I recently found maggots under the seat in my car. I vacuumed and scrubbed only to find that they are burrowed in the foam seat itself! How do I kill them when they are living inside the seat?
There are many types of maggots that can live in the foam of car seats. The reasons vary but in most cases, the foam or some fabric component used to cover it has just enough “natural” material mixed in so it will serve as a source of nutrition for the feeding maggots. When these areas are accessible and easy to reach, treatments can be done with success. But when hidden, it can require a bit more patience and time but also the right products to get control of the developing young. So how should you proceed?
First, realize there could be a lot of hidden eggs in the car which means maggots could be developing in multiple locations. Second, realize you cannot kill the eggs. So even though its easy to kill the maggots, the eggs will keep hatching for several weeks so to insure you have a strong enough treatment in place, you will probably have to do multiple applications.
Now are you able to reach all the potential nest sites? If not, manually treating will be tough. But if you’re able to get under and up into every seat or hidden area they might want to use, you should be able to spot treat with PHANTOM AEROSOL. This aerosol is odorless making it ideal for use in sensitive areas. Plus its non repellent which means insects won’t detect its present so they won’t scatter or move off the treatment. This is important because you need the developing maggots to readily walk over the chemical.
Treat all potential nest areas once a week for 6 weeks and the problem should be eliminated. One can will be enough and if you treat at night when you know the car will be sitting for a few hours, the treatments will not pose a hazard to anyone using the car. And its important the treatments get a chance to settle and do their job undisturbed so leaving the auto to sit for 5-10 hours a day is important so everything can work.
The other option would be slightly more costly but a lot easier to employ. This option would use an automatic AEROSOL MACHINE to do the treating. This machine runs on batteries and should be turned on at night and placed on the floor of the car so its pointing toward the areas with the problem.
Inside the machine would be a can of CLEAR ZONE which is a pyrethrin based spray that will kill developing maggots and their adult stages. By letting it run every night (it releases a small blast of chemical every 15 minutes), it will keep killing hatching maggots every day. This will interrupt the cycle and in turn, prevent new eggs from being laid.
Let the machine run overnight and shut it down in the morning when the car is put to use. Do this daily for however long one can lasts. They typically will last 30-40 days when used 24 hours a day. When used only at night? One can should last 60+ days so when it eventually runs out, the problem should be resolved.
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