Recently, in the United Kingdom we have seen an uprising of recycling and whilst encourageable it’s turning out to be a bit of a pain when you consider having to separate food waste from renewables from general household rubbish. The local council has provided food waste bins to help homeowners dispose of their food waste appropriately. However, if you ever mention this to any homeowners with a food waste bin, this proves to be a particular annoyance. A receptacle that has no place in the kitchen due to the rotten contents inside, however, it’s a pain to have outside as it’s always convenient to drop off one’s leftovers after a meal especially when there are younger members in the household.
One option to deal with this slight problem is to install an insect exterminator. We don’t have much need for these in the UK as we do not suffer from mosquitoes, however, they to make easy work of the fly problem around the food waste bin.
reichelt have stepped in and provided me with a Gardigo insect exterminator. A cheap ultraviolet bar housed inside a plastic housing with an on/off button. If I notice any flies in my kitchen I simply hit the button leave it for 5 minutes and the Flies will end up cremated at the bottom of the Gardigo.
The Gardigo Insect Exterminator costs roughly £15 and for that getting a basic exterminator on your hands and this is perfect for sure a small problem. There’s a little key ring attachment allowing the user to dangle it from the ceiling, the switch is a standard off/on switch and the build quality, whilst not particularly fantastic, certainly does the job. There is little danger of anyone sticking their finger in and touching the element, I tried. A fairly heavy duty cable reaches down to a European plug which in turn plugs into a European to UK converter. this can be the most problematic piece of the kit as the cable is not entirely easy to store and the plug, due to the adaptor, is much larger than you would expect.
A fairly heavy duty cable reaches down to a European plug which in turn plugs into a European to UK converter. This can be the most problematic piece of the kit as the cable is not entirely easy to store and the plug, due to the adaptor, is much larger than you would expect.
In the last month I have yet to hear an actual buzz or electricity noise from the Gardigo which is a little disappointing, however unscrewing the tray at the bottom reveals the corpses of a few unfortunate flying beasts that have been lured in by the attractive, ultraviolet light. So it works, it costs very little, I haven’t noticed any particular blips on my electricity bill, and the food waste bin sits on the floor of the kitchen, quietly, and gets used more often.
Where the Gardigo could be improved comes down to the activation method. Installing a timer would be ideal as there is nothing worse than walking in, after an hour and realising you have forgotten to turn it off. Also, the method of cleaning out the corpses requires a screwdriver and can’t just be done on the fly (boom boom.)
The Gardigo insect exterminator is a useful addition to your kitchen and it’s something that the family that is interested in doing their bit to separate food waste in the household should entertain as it makes things a great deal more sanitary, and one day you may hear a satisfying buzz as the Gardigo claims another victim.
This Gardigo UV flying insect annihilator Is available from reichelt for €16,95.