This was written by Automatic Employee Kurt Clore:
My family and I spent a week in the heart of mosquito country: outside of Bemidji in northern Minnesota at my in-laws house, in the middle of the woods, surrounded by swampland. In the winter, car companies travel here to test winter performance. In the summer, it’s an ideal place to test the effectiveness of a mosquito repellant system. So, in addition to our normal gear, we packed a Nutone Haven mosquito repellant system. When we arrived, the Minnesota natives were actually rolling their eyes at the thought that this system would stop their mosquitoes, which are sometimes referred to as the Minnesota state bird!
I took a small system with me consisting of 4 HVRFABR fixtures, an HVDCT programmable controller/timer, and a Kichler lighting transformer, which I set up inside the perimeter of their deck measuring approximately 21' x 18'. It was very easy to set up. It took me a little over an hour to get the system up and running, which included wiring the fixtures, loading the repellent, and programming the timer. Not bad considering I had never installed anything like this before, not even landscape lighting. This was a temporary installation though, so the transformer and timer were not mounted, the wire was not buried, and the fixtures were staked into flower pots on the deck. A permanent install would likely take a little longer.
Prime mosquito time in Minnesota is from around 8:30 until 10:30, but I programmed the system to come on at 6:30 to make sure we were covered. I set it to shut off at midnight, since we were on vacation and staying out a little later than normal. I think that under normal circumstances at this location, the system could be set to be on from 7:30 or 8:00 until 11:00 and still get the job done.
The first evening after the install, we noticed a huge difference after the system had been running for just a short time. Everyone who was on the deck during the evening was amazed that they were able to stay outside without getting eaten alive by mosquitoes. Even the Minnesotans were starting to believe!
On the third night that the system ran, a few of us sat on the deck from 8:30 until at least 9:30. During this time I saw a total of 2 mosquitoes, and someone else saw 1, but that was it. That is an amazingly low number when you consider that during the same time period the kids who were playing about 30-40 yards from the deck gave up and went inside because the mosquitoes were so bad. Now the Minnesotans were sold! My wife's parents, aunt & uncle, and cousins all started asking how much the system cost, and how they could get one!
So anyway, that was my experience with the Nutone Haven mosquito repellent system. It does work, and if you will forgive me the pun, it works "shockingly well". Hopefully this information will help you when talking to your customers that are considering purchasing the system. Let me know if you have any questions.
Project Management/Advanced Water Management
Posted on Mon, July 25, 2016
by AIS Admin filed under