MAGGOT CONTROL


Maggots are something most people don’t like to see in and around their home. Generally white and resembling a worm or caterpillar, most maggots have a tendency to “gross out” even the toughest of men. In most cases you will see hundreds if not thousands at one location and the way they move makes it appear as though 10 times as many are actually present. If you have seen them in your garbage or out in the yard, you know the feeling. Well, this article will help shed some light on this misunderstood insect and then offer various options on how to treat local infestations.


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MAGGOT BIOLOGY

Maggots are almost always the young of some type of insect. Most commonly the young of some specie of fly, maggots could be young beetles, moths or many other local and common insects. Virtually all insects hatch out young which will start its life as a type of worm-like creature. Fly larva – or maggots as they are more commonly known – will almost always be white. They might have a tan, brown or black head but most people just see white. This is due to the sheer numbers that most people will happen upon when they first find any in or around the home. Since many insects will start out in this form, there is no common size nor location where they may be found.

 

MAGGOT PROBLEMS

Maggots are generally associated with either garbage or a dead animal. However, they can readily feed on almost anything organic. This list includes but is not limited to carpeting, wallpaper, pet food, bird seed, pets, couches, clothing, furniture, pet hair, people hair, live animals, plants, fruit, vegetables, cooked meat or food, compost piles and just about anywhere in the home or immediately adjacent to it. Though maggots serve to “recycle” most any type of garbage or other decaying matter, most people don’t want them in and/or around the house because they’re unsanitary and unsightly.

The following video is quite graphic but it shows what filth flies do when then find a dead animal. Basically they’ll ingest any liquids on the carcass they can find as well as start laying eggs.



MAGGOT FOOD

Nature has a way of finding a place for most any living creature and maggots are no different. They are clearly responsible for the recycling of almost anything which is considered waste. There are even maggots which are so highly specialized that they can only eat certain types of waste! These species are so highly developed that the adult stages will actively seek out the special food requirement their young must have and only when such a food supply is found will they lay their eggs. Once the eggs hatch, the larva (maggot) doesn’t even have to search for food. Most maggots will feed for a few days to a few weeks, depending on species, and then it will migrate away from the food supply to seek a good location to undergo metamorphosis. This is the stage during which the “maggot” turns into the adult. This usually occurs inside a cocoon or shell like case in which the insect will literally transform into an adult. Once this stage is completed – which could take a week, a month or even a year – the adult will emerge with generally only two things in mind: finding a mate and then reproducing.

Since there are many things in and around the home which can serve as food for maggots, all it takes is a fertile adult female laying some eggs and a local infestation can ensue. In general, the faster the food supply is likely to go bad and rot, the faster the life cycle of the maggots which will want to eat it. For example, over ripe fruit and vegetables may attract several types of flies which will be able to complete their life cycles in under one week. Maggots may only need to feed for a day or two which insures the species will propagate – even if there is only a limited amount of food around on which to feed.

 

WHAT DO MAGGOTS BECOME

On the other hand, fly maggots, like Blow Flies, will feed for a slightly longer time. Generally this type of maggot will feed on dead animals. They are commonly found in homes which had an animal die somewhere inaccessible. This is quite common due to the use of Rodenticide and the mistaken belief that the mice or rats that eat it will “go outside to seek water” or “dry up when they die so they don’t release any odor”. Nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, the most common cause of maggot problems in the home is due to flies which have been attracted to the rotting corpse of some animal. And the most common animal they are finding are either rats, mice or squirrels with the most common cause of the animals death being contributed to the use of a rodenticide! If you are experiencing this problem, we suggest you go to our on line article about Rats and Mice and read up on how to deal with local problems.

 

MAGGOTS IN THE HOME

When maggots are found in or around the home, they are usually found in one or two stages. Stage one infestations are when the maggots are found on the food they need to eat. This many times will be a dead animal that has died in the attic, crawl space, under a deck, in the wall or some other area. Once dead, it will begin to decay. This process releases gases and odors which will attract flies and other insects. These insects will start laying eggs on the body and larva could hatch in as little as a day or two. If the dead animal is large enough, the inhabitants of the structure will detect its presence because the smell will become stronger with every passing day. At some point there will a search for the source of the odor and if the animal is found, don’t be surprised to find a lot of maggots as well. At this time, there are a few things which need to be done.

