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How To Catch A Fruit Fly and Remain Green and Non-Toxic A Product Review Terro Fruit Fly Trap

Posted Nov 18 2009 10:01pm

Terro Fruit Fly Trap

Fruit flies: my enemy in the kitchen. It is true they torture we humans with their incessant irritation, yet removing them non-toxically has always been a problem. The Terro Fruit Fly Trap promises a non-toxic, and therefore, “green” solution.

As a reviewer of the product, I was sent three Terro Fruit Fly Traps – one to test out and two to give-away to my readers. Indeed, the first trap I set out on my kitchen counter, an appealing little apple-like plastic container filled with the Terro liquid attractant, trapped and killed about a dozen of the little buggers. Fruit flies are attracted to the fruity-smelling liquid, then plunge to their deaths once they are inside the plastic container.

However, the very next day, the little apple was knocked over and spilled this red liquid all over the kitchen counter and stained one of my kitchen towels - I had not yet killed all the fruit flies, so I opened the next trap to try again. Smarter this time, I set it beyond the area where it would get knocked over and trapped absolutely no fruit flies because it must have been too far from the “fruit center” on my counter top. It got moved back over near the coffeepot and the fruit. Unfortunately, I set a full crock-pot on it two days later. It survived the crushing, but got flipped over again. ARGH!

Next trap. Sorry folks – no give-aways today. This one trapped all the remaining fruit flies. YAY! Unfortunately my dishwasher, otherwise known as my youngest daughter, knocked it over again wiping up the counter after dishes only a few days later.

Each trap must be recycled or thrown out when done according to the instructions on the trap. It is recyclable and has a P7 resin recycling symbol on the bottom. However, the P7 category is a tricky one. According to my local community recycling rules, only narrow-necked products may be picked up with the P7 category listing. Everything else goes into the landfill. Nationally, it is not much better. Therefore, this product is not a very easily recycled product.

My review: on it’s effective ability to attract and kill fruit flies – two thumbs up.

On it’s practicality for surviving without being knocked over in a busy family home – two thumbs down.

On it’s “green” qualities – I give it two thumbs down as well.

In a perfect world I would like this product to be more stable while still retaining it’s attractiveness. It should also be reusable, and recyclable with a very common recycling standard such as the #1 and #2 recycling codes. Anything else and it cannot be guaranteed as a product which will truly go back into the recycling stream to be reused.

Shawna Coronado says Get Healthy! Get Green! Get Community!, The Green Blog -, or The Garden Blog -

*These products were sent to me at no cost - I tested them for a month in my own home. My review is wholly honest, my own opinion, and not based on additional payment from the Terro company in any form. In fact, my agreement with them is that I would review their product in a totally honest fashion, keeping my readers and viewers needs at the top of the priority list when considering this product’s recommendation and use.

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