Stuck dead bug schells

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Stuck dead bug schells

by Nats » Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:52 pm

Lots of traps on my plants have dead (digested) bug remains stuck to the traps.
I have tried washing them out with a misting bottle w/o success.
Is there a way to get rid of them w/o triggering the hairs by accedent?

I know it's no big deal them being there, it just looks gross!! :shock:
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Re: Stuck dead bug schells

by Steve_D » Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:56 pm

I use a spray bottle to mist and loosen the dry insect husks (exoskeletons), wait for a few seconds, then remove them with tweezers. If I'm not successful removing them on the first attempt, I wait for more than a minute (focusing on other traps in the meantime) in order to avoid triggering the trap to close. Most of the time, if an insect husk can be removed in one action, the trap will not close. Even if it does close, it will usually open again within a day or two.

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Re: Stuck dead bug schells

by Nats » Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:18 pm

Okay, thats Steve.

I have noticed that the traps I feed die and dont open back up!

I think it's because I alway pick the biggest trap, which is also probably an old one and
has used up its energy!?

Most plants are outside, so what happens to them all day I dont know, but they do catch
their own bugs (which we have no shortage of!!)
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Re: Stuck dead bug schells

by EEEKROAR » Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:16 am

I use compressed air if they get really bad. Not the kind out of a can, but out of my air compressor.

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Re: Stuck dead bug schells

by stry67 » Mon Aug 01, 2011 4:40 am

What the heck is a schell

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Re: Stuck dead bug schells

by Anne58 » Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:52 pm

They're talking about the left over bug remains aka the shell . . . .. . there are a few typos floating around in the forum posts

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Re: Stuck dead bug schells

by Daniel_G » Mon Aug 01, 2011 2:32 pm

Nats, traps dying when you feed them is a bad sign.
You may want to increase light, or anything lacking in your care. :)
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Re: Stuck dead bug schells

by dantt99 » Mon Aug 01, 2011 4:28 pm

Or that means the bug is too big for the trap :)

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Re: Stuck dead bug schells

by Darkrai283 » Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:03 am

I would listen to both of the Dans! And Anne58, wasn't stry67 trying to point out the typo? lol
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Re: Stuck dead bug schells

by Nats » Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:48 pm

LOL!! there are lots of typo's in my post's;)
I meant shell :)
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Re: Stuck dead bug schells

by Adelaide » Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:14 pm

It might also be the type of bug or the size, I've noticed that ants that crawl into mine kill the trap, too hard and not juicy enough.
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Re: Stuck dead bug schells

by Darkrai283 » Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:12 am

Maybe too big? For ants, even if its around 1/3 of the trap size, they do frequently die so use smaller species of ants.
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Re: Stuck dead bug schells

by Nats » Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:17 pm

Talk about ants! they LOVE my VFT's.
They crawl around all over them, but do not get trapped because they are so small.
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