HOW TO GET RID OF MAGGOTS – A Definitive Guide

I’m sure everybody’s sick of maggots! In fact, if you’d like to read about people who’ve had the bad luck to get maggots, go take a look at the maggot stories here.

Thanks to Julie, a reader who left a comment on this site, we have this “definitive guide to killing Maggots“.

She browsed for hours and hours and wrote a summary of what she has seen to be the most common resolutions to the problem of having maggots.

And with her permission, I’ve posted what she found. There is a lot of information to digest, so hopefully it proves helpful

Killing maggots with chemicals

Products containing PERMETHRIN like:

– Doggie shampoo (heat water until boiling and use a strong amount of doggie shampoo)
– lice shampoo
– lice bedding spray
– RAID Wasp and Hornet Killer
– Raid Fumigator (a fogger) which is 12.6% Permethrin
– Raid Ant and Roach Killer (Outdoor Fresh Scent)
– Raid Max Foaming Wasp Killer
– Hot Shot Wasp Killer with Permethrin. More chemical solutions: Snail and slug bait
– Draino and hot water
– Pledge
– Fantastic or Formula 409
– hairspray
– brake cleaner
– carburetor cleaner
– motor oil
– gallon of boiling water with a cup of bleach and cup and a half to two cups of hydrogen peroxide.


Get rid of maggots without chemicals

– Putting a napkin down and stepping on the maggots
– Using boiling water by sweeping them all into a bucket and pour boiling water over them or picking them up with tweezers and dumping them into boiling water
– Sweeping them into a pile and putting them into a plastic bag in the freezer until dead
– Holding a steam iron close to the maggots and hitting the steam button
– Using a steam cleaner on the carpets (they come right to the surface)
– Using double-sided tape (you can trap them to a specific area)
– Filling an open plastic container with beer and putting it near the problem area (maggots crawl into it and drown).

Preventing maggots

– Use self-sealing trash cans indoors
– Seal non-garbage disposable food
– Make sure your outdoor bins are sealed (No overfilling)
– Put up fly strips near your barrels or in every room of the house (or you could use my guide to making a home made fly trap)
– If you smell a foul smell – find the source
– Pour a cup or two of bleach down your sinks, bath and disposal once every two weeks to eliminate any debris and bacteria breeding grounds (bacteria smells draw flies)
– Bleach rinse all barrels once a month (this is a good idea even if you already line your barrels with plastic bags and seldom spill)
– Screen all windows and doors and replace or patch torn screens
– Kill flies by darkening the larger rooms and leave a brightly lit bathroom open (when the fly makes his way to the light, enter the bathroom, close the door and finish it off instead of chasing it around the house)
– Throw out old meat the day of or one day before the trash is taken out
– Wash out any pop/beer cans or food residue in the recycle bin (they will attract flies), tie your garbage super tight so the flies do not get in
– Dispose of fallen fruit from fruit trees and do not leave pet food outdoors.

A maggot conclusion

So, you can see from the list above that maggots can be dealt with.

And, if you need to see what maggots look like, visit this page: Pictures of maggots

Over 200 new visitors EVERY DAY come here looking for help to get rid of maggots, from all over the world. And I hope this site has helped them.

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