Prevention is obviously better than a cure, so PLEASE, in future, I TOTALLY recommend you start using bin bags with drawstrings so you can tie up your garbage before putting it in the outside bin. For example, take a look at these that you can purchase cheaply on Amazon: Glad Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags
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. If you try anything that does or doesn’t work and you’d like to share, PLEASE do so by using the contact form here: contact us
Killing maggots with chemicals
Products containing PERMETHRIN like:
– Doggie shampoo (heat water until boiling and use a strong amount of doggie shampoo) – (On Amazon: Doggie Shampoo)
– lice shampoo – (On Amazon: Lice shampoo)
– lice bedding spray – (On Amazon: Liceadex-eX Home & Bedding Spray)
– RAID Wasp and Hornet Killer – (On Amazon: Raid Wasp and Hornet Killer)
– Raid Fumigator (a fogger) which is 12.6% Permethrin – (On Amazon: Raid Fumigator)
– Raid Ant and Roach Killer (Outdoor Fresh Scent) – (On Amazon: Raid Ant and Roach Killer)
– Raid Max Foaming Wasp Killer
– Hot Shot Wasp Killer with Permethrin. More chemical solutions: Snail and slug bait
– Draino and hot water – (On Amazon: Draino)
– Fantastic or Formula 409
– brake cleaner – (On Amazon: High Power Brake Cleaner – about $12)
– carburetor cleaner – (On Amazon: Carb Cleaner – about $8)
– motor oil
– gallon of boiling water with a cup of bleach and cup and a half to two cups of hydrogen peroxide. – (On Amazon: Bleach)
Note: DON’T PUT BLEACH AND AMMONIA ON ANYTHING AT THE SAME TIME!!!!!!!
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).
– Use self-sealing trash cans indoors
– Seal non-garbage disposable food
– Make sure your outdoor bins are sealed (No overfilling)
– Put up fly strips (available here on Amazon) near your barrels or in every room of the house (you can buy fly traps on Amazon by clicking here 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 600 new visitors EVERY DAY come here looking for help to get rid of maggots, from all over the world – so you are not alone. And I hope this site has helped all of you.