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The Cutter propane insect fogger review

Specifications

  • Category – Thermal fogger
  • Type – Propane
  • Manufacturer – Cutter
  • Weight – 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg)
  • Dimensions – 17.5x6x9.5 inches (44x15x24 cm)
  • Material – Plastic
  • Capacity of container – 32 oz (0.95 l)
  • Auto ignite button – Yes
  • Propane gas cylinder – Not included
  • Additional info – Made in the USA

Review

Thermal foggers in combination with a powerful insecticide are one of the best ways to kill mosquitoes outdoors. This Cutter propane insect fogger is a tool that uses hot or thermal fogging techniques to vaporize insecticide formula into tiny particles that can penetrate even the smallest places outdoors. Insect fogger can provide hours of mosquito-free time and the fogging process does not take a lot of time. The Cutter fogger works with a propane gas, so this is as a portable unit and there are no wires needed to power the tool. The fogger is intended for outdoor use only. Cutter thermal mosquito fogger is made in the USA.

Parts

The body of the fogging unit is made from a light but durable plastic material and the burner is made from a stainless steel. This fogger is a one-piece unit because the solution tank is built into the body of the fogger and cannot be detached as on most thermal and ULV foggers. On the top of the unit, there is a large handle for carrying the fogger around more easily. As the fogging unit is pretty light it does not come with a carrying strap, so you will need to hold it in hand when fogging. Under the handle, you will find a large fogging trigger that, when pressed, pumps insecticide from the solution tank into the coil to vaporize the liquid and output it as a fog.

On the front of the fogger there is a burner which consists of a coil that is heated up with a propane gas and vaporizes the fogging solution, a basket around the coil that protects you from accidentally touching the hot coil, a nozzle at the end of the burning assembly where the insecticide is released into air as a cloud of fog. To light the fogger there is an auto ignite button on the side of the fogger, which lights a spark to the coil when pressed. This is why you don’t have to place a lighter or match to the coil to light it manually up as seen on other thermal foggers. However, if the auto ignite button does not work for some reason, you can still light it manually using a match or a lighter.

The solution container is built into the body of the fogger and has got a 32 oz (0.95 l) capacity. You can fill insecticide into the container through a sealed opening at one side of the fogger. A propane cylinder must be inserted at the back of the unit for the fogger to work. Cutter propane fogger does not include a propane cylinder when you purchase it, so you will need to purchase it separately. This fogger can be used with both tall 14.1 oz (0.41 l) and short 16.4 oz (0.48 l) propane cylinders. On the side of the fogger, you will find a fuel control valve, which allows to increase or decrease the fuel supply to the fogger.

Fogging

The Cutter propane fogger works at very high temperatures, so there are some safety concerns you need to be aware of when using the fogger. First, don’t use the fogger indoors or around easily flammable objects, because it might occasionally spit a small fireball through the nozzle that might cause a fire risk if used in indoor place. Also, the heat assembly of the fogger will get very hot when fogging, so don’t touch it with your hands or you can get burnt.

The usage of the fogger is pretty easy and the same as with other thermal foggers there are few things to note. Fill the insecticide solution into the container, but do not overfill it and make sure that there is enough liquid for the pump to reach it. When the insecticide has been filled into the container you can attach a propane cylinder to the back of the fogger. Make sure there aren’t any dust on the end of the cylinder when you insert it into the fogger. Then open the fuel valve a bit until you hear the gas flow and press the auto ignite button that should light the burner of the fogger. Allow the unit to heat up for about a minute before starting to fog. To fog press the fogging trigger that is going to pump insecticide from the container to the coil, where it will get heated and released through the nozzle forming a thick and dense cloud of fog in white color. If the fog comes out brown or yellow or the insecticide is dripping through the nozzle, stop fogging and check the usage instructions that came with the product. To turn the fogger off simply close the fuel valve and wait for a few minutes until the fogger stops outputting fog. After successful fogging, you should have hours of mosquito-free time. For longer effect, you should repeat the fogging every couple of days for a few weeks depending on the insecticide used. For more information check the label of insecticide solution you are using.

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Size and weight

The size of this Cutter propane insect fogger is 17.5x6x9.5 inches (44x15x24 cm) and the weight of the unit is approximately 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg).

Karen

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Expert in mosquito control and the main website editor at InsectCop.net. Karen started InsectCop to help people get rid of mosquitoes. But now she gives advice an all things pest control.

19 Comments

Chuck warren

Propane fogger not only has the ablitily to kill mosquitoes for about 5 hours, it can kill all your fireflies butterflies moths and other pollinators in addition to all the beneficial insects in your yard and possibly the creatures that prey on the insects. Such as frogs and hummingbirds. My neighbor fogged my yard while I was gone, thinking he was doing me a favor. Where I had thousands of fireflies every night before, there is virtually none now. He fogged my fish pond where I had hundreds of frogs for years, now you don’t hear a croak. Think very seriously before using toxic chemicals on your yard around your pets pollinators and other living creatures.. I suspect the two dead hummingbirds in my yard fell prey to this chemical fogger. Hummingbirds are voracious Eaters of gnats, mosquitoes and other small flying pests.

