Treating Pests & Diseases of the Venus Flytrap

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Treating pests and diseases of a Venus Fly Traps can be difficult, learn all about caring for carnivorous plants in this free video. View Video Transcript

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Wes Major

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Hi my name is Wes on behalf of Expert, and in this video segment I am going to show you how to grow the Venus fly trap. If you want to know more about carnivorous plants and Venus fly traps, you can visit us at In this video segment, I am going to talk to you about common diseases that may plague your Venus fly trap plant. In general, there aren’t very many diseases or pests that may harm your plant, but the most common ones you may encounter are things like aphid or different types of fungus. It may seem a little bit ironic that a carnivorous plant may suffer from an insect disease, but this does occasionally happen. If you are suffering from aphids, you can use a product called Ornithine; this is something we like to use. It comes in a pellet form as you can see here, and you just want to treat the soil of the plant. You really only want to put on a dozen or so of these small pellets around the soil of the plant. This product, this insecticide will be absorbed into the soil through the roots and up into the leaves of the fly trap. When the insects try to bite the leaves of the fly trap, they will then die from the poison, but this shouldn’t harm your plant. Another common pest, or disease rather, is the fungus. You can see here that this plant is looking kind of sad shape, and it may have a little bit of fungus on the plant or on the soil. You want to make sure that this plant isn’t dying for another reason, like a low water level, or it could be going into dormancy before you treat it. We like to use here this captane, or other fungicides that you use for the plant. Here, you want to mix it up in solution, and then spray it on top of the plant like this, and that should take care of your fungus problem, or any of your insect problems that you are having.