Wednesday, August 4, 2021

What's Bugging You in August? A Product Review

August is the month that many people look forward to!  Why?  Well, it's the month that lots of fresh produce becomes available right across the country!

Every year my sweetie and I look forward to those open air "Farmer's Markets".  We love to let our farmer friends know how much we appreciate their work and the produce that is available is so fresh!  You know it was just picked! 
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Tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, peaches, cherries, and all manner of produce is there for your enjoyment.

The only problem that we have ever had with all this fresh produce around is those nasty Fruit Flies!  They seem to develop overnight, find my nice fresh fruit and drive me crazy!

Washing and drying the produce does not seem to help in keeping those nasty little flies away.  After a day or two,  the fruit flies seem to have invaded my kitchen and I'm hard pressed to get a handle on them.  Now it doesn't help much that I love making home-made tomato sauce and the fruit flies seem to love cut tomatoes more than anything else!  I just start making my sauce and it seems like there are fruit flies everywhere.  

What can you do to solve this problem?

Well, I have been researching ways to get rid of these pests!  I don't want to use "Raid" or other chemicals in my kitchen, after all, those sprays end up on everything.  Plus they are not very effective unless you get the sprays right on the bugs.  I don't want to be breathing or eating anything that has been sprayed.  So that leaves me with looking for some natural ways to get rid these pests.  

Natural traps consist of something that will ultimately bring the bugs to you.  If you check out You Tube they will show you how to make traps using a glass with vinegar and some liquid soap in the bottom.  Cover the glass with plastic wrap.  Then poke a few holes in the plastic wrap with a toothpick.  The vinegar will attract the fruit flies and they will crawl into the little holes.  Once they are in, it's hard for them to find the holes to get back out.  Most will drown in the liquid in the bottom of the glass.  You can check out the how to right here if you want to go that route!  Home Made Fruit Fly Traps

Personally, I have tried this method and while it works for some fruit fly removal, I find that I have more flies that are not at all attracted to it.  And it seems that they multiply exponentially making the problem just that much worse.

Now I have found another way to get rid of these pests and not just fruit flies, but also mosquitos and fungus gnats as well.

There is nothing more annoying than heading off to sleep when you hear that buzzzzz of an errant mosquito that found it's way into your home.  Don't they always seem to follow you right into the bedroom?  Well, the method I'm employing in my home will take care of that pest too!

Fungus gnats in my houseplants should also be a problem solved with my newfound method of pest removal.  So the fact that this product will take care of them as well, just makes this product even better.  I do love my houseplants, and yes, I have had a problem with fungus gnats in the past.  

Now I'm sure you are interested in knowing what this method is and so I'm going to share it with you!
KATCHY is an indoor electronic bug zapper!  It sits on your kitchen counter (or bedroom or livingroom) and goes to work when you are sleeping.  It emits a blue light that these bugs find attractive and once they are close enough, a powerful fan draws them into the core of this gadget.  They are funneled down to the bottom and get themselves stuck on the glue board.  Once in, they will never fly out again.   


I love that it comes in either black or white and it's affordable!  There are  No Chemicals  used with this product either so no fumes to worry about, no smells and no residual films on home surfaces!

While I was looking for something that would work during the summer months, I'm sure that this will work all year long ridding my home of those other pests that live throughout the year. Katchy is the Number one rated home pest control traps on Amazon with lots of people giving it a big thumbs up!

It's a winner in my books for more than just ridding myself of those nasty fruit flies, but also the mosquitos, fungus gnats and moths.  

I hope this helps you have a much better summer with all the fresh produce you can eat!  Without the bugs to bug you!  Happy Summer everyone!

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  1. This sounds very interesting. I’m glad it is working so well for you. I may have to give it a try. Thanks for the recommendation

    1. There are few things in life that really bug me, but fruit flies in the summer has to be one of the top on my list. I like that this works quietly while I'm sleeping and works.

  2. Looks like a very handy product to get rid of those indoor flying insects.

    1. I will be curious to see how they work with the soil gnats. I always seem to get them when I bring in my houseplants from the balcony. Crossing my fingers to see what the results will be!

  3. I suspect this is something we all need! The bugs that my fresh produce attracts drive me crazy. Also, the mosquitoes are a constant nuisance and I don't appreciate being bitten. I did check the listing above to see if there is replacement "paper" available and they do have a comment with a link to the glue boards from the company. I definitely need this trap and I really like that it doesn't use any chemicals. When I was a child, I remember the fly paper in an old grocery store we frequently visited. I didn't like seeing the dead flies on it. This seems like the best way to get the same results without being disturbed by the display of dead insects.

    1. Indeed that fly burial ground is nicely hidden and will wait patiently for you to replace the glue board within. I really dislike fruit flies and mosquitos as well.

  4. Olivia, I can assure you that this type of blue light-emitting insect trap does work well in winter, too. We have a moth infestation that drives me crazy, so we are using a combination of sticky moth traps and an electric bug zapper unit similar to yours, except that ours instantly electrocutes the moths, mosquitoes, etc. as they fly toward the blue light and into the “live” wire in the center. I was skeptical (but desperate!) when we bought ours and have been pleasantly surprised at how well it works!

  5. So happy to hear that you have had good results. I have lived through a moth infestation as well. Oh my goodness what a mess that was. Funny how they get in and we aren't aware of where and when they came to be there. Just the infestation seems to happen overnight.

  6. I am so glad you found a workable solution to this fruit fly problem! I totally agree with you about not using chemicals wherever possible, especially near food and plants and often there are alternatives. Happy Summertime!

    1. Jasmine, I really dislike chemicals at any time but in the kitchen especially!! I'm really hoping that this will double as a soil gnat remover in the fall and winter months as I always seem to have some of them when the seasons change. Fruit flies won't be a problem in the winter, where the soil gnats will. So double use, double duty!

  7. Well I'll be darned, that is one handy item to have in the house! Lately there have been so many flies in my house! So this works for fruit flies as well? Oh my, I wouldn't mind giving this one a try

    1. Barbara, from all the reviews on Amazon, this works really well. I have so many fruit flies in the apartment right now I could just scream! So they will be dying shortly! LOL

  8. I love the summer and I love going to pick-your-own farms as well. We usually pick strawberries, but also raspberries and runner beans which are so much nicer fresh.
    One thing I don't like about August though is what has become "Flying Ant Day" in the UK, that hot day when all the ants decide it's time to leave their nests and swarm up into the air at the same time. The seagulls and swifts go crazy, but for those of us caught outside the little buggers are really annoying.
    We had one two weeks ago, then another two days ago. We had just driven into the village to go to the Post Office and the car was swarmed by them. We had to close the windows and even turn off the fan/AC as they were coming in through there. Took a while to get clear of them. Hopefully that's over now for the year.

  9. Oh my Tony, that sounds absolutely awful. I'm glad we don't seem to have any of those days here. I wonder if the Katchy would work on them too? Do those little buggers (as you put it) get into your homes as well? I would be going crazy if they did!

  10. Tis certainly sounds like something I need. We also love the fresh produce this time of the year. I have tried the vinegar and soap method and you're right it doesn't seem to work on all the bugs. Thanks for the recommendation.

    1. You are so welcome Sam. It's just that fruit flies and I have a love/hate relationship. I hate them and they love my kitchen when it has all that beautiful fresh produce!


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