If you’re enjoying the stories that other readers have submitted, be sure to read the entire series:
- People who have had Maggot Issues – Part 1
- People With Maggots Problems – Part 2
- Final List of Comments on Maggots – Part 4
And don’t forget, please use the maggot forum if you would like to submit your own story or problem. And if you’re looking for information on how to get rid of maggots, take a look at the right hand side of this page for the relevant links.
Once again, here are the maggot comments:
August 29th, 2006 at 1:46 am
Last night as I was about to go up my stairs, I noticed a few bits on the floor and went to pick them up. I screamed out as I noticed what I was about to pick up was moving. My husband came running in and said there were maggots all over the floor. For the next 3 hours he was sweeping the floor in the house, the porch floor and the driveway just outside. A neighbour came over to help with a torch and we discovered that we could no longer see our wheelie bin as it was covered in maggots. My husband swept them all off and then started throwing them at the very far end of the garden, hoping we would not see them again. Were we wrong! When he eventually thought the house was clean and outside was the best he could get it, we laid salt, but they came back in, we tried pepper, they came in, and we tried bleach, guess what, they came in. By this time the ones at the bottom of the garden, which may I add is a very long garden, had now wiggled all the way back up and were heading towards my back patio door. I could not believe that the little bliters had managed to do this. It was such a long way for such a little body and they achieved it in record time. My poor hubby swept them back down and eventually we went to bed. This morning alot looked on their last legs as they baked in the sun but after a day out we came home to find the wheelie bin white again and my drive covered in millions of the little buggers. Out came the sweeping brush but my husband was fighting a losing battle and instead is now out trying to seel up the bin with cling film to stop anything else getting in or out. Im sure it wont work but hence my finding this site and thanks for all the great ideas for getting rid of them. One better one would be the council getting their backsides into gear and realizing that collecting food waste once a fortnight is a joke!!!
August 29th, 2006 at 6:48 pm
carborator fluid works well
August 29th, 2006 at 8:03 pm
I just found out yesterday that my trash can was covered in maggots. I thought of spraying the entire trash can with regular bleach. It takes a few minutes to do, and the smell is strong, but it burns the maggots and it works!
August 29th, 2006 at 8:46 pm
I found my dustbin COVERED in maggots yesterday and I went absolutely potty.. I felt so unclean..!! On went the yellow marrigolds and out came the spray bleach.. NOTHING. Boiling water.. NOTHING. Then out came the neat bleach.. NOTHING. They just soaked it up, doubled in size, put on their tin hats and wriggled even faster towards freedom.. Eventually I tried Nippon Ant Powder.. Hoorah.. No more maggots.. At least for the moment
September 1st, 2006 at 12:59 am
Ok. I just moved into my apartment about 5 months ago. Everything has been pretty normal until this morning. When I got upout of bed today I looked on the floor and there were maggots everywhere. I mean tons!! All under the bed, dressers, I mean everywhere!! I started to freak out. I swept as many of them up as I could. ( probably all of them because I was like Dick Tracy on their a$$es) Then, I moped my floors (hardwood) with Pinesol, bleach and boiling hot water. Then I was late for work trying to do all this. But I absolutely had to. I have a three month old son. I cannot risk one of those gross bastards crawling into his ears or something. Cant they make nests and stuff like that?? I am grossed out just thinking about them. I got home from work and searched my place top to bottom and I havent seen one of those creepy crawlers yet. So I guess it worked.
September 1st, 2006 at 5:32 pm
In my kitchen, I swept them up and ran them down the garbage disposal. YUCK!
September 1st, 2006 at 11:09 pm
HELP!!! I recently lost one of my cats to kidney failure. Towards the end, she lost control of her kidneys and used the wall to wall shag carpet in our dining room as her litter box. I did use pet spot and odour remover anytime this happened…BUT the smell of urine is still lingering and there are large pet stains remaining. The problem is that we still have ANOTHER CAT with us that seems itchy and irritated a lot. She is an indoor cat, as was the other one and fleas has been ruled out. ( could it be maggots in her fur that we can’t find?…she is white and grey….)She doesn’t spend much time in the dining room and does not soil the carpet. Today I found MAGGOTS in the shag carpet and am scared to see how many are under the wall to wall grey shag carpet???. I need to find a solution that is “PET FRIENDLY” in order to ensure the safety of our other cat. she does not tolerate the smell of even a household cleaner well…she starts wheezing…
September 2nd, 2006 at 6:26 pm
Does anyone know where I can find someone who will remove my trash, I missed the trash man last week and there are maggots everywhere.
September 2nd, 2006 at 10:33 pm
Alana, I would say try phoning your council to see if there’s anything they can do. Or, try the Yellow Pages. I know here in South Africa we have quite a few private garbage removal companies…
September 2nd, 2006 at 11:28 pm
Yeesh, maggots in the trash bin make for a _very smelly_ trash bin. After reading the comments here, I bought some of the Raid wasp/hornest spray (the kind with permethrin as an ingredient), and that did ‘em in. It’s been about two weeks, and there’s been (as yet!) no return of the little buggars. Additionally, I hung up some very attractive (sarcasm there) fly ribbons in the garage, and out by the trash bins. Those seemed to help reduce the general fly population somewhat. The good news is that we’re coming into Autumn now, and the flies will dwindle down until they visit again next Spring. I’ll have my permethrin spray ready next time!
