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Re: Pest Identification and Control

PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:56 pm
by Druish
I usually keep my VFT out on the fire escape, since its summer time now and it gets lots of sun out there.
Today, I saw what looked like a june beetle? When I turned the pot to get a closer look at it, it burrowed under the soil. Not sure how long it's been there, I'd assume no longer than today, maybe yesterday. I managed to dig it out and remove it. Should I be worried? I read that they can lay eggs and hatch larva in grass and eat roots. Is there a way I can treat for this in case, without hurting the VFT roots?
EDIT: I should note that I live in southern New England, usa if that helps.
Thanks in advance! :D

Re: Pest Identification and Control

PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:43 pm
by xr280xr
Hmm. Good catch, for starters! I would definitely be worried about the VFT. The larvae like grass roots and if they hatch and the VFT is the only thing available, I would be surprised if they don't munch on it. But I'm not sure what can be used safely on a VFT for this. Milky spore or nematodes are used to treat lawns for "white grubs" but 1) I don't know if milky spore is safe on a VFT and 2) I dont' know if either works quickly enough to protect your VFT. Your best bet might be to just re-pot it before they hatch, but someone else might have a better suggestion.

Re: Pest Identification and Control

PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:06 pm
by Andrew88
Hi everyone,

I’m a newbie just getting started with CP’s and received a VFT in the mail 2 weeks ago. They seem to be doing fine but I’ve noticed some brown spots forming on some of the leaves. Could this be an early sign of pest damage or is it normal. Maybe I’m just being paranoid :D but I’ve heard that mites can seriously damage plants if not treated early. Thanks everyone!

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Re: Pest Identification and Control

PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:30 am
by Pols Voice
Can someone help me ID this pest or disease on my VFTs? My King Henry in particular has been dropping for several days when he used to stand so tall. His leaves appear to be chewed on the edges but his pods appear fine (I think). The other VFTs I have seem to not be thriving as much but are still sprouting new pods. I originally thought everyone was sun starved so I started putting them all on the porch. I live in Texas, and it’s been raining for almost 2 weeks here, so sunlight has been hard to come by. My plants are like pets to me and I’m scared I’m going to lose my beautiful King Henry.

I’ve already ordered some miticide and I’ve been spraying them all with 3-in-1. I keep thinking I see tiny red mites but I have such poor vision and they are so small and still that I’m not sure. I am a newbie to any and all plant care but I really want to do right by these babies. What else can I do?

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Re: Pest Identification and Control

PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:33 pm
by PeachHawk
I must have picked up aphids from a plant sale because my plants live indoors, and I can't get rid of them. I have tried submerging them for days, washing and repotting EACH INDIVIDUAL PLANT, I have even tried the Bayer rose spray and neem oil, I am doing something wrong or I have the worlds toughest aphids. :(

Re: Pest Identification and Control

PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:19 pm
by orchidsbytj
The above information is invaluable! Thanks for that!!

I have found that Take Down Garden Spray works really well, especially for aphids, mites, and mealy bugs. It was suggested to me by one of the major carnivorous plant nurseries on the west coast. I have found that for best results, you have to start spraying well before growing season starts. This seems to keep the pests at bay!

The drowning method worked pretty well on a major mealy infestation that I had. The infected plant was one of my large traps, 'Ginormous'. The individual plants are now, even though they are now dormant, much smaller than they were, but are now pest free! Thank goodness for our natural pest killer ... winter! :-)

Re: Pest Identification and Control

PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:38 pm
by edina
The writeup is great! I have a question about springtails, though. I get that in a moderate quantity they're good for VFTs, but can they jump to other plants and are they bad for others (both carnivorous and non)?

Re: Pest Identification and Control

PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:41 pm
by KategoricalKarnivore
edina wrote:The writeup is great! I have a question about springtails, though. I get that in a moderate quantity they're good for VFTs, but can they jump to other plants and are they bad for others (both carnivorous and non)?

Springtails eat mold/algae and other dead vegetable matter so they won’t harm plants in other pots. They are the cleanup crew basically.

Re: Pest Identification and Control

PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:46 pm
by Adelae
I think my new Lowe's flytrap has thrips : /
It's been growing slowly and the traps aren't developing all the way, and I found something that looks like larvae last night (tiny yellowish rice-shaped bugs, you can kind of see two near the base of the long leaf on the left of the picture).

Does anyone know a good treatment for thrips that's also relatively cat safe? I want to protect my big fluffy idiot from her new interest in plants.

Re: Pest Identification and Control

PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:09 pm
by Nepenthes_Lover
Get a machine gun and go nuts with it, or use neem oil, if the cats likes the smell put it in a plastic container.

Re: Pest Identification and Control

PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 4:36 pm
by mutikasha
Hello all, I have been having my plants in a mini bog garden and since a few weeks ago, new growth looks kinda wrinckly. There was lots of rain and little sun so I attributef to that but today I see these guys...
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New growth

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Is it something to worry about and if so, what can I use?
Thank!

Re: Pest Identification and Control

PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2019 9:29 am
by mutikasha
Just saw this this morning. Pest self control :D

Re: Pest Identification and Control

PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2019 7:33 pm
by mutikasha
Can somebody please give me an answer on this. This is how my New growth looks like...
Dissregard other da age on the plants, it was from hail.

Re: Pest Identification and Control

PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2019 8:08 pm
by Shadowtski
I'm not a Fly Trap guru so take my suggestion with a grain of salt.

When I see trouble at the growth point, I'll dig up the plant and check it with a magnifying glass. Remove any pests you see on it.

Then I put the plant under water (Distilled) for a week or two.
This drowns any bugs and hatching bugs.

Rinse the plant off well and repot it.
Dome or bag it for a few weeks until it looks normal again.

You could also dose it with bug-killing chemicals but I prefer not doing that.

Just my 2¢ worth.

Other growers and better VFT growers may have different opinions.
If an expert Fly Trap grower chimes in, I'd suggest follow his/her advice, rather than mine.

Good luck!

Re: Pest Identification and Control

PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:07 am
by mutikasha
Thank you for the info, but this is not an option for me, as plants are in the bog garden and pests woul return in mater of days/houres. Maybe this weird growth is from planet wanting to flower or the fact that there was little to no sun past few weeks and lots of rain...