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    My Venus Fly Trap has aphids, what do I do?

    I was just checking my Venus Fly Trap after it's been producing really small traps the past couple of weeks. I checked and saw little green bugs covering the leaves.

    What do I do? I've just trimmed off all the leaves and preparing to immerse the plant in water to drown out the bugs.
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    Neem oil works pretty well though it's not a long term control unless you reapply pretty often, you can also try a more 'biological method' of ladybugs and young praying mantids.

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    I would have just soaked it without trimming off the leaves.

    I just soaked all my VFTs recently due to red spider mites.
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    from where i came from some people use smoke to control insect problem in their crop. and it kill instantly. but it could be poisonous for humans. but i m quite sure ots 100% risk free for plants

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    Remove the insects, not the leaves. The leaves may be all that's left for the plant to restore itself with. Sorta like removing the intestines along with an intestinal parasite (oops) - at least the plant might have enough energy to grow new leaves, if it hasn't already been weakened too much.
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    If my FlyTrap doesn't survive, I'm already looking at buying a "low giant" to replace it.
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    i'd just submerge the entire plant in water over night. the aphids will either drown, or seek drier plants to live on. you're vft will be fine overnight underwater. it is a bog plant afterall...

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    Aphids are one of the easier bugs to control..
    I agree, just submerge the plant completely in water for a day or two..
    the plant can handle it fine, the bugs cant..

    I would cover the container in plastic to keep the buggers from escaping and colonizing elsewhere.

    Now if it was scale, I would just throw the plant away..
    but fortunately scale is rare on CP's..

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