September 3rd, 2006 at 8:55 am
I woke up this morning and found ants in the kitchen by the sink. I was too lazy to go shopping so I just took salt and spread it across their passage and put a bit more salt on the cracks where they were comming out from. I hope I sorted it out.
September 3rd, 2006 at 9:02 am
I forgot to tell you to repeat action every 30 minutes till they disappear. Just add little more salt. By night there were no ants at all.
September 3rd, 2006 at 6:34 pm
Our local council has just come up with the brilliant idea of giving us a green lidded bin for our re-cyle stuff, like food-wrapped in newspaper as it can’t be bagged, garden clippings, paper and cardboard.
Couldn’t believe it this morning when i went to put some stuff in it and found the whole area round the bin was covered in maggots. Looked like someone had emptied a pot of rice over the floor. Swept them out the garden and washed the area in jayze fluid. Moved the bin out of the garden. Trash don’t get collected till this wednesday and i’ve a small baby who plays in the garden with my other children. She’s not old enough to know to stay away from them.
Problem is this new green bin only gets emptied every other week.
September 4th, 2006 at 12:40 am
I had maggots after coming home from vacation & finding them in my kitchen. Trust me they mooove….So I called the man that knows everything. My Grandpa came over with DRANO man that worked.
Boiling water drano & no maggots:
get all the maggots toghther pour the drano over them put them in sink with hot water already going & poof gone dead!!!
So now 2years later I have them in my outdoor garbage. Hang fly traps over your can, have garbage man take your trash pour drano & boiling water in can (it probably needed to be cleaned anyway) & you should have no more.
KEY: HANG THE FLY TRAPS!!!!
September 4th, 2006 at 7:34 pm
We went out this morning and there were roughly 50 maggots on our trashcans. I have to say that we are very clean people and so organized that our friends give us grief about it……but apparently maggots are not respectors of persons. I read the feedback on this website and decided to try “fire”. I got a bic lighter (the long one used to start a fire in a fireplace, etc.). It took me a little while but i killed them all and swept them into a dustpan that i promptly threw away. My advice would be to kill them with fire. It will take a little longer but you will know they are dead!
September 5th, 2006 at 5:07 am
I have never laughed so much watching my hubby trying to kill Maggots, Our trash cans are infested, i mean thousands.. We tried using Raid a whole can, Pine sol, raw bleach, then Salt and finally boiling water. And the little begger still WONT DIE.. What else can we do?? At least i am getting a laugh from my very frustrated Hubby.
September 6th, 2006 at 7:09 am
I recently had my first brush with these maggots about a week ago. i think i finally got rid of them (a week later) but what i found is dat they were all hiding in my mop .. it was damped n left in da kitchen .. leftovers from food if left to long can produce maggots as well .. but a good way to kill them would be with bleach .. really works .. that or like someone suggested fire .. what i did da first times around is i drowned my kitchen in water just so they couldnt escape n them stomped ‘em out .. really works!
September 6th, 2006 at 3:12 pm
For the past 10 days I have been dealing with a maggot problem. The maggots were crawling out of the kitchen ceiling light. I first noticed a fowl smell in the kitchen but could not find the source. I believe there was something that died in the house like a mouse or squirrel. They kept crawling out and dropping on the stove, counters, etc. I ended up caulking around the light and am hoping for them to die. I have not seen any for a few days. Also our trash man says to put moth flakes in the barrels and that keeps the flies away which keeps the maggots from appearing.
September 6th, 2006 at 5:45 pm
While putting trash out this am, I discovered the most incredible amount of maggots I have ever seen! So first I started hosing them, then I went and got the RAID. It did not seem to work, so I came in here and Googled “Kill Maggots”. After reading several posts above and found that most people said insectisides do not work, I was very discouraged. I decided to go back and just hose them down for the next several hours. Much to my amazement the RAID worked! So now I have a bunch of dead ones, but at least I found something that worked. Too much partying over labor day weekend. I am usually very good about the garbage and keeping in enclosed bags, but then there are our guests that just throw their plates in the trash, and with the heat we have had and the flies…………
September 7th, 2006 at 3:17 am
Hey maggot haters. the little beasts are limboing under my kitchen door paragliding down a step and proceeding through my kitchen!!They seem to be coming from outside but i cant find a source!Had a flood recently, do they breed from damp?
Salt is useless, they really do glide over it, however, anti-perspirint does seem to freeze them, any other suggestions??????
Help im scared they’ll take over!
