The 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 Klimen came up with the "Crittergetter"; a kit that makes it easy to funnel exhaust into underground tunnels. It consists of a 9-inch long, flexible, heat resistant nylon adapter that clamps onto the exhaust pipe, 50-feet of clear plastic tubing, and an 1 ½-inch diameter by 8-inch long PVC applicator used to direct the gas into the burrow.
Additional 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, There´s not any poison bait or explosions involved." says inventor Chris Klimen. "Carbon monoxide is both convenient and inexpensive because it comes from your vehicle´s exhaust and it reaches the burrow´s smallest and deepest hiding places."
"The Crittergetter is much more efficient than using an adapter that hooks up to a garden hose because our tubing is much larger in diameter and can handle far more volume."
Two Homeowner models are available. Each come with a 50-foot section of lightweight plastic hose. Additional 50-foot hose extensions are available. The Homeowner Crittergetter models fit exhaust pipes up to 3-inches and 4-inches in diameter, and sell for $29.99 and $34.99 plus S & H, respectively. A Heavy Duty model called the "Original Crittergetter" uses an Industrial Grade, High temperature hose that´s available in lengths from 25-feet to 150-feet. The Original Crittergetter models will fit exhaust pipes from 2-inches to 4-inches in diameter and start at $36.86 plus S & H.