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Unbiased Plant Tool Review: UV Light Fruit Fly and Gnat Traps
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Unbiased Plant Tool Review: UV Light Fruit Fly and Gnat Traps

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Unbiased Plant Tool Review: UV Light Fruit Fly and Gnat Traps

As a plant parent, or just as any human, you know the struggle of dealing with fruit flies and gnats in your house. And as a plant lover, I’m sure you’ve been concerned about how to prevent pests in your houseplants. 

Fruit flies are annoying, especially if the issue is left untreated. And fungus gnats (that look very similar) can burrow and breed in the soil, causing harm to your houseplants.  

Have you ever wondered if UV light bug traps work for fruit flies and gnats?

In this blog post, I am spilling all the dirt in an unbiased review of UV light fruit fly traps. 

We purchased this product ourselves and are not being paid or compensated in any way for this review or any recommendation. I just want to provide the most honest review of this product so that you can decide if this tool is right for you!

Do UV light fruit fly traps work? YES.

If you want to know how they work, how we use ours, and where we got it, read on my friend!

What is the UV Light Fruit Fly Trap?

The UV light fruit fly trap is a device that uses a UV light to attract pests and a fan to suck them in. The sticky glue boards trap the insects and keep your house free of small flying bugs like fruit flies, gnats, and even mosquitos! 

When it comes to affordability, the small machines cost about $30 - $50 and they should last for years so the cost of use is very low over time. The replaceable sticky paper in the bottom is inexpensive and easy to find as well. It's an affordable and effective solution to a common problem, and it doesn't use any chemicals or poisons. 


How We Tested the UV Light Fruit Fly Trap

We've been using the UV light fruit fly trap for over a year now! And we have been very impressed with the results. We set up the trap in a room behind several houseplants and monitored it daily. We also compared it to other pest control methods, such as sticky tape and organic insecticidal soaps, Organic neel oil for prevention, and homemade fruit fly traps using apple cider vinegar, etc.

Over the last year we have tested two UV light bug traps. One was from a brand called Toloco (that no longer seems to be available) and one was the brand Katchy Indoor Insect Trap (Reminder, this is our Unbiased Plant Tool Review series and we receive no benefit from this or any other product link this is just the type that we have tested.) Both are the same style.

Results: Here's what we love about the UV light fruit fly trap
  • It works really well. It was easy to set up and use, and it quickly and permanently eliminated worry about fruit fly problems. If we see a fruit fly in the house, we turn on the machine overnight, and we haven't had an issue since. It even traps mosquitoes, so we leave it on in the Summer!
  • Compared to homemade fruit fly traps, the machine is our favorite because it doesn't smell like apple cider vinegar or neem oil, which can be overpowering. The machine can be turned on and forgotten, and the problem will be solved.
  • The trap is low-maintenance and doesn't require any special care aside from replacing the sticky insert and dusting the top from time to time. The sticky boards are easy to replace, and you can throw them away without touching them. They are also easy to find and purchase.
  • It is quiet and has an even quieter mode for people with noise sensitivities.
  • The trap may not be stylish, but it comes in white or black and can be easily hidden behind plants since it doesn't take up much space. The purple light will attract the flies at night regardless, and it doesn't bother us to have it out in the kitchen.

We love that it's safe and effective, and it doesn't use any chemicals or poisons. It's an affordable solution to a common problem, and it's a must-have for any plant parent. We always plan on having one and highly recommend it!