September 8th, 2006 at 5:59 am
Maggots happen. Ya, call your landlord but remember: they didn’t put them there.(unless they are really twisted, and if that’s the case you might just want to move any way) Maggots need three things: moist conditions, food source, and time. What ever caused your infestation probably occured 1-3 days BEFORE you see the little buggers. Sometimes the unexpected happens but if you can avoid the conditions that give rise to them, you’ve got a good chance of avoiding them, right? Carb cleaner does work and so does break cleaner but these solvents will also ruin many floor coverings. Lysol spray (read alcohol here) will deter them once you’ve got them mostly cleaned up. Maggots do move in a mass about a day or two after hatching from th egg stage and a couple of days before they pupate(get ready to be flys) This probably why they are so gross. Yes they travel, so it might be hard to find where they were laid. above all… remember that you are much bigger, much smarter and much faster then hem and they are not likely to EAT YOU, unless your dead!
September 8th, 2006 at 11:09 am
Thanks ABOU… One of the best comments here.
September 8th, 2006 at 4:46 pm
We woke up to thousands of maggot in our trash can yesterday morning. I hate them, they just make me feel filthy, like I don’t clean. Anyway, we tried bleach, they laughed, we tried bug spray, they laughed harder, we tried soap, they laughed even harder. This morning we used 20 mule team borax. They aren’t laughing anymore. Like other insects like roaches, fleas and ants, the borax dries them up from the inside out and kills them. Give it a try, you can find it in the laundry aisle of your supermarket. It comes in powdered form and is also a good laundry booster, something that is just good to have around for many uses, good luck!
Noreen in North Carolina
September 13th, 2006 at 3:42 am
Been reading the posts with great interest.
Ive noticed a few members appear to come from England and also have had this new so called recycling of biodegradable wheelie bins put in place courtesy of their local council.
Due to the incompetence of this scheme were not allowed to put food wastes in plastic bags, but must instead wrap them up in newspaper then into wheelie bin.
Since this scheme was introduced I too have been and currently am a victim of maggot infestation. They crawl out of the wheelie bin and onto my front door, some even climb the walls and get through under my front door and into house!
The only option that works thus far is boiling water, however the source needs rectifying which is difficult as there is no other place for me to put the wheelie bin aside near the front of my home.
Tonight Ive tried turning of the front house lights and placing a light source away. I hope this works, as I think the maggots were heading towards my front door due to the light source there.
September 14th, 2006 at 2:28 am
It is 1.30am and i have been dealing with maggots for the past 2 hours. I went to lock the back door and there they were, 2nd time this week.
I opened the back door and there were hundreds (im not joking)
Its 2 hours later and they are still coming. Ive tried a whole bottle of bleach and kettle after kettle of boiling water.
They are dying and im clearing away what I can, but am scared to go to bed as im not sure what i am going to wake up to.
Anyone know why I have soooo many?
They are coming in from the garden and there are none in my wheely bin.
Also if they feed off rotten food etc why come into a clean house where there isn’t anything for them to eat.
My daughters are going to freak when they get up if I cant get rid of them.
September 15th, 2006 at 8:29 am
In South America we use CREOLINA, there is ease to find, but I can’t here (USA)
September 15th, 2006 at 11:41 pm
The general gist is, if you leave rubbish out, you’ll get maggots. Easy! I can understand that!
I haven’t got maggots every where in the flat or around the obvious sources of infestation (touch wood!)
They’re in my BATHROOM!!!
Especaially from the bath tub and the sink! So I can only think they’re coming from the plugholes!!! (Barmy!)
And for some reason they’ve managed to climb from the tub/sink and on to the floor!!! And also, they can climb up a tiled wall and even on to windowsills! (How? I don’t know!)
We’ve (my boyfriend and I in our one bedroomed flat) put LOTS of BLEACH down the plugholes firstly and plugged the plug holes for the night.
In the morning there were a few but not as many as the day before. And I have no idea where they came from!
We’re from the UK, so, I brought an insect killer the next day,(RENTONKIL) INSECTROL in a POWDER FORM! and put them on a few hapless maggots wondering around and…
…It’s a slow painful experience on them! But you’ll just have to keep an eye on the odd unruly one!!! It kinda works on the odd few but I’m not sure if it’ll have any effect on a mass breakout of them!
If it happens again I shall try the bleach and flour OR the paraffin oil for emergencies!!!
We had a huge thunderstorm the other day and lots of rain… I think it must’ve brought “something” through the drains.
Well, the landlord is out tomorrow morning and he’ll have a proper look for us!!!
He’ll be welcomed to a maggot graveyard full of squished maggot carcass’ painted across my bathroom tiles and bath tub and sink! Carnage!
At the moment, Thankfully they haven’t gotton to our bedroom, kitchen or living room, yet! Just in the bathroom…
But I still can’t stop itching and thinking they’ve caught on to me and everytime I see a bit of white on the floor I just have to double check it’s not wriggling!!!
I haven’t stepped into my bath for a shower for two days in fear that I’ll be having a maggot shower and then I’ll get into my bed and it’ll spread into the bedroom!!!
The worst case nightmare scenario I can think of, is that they’ll wriggle into my ear and then I don’t know what to do!!! Sorry!
