Can I use Venus Fly Traps to get rid of garden pests?

by Matthew Cobb

Betteridge’s law of headlines strikes again.


  1. rom
    Posted March 18, 2017 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Damn I was rooting for the Venus Fly Trap.

  2. rickflick
    Posted March 18, 2017 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    If they could talk, and they could move:

    • grasshopper
      Posted March 18, 2017 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

      I always wanted a real live triffid that I could hybridize with my tomato plants so they could walk themselves to the produce market.

  3. jrhs
    Posted March 18, 2017 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Is there any reason that it turned back intead of going forward to get out of the trap?

    • Mark R.
      Posted March 18, 2017 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

      It looks like it was trying but couldn’t find a breach. I was surprised it could turn around in there.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted March 19, 2017 at 3:46 am | Permalink

        After rain, I sometimes find handsome big leopard slugs on the glass panes on the inside of the back door. I guess they must have squeezed through the narrow crack in the closed door – much smaller than they are.

        Well, I know that octopuses are famous for squeezing through tiny gaps, so maybe it’s a talent shared by other molluscs.


  4. Posted March 18, 2017 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Yes, but only one or two and not slugs.

  5. Lars
    Posted March 18, 2017 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    So, then, no.

  6. Doris Fromage
    Posted March 18, 2017 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    LOL! Go for the white pitcher plants – the tall trumpet-shaped pitchers are lined with spines all facing downward. I’ve found the pitchers stuffed full of *hundreds* of flies+gnats+bees+wasps+etc., but I’ve never noticed shwugs – I suspect that the shwugs would decompose rather quickly into an unidentifiable sludge.

    • een
      Posted March 19, 2017 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

      I’ve got a bunch of carnivorous plants, and yes, the Sarracenia pitcher plants can be backed up for about 15cm with insect bits. But they have caught creatures that have eaten their way out the side to escape. I haven’t seen what those were, but suspect they might have been slugs, given that a radula must be a much better tool for getting purchase on an essentially flat surface, compared to insect jaws.

      My Venus fly traps have caught slugs too, but much smaller than the one pictured.

  7. Avis James
    Posted March 19, 2017 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    Thank-you Matthew Cobb. I am glad I saw that video today (it did creep me out a bit!).

  8. Jim Knight
    Posted March 19, 2017 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Wow, that slug will sure gum up your trigger hairs…!

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