded by woods on three sides and also have large marshes at end of street. Our yard has several large oaks that are 75 - 100 years old so it's always shaded. We had been avoiding going outside even during midday because the mosquitoes swarmed us as soon as we stepped out the door. We can now be outside for hours & see only a couple of those bloodsuckers. I was concerned about the gas usage. But, I'm happy to report that our first tank lasted exactly 3 weeks. There was actually a very small amount left in the tank. But, because of reviews we read about some having a problem restarting after it ran out of gas, my husband switched tanks just before it ran out, without any interuption in operation. The first sticky trap didn't last very long because within 2 weeks it was covered solid. I anticipated this and ordered extras at the time I ordered the SkeeterVac. I can tell by the new sticky that's on there that the skeeters numbers have been greatly decreased. I am looking forward to firing it up at the beginning of the season next year & getting control before they take over.
We are very pleased with the service from this company. The price was the lowest we could find anywhere and it arrived very quickly & in excellent condition.
Reviewer: Dick Bolduc
Easy to operate and assemble, and it does a great job catching and destoying mosquitos and other bugs'
Reviewer: Dick Bolduc
Reviewer: Gary Schaus
I purchased a SkeeterVac SV3100 after waiting for several years to purchase a unit. I did a considerable amount of research reading about various machines and checking the good and bad reviews.
I received the SV3100 in early June and placed it in service on June 8. I placed it in a shady spot in my backyard under a Beech tree. Within 2 days the tree went to seed and covered the TacTrap paper with alot of seeds which rendered the sticky paper almost useless. It was a good idea to have purchased the SV3100 as I have had good production from the light trap. I estimate that in four weeks time I have eliminated about 1,500 mosquitoes from the neighboorhood. After the first week and heaviest kill period. I counted about half the mosquitoes in the trap and stopped at 300. While I have not run out of mosquitoes I have definately reduced their numbers. Logically, the machine has not offered any problems. I replaced the 20 pound cyclinder after about 22 days of continueous service and just before the weekend of July 4th. I replaced the sticky paper then too. The paper that covered the sticky paper should be removed when the paper is installed on the machine per instructions. This second sheet of paper is doing much better at catching mosquitos and flies. The bulk of the work is being done but the lure and the light trap. I am very glad that I invested the extra money in the SV3100 and not one of the cheaper models, just due to the amount of mosquitos being captured in the screened trap. While there is the occasional mosquito that ends biting you it is far less frequent.
So far I have been happy with the results provided by the SV3100. It has been a month were you can walk across the back yard and not get overwhelmed by mosquitoes dragging you into the bushes for a lite snack.
This is my second skeetervac in 4 yrs. The first one just would not start in yr 4. I bought a replacement - is built with much less quality and does not seem to attract as many mosquitos
Really wish I could give it amazing reviews, but it just doesn't seem to be catching many mosquitos for us here in central Texas. We are now using the right bait for the asian tiger mosquitos that we have here and we've tried it in various locations with varied bait tuning levels and still haven't caught many. It has caught lots of other bugs and a bird even got in a battle with the sticky sheet, but unfortunately, not many mosquitos. We're still getting eaten alive. Really sad it hasn't worked well yet. Hoping we'll still find out why others have such great luck with this machine.
The SkeeterVac SV3100 Mosquito Trap - 1 Acre model 5UV-SV3100 is working so well Even the Birds are looking to our neighbors yards for their evening meals. Realy glad I found out about the SkeeterVac.
Reviewer: Alan Schultz
Excellent product. This is the first year that we have been able to comfortably use our deck after mid April due to the SkeeterVac. Wish I had purchase one sooner.
Excellent service by Northline. Job well done.
Reviewer: Lori Luzier
Difficult to start for the first time. Still have some mosquitos, but does seem effective long term.
Both our next door neighbors an ourselves noticed a marked decrease in the amount of mosquitos after we got the SkeeterVac up and running. The neighbors often have bonfires after dark and were wondering why there seemed to be much less of the biting offenders to swat at.
Reviewer: Dan Libert
I have owned a Mosquito Magnet for several years. It recently quit starting. When I contacted a repair shop, I was informed that it would cost $90 plus shipping at least, to fix. When I looked into purchasing another unit, I discovered the Skeeter Vac. I was impressed that It doesn't require electricity, as well as the ease and reliability of starting the unit. Currently, I own a Mosquito magnet that doesn't work, and a Skeeter Vac that is working as well as the Mosquito Magnet, if not better, without an electrical connection. So far it has performed admirably, with a very good catch rate. It's reliability relative to the Mosquito Magnet will be determined as time progresses.
I think it catches more flies, and beetles on the sticky paper than mosquitos.
Drastically reduced skeeter numbers. Sticky paper works like a charm, however its difficult to change without ripping it. For some time I had to change this sticky paper at least once a week because it was just covered with flys, so this product does not only work on mosquitoes but also other pesky insects. It goes through a tank of gas in about 3 weeks and I wish there was some kind of mechanism to close the trap once it runs out of gas. Once there is no suction any more all those previously caught, still alive skeeters are free to go. Other than that, its a good product. Do not expect instantaneous results - it takes approx. 3 weeks to collapse the mosquito population works by taking out pregnant females. We use it in combination with DynaTrap about 20 ft appart and the combination seems to work great.
Reviewer: Tom Taubel
The skeetervac came in a very timely manner. It has been working to our satisfaction.
Reviewer: Gary Logan
Everytime I buy from NorthLine the shipping is great and the products arrive as described and they have the best pricing, this SkeeterVac SV3100 works great
By far, this is the best mosquito trap I have tried this year 3 in total. Based on manufacturer's website, they revised the desing in this 2008 model to more efficiently trap, and I would have to agree. In just my 1st tank use about 19 days I caught roughly 2,500 mosquitos. NO JOKE!!! Yes, the tray works wonders, buts its funny how the simplicity of some simple sticky tape on the outside works so well. That tape probably caught an additonal thousand bugs and mosquitos. It makes sense, before they can get trapped, they'll probably touch the tank and surrounding area. Overall, the only thing preventing me from giving this a full 5 stars is because re-start can be a bit of a pain my experience. Lighting and re-lighting takes a bit of practice, but a minor convenience overall. I did accidently blow out the engine on my 1st unit, my fault I admit. The reason I gave 4 starts was because Blue Rhino's customer service was so spectacular. They gave me a replacement tank at no charge other than the shipping cost of my old unit. A+ for the unit and company's customer service.
this product is great! the mosquito population on our property has been reduced drastically. this is the first summer i have not needed repellent or needed to wear long sleeves. I recommend it highly!
Sure gets a lot of bugs>
Reviewer: Randall A
I wasn't really sure about this till I used it. All I can say is WOW! It really did eliminate mosquitos as well as gnats and flies. I love it! Now we can party peacefully