September 18th, 2006 at 2:20 pm
Came home to a dead rodent of some kind and thousands upon thousands of maggots on back patio. premethrin spray did nothing. boiling water did nothing. only thing that worked was pure bleach in massive amounts. i literally poured 10 gallons over the patio and it drowned and killed them quickly. prior to the massive pouring, i used a spray bottle of bleach which just wasnt enough. now there were a few resistant ones that refused to die, but the battle was won by the human thanks to bleach and lots of it.
September 19th, 2006 at 4:59 pm
Hi Can you help please, I have maggots all over the grass the birds are attacking the lawn pulling it up and having a feast how can I get rid of the maggots please.
comment by sheila – september 19th 2006 @3.50pm
September 19th, 2006 at 5:00 pm
We left a pot on the stove for a couple of days and we found a pot full of maggotts. Our question is 1. how do we disinfect the stove? They were crawling all around, 2. the pot they were in, can it be used again or should we just throw it away?
September 19th, 2006 at 6:27 pm
To Sheila (#236) I reckon leave the birds at it… You’ll probably have more luck. Unless you want to try the hot water. Almost anything else here would ruin your grass more than the birds.
And to Emily (#237) I don’t really think you need to disinfect any more than you would with normal oven/stove cleaner. If you clean away what “caused” the maggots, and used your cleaner, it should be fine. I’m sure your cleaner cleans germs (and the grime/grease remover MUST be powerful). But, don’t quote me on this. I would just give it a BIG scrub. And the pot, well, same as above.
Though, I must confess, I’d have a hard time convincing my wife to use the pot again.
September 20th, 2006 at 11:34 pm
Plain old bleach!! I found them all curled up inside a towel in my bathroom. DISCUSTING!!! I poured plain old bleach on them and threw everything away…I think they were in my shower under a sponge…how gross!
September 21st, 2006 at 4:03 am
Am in Ireland,and the weather has been so strange lately (anyone watching the Ryder Cup will be aware of this). About 4 days ago,I opened our wheelie bin,that is outside the backdoor,and loads of flies flew out.I sprayed fly killer and hoped it would solve the problem.Later that night,I noticed a few maggots around the rim,and sprayed the hell out of them.Next day,there were twice as many – I think they have built a resistence to bug sprays.Anyway,have tried bleach,salt and hot water, nothing works. Now there are hundreds of them,crawling on the ground,around the bin and headed for the door,some are even climbing the outside of the door. I hate them,they make my skin crawl.Will they get inside?Is there anyone that will kill these things?I have never seen maggots in our bins before. So tempted to tell the council to start washing the bins,surely their dumps must be infested?
Any help,please give it,
September 21st, 2006 at 3:50 pm
hello, about 5 months ago my daughter has got a hamster, and she has had maggots in her room we found them down the side of her bed and she noticed when they were all over her ceiling . we vacumed them up does this work? she cleans her hamster out regulary but we cant air the room out because we have to leave the door closed because we have cats. the window is closed most of the time because the cats climb on the roof and get in, so we only have it open when shes in the room. i would use hot water or bleach but the room has a carpet and its hard to reach down the side of the bed. the vacum is always on hand. please help!!!
September 23rd, 2006 at 1:40 am
I have a problem with maggots coming out of my light in my kitchen. I have sprayed more bug spray than I can tell you and vaccum them, but those suckers WON’T go away. Somebody know what can be done to get rid of them? I’ve thought salt, bleach, pinesol, lysol spray…I am at a lost. I have never had to deal with them so…someone…please help me?
September 24th, 2006 at 5:31 pm
i came home last night and saw something crawling on the kitchen floor and saw it was a maggot. i got paper and killed it. well when i looked down and searched the floor (im terrified of bugs), i saw about 30 of them!! i killed all of them by squashing them, but i kept finding more. to make matters worse, we were expecting company in an hour or so. i thought i killed them all but this morning we r still finding more and more.. even in our living room where we have hardwood floors. we took out the garbage and the litter box but we just dont know where they r coming from. we have noticed they r mostly where the cat walks at, could they be on the cat? hes black cat, so we would see white maggots, right? someone please help me.. we have a 2 year old and a newborn, this is gross!!!!! sounds like BOILING WATER works best.. but am i supposed to just pour it all over my floors?!?! PLEASE ANSWER SOMEONE!!!
September 24th, 2006 at 6:57 pm
I’VE READ YOUR COMMENTS BUT HOW DO YOU GET RID OF THEM FROM HUMAN HAIR? I HAVE SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA FOR THE SECOND TIME IN MY HAIR. THIS TIME I HAVE CHOSEN TO DO NOTHING AND LET GOD TAKE ME WHEN IT’S TIME. HOWEVER, I DON’T NEED MAGGOTS TO COMPLICATE THINGS.H.E.L.P.!!!
