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    When I catch a fly I put it in the freezer for a couple of minutes, it goes to sleep and wakes up in the VFT - great. But live flies are hard to catch so I've tried other bugs and they seem to die in my freezer for even one minute. Pathetic compared to flies.

    Anyway what do you guys do to make the trap close all the way. I use a bit of fine fishing line poked through the gap to tickle it but it doesn't work. (I would use angry smily here but it scares me). How long do you need to do it for? Any secret techniques?

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    just slightly squeeze the sides of the trap until you see a digestive seal on the traps. Repeat the process over a couple times again to make sure.
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    Yeah that worked on the frozen-to-death moth I just put in. Not as satisfying as live bugs trapped in there with it squeezing in on them though [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    I read in a book about VFTs that you could massage the sides of the traps every couple of minutes for about half an hour to convince the trap that there is a bug in there. I haven't tried it in a while, but I'm pretty sure it works.

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    So what if they're hard to catch, Darwin? The chase will improve your reflexes! Get dem flies! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]

    Seriously, though, I just leave my VFT's outside. They catch their own dinner.
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    I've become a master fly catcher with my hands [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/mad.gif[/img] But after that one time a horse fly bit me, i let my vfts catch them on their own for a while [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

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    I've become really good at catching flies also. I have visions of ruining the fly population around my house. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img] One fly I put in my vft was alive, but the trap did not fully close. One end is open. The fly is still alive, and buzzes sometimes. I feel bad because it's dying a slow horrible death. Has this happened to anyone else?
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    I'm still only a novice fly catcher, but I caught my first fly in my hand the other day. Now that was fast reflexes.

    Warlock, I suppose you can't do much about that fly, just wait as it is digested alive. Was the fly too big for the trap maybe?

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