2012 - Volume #BFS, Issue #12, Page #57[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story ]
"Crittergetter" Pumps Exhaust UndergroundThe idea of using engine exhaust to kill gophers and other underground pests is as old as the internal combustion engine. But if you’ve ever tried to hook a garden hose up to a tail pipe, you know it’s not easy.
That’s why Chris Kilmen came up with the “Crittergetter”, a kit that makes it easy to funnel exhaust into underground tunnels. It consists of a 9-in. long rigid plastic adapter that clamps onto the exhaust pipe; 50 ft. of clear plastic tubing; an adapter that fits onto the far end of the tubing, and a 1 1/2-in. dia., 8-in. long pvc tube that attaches to the end and is used to get gas into tunnels.
The holes don’t need to be sealed off because the gas is heavier than air and settles down into the tunnels.
“It’s simple to use and safe for the operator, since there’s no poison bait or explosions involved,” says inventor Chris Klimen. “Carbon monoxide is both convenient and inexpensive because it comes from a vehicle’s exhaust. It reaches the burrow’s smallest hiding places.
“It works better than using an adapter that hooks up to a garden hose because the tubing is much bigger than a garden hose and can handle far more volume.”
Two homeowner models are available and come with a 50-ft. long lightweight plastic hose, with additional 50-ft. hose extensions available. They fit exhaust pipes up to 3 and 4 in. in dia. and sell for $31.99 and $36.99 plus S&H, respectively. A heavier-duty model called the “Original Crittergetter” uses an industrial grade, high temperature hose that’s available in lengths from 25 to 150 ft. It fits exhaust pipes from 2 to 4 in. dia. and starts at $36.86 plus S&H.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Chris Klimen, P.O. Box 797, Angwin, Calif. 94508 (ph 888 870-4214; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.crittergetteronline.com).
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