September 27th, 2006 at 7:03 pm
If Julie and Dana are still reading this post, I would really appreciate hearing their follow-ups. My husband was trying to evict squirrels from our attic and instead trapped at least two (according to neighbors). As expected, we did not realize this. They died. They smelled. We could not find their location in the walls of the house. Now – two weeks later – we have maggots on all three flors of the house. Dropping from light fixtures and vents, crawling out of floor boards. I have a baby and am afraid of bombing the house because of her. If anyone has experience with this type of infestation, did it clear up by itself – or did you have to take action. Has anyone used a pesticide bomb in a home with a baby? Any advice is welcome.
September 29th, 2006 at 7:51 pm
Catherine… a few months back, my house was infested with fleas! they were EVERYWHERE!! well we had an exterminator come over and bomb the house with some stuff, i myself have a child (1 at the time, now i got 2), and all we had to do was leave the house for about 4-5 hours.. everything was fine.. all my daughters toys were fine. the bomb only worked for about 3 days, so the exterminator gave us 3 cans of this very strong bomb stuff and we let all 3 cans go at once.. once again we had to leave the house, but everything was fine… our silverware, dishes, food, etc… so if u contact an exterminator and use what they give u, im sure ur baby will be just fine!
September 30th, 2006 at 1:34 pm
i hate maggots
September 30th, 2006 at 8:44 pm
help…………I have them coming say one at a time out of a pelmet (part of my fitted kitchen) this is grossing me out,I just pick them up,pop them and chuck down toilet,but I dont know how many are behind the wooden pelmit coz I cant see or take it down,please advise someone I am desperate,I have sprayed the Raid stuff and neat bleach have got some industrial drain stuff I might try but I am only getting say 1-2 maggoty things a day coming out,some about 2mm and others 4mm
September 30th, 2006 at 9:07 pm
We are very clean people, have our floors cleaned daily (mostly because they are white tile). We have had a problem with flies coming into the house. Yesterday, maggots everywhere on the tile. In the gout, in the corners everywhere. The battle is on. We are boiling water, dumping it on the floor and using a floor mate to suction it up. They are slowly disappearing but what a disqusting experience!!! How does this happen????
October 1st, 2006 at 7:36 am
Obviously the maggots are coming from flies, so most of you have something that is attracting flies in or near your home. We never toss food that have strong odors straight into the trash. Stuff like banana peels, left over meat/bones, fish, etc. go straight into a bag and into the freezer. They are placed into the trash on trash pick up day. This will solve the maggots in the trash can (and any maggots crawling into your home from the trash can). If you have a dog or cat, dispose of there feces immediately into a sealed bag rather than leaving them in your back yard or litter box. Don’t leave your windows or doors open as flies can come into your home. If the maggots aren’t from flies, than you have some other insect laying eggs around your home. If you have flies or insects in your home, you are not as clean as you think you are. Insects love places that have a lot of dirt, food, and water available. I have a feeling at least half of the posters here are not as clean as they say they are because I have not in a single day of my life had a problem with maggots inside my house.
October 1st, 2006 at 6:40 pm
I have found out myn are moth larvae that have gone into my wooden pelmet,had a total of 9 in 3 weeks and have now sprayed raid and they have gone touch wood,thank god,they are gross enough
October 2nd, 2006 at 3:01 pm
i have had maggots in my weelie bin for about three months now it only gets emptied once a fortnight and i clean it after , i have used bleach oven cleaner boilling water fly spray and toilet cleaner none have worked so i got some full marks head lice remover and covered the bin in it WORKS A TREAT
October 2nd, 2006 at 9:28 pm
I found the horrible little creatures in my kitchen trash can after cleaning some leftovers from the refrigerator and leaving them in the trash can for a day or two. I used bleach but they swam throught it (ugh!), I then went to this site and tried the boiling water which seemed to terminate most of them but for those that (valiantly?) continued to crawl on, I was frustrated enought to try the individual squish until they pop method (with a papertowel) and that eliminated the stragglers. I have been checking the area several times an hour and STILL find some lone creepy crawlers inching their in the same area to somewhere and I have squished them too. Thanks for the help. Grossed out in CA
October 3rd, 2006 at 3:38 am
ok so i have a problem..i would love to squish, bleach and boil these guys….but they are on my ceiling….what should i do?
October 3rd, 2006 at 11:38 am
Please help. i was sat outside in my garden last night having a smoke. when we got up to go in the back step and patio doors were covered in maggots. This was at midnight and after sweeping nearly all of them up we finished off with boiling water most seem dead couldnt see any the next morning. Heres were i need the help i have searched the hole area but have found nothing. the next step would be to dig up the patio . Can some tell me that i dont have a corps under my patio and that there is another reason.
October 4th, 2006 at 2:20 pm
I’ve got the darn icky maggots in my trashcan. I almost couldn’t take it out on Monday morning (when they collect trash here) because they were crawling all over the top of the can. When the sun comes out in full strength, they retreat, so I was able to get my garbage out. Noticed there are squirmers still in the bottom of the can. Before they multiply too much, I must get rid of these discusting creatures. I tried the bleach and hot water thing, and thought it worked, but they came back. I want to get rid of this trash can altogether. Certainly do not want these buggers IN my house. I’m going to try the Raid spray with the long “T” word. Thanks for this website and all of the good information. Good luck to all of you (and myself).
