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December 31, 2023

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    Dealing with flying insects around the home? The traditional ways to handle them aren’t very fun. You could hang sticky fly strips from your ceiling, leaving bug carcasses dangling for all to see. You might choose to chase an indoor bug around with a fly swatter in the hopes of landing a good hit, leaving a mess all over your walls and windows.

    Katchy offers a better way to deal with flying insects. This indoor insect trap combines fan suction, attractive ultraviolet (UV) light, and a sticky pad, all in a fashionable design, to create a safe and sanitary solution.

    In this review, I’ll walk you through everything I’ve learned about Kacthy, including how it works, how to operate it, and when and where to use it.

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    • Utilizes UV light to attract pests
    • Has a range of 320 feet
    • Free of insecticides or other toxic substances

    Katchy is a powerful bug-catching device hidden in an aesthetically pleasing container. This one-stop bug catcher attracts any unwanted insects and disposes of them for you. It uses a UV light, a fan, and an internal sticky glue board to trap even the tiniest bugs. Even more, there is no annoying zap sound and it’s child-safe and non-toxic.

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    While devices like the Katchy indoor insect trap work great to get rid of pests like mosquitoes, removing bodies of standing, stagnant water helps prevent them in the first place.

    How Does Katchy Work?

    Katchy doesn’t just work as a mosquito killer — it also works against other annoying flying bugs like gnats and even flying ants, and it makes a great fruit fly trap through multiple methods of attack.

    First, the trap uses UV light to attract the insect. For this reason, it’s most effective at night time with surrounding lights turned off. You want the Katchy light to be the brightest in the area so all the flying insects are attracted to it and can’t miss it.

    Once the unsuspecting critters close in on the light, a fan sucks the bug into the trap. Once inside, the bugs can’t figure their way back up out of the trap, plus the fan is constantly working against them.

    Finally, there’s a sticky board at the bottom of the trap where the insects eventually land (or get blown from the fan). The sticky board guarantees the bugs are stuck for good and can’t move. This functionality is similar to the sticky-tape mosquito traps that hang from the ceiling, only it’s hidden inside the device (and it’s not as gross to look at).

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    How Do I Use the Katchy Insect Trap?

    The Katchy is functional anywhere it won’t get wet and has a power source (it’s an electric device). It comes with a plug that works in a standard outlet, but it also powers up via USB cord as well. In other words, you simply place it, plug it in, and let it do its thing.

    Most people use the Katchy in their home, likely in the kitchen near their fruit. You should place it wherever you see the most insect activity. You can also take the Katchy camping with you for your tent. It’s very portable, so it’s also easy to take on vacation.

    As I noted before, the trap works best with the lights off so the bugs are more attracted to the UV light. It has an automatic mode that uses a light sensor at the top of the unit, so the UV light will only come on in the evening when the other lights are off.

    Now that we’ve discussed what the Katchy is, and exactly how it works, let’s break things down from the inside out.

    Here are the specifications of this miracle insect killer device:

    • Range: this trap covers an area of 320 square feet.
    • Trapping power: the 3-level system uses the light to draw the insects, the fan, which sucks them into the system, and the glue trap which holds them in place. The fan also prevents them from flying back out.
    • Quietness: the fan is the only source of noise and is relatively quiet. It’s about as loud as a normal fan. It isn’t entirely silent, but it should be on par with a white noise sound.
    • Killing power: the glue paper trapping method is great for smaller insects. The vents at the top of the Katchy don’t allow larger bugs such as house flies or bees into the trap, so it won’t work on them.
    • Ease of use: this trap runs on manual or in automatic mode. It has a sensor that will allow it to automatically turn on at night. It is very simple to use and just needs plugging in and setting on automatic mode to remove annoying household insects.
    • Safety: Katchy doesn’t discharge any chemical, repellent, or toxic substance — just a UV light, fan, and sticky board. The lack of harsh insecticide makes it safe to use anywhere in your house, including in the kitchen and around houseplants and fish tanks.

