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Flies were injured in the making of this gadget! The one in the photo, I'm not sorry to say, is no longer with us--Garbage Can Fly Trap
Flies were injured in the making of this gadget! The one in the photo, I'm not sorry to say, is no longer with us--Garbage Can Fly Trap
Flies were injured in the making of this gadget! The one in the photo, I'm not sorry to say, is no longer with us--Garbage Can Fly Trap
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THE GARBAGE CAN FLY TRAP

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Flies land on things you never want to set foot in, though you probably have, then they land on your sandwich! Yuck!  That's why we invented the Garbage Can Fly Trap.  It doesn’t require chemical attractants, the use of unsightly fly strips or chasing flies with a swatter! Join us as we unite to say no more to the dreaded fly on our sandwiches, kitchen counters and anywhere else that matters!

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KILLS FLIES DEAD!
KILLS FLIES DEAD!

 3D Printed Prototype Doing Its Job!

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The Garbage Can Fly Trap & Disposable Cartridge
The Garbage Can Fly Trap & Disposable Cartridge
Use A Fly's Natural Attraction to Your Garbage Can Against It!
Use A Fly's Natural Attraction to Your Garbage Can Against It!

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Valid along the I-5 corridor: Oceanside to Imperial Beach, the SR-78 corridor: Oceanside to Escondido, the I-8 corridor: Ocean Beach to El Cajon, the I-15 corridor: Temecula to San Diego and everywhere in between.

Hole Saw Special**
This exact hole saw can be purchased at Home Depot for $12.57 (1-1/2 in. Hole Dozer Hole Saw with Arbor).  Garbage Can Fly Trap takes no responsibility for damage to persons, garbage receptacles or any other property due to the use of a hole saw.

Kitchen Garbage Can Application
Kitchen Garbage Can Application

 The Trap & Cartridge

The Garbage Can Fly Trap allows users to discretely catch and eliminate flies from kitchens, homes and outdoor areas. Flies, already attracted to food waste in your garbage, walk into the trap (installed in the lid of your garbage can) and are caught in the disposable paper cartridge (under the garbage can lid). The disposable cartridge is lined with fly paper which prevents the fly's escape. The trap doesn’t require chemical attractants, the use of unsightly fly paper strips, or chasing flies with a swatter. The disposable cartridge can then be released directly into your garbage bag via a quick release button on top of the trap allowing for hands-free disposal. The Garbage Can Fly Trap captures fruit flies too!  Patent Pending

Flies Enter Here
Flies Enter Here

How It Works

Flies are naturally attracted to the smell of garbage in your garbage can. Flies, being attracted to the scent, seek the easiest route to gain access. We have designed the Garbage Can Fly Trap to let them think they have found it.  They enter on the exterior of the trap under the quick release button and follow their "nose" to the disposable cartridge below.  The cartridge contains fly paper which prevents their escape.  When you are ready to throw away the trap, simply push the quick release button to release the disposable cartridge directly in to the trash.  Then snap on a new cartridge and you are ready to go!

Quick Release Demonstation On the Lid of a Garbage Can
Quick Release Demonstation On the Lid of a Garbage Can

WARNING - Flies Were Harmed In The Making of This Gadget

PROTOTYPING

Early Prototype: Caught flies but they were loud when lid was opened

Left: Fly On Garbage Can Lid / Right: Trapped Flies
Left: Fly On Garbage Can Lid / Right: Trapped Flies

Next Prototype: 

Flypaper = quiet flies but cage removal required touching it.

Left: Trap Installed / Right: Closeup - flypaper = quiet flies
Left: Trap Installed / Right: Closeup - flypaper = quiet flies
Results After 1 Afternoon In Curbside Garbage Can - there are 68!
Results After 1 Afternoon In Curbside Garbage Can - there are 68!
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Video = approx. 15 minutes (edited for brevity) of fly capturing badness!

Easy Installation In Less Than A Minute

Garbage can lids are the best location to mount the Garbage Can Fly Trap (no bait is necessary - just your garbage) but there are many other containers to which the trap can be mounted (but you will need to bait them - we have found food scraps work best for house flies and rotting fruit works best for fruit flies).

Fruit Fly Abatement
Fruit Fly Abatement

If you know what a drill is used for, you can install the Garbage Can Fly Trap. Simply drill a 1.5" hole in the lid of your collection device of choice and attach the Garbage Can Fly Trap.  Then snap on a cartridge and you are all set.

Quick and Easy Installation!
Quick and Easy Installation!

FAQ 

Meredith from Australia asks:
"How often would the cartridge need changing?"

GCFT Answers:
"Replacement of the cartridges really depends on how many flies are caught in the trap.  We have kept cartridges for as long as two weeks early in the season when there were only a couple flies in them.  The shortest duration was one day when we caught 68 flies (yes, we counted them) in our outdoor garbage can at the height of the season."  

Ken from the UK asks:
"Why would I need to capture flies outside?"

GCFT Answers:
"Generally, you wouldn't, unless you spend much time entertaining in your backyard.  We don't like it when flies are "bugging" our friends when we have them over for a BBQ.  The Garbage Can Fly Trap can help you with that."

Scott from California asks:
"How much will additional cartridges cost down the road? Say for a 20 or 25 pack of them. It seems like a 3 pack won't last long in an outdoor trash can during the summer."

GCFT Answers:
"A higher volume of cartridge sales will allow us to substantially lower the price point of the cartridge which is our goal.  We are considering a "stretch goal" as it relates to cartridges which will cut the price dramatically but this requires that we prove market viability with this campaign."

Jonathan from South Texas asks: "I am interested in this product but only if you come up with a reasonable cost effective way for me to get the cartridges or I view this as a throw away product since it will only last a couple of days/weeks and I have to throw it away since I have no replacements.  Hopefully you will get something figured out soon as this really looks like a good product to have during the summers here in South Texas."

GCFT Answers:
"You make a great point! The more cartridges that are purchased the cheaper they are to order (basic economies of scale). Just to give you an idea, we had 100 manufactured and they cost us $2.63 per piece not including screen and fly stickum or labor costs to assemble them. That is unsustainable and without economies of scale, you are right, this would be a throw away product. We are working hard to take advantage of economies of scale but we need your purchase to prove there is a market for the product which would then warrant further investment on our part to manufacture on a grand scale. So, please purchase more cartridges by adding a 10-pack to your pledge ($10 in the US).

Matthew from the U.S. asks:
"Is this design going to capture fruit flies and prohibit them from flying back out the entry hole?

GCFT Answers:"Thanks for your question Matthew. We have seen fruit flies walk into the hole and then walk back out again because they didn't go all the way down into the trap but they, there were two of them in this case, went back into it after milling about for a bit on the exterior and were caught. We have seen the same for house flies."

Risks and challenges

The Garbage Can Fly Trap was developed, tested and refined over the past year. We also have teamed up with several local product design and manufacturing experts to ensure everything goes according to plan. However, when manufacturing injection molded products, slight delays are possible, which could affect the start of production.

To overcome this challenge, we will be open and honest, and communicate all delays to our backers.

We are confident the Garbage Can Fly Trap will exceed your expectations so bring on the pledges so we can rid the earth of the scourge of flies!

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    So you hate flies too! Our sincerest thanks for helping us bring the Garbage Can Fly Trap to market - your donation is greatly appreciated. With your pledge, you are helping us prove market viability for the Garbage Can Fly Trap. Thank you!

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    1 Mini Garbage Can
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