Keep flying insects away from your indoor spaces with a worry-free and chemical insecticide-free trap so your family and guests can enjoy time together bug free. Finally an easy solution for pesky fruit-fly season!
Every year when the warm weather hits and the doors of your home are flung open to enjoy the outside, it happens. When your family goes in and out to play and work in the yard, it happens. When you host a party and doors are left open long periods of time, it happens.
Flies. Gnats. Mosquitoes.
And if you're a gardener like me - or bring home seasonal produce from the farmer's market - and leave your beautiful vegetables and fruit on the counter (because many of them are better at room temperature, and who has room in the fridge?), my least favorite things start appearing.
The dreaded fruit flies.
Oh sure, they're annoying when they show up and multiply with all the fresh produce that's ripening. And yes they can cause damage to that produce. But more than that they can be downright embarrassing.
That glass of wine or juice you just served to your dinner guest? If it's during summer or fall's harvest season, there's probably a fruit fly in the glass before it's even in their hands. And do not leave the bottle uncorked for even a few minutes or the whole thing's a goner. Don't ask me how I know.
In the past the only options for bug control have been:
- Chemical insecticide sprays that repel or kill.
- Long, ugly sticky fly tapes.
- Trying lots of homemade traps that sometimes work and sometimes don't, but always look messy and require constant adjustments.
I'm sure you're right along with me in not wanting to bring questionable chemicals into our homes. Even the chemicals made from plants (often labeled natural) can have side effects, as well as the known bad side effects from ingredients like DEET.
I have never liked the idea of spraying chemicals known to cause irritations and even life-threatening reactions right onto my or my family's skin. I don't really want either us or our dog breathing it in, either.
Keep flying insects away chemical-free
These are real issues I've thought about over the years dealing with flying bugs (and we won't even get into the whole mosquito-borne illnesses since I'm sure this is a concern for you, too).
So when I was asked to review and share about a new, simple, chemical insecticide-free option for trapping flying insects in our homes, of course I said yes! I'm happy to be partnering with Zevo Flying Insect Trap to bring you this article about worry-free, and chemical insecticide-free flying insect control.
After I received the trap and learned more about it I have to honestly say - this is SO cool.
Zevo Flying Insect Trap is an indoor trap that is so easy - you simply open the box, plug it in and wait for it to catch some bugs. When it does, you just remove the cartridge and throw it away without having to touch anything gross or sticky.
And talk about worry-free - do you know how the insects are lured to the trap? Blue light! It's a dual-spectrum light technology that appeals to the bug's biology. I had no idea this was even a possibility. See what I mean about cool?
I immediately knew I was going to LOVE this trap when I heard about it because:
- Using light to lure means no bad smells or jars of vinegar left around.
- Using sticky paper means no chemical insecticides.
- It's easy - plug it in and check occasionally to see if any insects are caught.
- It's unobtrusive and blends in with lighter walls.
- It's inexpensive and easy to find at the Zevo website and additionally at Home Depot.
- Um, did I mention I hate fruit flies?
How to use a Zevo trap to get rid of flying insects
- Snap on a trap cartridge and plug into a wall outlet.
- Leave it plugged in 24/7.
- The two lights attract the flying insects and the powerful adhesive traps them.
- When cartridge is full, just toss and replace.
Place the Zevo where you think insects will come in or where they gather. In tests, Zevo caught the most flying insects in gateway rooms like covered patios, garages, kitchens, and entryways.
Help protect your home naturally
If no bugs are caught in the first couple of days, move it to another location, making sure it is fully in view - if you can't see it, the bugs can't either. Things like heat, humidity, and location can all affect the capture rate, so test it in different areas of your home because once a fly is trapped, more are likely to follow.
Once you find a place in your home that catches the most flying insects, it's almost a set-and-forget device since the cartridge stays sticky for months and works 24/7 (though a 45-day switch-out for best performance is recommended).
The two cartridges included in the starter kit could potentially last you all through the warm weather bug season, all for under $15.
Did it work?
I've only had a few days to test (and it's not our harvest season yet), but the Zevo caught 3 bugs at our garage door entryway (two are visible in the photo above and one is below the openings). Based on this short of test I'm pretty confident that it will catch more as our weather warms up and we are in and out of the house more.
One thing I read that is important, especially for the fruit flies I find so annoying, is to remove bowls of fruit or produce so they don't compete with the blue light lure. Hmmm, I'm already thinking how to get around this, since the counter is about the only place I have for produce in the middle of the harvest season.
In the past when I had a heavy infestation, I would pile all the produce into the fridge or in buckets on the porch overnight to see if the flies would dissipate. Now I can add Zevo to the mix, letting it trap the flies for sure at night while I work on freezing and canning the produce during the day. This may be the best way yet to keep them under control during harvest. I'll definitely keep you updated as the season rolls along!
I am looking forward to a summer and fall where we can have guests over, offer wine or juice, and not worry about covering the glasses from fruit flies. The kids can go in and out of the doors without a care. And I can forget about sprays or all those homemade ideas that usually didn't work with this new option for a natural alternative for insecticides.
Do you dread fruit-fly season, too, or is there another bug you find annoying? Would you try a Zevo trap to keep flying insects away?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Zevo Flying Insect Trap. As always, the opinions, thoughts, and projects are all mine and I will NEVER promote something I don't love and think you will find helpful - promise! For more info, you can read our entire disclosure page here.