October 4th, 2006 at 2:41 pm
I have Maggots on my kitchen ceiling how do i get rid of them on my ceiling. I don’t know if they are from flies or moths ……….. please help i tried fly spray
October 6th, 2006 at 5:08 am
OK Maggots 101
My daughter has two ferrets and a guinea pig in her room. I had been leaving doors open to enjoy that fresh fall air, well, then the flies came, then the Maggots in the animal cages.
Solution: Keep doors closed, use screens, Fly swatters are great, but require good aim and when you are battling about 100 house flies, ya get tired. So give the kids the fly swatters, they have a blast with this, then hang as many sticky fly paper strips(wal-mart has these) as you can in kitchen, and target areas. Immediately and every day for at least one week, remove all small animal bedding from the cages and replace with fresh…EVERY DAY! In about 5 days, you will have hardly any loose flies flying around and no larva will have had time to hatch into your house. I tied the bedding tight into a plastiv grocery bag each day and threw it into the garbage outside. The flies all eventually caught stuck to the strips and I tossed them when they were full. It worked! No more maggots, and I didn’t have to use chemicals or fire…NOT recommened.
October 6th, 2006 at 10:57 pm
Alright Last Night It was raining Pretty hard and there was a empty Bucket on its side so the water Poring of the roof was making it sound like a Drum beat anyways i go out there to move it and i saw lil white things on the garbage lid witch was on the ground by the trash i see like 4 0r 5 of them in the water on lid squirmin around so i thought to my self thats some nasty Shi#..lol so i go back inside 3 min later i open sliding door to smoke uh cig its still pooring so i just pop my head out the door and out of the corner of my eye lil bastards crawlin up the glass i pop right back in look down on the ground 20+ slitherin towards door its 3 am so wasnt gonna go on a killin spree right then but i had some plans for them in the morning—>walk out 7:30 am all over the damn place its like they multiply most of them were in the Grooves to the cement padio well let me get To the good part…I see all these posts people tryin everything i used Scrubble Bubbles cleaner Bab-o- Gel and The main ingredient Pine-Sol it seemed like the Other two just pissed them off im sure it stang a lil but they were still truckin but right when i put Pine-sol they stop All movement its kinda syrupie so they just float there and DiE…woooo hoooo now i wouldnt go poorin this stuff in house but for outside yard problems it works
October 8th, 2006 at 5:15 pm
I found magets in my pantry!!
They were only on the top shelf. I cleaned out the first two shelves and sprayed with fly spray. Now since friday, I’ve seen one maggot every six to eight hours appear. I’ve sealed a crack in the wall. There’s no ordor. What do the eggs of a maggot look like? I’m wondering if it’s hatching and that’s where it’s coming from. I’m thinking of cleaning the whole pantry with bleach. But if they are coming from between the walls I’m stuck!!Any suggestions out there? Natalie
October 9th, 2006 at 12:14 am
I manage an apartment complex and i have a resident with maggots crawling across her carpet. The resident claims she has had this problem for two years. She wants new carpet. We have had several people in her apartment looking for the source and have found nothing. They seem to show up more in the winter. How would a food source for maggots last two years? The only thing we can think of is her cat box or she is bringing them in to justify getting new carpet. After reading up on maggots i discovered that after maggots gorge themselves from the food source they are laid in they travel away from the food source. Now i have to go back to that apartment and start back tracking the migration of maggots. Does anyone have any thoughts on this problem
October 11th, 2006 at 8:33 pm
We have had a huge fly and maggot problem in and around our trash bins. We went to Tractor Supply and bought some spray containing Permethrin. They also have a powder. It works great on the flies and the maggots. We keep our trash bins treated with it and there have been no more maggot incidents.
October 14th, 2006 at 1:37 pm
I have maggots comming out of a lighting socket thats too big for the actuall lighting fixture but it still holds. The worst thing is that this light is above my bed. waking up to maggots on ur blanket has have to be one of the worst things to start your day with. I don’t have an attic or anything over my bedroom so the only way to put something where the maggots source is to stick it through this whole that is finger length and finger tip width. Any Ideas? Email me at Jamesthefishy@gmail.com. Thanks very much.
October 14th, 2006 at 2:35 pm
I found some maggots in my room and i found what looked like a plate of rice. I cleaned it up and continued, later on i found some more ‘rice’ but this ‘rice was moving. and i’ve bin looking for away to kill them rather than just throw them away and this site has helped alot. The problem is i still feel they’re everywhere and i think i’m getting paranoid.
October 15th, 2006 at 2:29 am
maggots r a big nusance. They can come from anything,you should check your sink drains, garbage cans and anything that could possibly be decaying.
October 16th, 2006 at 8:16 pm
We woke up the other day and found a couple little maggots crawling in front of out stove since then we have found about 3 a day. My husband has found them on the counter and I always find them on the floor close to the stove. There is no food source close by my cupboards are on the other side of my kitchen. This really freaks me out. My question is can an exterminator get rid of these things and will this problem get worst. Has anyone tried bombing there house? Do you think that would work?