 

MAGGOT CLEANUP OF FOOD

Wilson Freedom RespiratorRough and ReadyFirst, the body should be removed and thrown into a heavy plastic bag that can be sealed so that as much of the odor, insects and germs can be sealed up and contained. The area where it was laying should be cleaned up with ROUGH’N READY which will sanitize all treated surfaces. Rough’n Ready is a strong disinfectant and works well for such applications killing all types of bacteria, virus and other bad microbes you don’t want around or in the home. Use a DISPOSABLE RESPIRATOR during the cleanup to insure you are not breathing in any of these contaminants.

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BG 2300Pump SprayerNNZQuick ActionOnce sanitized, you should apply either QUICK ACTION or NNZ. These are products which are designed to remove the dead animal odor. Simply spray them over the area which has been cleaned focusing on any and all surfaces which had animal contact. You can apply either one with one of our SPRAYERS but if you are not able to get to the area where the animal was laying, consider the use of a FOGGING MACHINE. This device will blow the material out over 50-70 feet so that you can treat hard to reach areas quite well.

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NNZRough and ReadyFoaming AgentSolo 2 Gal FoamerIf the targeted area is in a wall, you won’t be able to get liquids to penetrate properly when sprayed through small holes. For this type of problem, you will need one of our FOAMING TOOLS along with FOAMING AGENT. This tool basically takes the liquid products like ROUGH’N READY and NNZ and converts them to a thick foam – much like shaving cream – which is much better suited at penetrating wall voids and staying where it is applied. It will take a little more time and cost to get the job done this way but the results will be immediate and in the long run save both time, excessive use of product in the wrong area and a lot of aggravation. Foaming is very effective for wall or ceiling applications and if you suspect the targeted odor and maggot problem is in such a void, there is no need to rip the wall apart when foaming is available.

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MAGGOT CONTROL SPRAY

BG 2300Pump SprayerD-Fense SCPermethrin 10Immediately after the odor control product is applied, you should treat with either PERMETHRIN or DEFENSE SC. Both concentrates will control maggots immediately; Permethrin is best suited for indoor applications and Defense is designed to last longer outside. Be sure to cover all hidden cracks and crevices where the body was positioned. Since maggots will leave the body on which they were feeding, some could be 10-20 feet away and sometimes more. And if you don’t treat the surrounding area well, these well fed maggots will undergo metamorphosis during the next few days and start emerging once fully developed. Use either one of our SPRAYERS or the FOGGING MACHINE to do the application but the key is to be able and get the product properly dispersed over the area where activity was noted.

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MAGGOTS ON PETS

And don’t rule out live animals, such as pets, when trying to locate the source of young maggots. It is quite common to have maggots suddenly appear on otherwise healthy dogs or cats. This will generally happen during the warm summer months and seems to occur more on pets which are kept outside. It also seems to be more common on animals which are either sickly or have sustained some sort of injury. Animals with long hair can hide the maggots and it can be hard to see them without making a close inspection.

If left untreated, maggots on dogs or cats can be life threatening. This can happen due to deadly toxins that will be absorbed by the infested pet. These toxins will eventually put the animal into a state of shock which will require immediate veterinary action. For this reason its imperative that maggots on dogs or cats be treated using the remedies listed below.

 

MAGGOT CONTROL FOR PETS

Water Based Flea SprayMelaleuca ShampooIf you find maggots on your pet, there are two products which need to be used. First, the animal should be washed well to help remove any maggots that are alive. Use some MELALEUCA SHAMPOO for this job. It will both help to dislodge maggots and maggot eggs. This special formulation will also promote healing of the skin and fur and help to take away the “itch”. Taking away the irritation and itch on the animal is key to getting it healed. Once it has been cleaned, apply some of our WATER BASED PET SPRAY. This material has both Pyrethrin and Permethrin as active ingredients. These two actives will work two ways.

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First, the Pyrethrin will quickly kill off any live maggots which were not removed during the bathing of the animal. Second, the Permethrin will leave a 1-2 week residual on the skin and fur of the animal. This residual action will kill off any maggots that hatch during this time to prevent further infestations on the pet. Also, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT NOT TO USE AN OIL BASED SPRAY ON THE HOST PET. Oil will not only irritate the pets skin, it will prevent proper healing and only lead to more discomfort and problems. You must only use a Water Based material like our spray detailed above. And if the animal is covered with maggots, be sure to spray it down prior to washing with the Melaleuca. This will help with the removal of them during the bath because dead maggots will wash away a lot easier then live ones. You will have to retreat the pet once dry but a good spraying will allow for better and faster results when dealing with active maggots on pets.

