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    My venus flytrap has just eaten its first bug and I want to know how to get the bug out. I tried with my other VFT and the trap closed up so how do I get it out

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    take a sprayer and make it spray like a water gun, not mist, but a stream of water. then just shoot it out. it always works for me [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    Why do you want to get the bug out?

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    I have yet to see a carcass and I've had 4 traps open the last week. Does a woodlouse leave an exoskeleton, or is my flytrap just very hungry [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]

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    Hello Junieman

    Welcome to the forums. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] Glad to have you aboard.

    Bugs with hard shell bodies (like flies) that get caught don't all dissolve away. The remaining shell is the exoskeleton often called a "husk". Once the trap has finished feeding and opened up, either rain or a gentle spray with a mister will wash out the husk. I have removed husks with a sprayer set on "stream" and GENTLY sprayed it out. If you spray too hard, you'll trigger the hairs and close the trap again which you don't want to do. If the husk is really stuck, I'll mist it and let it soak for a bit and then try the sprayer. Or...rain washes them out.

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    Yup, PAK and HellzDungeon's methods are really good to use. Also, welcome to forums. It is nice to see another VA. PAK is also from VA! So, welcome and ask away.
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    Thank you all you all been soo kind with my questions

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    Its best not to remove the dead insect because the dead body will often attract a spider for desert!
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