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    It's not really necessary I use the spray method (at least, I DID way back when my VFTs were actually halfway healthy and there was a cause for there being a dead bug in there _)... sometimes it triggers the trap, but not nearly as much as it would using tweezers. If you really don't want to trigger it, first ensure to yourself that you have good eyesight, and then take something really skinny (toothpick or needle) and push the carcass out really slowly, focusing your eyes on the trigger hairs so you don't touch them.
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    I always screw up when using a needle or tweezers. It mostly depends where the bug is between the trigger hairs. I have found the best way is to take a squirt bottle and spray the dead bug out. The way the tension in the vft hairs is set, water droplets just bend around them and don't move them. This is why rain doesn't trip traps like mad. If you trip the trap using water, you probably pushed the bug into another trigger hair.

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    Usually rain takes care of mine but I have used a spray bottle when I feel the need to clean them up a little. First I mist it gently and let the husk soak for a bit (because sometimes they are really stuck onto the trap). Then I GENTLY squirt a stream in the trap and slowly force the husk out. Most of the time its fine...occasionally I trigger a trap.

    But if your plants are kept outside, a good hard rain will usually clean them out. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]



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    i used a cocktail stick to remove the dead ones, i flick them once and if they dont fall do it agin in 5 mins and so on so you dont trip the trap.

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    DJ Ricky B, The trap will not trip after a first activation. If you touch a hair, give it 30 or 40 seconds, and you can safely remove them. I find it best to take them out as soon as the trap is opening as they are still wet from the "acid" soak from the plant and are much easier to deal with. If they dry out, sometimes they will stick to a trap and make it harder. I simply use a toothpick to flick them out. Though I also let the carcass remain sometimes.
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    Why, people, why?

    Just leave those carcasses in there without messing about with tweezers!
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