 

COMMON MAGGOT PROBLEMS

Another type of common maggot problem occurs in garbage, carpeting or from the ground or concrete around the home. Since there are many organic things in garbage (like thrown away food), flies and other insects are drawn to these areas due to the odors and gases which are released. This is especially common during the warmer months of the year because the heat contributes to the problem.

 

MAGGOTS IN GARBAGE

One thing the heat does is get the garbage to rot faster which in turn causes it to release all it’s natural attractants which in turn attract insects. The insects are able to complete their life cycle that much faster because both the source of their nutrition (the rotting garbage) and the high temps allow for a faster then normal growth rate. Common areas for this type of problem are outside where garbage is kept, around pet kennels, compost piles and in garages. In fact, garages will many times present the best place for such an infestation because cars which are parked while very hot cause the temperature to get unnaturally high. This extra high temperature enables the maggots cycle to complete that much faster.

 

MAGGOT CONTROL FOR GARBAGE AREAS

NNZFor such areas, there are two things which should be done. First, spray the area on a regular basis with NNZ. This product works to remove the smell of the garbage which in turn will prevent insects from coming around wanting to lay eggs. It can be applied in garbage pails, around where garbage is stored, pet runs and kennels, compost piles and just about anywhere you are having the problem inside or outside the home. Apply it with any of the Sprayers we have featured above and use it once a month or as needed to keep odors in check.

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MAGGOTS IN THE SINK OR TUB

When maggots start showing up in your sink or bathroom tub, that usually means there is a food source either close to the drain or in the drain itself. Animals tend to die close to water and drain lines can many times “trap” or harbor small animals that die and become maggot infested. Additionally, many food items and organic matter in general can serve as food for any maggot so insinkerators commonly have maggot problems.

SurvivorsTo treat a maggot problem in the drain line, you should first try to remove anything organic that might be in the pipe. This can be done by pouring some SURVIVORS down the drain. Survivors is a bacteria that will “eat” anything organic. This process happens quickly and in doing so, will take away any food the maggots may have found.

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Gentrol AersolNext, you should also spray down the drain with some GENTROL AEROSOL. Labeled for use in sinks and drains, Gentrol is a growth regulator that will prevent the complete cycle of the maggots to complete which will effectively cause them die. Gentrol is not a traditional pesticide and in fact, it won’t kill anything. It’s basically nothing more than a protein and by over exposing the young maggots to this protein, they cannot develop properly.

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MAGGOTS COMING FROM EVERYWHERE

Stage two type infestations are when you don’t actually see the maggots when they are feeding. Instead, you happen to find them migrating through your home. In most cases, dozens of maggots will be seen crawling around without any real destination or direction. They could be on the floor, furniture, under appliances, on the walls and just about anywhere in the home. This type of infestation is basically when the maggots are relocating from their source of food to where they want to stage their metamorphosis. Since small amounts of food can serve to enable many maggots to grow, it is not always detectable. Many times a piece of meat or some other food can fall behind or under an area in the kitchen where it remains hidden. Its odor may be slight enough to avoid detection by the people who live there but most any fly or other insect will certainly find it

 

MAGGOTS COMING FROM UNDER CONCRETE

Since organic matter can easily accumulate under cement, it’s not uncommon to have maggots coming out of cracks found in sidewalks, patios and other cement slabs in or around the home. In some cases water or some other natural carrier is depositing the material under the cement. In fact, water can many time transport the maggot eggs and deposit them where they’ll hatch undetected in these hidden spaces under the concrete.

Whatever the case, dirt will many times have enough food to sustain the hatching larvae and if left untreated, they’ll grow and then migrate up and out which is when you’ll discover you have a problem.

Permethrin 10The good news is you can easily treat the problem with either a liquid or an aerosol. So if the cracks are large and you can get a liquid spray to funnel down into the gap, apply PERMETHRIN to any crack where you see them emerging. Treat weekly until the problem stops. In most cases, it will just take 1-2 treatments to control the hatching larvae.

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D-Force AerosolBut if the cracks are tiny and you find it hard to get a liquid into the gap, go with the D-FORCE AEROSOL instead. It comes with a straw like “injecting tube” making it better suited for such a specific spot treatment.

