Best carnivores plants for Fruitflys

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  1. Brodybreaux25

    Brodybreaux25 Member

    Fruit flies every where! What is the best carnivorous plant for fruit fly? I know venus, pitcher, and sun dew plants will work but do any of them preform better the rest? I think Venus traps are out because the have to trip two hairs to trigger the trap. I'm leanin towards Sundews. Is any one variety of sundew better than the rest?

    Are there any other plants that do better than these three?
     
    #1 Brodybreaux25, Jun 18, 2017
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  2. Leo Chance

    Leo Chance Member

    The best insectivorous plants for fruit flies are butterworts or sundews. Both will be equally effective.
    The plants need strong light and can sit in a tray of clean water.
     
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  3. jamest0o0

    jamest0o0 Chameleon Enthusiast

    I was just looking at this a couple weeks ago, I'm fighting a fungus gnat explosion as well. Butterworts seem to be the best, I'd assume sundews are good too. Nice thing about butterworts, they don't need to hibernate, they just turn into succulents for a few months. That all said, pitcher plants and fly traps are freaking awesome.
     
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  4. etclement

    etclement Established Member

    I prefer Nepenthes pitcher plants. They're tropical, safe for chams (as long as the pitcher can't hold the cham) and are alive all year round.
     
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  5. Brodybreaux25

    Brodybreaux25 Member

    Thanks! I just ordered one sundew and one butterworts just to play with, both small. I'm sure at some point I'm going to want to buy bigger and better versions, can anyone recommend a good supplier I can buy from?

    Anyone have any experience with raising them from seed instead of a young potted plant?
     
  6. etclement

    etclement Established Member

    No experience in that but California Carnivores had a good selection
     
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  7. Angelwolf

    Angelwolf Avid Member

    Really? They are safe for chams? I had one before and it didn't get enough light so it died. But if I could put one in my veiled's cage, I could keep it alive better!
     
  8. etclement

    etclement Established Member

    As far as I know, as long as the pitcher isn't able to swallow the cham, it is a great plant. I look forward to using it in my new bioactive setup, because it will control the inevitable fungus gnat invasion, the leaves are great for drinking, and it grows nicely.
     
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  9. Angelwolf

    Angelwolf Avid Member

    Ya. He's an adult, so it would have to be a monster plant to swallow him up! Lol!
     
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    etclement Established Member

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  11. Angelwolf

    Angelwolf Avid Member

    It won't open for me! :(
     
  12. Brodybreaux25

    Brodybreaux25 Member

    I have way too many in my house to just wait for my plants catch up with my infestation. So I just wanted to share the first truly effective "flying insect management tool" I've come across. Cost about $5 + 2 AA batteries. I bought one for myself and my son. within two hours I know we knocked out at least 90% of those little bastards!
     

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  13. jamest0o0

    jamest0o0 Chameleon Enthusiast

    Really wow I've never seen that? My gnat problem is real I should give it a try.
     
  14. RedMountainHome

    RedMountainHome Established Member

    What about good old fashioned fly paper? Super cheap, easy to hang a roll from the ceiling (or ceiling fan), and effective if a bit unsightly.

    Side note, it's funny to hear pitcher plants being called tropical and seeing people charge $150 for them. Those, and venus fly traps, are all over where I grew up.
     
  15. Brodybreaux25

    Brodybreaux25 Member

    I hung 4 sets of fly paper in my living room. After three weeks, and I'm not exaggerating here, I caught a grand total of 1 fruit fly. The traps literally caught me more often than the damn flys.

    Trust me, you can get an electric swatter for the same price as the paper. Also if you let your kids do the fly hunting for you, they will love you for it!
     
  16. jamest0o0

    jamest0o0 Chameleon Enthusiast

    Btw do all nepenthes not need hibernated? I'd like to hang some of these up
     
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  17. jamest0o0

    jamest0o0 Chameleon Enthusiast

    Any of you carnivorous plant people able to recommend a type of pitcher and sundew for a beginner?
     
  18. Tortdad

    Tortdad Established Member

    alustrian lance leafed sundew
     
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    Tortdad Established Member

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