October 18th, 2006 at 5:27 am
I have maggots on my ceiling and have found them crawling up my stairwell as well. I have used Hot SHOT Bombs 3 times one a day for three days in a row and the next day another 50 or so maggots are back. I used an industrial bug spray which killed them initialy but again the next day they were back. Have cats that bring me gifts of mice and birds and have checked every where to be sure I didn’t miss one of my gifts and nothing. Used a dilution of 1/2 bleach and 1/2 water and most are gone….at least for 2 days, but have come across 3 more and used my dilution on them. If they are dead do they still lay more eggs? Is it just the flys laying eggs which turn to maggotts which turn into flies which lay more eggs? If that’s the case then the maggots dont actually lay eggs and once dead its over then correct? I can no longer cook in my kitchen I am so grossed out!!!!!!
October 18th, 2006 at 6:05 am
After eating tonight I went to let me dogs out and in the corner of the dogs room (in the crevice) were maggots. I cleaned and cleaned the best I could and everytime I would turn back around from picking them up with a paper towel and putting it in the trash there were more maggots. this happened more than 10 times. I got down on my knees and saw that there were some more that I had missed crawlingalong the crevice and the wall. I believe I have them between the walls but there is nothing there. I have cleaned everything in that area. How do I get rid of the ones that are falling down to the floor from inside of the wall????? Please help…I have new puppies and I’m 6 months pregnant!!!!
October 19th, 2006 at 5:27 pm
i have got a problem on my kitchen ceiling …. it started a few months ago i sprayed it with a insect spray …and they went …..but now they are bloody back …..can you tell me how they get there …. please ….do you think there is something dead inbetween the floor boards ???
October 24th, 2006 at 3:17 am
I have been waging a war on maggots…
I own a restaurant, and along with two other restaurants,we share two trash bins which are emptied twice a week, and we all take turns keeping the bin area clean. We have been having problems with maggots every day. Everyday somebpody is out there hosing and spraying bleach (does nothing), tried using every insect sprays known to mankind. After reading all these suggestions, I’m going to go out and buy lice shampoo, borex, and whatever spray that contains the highest amount of Permethrin. I really would love to try any gasoline by-product butI don’t think my landlord will like that idea very much. Let you guys know how my battle is going
October 24th, 2006 at 6:30 pm
I have been having a maggot problem since early sept. They have been in my driveway where i keep my trash cans and made there way into my garage. I cleaned it about six or seven times by taking everything out of my garage and spraying bleach and I have a ton of stuff to so everytime it would be an all day affair. Nothing worked and I was so upset it made me cry because I was just soooo grossed out. Finally I just got some gasoline and poured it in my drive way and garage and it killed them instantly! Kinda dangerous but I was desperate. Gasoline is the way to go!
October 26th, 2006 at 6:44 pm
Glad I found this site. Sorry I needed to. I’ve never had a maggot problem around or in my trash, even with the neigbhor’s dog or racoons upending the trash on periodic occasions. So I was surprised to find, a couple of days ago, about six maggots (half of them were already dead) under my son’s bed and around it. We have wood floors and I lifted the rug but no problem. I cleaned them up. The next day, we found about the same number dead/alive. I’ve read most of the posts here (there are so many I became exhausted) and I’m thinking what I have to do is get my boy to clean his room, thoroughly (the maggots may succeed where I fail) strip the bedding (although it is changed weekly) and perhaps use some spray or treatment (something that won’t destroy the wood) around the baseboards. I still can’t figure out why this is happening now, considering we’ve never had sitings even outside. I’ve already looked and I haven’t found food. It’s also getting cold here, now. I did pull his AC into the house last weekend and put it in his closet, as I do every fall. I dumped the water that had accumulated in it but I’m wondering if there is some residue in there that encouraged breeding. Still, I haven’t found any around the closet where the AC is–but I guess these can move. The other big change–and this is one of six weeks duration, is that I am having our kithcen remodeled. My son’s room is right above the kitchen. Could all the gutting, sheetrocking, etc. have driven maggots that might be in the walls up into his room? One thing I didn’t see in any of the post is if anyone had any success calling the local exterminator. I hate to spend the bucks but I’m a single parent with a commute and the thought of taking limited weekend time with my kids to fight the beasties is depressing. Any thoughts? My older son–who reads a lot of fantasy–suggested the kitchen renovation may have disturbed spirits in our old house, and the maggot manifestation is some kind of paranormal outburst. Not ready to call an exorcist, yet, but the younger boy isn’t too happy about sleeping in his bedroom.
October 30th, 2006 at 1:07 am
Found the little bast***s in the bathroom, under the rugs, in the shower and in the ceiling light fixture! Checked the attic and found a decomposed squirrel, directly above the bathroom and cleaned it up and sprayed the area with raid. Then checked the kids bathroom 20ft away and found them there, too. It’s so strange that they’re nowhere in between…..that I’ve found.