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MAGGOTS IN THE GARDEN

Another common nest site for maggots are gardens. People are commonly recycling waste products as fertilizer which will readily attract flies which in turn leads to maggots. Animal manure is being sold which will many times contain fly eggs and pupae. Once applied to your gardens, maggots will start hatching within days. These maggots will be hungry and will target your plants for food.

Veg PlusFor common flower beds and ground cover, VEGETABLES PLUS PERMETHRIN is a good choice to spray. It will quickly kill the maggots active as well as prevent new ones from coming around.

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Multi-Purpose-Insect-KillerFor organic gardeners, go with MULTIPURPOSE INSECT KILLER. It’s safe enough to be sprayed on vegetables and fruit bearing plants and will handle maggots fine.

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MAGGOTS IN THE HOME

Permethrin 10If a Stage Two infestation is found, it is important to try and locate what the maggots may have been eating. It will most likely be in the room with the most maggots so spend a lot of time checking everywhere in that room and be sure to turn over any furniture cushions, look under couches and check up high on wall units. Many maggot infestations are the result of some youngster throwing some food up on a wall unit behind a book where only the flies were able to find it! Two weeks later the house is crawling with maggots and a month later there are flies everywhere!!! Once you feel confident you have found the main source of food for the maggots or if you believe they must have ate it all, you need to do two types of treatments. If the maggots were crawling through the carpeting, it is best to treat it with the PERMETHRIN listed above. Apply about 1 gallon of finished product to every 800 sq/ft of carpeting. Be sure to treat the entire main room and don’t forget the neighboring rooms as well. Since maggots will travel 50-100 feet, it is not uncommon for them to be in many other rooms once they have been on the move.

Permethrin 10Permethrin 10:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/permethrin-10

 

MAGGOT CONTROL AEROSOL SPRAY

D-Force AerosolAdditionally, it is best to treat all the moldings, baseboard seams, door frames, and spaces where maggots would want to nest with DFORCE AEROSOL. This product comes with a long straw which is perfect for getting the material deep into the voids where the maggots like to hide. Dforce is a good flushing agent so any maggots close to where you spray some will feel it’s presence and come out. This can really help you eliminate their hiding locations and when combined with the Permethrin, you should be able to chase them out and over the residual action of the Permethrin.

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MAGGOTS IN CARS

When flies lay eggs in an automobile, you’ll commonly find their maggots active in the carpeting and up under the seats. The first thing you need to do for these infestations is to vacuum out the car thoroughly. This will help remove maggot food, eggs and pupae.

Multi-Purpose-Insect-KillerPermethrin 10Next, spray the carpeting with either the PERMETHRIN listed above or MULTI PUPOSE INSECT KILLING AEROSOL. Permethrin is odorless and will easily control the foraging maggots where sprayed. But since its a liquid, Permethrin may be a bit messy for the car. So if you prefer a “dry” material to apply, go with the Multi Purpose Insect Killer. With this product, no mixing is needed so this option is usually the easier way to proceed.

Once you decide which product to use, treat twice. The second application should be done within 7 days of the first application to insure you get all the hatching eggs.

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Multi-Purpose-Insect-KillerLice Killer: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/lice-killer-10-oz

 

ORGANIC FLY MAGGOT SPRAY

Now if you’re seeing maggots or flies around a compost pile or bin, we have an easy to use organic option that can be used safely as often as is needed. Approved for organic gardening, this product can be applied daily if needed and won’t pose a hazard to the compost so it can be used as intended.

Flying Insect KillerKnown as ORGANIC FLYING INSECT KILLER, this aerosol can be used inside around garbage bins, compost pails, etc. It will control flies and their maggots so you can continue composting without having insects.

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MAGGOTS IN COCOONS

Now if any of the maggots were able to spin cocoons and start to pupate, chemical treatments won’t affect them. Once they are sealed up in their protective cases, they will be able to withstand being sprayed directly. This means you can do nothing but wait and expect to have some adult insects emerging in the next few weeks to a few months depending mostly on the species which was active. The good news is that any of the food supply which was able to allow the first infestation to start should be gone. If you have taken measures to prevent this from happening again, the few that make it to adulthood should die off in a few days in a futile attempt to find food on which to lay their eggs. However, if you failed to either treat following the maggot activity or if you have allowed the conditions which led to the first infestation continue, these hatching adults may just be able to breed and reproduce successfully. If this is happening, you must try and find the food supply on which these adults are laying their eggs so that it can be removed or treated as detailed above.


