Venus Flytrap Help

I have heard a lot of conflicting things about care of venus flytraps.
I have a little one I bought from Home Depot. It had a long stalk and I allowed it to flower, but only two buds bloomed and it started turning black and fuzzy, so i cut it off at the base. (one website says not to let it flower; it uses up too much energy and is not very spectacular anyway)
then i saw a little bug flying around (a gnat or fruit fly sized buggie), so i herded it into the plant. it walked right through all of the traps without setting them off, i touched the little trigger hairs a lot and they didn't budge. i finally forced it into the best looking one and blew on it so it would wiggle. the trap only closed after lots of wiggles. it closed up tight and after a day had the look of a bag with all the air sucked out. then about three days later the trap was open again and some kind of orange something was all over the trap, like droplets on each of the tooth-like things, and some lines of orange across the outside. it didn't smell good. I cut off that leaf and two others that looked like they were going bad.
anyway, it has some new traps growing and i want it to live without anymore rotting problems. I assume it was having trouble because it was inside an airtight clear plastic dome. i DID open it every day and circulate the air, but the latest thing i read said not to keep it in an airtight space, even though other sites said i should. right now it is in the little pot it came in, in a dish and the dish has distilled water sitting in it, with the pot sitting in the water. were the rot problems from lack of circulating air, or too much water? how wet should the peat be? the instructions that came with it say it should be sitting in water, and so do several sites online. i am near the northeast coast of the US. i don't know if it is humid enough here.
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Rainwater only no fertillizer, don't tease the traps, live insects only, the smelly stuff is a fly attractant.
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do a google search and learn a lot more about fly traps. they are difficult plants to grow, but feeding them insects is not necessary. Ingrid
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Actually Venus Flytraps can be easy to grow and even cold hardy if you grow them outdoors year-round in a properly constructed bog garden. Even though they are native to the Carolinas, they are completely winter hardy in New Jersey and even further north. Hardy sundews and pitcher plants make good companions.
I would disagree about the flowers. The five petalled white flowers are quite unexpected and showy in their own way.

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they need humidity but they cannot live in those little plastic cups. check out sundews cause they are even more cool. what you need is a big flat of sphagnum moss with constant standing water in the bottom to form a humid area... and these guys planted so they can extend their roots down into the wet sphagnum. that is how they grow in the wild. when in doubt pick a web site that says .edu you can get those sites by doing an advanced google search and specifying only .edu sites. Ingrid
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They don't need as much humidity as you may think. Venus Flytraps are NOT tropical plants.
One well known population grows wild in a bog on a golf course in North Carolina!
The Sphagnum should be moist but not sopping wet.

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