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Trapango Fruit Fly Trap

The Trapango fruit fly trap can effectively chatch fruit flies, flies and vinegar flies. It attracts flies in whole swarms, this way the insect invasion can't escalate.

The special features of the Trapango fruit fly trap

  • Trapango catches fruit flies without the use of poisons and chemicals
  • The animals are not killed
  • Reusable
  • Developed and manufactured in Germany
  • It is family friendly. The flies can be easily observed, which can be especially interesting for curious children.

Overview

Trapango user manual

Trapango is made of three parts: A see-through cup, the special catch funnel and a transparent lid. The lid also serves as the base of the trap.

A small piece of fruit is placed in the cup as bait, ideally a apple slice or some mashed banana. After the fruit, the catch funnel is inserted into the cup. The trap can now be positioned next to your fruits or anywhere else where a large number of flies requires it. When enough flies have gathered in the cup, they can simply be released.

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Tip:

On the way to where the flies are released, the Trapango Fruit Fly Trap can be closed with its lid - this way no flies escape during transport.

Please note:

  • To achieve the best results, do not expose the cup to direct light.
  • Dispose the rotten fruit quickly, the bait should be replaced regularly every 2-3 days.

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Cleaning the fruit fly trap

Trapango can be easily cleaned under running water, but is not dishwasher safe.

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What materials is the fruit fly trap made of?

The three parts of the Trapango are made of the recyclable polypropylene (PP). This polymer belongs to the group of polyolefins, but does not contain any plasticisers (BPA-free). The printing is done with food-safe ink. The cardboard packaging is made of 100 % recycled paper.

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Trapango fruit fly trap in test

Collage: plate of fruit on the right and Trapango fruit fly trap on the left

I always have a lots of fruits in the house - whether for smoothies, freshly squeezed juices or Nicecream. Fruits, especially when they are nice and ripe, not only tastes good to humans, I notice that as soon as it's a bit warmer outside. Fruit fly alarm. I have been asking myself the same question for years: What can be done about the little fruit flies? I already didn't like chemistry in school. It would be a bit absurd to talk about the importance of organically grown fruit and at the same time fight these little fruit flies with chemicals. But the picture of fruit flies drowning in a vinegar is not the prettiest either.... and I have never been comfortable with the no less brutal vacuum cleaner method. When my colleague, Kazuo, told me about the new Trapango fruit fly trap, I became curious. In the last few weeks, I and certainly about 1000 fruit and vinegar flies have tested this sustainable fruit fly trap.

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Small bait, big effect

The Trapango fruit fly live trap is baited with a piece of banana.

When I first placed a small piece of ripe banana into the Trapango, I felt like an animal scientist. I watch the fruit fly trap, which I had placed right next to my fruits, from a kitchen chair. But for now, nothing happened. The fruit flies still occupy my fruits and seem to have no interest in the bait. Since I am not a full-time animal scientist, I had to leave my observation post at some point. In the hours of my absence, my bait must have attracted some interest - when I came back, there was a lot of activity in the trap. The entire swarm seems to be enjoying themselves in the trapango, as silence reigns all around my fruits. After my discovery, I took the fruit fly trap outside, removed the catch funnel and released the fruit flies into the evening sky. Quickly rinse, replace the bait and you are ready for the next fruit fly invasion.

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The trap inventor in an interview:

"I first tried to think like a fruit fly!"

To learn more about Trapango, I arranged an interview with Michael Curth, designer and inventor of Trapango.

GreenSmoothies.com: When and how did the idea for the fruit fly trap come about?

Curth: The idea came in 2014 when I was dealing with a massive fruit fly invasion in my kitchen during my parental leave. With little success, I set up the familiar vinegar dishwashing liquid bowls and immediately faced protests from my daughter, "Dad, why should the flies drown? they are not supposed to!"
It was time to rethink the "fruit fly trap"!

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GreenSmoothies.com: How did you develop the trap?

Trapango catch funnel with fruit flies

Curth: I first tried to think like a fruit fly! When you observe the animals, it quickly becomes clear that you don't need an expensive attractant to catch the flies. Pieces of fruit that are already getting "squishy" are the best. The fruit flies feed on the yeasts that form on ripe fruits. By the way, when the fruit spoils, the fruit flies help out proficiently: When they land on the fruit, they "inoculate" it with yeast spores, which they carry on their legs. This is also the reason why relatively few flies are interested in fresh bait and then, as in a chain reaction, the whole swarm gathers in the trap! The catch funnel of the Trapango is the main part of the development. With the help of CAD (editor's note: computer programs for designing and modeling products) and state-of-the-art 3D printing technology, the optimal structure was created after many test series.

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GrüneSmoothies.de: What was particularly important to you in the development of the trap?

Curth: As described, the primary goal was to move away from the common practice of killing the animals. Flies often starve to death on sticky surfaces or slowly drown in liquids. But we also needed a trap that would finally put an end to the annual plague in our kitchen, the conventional methods are not really effective there either.

The catch funnel is removed and the fruit flies are released outside

I am glad that MACUR GmbH has managed to realize a very effective, resource-saving and environmentally friendly product.


It is produced in Germany with short distances and fair conditions for all involved. The Trapango is easy to clean and can therefore always be reused. In the meantime, the trap has proven itself in everyday life with many enthusiastic users - it is in constant use in our house. Even the youngest, one and a half years old, is fascinated by the flies in the Trapango and runs into the garden with his big sister to release them!

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Conclusion

Thanks to the Trapango, fruit flies become pleasant visitors. Immediately upon arrival, they leave through the catch funnel and into the inconspicuous trap. No more hectic flying around. The fruit supplies remain untouched by the guests. Instead, entertainment through the see-through cup of the trap and I, as the host, can decide when to take the guests outside. The Trapango fruit fly trap convinced me as an absolutely effective trapping method that relies on sustainability and - if there were such a thing - "fruit fly international law".