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Comments on MAGGOT CONTROL Leave a Comment

February 26, 2012

Vivian Taylor @ 1:04 pm #

I have maggots in my flower beds. I don’t know how to get rid of them. They eat my plants.

March 3, 2012

Jean @ 1:35 am #

I have found maggots under the kitchen flooring and now in adjacent areas of the house. Your information was very informative. Is this something that should be treated by an exterminator or is this something that can be done successfully by the homeowner? Thank you for the information. Patiently awaiting your professional answer.

March 13, 2012

teresa @ 2:04 pm #

I get maggots around my living room always in the same place. How do I keep them out of the house?

March 15, 2012

george @ 5:44 pm #

I found some maggots coming from the A/C vent located in the ceiling on the bedroom. I can not reach
the area were they come from. How can I treat this problem without tearing apart the drywall of the ceiling?

March 19, 2012

lb @ 9:19 am #

I recently found a maggot on some clothes and another 2 on another item of clothing that had been slung over the back of a sofa. Have searched everywhere and can’t find a source? Any ideas?!?

April 6, 2012

Shari @ 9:35 am #

Yesterday we found a bunch of maggots in my house sporadically through the day. They are by the fireplace in my family room and in my bedroom (which is on the same wall above). I smell nothing decaying. Today the chimney sweeper came and said that the pipes in the chimney are clean. My exterminator came and sprayed a gas and something called cracks and crevices, in the molding along the walls and taped up any openings. He is baffled because there is no smell. Any ideas?? How long will this last?

May 6, 2012

LA @ 9:18 pm #

Very informative post. Thank you

Diane @ 11:55 pm #

I found maggots in my kids dirty clothes. Will washing then wearing the clothes be ok and how can I stop this from happening again?

May 7, 2012
May 11, 2012

reyna @ 12:20 pm #

Please help. I’m renting an apartment. I’ve been here for 3 years and in my carport I get maggots there. Is nothing there they can eat on. I bleach, I clean, I sweep and I do everything. Next day they’re back. I started getting them in May till like September. What can I do? Please help.

May 15, 2012

Charlotte @ 4:01 am #

I recently went out of town and left my son home alone. I was gone a week and my husband called to tell me that my house had maggots all over my kitchen and carpet. My husband said it was because my son did not throw out the trash. I have had people come and clean the carpet and sterilize my kitchen floor. I am finding these brown looking cocoons around the house. I think there is still maggots in my carpet but I have not seen anymore since the cleaning. I am moving and I have a renter for my house. How do I make sure these maggots are gone? Or should I tear out my carpet downstairs? And can the maggots get upstairs too? Please any advise in this matter I would greatly appreciate.

May 24, 2012

Matt @ 9:11 am #

We have recently gotten maggets in our shower from a rat on our roof. They seem to be coming up out of the drain and into a gap in the ceiling and the wall. Any advice on our to remove them? Thanks.

June 5, 2012

quita @ 2:10 pm #

My husband just located a lot of maggots under a mat where our infant spilled milk. We had no clue there was anything under the mat. The maggots look to have pupae since we had no idea. Before reading your article, my husband discarded them in the trash and bleached everything. I am so afraid this will come back.. Do I still need to use the PERMETHRIN 10.

Anonymous @ 2:27 pm #

I have found dead maggots under my couch. I though I got rid of them but I have since found dead ones again, this time in my den. There were about ten of them each time I found them. Thank God they are dead. What should I do?

June 17, 2012

NANCY Buretta @ 2:38 pm #

We recently purchased new outdoor furniture…. separate cushions. We bought a deck box to store them in. When we took the cushions out this morning the box bottom was filled with maggots!!! No food, moisture or anything in there…. where would these come from and what do we do to prevent it from happening again? Thanks.

June 18, 2012
July 3, 2012

Nicole @ 3:29 pm #

I just went home today for lunch and found maggots in my dog’s food. They were around the container and under it and some on the carpet. I cleaned the whole area and the container. I am hoping that the dog didn’t eat any of them, but last night they were not there. Should I spray this stuff on the carpet area? I rinsed all the maggots down the drain and turned on the disposal. Was this okay to do?

sophie @ 6:54 pm #

Hi,
My mother has just called me saying she has thousands of maggots crawling all up her back windows and door? She does not have any garbage and nothing like this has happened before! How can we get rid of them and why do you think this has happened?

