June 4, 2010 at 12:06 pm #225
Well, it happened nearly six hours ago. I went to put my garbage out at the curb and found one of the cans totally covered with 1/4 – 1/2 inch maggots. I am a grown man and little bothers me in the natural world, but I just could not move that can with a moving cloth of slimy, disgusting larvae all over it. My first thought was to put on a thick pair of work gloves… I still couldn’t stand it as I lifted the can and numerous maggots began to fall off onto my shoes and the cuffs of my pants. I retreated inside to work out a plan. I decided to fill a scrub bucket full of hot water and soap and pour the contents all over the can. I then returned to my home to wait for them to die/disperse. When I returned to the can I discovered that the two hundred or so that I had washed off with my soapy water were now charging right for my front door. They had squirmed their way across the sidewalk and right up my steps!!! Not only did this not work it drew another hundred or so out of the can to take the originals’ place… That’s when I realized that I was dealing with something much larger than I had originally anticipated. I then turned to the internet and discovered this excellent site and did some reading. Since it was around 2am at the time I decided to go with the easiest possible solution. I boiled about 20 gallons of water and poured in a gallon of bleach and dumped that all over them then went back inside to let them perish… To my horror and frustration when I returned in another 1/2 hour they were STILL squirming with little difference in their movement… maybe more than before… I returned to this site and did another hour’s worth of reading and then jumped in my car and made for walmart like there was no tomorrow… I ended up with a bottle of lice shampoo… 2 cans of carburetor cleaner, and a can of RAID wasp killer… When I returned home it seemed that even more had surfaced from the can… Their front was advancing right up my door! I wasted no time and sprayed them all down with the lice shampoo… after 10 minutes I returned to several dead and most of them moving around sluggishly in the gel… I wasn’t taking any chances however and popped open the RAID and gave them all a good dowsing of that which took out at least 1/2 of them… I went through a can of the carb cleaner spot spraying (which seemed to kill them on contact) until there was no more movement… I repeated this on the inside of the can and lid after finally being able to drag it to the curb. To my surprise it appears that most of them had indeed come out upon my initial attacks! The sun has risen and it is now 6am… It’s been a long night, and I may have lost the first few battles, but I surely won the war. I’ve spent the last hour cleaning up the mess of chemicals and corpses in my wake and managed to have it all done before the garbage men come to collect the trash. From this experience I would like to pass on the following information to all those troubled souls that find themselves in a similar situation:
1. DO NOT just dump water or bleach on them…even if it’s strictly hot water from the tap… This will NOT kill them… It will only make them more aggressive!
2. Boiling water is decent to stagger them, and if that’s all you have may be effective after many, many gallons…
3. The lice shampoo stopped them in their tracks and stunned them beyond recovery, but didn’t kill them on contact… and was the most expensive item in my arsenal. ($8)
4. RAID wasp killer has GREAT range so you don’t have to get too close and worry about any flying off and on to your person, and seemed to do a decent job of killing them. ($4)
5. The carburetor cleaner lacked the range of the RAID, however it was instantaneously deadly to the maggots… It was also the cheapest! ($1.50)
Good luck… and remember… prevention is much easier and less expensive than dealing with the problem when it comes home to roost!June 4, 2010 at 5:03 pm #226
Now THAT was an awesome story. I think I’ll probably give it some space on the front page!
I wish EVERYBODY gave information like this. Thanks for sharing!!June 4, 2010 at 5:19 pm #227June 4, 2010 at 9:53 pm #228
Thank you for your kind words James. If it hadn’t been for this site I don’t know what I would have done. Thank you very much for compiling this tome of information on the topic! This is by far the most comprehensive source of maggot killing knowledge assembled on the whole of the internet… Other than this site I was only able to locate a couple other brief articles which lacked any real comprehensive solution to the problem. I would also like to note that I have discovered what caused this infestation. Apparently my wife had purchased some “seafood salad” one day and found that it was spoiled when she tried to eat it… Among other things in this mix there was squid, crab, shrimp, and scallops. They were all pre-cooked, but when she threw it away it went straight into the outside garbage can… No bag, no seal of any kind… and there it sat for 5 days in humid conditions at temperatures well in the upper eighties by day. I’m glad that you enjoyed my story and I hope that my suggestions will help others faced with this disgusting ordeal…
Best Regards!June 24, 2010 at 4:31 pm #229
Woo. I need carb cleaner.July 8, 2010 at 6:25 pm #230
Thanks for the info! It was very helpful!September 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm #255
what is carb cleaner?
see i’m nineteen and living alone for the first time..
and at home we just trew out our meat with the vegetables and all.. but since i live on an appartment i am unable to trow things out like we did at home
so i trew out the meat with the vegetable left-overs outside on my balcony..
now i’m struggling with a whole bunch of maggots..
i set my whole balcony under (near-boiling) water but that made them crawl on my door and windows i was like NOOOOO DIIIEEE 😮
well that didn’t work.. i did also try hairspray becouse i have hairspray in my appartement.. and since i don’t have a drivers licence nor a car i cannot just rush into ANY store and buy actually anything..
so i’m dying to know what carburetor cleaner is 😀
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