    How Big is the Katchy?

    This portable bug catcher is around five inches wide and nine inches high. So, it fits anywhere a potted plant would fit. Because it’s so small, the Katchy is also very portable. As long as you have a USB charging port, this mosquito catcher can go with you anywhere.

    As for aesthetics, this design will fit anywhere in your home without being distracting. It works in your kitchen, in an office, or on our outdoor patio. Further, it’s stylish enough to fit into your décor without looking like an ugly bug trap. Oh yeah, and it even comes in your choice of white or black, but the UV light is always a purple-ish color.

    Cleaning the Katchy Trap

    The glue traps needs clearing out once bugs cover the surface. This lite maintenance makes sure that the trap stays sticky. How often you do it depends on how many bugs you catch. According to my research and dozens of product reviews, most people go a month or more on one trap, unless they’re dealing with a serious infestation.

    Replacing the glue trap is simple. You just press the release button on the side of the Katchy, and the bottom panel drops open. At this point, you simply empty the glue board directly into your trash without even touching it.

    Once you’ve emptied the bottom of the trap, just put a new glue board into the device and you’re ready to go again.

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    Who Should Buy a Katchy?

    The Katchy is great for anyone trying to get rid of drain flies, mosquitoes, gnats, or fruit flies, in the home. In my opinion, it’s a better alternative to sticky tape traps or bug zappers as they’re safer, mess-free, and make less noise.

    The main things to keep in mind are that the Katchy is only really effective at night, and won’t work on larger insects like houseflies. If those are dealbreakers for you, then you may need to find another solution.

    Also, trapping and killing flies isn’t always an effective long-term solution. You should also look into the root cause of where the bugs are coming from and work on stopping them at the source. Further, effective indoor insect control goes beyond a single solution. Combining using the Katcky Indoor Insect Trap with good sanitation practices can help you achieve a pest-free living space.

    For serious issues, your best bet may be to contact a pest control company. A professional exterminator will resolve your issue quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively. In fact, believe it or not, paying a professional is often money-saving compared to long-term DIY pest control efforts.

    FAQ About Katchy Insect Trap

    Is the Katchy Indoor Insect Trap a one-time purchase or does it require replacement parts?

    The Katchy Trap is a one-time purchase, and replacement sticky pads are available separately. Make sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendations for replacing the sticky pads based on usage.

    Is the Katchy Trap suitable for large spaces?

    The effectiveness of the Katchy Trap may vary based on the size of the space. For larger areas, I recommend using multiple traps strategically placed to cover different zones.

    Is the Katchy Indoor Insect Trap environmentally friendly?

    The Katchy Trap uses a non-toxic approach to capture insects, making it a more environmentally friendly option compared to chemical insecticides.

    Can I use the Katchy Indoor Insect Trap outdoors?

    The Katchy Trap is for indoor use. Using it outdoors may reduce its effectiveness due to competing light sources and varying environmental conditions.

    Does the Katchy Trap require ongoing maintenance?

    Yes, the Katchy Trap’s sticky pad will become less effective over time as it accumulates captured insects. Regularly check the pad and replace it when it’s full or when its stickiness diminishes.

    Where should I place the Katchy Indoor Insect Trap for maximum effectiveness?

    To maximize effectiveness, place the Katchy Trap in areas with the highest insect activity, such as near windows, doors, or areas where you’ve noticed flying insects. Make sure to avoid placing it near competing light sources, as the UV light is meant to be the main attractant.

    What types of insects does the Katchy Trap target?

    The Katchy Trap is effective at capturing a wide range of flying insects, including flies, mosquitoes, moths, gnats, and fruit flies. It’s a versatile solution for indoor insect control.

    Is the Katchy Indoor Insect Trap safe for households with pets and children?

    Yes, the Katchy Trap is safe for households with pets and children. The sticky surface and fan mechanism are enclosed, preventing direct contact with curious fingers or paws.

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