July 14, 2012

Kim @ 3:41 pm #

About 5 days ago, we had something die inside one of our walls. The smell has been horrific but it’s in an inaccessible place. Today, I began finding white maggots on the floor of my bedroom and kitchen. We have a few cedar plank walls in our bedroom and one in our hallway (that leads to the kitchen). I’ve been checking periodically to see if we can find where they’re coming from. The smell has been steadily abating, but it still smells in my hallway/bedroom. How can you get rid of them?

July 20, 2012

Tammy @ 9:43 pm #

So I read a post above and I am having a fly issue. I saw a few maggots in the carpet the other day and they are now all brown. Doesn’t that mean they are dead?

July 25, 2012

Tina Orr @ 7:39 pm #

Hi—I found an old bag of potatoes in my pantry (smelled terrible) and picked it up and it had maggots all over it (disgusting). I threw them out and just wondering if I needed to throw out all the food in my pantry?

I sprayed it with wasp and hornet spray, put bleach on it (not the correct thing to do as I am reading this…) and then topped it off with windex. Please let me know if I should throw all food out.

Thanks.

July 26, 2012
August 14, 2012

Fred @ 1:05 pm #

Thanks for all your info. I have a appartment bldg two houses away with dumpster and trash cans which are not tightly closed. That is the food source and what attracts the flies. I know keeping the trash cans and dumpster closed would be ideal but that is not going to happen considering the residents.

I find the maggots crawling along the outside bottom of my neighbor’s garage door (door is next to the trash cans) and then mine as well. I spray with permethrin but only in the concrete cracks which is where they seem to hide.

My questions is should I spray permethrin on all exposed concrete surfaces areas? Is the chemical effective after it dries? Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Thank in advance.

August 15, 2012

patricia castle @ 2:13 pm #

Hi. Today we found hundreds of maggots on our paved patio. We killed a lot of them but they kept appearing as quick as we killed them. We hosed the yard but even more came up from under the paviors. Is there anything we can use to get rid of them (assuming we still have some under there). Hosing and sweeping is very hard and I’m not sure that it has worked. Thank you.
Regards Patricia

August 21, 2012

Kayla @ 6:25 pm #

Hi,
My mom called me today freaking out because there was maggots all over the kitchen floor so I came to help. There were about 20 to 30 of them and her cat has been known to kill dozens of mice and rats. We checked everywhere, the vents, the floor boards etc. and couldn’t find a source. So we went outside and I noticed her septic tank has a very foul smell to it. I’ve been by there loads of times and never have I smelled something bad like that.

I’m not sure what the source of the maggots are… Could it be her septic system??
Thank you, Kayla

August 22, 2012

Princess @ 7:44 pm #

I have maggots in my carpet around my trash can. I don’t know how they got there because I always clean and take my trash out. My heart nearly jumped out of my body when I saw them. Should I just have the carpet pulled out and replaced or is there another way to get rid of them?

August 23, 2012

Cori @ 1:28 am #

Thank you for this extremely informative post as well as your consistent and helpful responses to posts! Had a maggot infestation in my garbage can have used the info on this site to treat it (just today). I initially poured bleach before I read this site – glad I found out it doesn’t help.

Princess @ 3:17 pm #

@Tech Support: Should I treat all the carpet in my whole house because all of it is connected? From the dining room, living room, down the hallway to all the bedrooms.. There are no brakes or anything separating them so should I assume that my whole house is infected? My landlord wants to tear up the carpet that is in the dinning and living area where they have been seen but as I said before its connected to the hall and so on. If he does one part should he do it all?

Alex @ 11:29 pm #

I found maggots in my sock drawer. What do I do?

August 24, 2012
September 7, 2012

Jasmine @ 3:56 pm #

I have maggots in the kitchen wood and I kill them but they keep coming out! So what do I do?

September 8, 2012

David @ 6:28 pm #

There are white maggots all over my kitchen walls. I can not find the source. Can you please help?

September 9, 2012
September 11, 2012

Mike @ 2:33 pm #

Ok, I have been reading your site along with the questions and answers and I now know I need to treat with Permethrin but still have some questions. Yesterday morning my wife found maggots in the trash can in the house which is inside a kitchen cabinet. After removing the trash she found 6 or 7 on the bottom of the cabinet and 3 or 4 on the kitchen floor. Since then we have found one here and one there (totaling 4 so far). My first question is what is the likelihood that they are under the cabinet? (there is no way to visualize inder the cabinets without cutting). I try to be careful with spraying liquids in/under walls, floors, etc due to mold possibilities. Will spraying the permethrin from a sprayer cause a possible mold problem behind baseboards and counter back splashes? Any other thoughts?