    Karen

    Chuck,

    I am sorry that happened to you, however, the killing ability of foggers comes from the insecticide that is used in the fogger, not the fogger itself, so here the insecticide is to blame for the devastation in your yard.
    Mosquito foggers are highly efficient devices at fighting mosquitoes, but you also need to pay close attention as to what insecticide you are using and what insects and other creatures it is meant for. In this case your neighbor probably didn’t think to check if the insecticide he was using will harm birds, fireflies and others. So I would suggest to tell your neighbor to closely read the label of the insecticide, and follow the instructions that are written there. This will help your neighbor and you to avoid the heartache of killing beneficial insects and birds, while still reaping the benefits of mosquito fogger.
    P.S. Yes, hummingbirds do eat some mosquitoes, however their diet is not limited to mosquitoes and they actually prefer to eat spiders, since spiders compile up to 80% of their diet.

    Best of luck to you,
    Karen.

Larry Jones

I have a new cutter propane fogger…hand held..Question ..is this there any clean-up to the cutter to be done after each fogging? Does the bug spray need to be removed and cleaned out? And.. what about storage,, I read the clips on youtube but did not get a good answer for the small fogger I have..

    Karen

    Great question, Larry!
    No, you don’t have to remove the insecticide, you can even store the fogger for longer periods of time with the insecticide still inside, just make sure that you do change up the insecticide solution before using the fogger again after longer storage period.
    You should store the fogger upright in a cool and well ventilated area that is out of the reach of children. And don’t forget to turn off the propane valve after you are done fogging.
    Best,
    Karen

Dale Rutkowski

It seems to work fine by pulling the trigger but I get short, light spurts of fog. When I turn the unit off, I get very large, prolonged bursts of very dense fog. Nothing like what I see when the unit is turned on. Why is this and how long do you think it will continue to vaporize the insecticide when propane is turned off?

    Karen

    Dale,
    I would let the fogger sit for about 10 minutes after you are done fogging, so all of the insecticide has a chance to vaporize.
    As for the prolonged bursts of dense fog after you turn off the unit, it could be related to the fact that the fogger is still hot for a few minutes after you turn it of and, since you are not pulling the trigger, the fog accumulates and comes out thicker and denser. But I can’t be completely sure, so I would suggest you contact The Fountainhead Group, who manufactures the Cutter foggers, and ask them about this.
    Best,
    Karen

T. Williams

Hello
We love our fogger but it keeps getting clogged and at one point it was like a flame thrower very scary
Any suggestions?
Thanks

    Karen

    I would suggest you to contact the manufacturer immediately, because it sounds like your fogger might have become dangerous to use.
    Other than that, often the fogger gets easily clogged if you don’t let it pre-heat for about 2 minutes before you use it. If this is the case, then you should remove any obstructions from the nozzle before each use and it might work better. But I would still suggest you to get in touch with the manufacturer and not continue to use the fogger, especially if it is becoming flame-thrower like.

Mark Poisson

Am I under fogging? I’ve fogged and still have mosquitoes eating us. How long should I fog the same area for this product to be effective?

    Karen

    It’s hard to say, Mark, since I don’t know what type of insecticide you are using with your fogger.

Mario Restive

Also a good ideas to detach propane tank when storing the Thermal fogger.

Ryan

Our unit seems to be clogged. Are their instructions to disassemble and clear the tube.

    Karen

    Here are some instructions on how to troubleshoot and clean the Cutter fogger. And here is a video of how to troubleshoot a different fogger that also might help you.

Howard

My dog and I were on a camping trip and a friend fogged the camping area for Mosquitoes one day and when he was finished he set the Cutter Fogger on a log stump, I noticed the fogger continues to fog and kind of spit out the Cutter insecticide, my dog just happened to walk in front of the unit when it spit out more insecticide on his shoulder area and after it hit him he ran of yelping in pain. After a few days he had blisters, then it scabbed over, once that happened, the scabs came off along with his hair in that area which has never grown back. My question is after 3 months what has caused the hair not to grow back, the insecticide or the burn from the unit?

Be very careful with these foggers!

    Karen

    It is true, you need to be really careful when using a fogger and fogging insecticide around your pets. That’s why all manufacturers recommend keeping your pet away during the fogging process as well as immediately after and letting your pet reenter the fogged area only once the fog has dissipated and the area is completely dry.
    As for what caused the hair not to grow back, I would say that the burn is most likely to be at fault here since when a burn damages the cells that are responsible for hair growth, they don’t repair themselves and therefore hair don’t grow in areas that have been burnt.

mike

will the fogger kill spiders

    Karen

    If you use a fogging liquid that is meant for killing spiders with the Cutter fogger, then yes, it will.

Alan

Are there any all natural (non toxic) solutions that can be used in the fogger for killing mosquitoes and other flying bugs?

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