Review – Kellerman Black Light Suction Trap Insect Catcher
February 23, 2019
I will be reviewing the Kellerman Black Light Suction Trap which I purchased from Camp World. Please note that I paid for this product out of my own pocket. It is not sponsored. My very first equipment review post on this blog revolved around killing mosquitoes (Zappem’ Dead – Camp Savvys Answer to Mosquitoes). So did my first news post (Are Black Light Bug Zappers Effective In Killing Mosquitoes) which was a pre-amble to this block post which deals with a device that makes use of black light to attract mosquitoes and then trap them. What gives you the idea that I really had the little buggers?
Black Light Insect Zappers
Often at camps I see the typical black light/UV insect zappers hanging in a tree and every so often you would hear that very satisfying sound of “tzzzzzzzz” as an insect is fried by the high voltage. One less mozzie to bother me I would think. Getting one always seemed like a very good idea so I started to shop around. I did have one specific criterium which was non-negotiable, I wanted one that could be used without having 220V electricity around. It needed to be able to run of my Explorer caravan’s 12V battery setup so that I could use it anywhere. I was not too worried to use it outside but the plan was to use it inside the caravan. I would switch it on about an hour before we go to bed and by the time we get into bed, all the mozzies will be dead. Easy.
To my surprise I actually found a device that fit the criteria, even though it was not quite what I was looking for. I was hoping to fry the blood suckers but the Kellerman black light suction trap is exactly that, a trap.
It’s a very simple design. It can run of 220V power via a supplied transformer or directly of 12V DC power. Cables are supplied. It has a black light tube that emits the UV light and at the bottom, below the light, is a fan that sucks the insect into a container. The idea is that they will be trapped in this container by the fan and will dehydrate and die. When switching off the device the container area is automatically sealed off from the outside world. You can then remove it wherever you want and get rid of the contents however you see fit.
Does it work?
Yes, it does. It is very effective in catching moths and other insects. It even catches mosquitoes but not nearly as well as I had hoped. I would typically still have to kill a number of mosquitoes using my Zappem’ Dead in the caravan. This is of course because mosquitoes are not really attracted to UV light. Mosquitoes find us via the CO2 that we exhale, our body heat and even our sweat. To read more about this see this very interesting article How mosquitoes get under your skin. (It does not mean that because I hate mosquitoes I do not appreciate how well evolution has equipped them to survive. They are perfectly adapted for what they do, you’ve got to respect that.)
Are there more effective methods to get rid of mosquitoes?
For those of you that automatically pull out the citronella candles, I’ve got bad news for you, according to this research paper Efficacy of Some Wearable Devices Compared with Spray-On Insect Repellents for the Yellow Fever Mosquito, Aedes aegypti (L.) (Diptera: Culicidae), Citronella candles have no effect. Sorry.
There are devices very similar to the one I reviewed here that has the added function of using CO2 to attract mosquitoes. If would think that these have to be more effective. The Triple Trap Mosquito Trap is unfortunately not available anymore. The Halo is a freestanding industrial mosquito trap that was developed in conjunction with the University of Pretoria.
If I had to buy again, I would not buy this product. Yes, it does catches insects but my primary aim is to catch mosquitoes which is does not do effectively so I do not believe it is worthwhile purchasing.
The below video report for the Kellerman Black Light Suction Trap is available on my Camp Savvy YouTube Channel