September 15, 2012

Nadine @ 7:06 pm #

Hi. I have found 6 maggots four in my kitchen and two on my sofa. I have had everything – I mean everything out to try and find the source but cannot seem to find where they are coming from. Please help.

October 1, 2012

Stephanie @ 4:37 pm #

Hi, I’ve read through all of the article and most of the posts. Here is my problem: a few months ago around June let’s say, I used a fogger to get rid of a cockroach problem we had. All the fogger really did was flush out lots and lots of maggots. They were all over the kitchen floor (only in the kitchen) and were most concentrated in a small area that we have where we keep the refrigerator and the laundry room. They seem to come out from under the washer and dryer (which have not worked for over a year – almost 2 years.) We were able to kill them and that same day I had someone help me move the fridge and the washer/dryer out of the way to check if maybe something had fallen or died underneath – but nothing. Also, we don’t smell any dead animal smell.

Ever since then, we get maggots coming out at least once a month mainly from the same area. Behind the laundry, there are holes in the wall because the previous owners used the water from the washer to water her plants in the backyard. We don’t know if maybe they are coming from under the floor (we have laminate flooring). I have a dog and a cat, both indoor, and we only feed them dry food. Sometimes this falls under the appliances but not in excess amounts that could feed the large groups of maggots that appear periodically. Thanks for your help!

Cherie' @ 6:38 pm #

Hello,

I have a very messy son and upon cleaning out my car, I found some type of larva in the crevices of my seat in the front seat (between the console/arm rest) and in the back seat between my cushion (where he sits of course). I assume that they are feeding off of crumbs dropped by my son. What can I do to get rid of this larva? I’m not sure if it is fly larva or another type of insect larva. Help!! What can I do to get rid of these nasty pests?

Signed,

Totally freaked out.

October 3, 2012

sara @ 4:38 pm #

I had a rabbit die in the window well outside my daughter’s bedroom. We have now removed the dead rabbit, but there are maggots all over her floor. I vacuumed them up once and checked them again this morning and there are some more in her room now. How do I get rid of these? I don’t think I will ever get my daughter to sleep in her room again. She of course had clothes laying on the floor and I even saw a couple of the maggots in the clothes. Will they die if I just wash them normally?

October 20, 2012

Terry @ 3:33 am #

Hi: We live in a motorhome and found maggots crawling in the toilet. We suspect that they are coming up from the dump tank via the toilet overflow. I know that you keep recommending Permethrin 10 but how in the world would I apply that in a dump tank? Any Suggestions?

December 6, 2012

dee @ 5:15 pm #

Hi,
I’ve been reading this site and require some clarity and guidance. I moved into a new home and my furniture is fairly new as well. I’ve been here for approximately 3 months. I move my couches daily and find maggots, a lot of them everyday, even under my standing night lamp. I’ve no idea what to do and can’t figure out where they’re coming from. I’m seriously concerned about this as the numbers are increasing rapidly. I’ve 4 small kids and obviously this is a sign of an hygienic environment. Please help, I’m desperate!

January 28, 2013

Jodie @ 1:55 am #

My situation is different from those above in that I live on a farm and raise chickens. While raising our cornish, I noticed maggots would collect under the water jugs that sat on the ground. I would clean the water jugs and move them to a different part of the pen where the next day I would find more maggots under the same jugs.

What can I do to kill these maggots that will not hurt my chickens? I also have geese in the same area and those geese suck up a lot of moisture in that pen when it has been raining and it rains a lot.

March 1, 2013

Neil @ 5:53 am #

Hi,

I understand maggots crawl but are they able to climb vertical surfaces like walls and stairs? The reason I ask is that we have a maggot problem in the complex I stay in and the problem is that they crawl out the refuse area and into the other units under the doors. A suggestion was made that we dig a channel/trough by the refuse area door so the maggots could fall into the channel/trough and would not be able to climb out. I want to know if this is true.

Thanks in advance!

April 8, 2013

tes @ 2:26 pm #

How do you get rid of maggots in a couch? My friend has a dog and he hid his dog treats in the couch and it has been in there for at least 10-12 months if not longer without her knowing. So as she was moving and she noticed maggots in her couch after removing the pillows.