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Questions & Answers about the Product

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Total 4 question(s)

Hello, sounds great! Does it also help with normal flies or mosquitoes?
Greetings

Question submitted by Gabriela on December 7, 2021 at 22:43 o'clock

Hello Gabriela,

The fruit fly live trap only works for fruit and vinegar flies, “normal” flies and mosquitoes are too big for the trap.

Best regards,
Your GrueneSmoothies.com team

Beanwortet am 13.07.2021 um 09:33 Uhr

Great idea, especially the animals…
Do you have an idea if this trap also works for normal flies?

Thank you in advance
Michael

Question submitted by Specht Michael on December 7, 2021 at 18:48 o'clock

Hello Michael,

The trap does not work against houseflies, they are too big to crawl into the trap.

Best regards,
Your GrueneSmoothies.com Team

Beanwortet am 13.07.2021 um 09:42 Uhr

Am very satisfied with my catch.

One should of course note that no organic waste is collected openly accessible in the kitchen!
Place the trap on top of the waste collector and close the windows (fruit flies are also attracted to the light) keep the kitchen clean and dry, then the trap works super effectively.

Small tip:
Water diluted apple cider vinegar seems even more effective than a piece of fruit!;-)

Question submitted by Venom on October 17, 2017 at 14:14 o'clock

Hello Venom,

Yes, I am also very satisfied with my Trapango.

But one side not: you risk drowning the fruit flies.
One advantage of the Trapango is that it is a live trap and after catching the flies you can release them alive.
I always put a piece of very ripe banana in my Trapango, which attracts the fruit flies like light attracts moths. Even during the peak summer fruit fly season, the airspace of my kitchen was pleasantly empty.

Best regards,
Your GrueneSmoothies.com Team

Beanwortet am 17.10.2017 um 14:16 Uhr

What do you do with the flies in winter?

Question submitted by Petra on October 17, 2017 at 14:07 o'clock

Hello Petra,

I would simply open the trap somewhere where the flies won't come back to my kitchen. However, I only deal with fruit flies in the summer….

Best regards,
Your GrueneSmoothies.com team

Beanwortet am 24.10.2017 um 13:43 Uhr

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Reviews

[5 of 5 Stars]
added: 10/15/2022 by Herr H.
Very good invention
Very effective, works perfectly.
[5 of 5 Stars]
added: 8/19/2022 by Swetlana
Deserves more than 5 stars
This is the best there is.
[5 of 5 Stars]
added: 8/21/2021 by Max Gerlach
Great idea, well implemented
Works great! Not only does it feel more personable to release the fruit flies into the open air alive, but it's just less gross than handling vinegar and dishwashing liquid mixtures full of dead flies.
[5 of 5 Stars]
added: 7/30/2021 by Anita
Useful invention
So I can only agree with the previous speakers. The most ingenious invention ever! Highly recommended. I was also massively plagued by fruit flies every summer and now it's over with absorbing and drowning in vinegar / dishwater. Instead, you release them back into nature in the garden and your home is finally free of them. Top!!
[5 of 5 Stars]
added: 7/7/2020 by Ursel l.
Deserves more than 5 stars
The fruit fly trap is used last summer for the first time with me and it worked great. I can absolutely recommend this fruit fly trap. It works absolutely reliable and should not be missing in any kitchen!
[5 of 5 Stars]
added: 7/7/2020 by Katja
VERY effective and indestructible
Have the fruit fly trap for many years - it is indestructible and extremely effective.
Someone else would have to come up with a trap for these horrible dung flies: In the heat we also have to fight with them....
[5 of 5 Stars]
added: 7/16/2018 by Hotzenplotz
Top!!
Must say became aware through an animal-friendly restaurant owner! Ordered the item, top result. Must already reorder for friends. Only recommendable, even if you are smiled at!
[5 of 5 Stars]
added: 10/17/2017 by Enrico
Thank you for this excellent tip.
Hello all,
even though it's not exactly the fruit fly high season, I had a horde of the little flies in my apartment again a few days ago. Since the trap designs I know are not really effective, I went looking for more fruit fly traps and came across this test here. After the trap arrived, I set it up and have to say, it's a great piece and works flawlessly. Simply recommended.
Thank you very much for this excellent tip.
Many greetings
Enrico
[5 of 5 Stars]
added: 10/17/2017 by Alex
I am really excited!
Hello all,
when I discovered the fruit fly trap a few months ago, I had gotten the trap from Trapango. I must say that I am really thrilled. You can not imagine how many flies were in the trap and I am really glad to have a trap here. The little flies are all gone, finally peace of mind!!!
Thank you so much!
Love greetings
Alex
[5 of 5 Stars]
added: 2/18/2016 by Klaas Liebig
The fruit fly trap is really excellent!
The fruit fly trap is really excellent! Especially I like the ecological thought behind it. Until now I had always hung up the adhesive strips. They stink, do not look very nice and must be constantly re-bought, which is quite difficult in the off-season. Therefore, both thumbs up for this fruit fly trap. Just put a squishy piece of banana in it and it fills up pretty quickly. The only thing that's important is that there's no other cut-up fruit lying around, otherwise the two food sources will compete for the fruit flies. Once the trap is full, you can take it outside and release the flies. Then rinse out the cup because it contains yeast residue from the flies, put in a new piece of mud banana, and the game begins again. Until there are no more flies in the area...and that happens pretty quickly.
[5 of 5 Stars]
added: 11/10/2015 by Alexander Handen
Works flawlessly!
Works flawlessly!
Instead of a banana, I fill it with a tiny sip of red wine.
At least my fruit flies love it.

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