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By Shellcior
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Hi, I'm a new user and very new to venus fly traps. I ordered a venus fly trap, pitcher plant and a sundew to put near the "tortoise shed" where I feed the tortoises. There are flies that congregate there and I tried fly strips last year and that did not help much. I want a natural way to keep the insects at a minimum as I don't use insecticides near my tortoises. Are there particular variations of Venus fly traps that catch more flies than others and I saw someone mention putting the pots in water trays to keep moist during hot summers. If you can think of anything, I would any advice. I plan of making shelves to place these plants just above the feeding areas but off of the ground. Tank is a 100lb tortoise and his name describes him perfectly. lol. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks and glad to be here!
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By Supercazzola
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Wonder if American pitcher plants (Sarracenia) would give you the best results? But are you sure the tortoise won’t eat the plants (whichever you choose) ?
By Benny
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Hello, welcome to the forum!
Shellcior wrote:I plan of making shelves to place these plants just above the feeding areas but off of the ground.
Good idea! That way the plants do not become a snack.
Shellcior wrote:There are flies that congregate there and I tried fly strips last year and that did not help much. I want a natural way to keep the insects at a minimum as I don't use insecticides near my tortoises.
Carnivorous plants are a lot of fun to grow, but they are not a significant solution to insect infestations. I would recommend a sarracenia (north american pitcher plant), but even they won't solve your problem very efficiently.

I would recommend one of the fly bag traps. Hang it a little ways away from your tortoises (so that the flies will leave the tortoise area), and the flies will go crazy; killing themselves in the process. I use bag traps for keeping livestock fly-free, as they make a very noticeable dent in the population.

Good luck!
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