May 5, 2013

Claire @ 2:29 pm #

We have tiled floors and in the last few weeks we have seen single orange maggots in the kitchen, two bedrooms and bathroom. There has only ever been one maggot in each room, always on the floor. They are around 1 1/2 cm long and are orange. Absolutely no idea where they are coming from but really disgusting. Really appreciate any advice.

May 16, 2013

Jennifer @ 4:24 pm #

This morning I woke up and began to put my dishes away from the dish drain that I had washed last night and let dry. When I began moving the dishes, I noticed very small sliver white things and they were moving on the bottom of my dish drain. I was immediately disgusted and threw it in the sink and took bleach and hot water to clean it. Then I found this website. My question is that my dish drain is right under my window a/c unit, can these maggots come from their, or maybe just a fly that laid it’s eggs? Should I be concerned that I will find more and should I start tearing my house apart to look for more?

September 15, 2013

jackie @ 9:54 pm #

I have a maggot problem in my sons room and it is on his bed and in his wood bed frame. There isn’t many but I keep finding them and I have sprayed many times. What am I to do?

September 16, 2013
October 11, 2013

Stacey @ 10:23 pm #

Tonight I saw what I think was one single maggot crawling across my kitchen counter. There wasn’t any food nearby (except an open pack of gum my daughter had left out) and I didn’t and still haven’t seen anything else around. What should I be looking for and where should I be looking? I have a little baby at home who is all over the floor and we have a new dog coming next week so I don’t want to have a bunch of these things showing up all of the sudden! Is it possible there was just the one or that it was something else? Thanks so much for your help and your great article!

October 12, 2013
October 23, 2013

brenda @ 1:06 pm #

We have a hot tub in our back deck. The hot tub is on a concrete slaB and the deck surrounds the hot tub. I was just cleaning the hot tub, adding chemicals, and noticed a single maggot on the deck adjacent to the tub. Now this could be just coincidence, but are hot tubs susceptible to maggot infestations? Oh my god, I hope not. It will make me sick to learn if this is true. Any thoughts?

October 29, 2013

Tori @ 12:25 am #

I have maggots coming though a recessed lighting fixture in the ceiling of my kitchen. Have been treating a rodent issue in my attic with rodenticide for approximately 3 months with probably 3-4 dead rodents that I’m aware of via smell and/or flies. Have not seen any flies for 3 weeks but smell from most recent dead rodent is just now dissipating after 4 days. Maggots in kitchen are not close to the most recent odor. How do I treat? I do not have access to remove the dead rodent(s) but do have limited access to part of attic (not part of house above kitchen).

July 15, 2014

kelsey @ 7:32 pm #

I just found maggots in my car. I had it cleaned. They’re coming out from underneath the carpet. How would I kill them? Also, they’re so small. It looks like a crumb and some big fat ones. Please help.

July 16, 2014

Dana @ 2:12 pm #

We’ve never seen maggots but we have found brown pupal cases (now for the 2nd year in a row) in the same spot on our vinyl kitchen floor (and this year, in a 5 gal bucket on the concrete basement floor). Last year, flies hatched. This year, we caught and contained them before they hatched. We do get the occasional fly to invade our home – sneaks in when we’re entering the home from outside.

What would cause this, why would we find them in the same exact spot, and how can we keep this from happening again?

July 17, 2014
September 5, 2014

Melissa @ 10:47 pm #

We have just built a new house, moved in June 2014 and by July 2014 have found maggots in the garbage cans and under the cans (plastic by the way), that needed to be kept in the garage so now we have the issue there. We have moved the cans outside in front of the garage and have asked for replacement cans but haven’t gotten them yet. Now again we have maggots back in the garage and we don’t know why. Which product should we use and how often? My husband uses the leaf blower to get rid of them but they just come back in. Please help!

September 6, 2014
October 20, 2014

Alexis @ 4:50 pm #

I’ve had a problem with maggots in my small apartment studio. I’m not sure how or where they came from but they are everywhere in the house. They’re on walls, crawling in the middle of the living room, in the bathroom, everywhere. I’ve had this problem for a little over a month now and it doesn’t seem like anything I’m doing (cleaning) is working because there are so many flies in my home 24/7. I can kill as many as 6 flies a day. I’m not sure what I need to do next since I can’t find the source of where they are coming from. If I just let them do their thing and continue killing them as flies will they eventually go away or will the problem persist?

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