Maggots are the larvae of flies. They hatch from fly’s eggs and remain in this stage for about a week before changing into pupae. Not only do these little white worm like creatures look creepy and disgusting, they can also spread diseases. They are usually found wriggling in places where there are garbage, feces and rotting materials. They are resistant to most chemicals and can be a real source of headache if left alone. Here are some of the ways to effectively kill maggots.
1. Using boiled water
This is one of the most effective ways to kill maggots instantly. Boil water in a large pot and pour it over the areas infested by the maggots. Make sure that you use enough boiled water, otherwise some larvae may escape to live another day. After they are dead, pick them up with tweezers, put them in a paper or plastic bag and throw the same in the dustbin.
2. Using a steam cleaner
If you have maggots on the carpet, cracks in the walls and furniture or in your pet’s fur, pouring boiled water is not a good idea. Instead, you can use a steam cleaner which produces a high temperature low moisture vapor that kills the maggots but doesn’t damage the surface. Pick up the dead maggots with tweezers, put them in a paper or plastic bag and throw the same in the dustbin.
3. Drowning in alcoholic beverage
Flies and maggots are attracted to the smell of alcoholic beverages and other substances that smell sweet and foul. If you have a maggot infestation in your home, place a large bowl of beer near the infested area. The maggots will crawl into the bowl and drown to death.
4. Stamping on them
The easiest and the least expensive method to kill maggots is to place a paper on them and to stamp on it with your feet. This method, however, should only be used outdoors as it is sure to make the floor and carpets inside the house messy. If you find a few maggots inside your home, pick them up with tweezers, take them outside, place a paper over them and stamp on the paper.
5. Using pesticides
If maggot infestation is overwhelming, then the only way to get rid of them is to use pesticides. But be careful when handling chemicals because they may be harmful to your and your children’s health. Also, make sure that all the maggots in the infested areas die; otherwise the surviving ones may develop immunity which they will pass onto to their offspring when they become files.
When it comes to insect pests like flies and maggots, prevention is always better than cure. Therefore, keep your home, backyard and garden free of human and pet excreta and rotting food materials and dead animals. If you see any of them, get rid of them as soon as you can. These are breeding grounds for maggots.