Maggot Infestation

Dealing With A Maggot Infestation

Suffering from maggot infestation is one of life's little pleasures that we could do without. A maggot infestation isn't always a bad thing, as maggots, being larvae, have to eat something, and that something is often waste material that we'd be better off without anyway, like a dead skunk.

 

 

Even if maggots are useful tin that sense, we still don't want them around, since if they are fed and cared for, or left alone, they will eventually turn into flies, which aren't all that nice to have around either.

In most homes we seldom leave food lying out and uncovered long enough for flies to lay eggs in it after which the eggs hatch and maggots develop. It really doesn't take more than a few days for that to start happening, given the right conditions. Maggot infestations in closed containers and in refrigerators or freezers range from seldom to non-existent. Most of the maggots we tend to find around the house, barring those feasting on a dead rat that's trapped in a tight space, is the household garbage can. A garbage can with the lid askew on a hot summer day will inevitably attract flies, which will lay eggs in the garbage, eventually leading to a maggot infestation. When the garbage is picked up, many of the maggots will be as well, and taken off to the dump. Some however will migrate to the gunk at the bottom of the garbage can where they will find plenty to feed on and eventually become flies, and the cycle will start all over again.

Boiling Water And Permethrin - How one gets rid of a maggot infestation depends a lot on where you find them. Pesticides will usually work, but there may be some places it's best not to spray chemicals around. One of the tired and true methods to deal with a maggot infestation is boiling water, or at least very hot, near-boiling water. Maggots don't like boiling water and don't last more than a couple of seconds when exposed to it. Boiling water then can be an ideal solution for a maggot infestation in garbage cans or similar containers. If you do opt for a pesticide, try permethrin. Though mildly toxic, it is far less so than many other pesticides, though the maggots won't agree with that statement. Permethrin, made from carnations, kills maggots dead. It's even used in some detergents and shampoos, presumably to get rid of tiny critters that may be lurking on us or on our pets.

Make A Duck's Day - If you only have a few maggots and can stand to handle them, they usually make good bait for fish. They are really no more distasteful to pick up than earthworms, they just seem like they would be. Another way to get rid of maggots, and make someone else happy, is to introduce them to a pet chicken or duck, who will make short order of them, and probably want more.

Prevention Is The Best Approach -The best way to deal with a maggot infestation though is prevention, and that amounts to cleanliness. Flies will lay their eggs in places where the larva or maggot will have a supply of food. Flies won't lay eggs on a clean kitchen counter or on or in anything that is too hot or too cold. They might prefer meat that is spoiling, but would consider a sofa or other piece of upholstered furniture that is filthy enough to provide some sustenance for the offspring. A spic and span household is not a friendly maggot environment. Getting rid of any flies that are around is helpful as well.