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Hi again sarracenia northwest. My name is Alan.  A few weeks or a month ago I asked for your help on a problem that I found with my venus flytraps. I sent you a photo of a king henry flytrap that had three holes on them and I also took a photo of the worm like critter that was responsible. After careful research i found that it's most likely fungus gnat larvae. So far they are not posing any real problem other the traps nectar getting eating and affecting a very few new growth that looks normal but function odd. I will add photos tomorrow. I would like to know what product you use to control and if possible prevent them. They are really annoying to me and venus flytraps due to them chewing the traps. My pitcher plants and sundews and anything other than flytraps show none of these issues. Just flytraps. Can you help me with this problem? Thank you

Hi Alan,

Here's a link back to the original question:  There I made recommendations on products you could use to control pests.  One product I would add that could be very effective in your situation is a product containing Spinosad.  Many garden centers have have products with this, and it is a biological insecticide that is very effective against sucking/chewing insects.  Be sure to watch our podcast on safe insecticides:

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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