Cleaned them all up, flushed them and washed all the rugs. Will fumigate the attic, tomorrow while the kids are at school. I’ll let you know later, how all this works out.
Glad I found this site.
October 30th, 2006 at 4:57 pm
try peroxide….worked for me on my carpet
October 31st, 2006 at 6:04 pm
OK, Here’s the scoop. I treated the attic with Raid Fumigator (a fogger)which is 12.6% Permethrin. About $12 at Wal Mart. It seems to have done the trick. Found 4 or 5 more after the treatment, all of which were dead or dying. Have found no more for over 12 hours. The fogger professes to leave no residue, though since I was using it in the attic, this wasn’t a big issue.
This must be used in an enclosed area, though and you must leave the house for 3 or more hours. Then air it out completely for at least 30 minutes (I did it for 3 hours). Better living through chemistry.
Thanks for all of the suggestions. If they ever come back, I will visit again. Peace.
October 31st, 2006 at 6:07 pm
Thanks for your input. That’s great info…
November 8th, 2006 at 4:07 pm
I woke up this morning to find small white worms crawling on my wash rag in my bathroom….lucky for me I noticed them before i used it…..i just got mad at the thought of me using it prior and not noticing them(hopefully they hadnt arrived yet) i quickly dumpped the rag and i will check the bathroom when I go home to see if there is more……If so what should I do and i also noticed nats flying in my bathroom for sometime but because my rooamte never cleans the bathroom i thought maybe it was due to that so i cleaned it and they still remained…….HELP…S.O.S
November 9th, 2006 at 7:01 am
Question: Anyone have info on getting rid of maggots in pet cages? I went away for a few days and they decided to populate my poor toad’s cage. I’m pretty sure that pesticides would hurt him, so I’m not sure what to do. Right now I have the cage filled up with water about half way and they’re wriggling around ;-; Help?
November 11th, 2006 at 9:35 am
I had the same problem in Army when the recruits left some food under the rubbish bin.
My friend gave us a brilliant idea. Just take a lighter and turn it on and use any aerosol spray. It burns them to ashes. REALLY effective since it burns up the source of the problem too. BUT god@#mn SMELLS LIKE CRAP… a small price. haha….
November 11th, 2006 at 7:15 pm
I have a problem. We got a new puppy and just for one night, we put him in the bathroom overnight. Well he peed of course and it got into the wall. Now I found maggots crawling out of the wall in there. I tried bleach, all kinds of cleaners, salt, and we thought we got rid of them. Well surprise surprise, I woke up this morning and there are more and more coming out. Can anyone give me input of what to try. I am about to use boiling water and I will let you know if it works.
November 12th, 2006 at 1:18 am
As a college student who lives off of hot pockets and anything else that doesn’t require cooking, I hardly ever use my kitchen sink. However, one day I cooked and left the pan along with a rag in the sink. Yes, you guessed it, when I got around to washing the pan two or three days later I had slimy little maggots. I was so disgusted and quite vocal in that disgust, but my boyfriend got a real kick out of laughing at me.
I believe the boiling water has worked (THANK YOU!), but if it doesn’t, starting a fire doesn’t seem like the best plan. Is there anything safe that I could dump down my sink to kill the nasty little buggers?
November 13th, 2006 at 7:00 am
i just wanted to let you know, i have tried the boiling water after i wrote the message the other day, and Great news, it worked! Thanks so much for this site, and I definitely would recommend it for anyone who needs help with this problem. Bye bye critters.
November 13th, 2006 at 10:53 pm
Hi, I had mice in the house and they were chewing at the walls and keeping me up… I tried traps and they didn’t work good enough, so I bought some De-con poison. After a few days I stopped hearing the mice. Then about 4 weeks later I was in bed and felt something crawling on my leg.. It was a maggot!!! Small and white about 5mm long. I started tearing up the bed and found a few more, then moved the bed to find a few more on the carpet near the wall. I couldn’t really tell were they were all coming from but it looked like they were mostly in that area. I killed as many as I could by picking them up w/ a paper towel crushing them and flushing them. I then used a perimeter insecticide everywhere in the house, and used a hot shot bomb in the bedroom. The next day I found 3 more maggots, they did seem a little sick to me… but they were still alive. Tonight I’m going to get some more bomb, like 3 or 4 cases and do every room in the house. I suspect the root of this problem is a dead mouse somewhere in the wall, I tore apart the area where I saw most of the maggots and couldn’t find anything. There is no obvious smell anywhere. I’m in suspense hoping I can kill all of these little demons and also not knowing what they are going to turn into when they develop.. I hope there aren’t any more dead mice in my walls, because I would hate a repeat….
If anyone has any tips on this type of infestation, let me know.
November 15th, 2006 at 6:32 am
Used 12 hot shot bombs today (through out the house which is 1200 sq ft)and a can of wasp foam on the carpet, especially around the edges. Haven’t seen any new maggots… If all goes well, I’ll put my bed back into my bedroom tomorrow. Pray for me people!
November 30th, 2006 at 1:19 pm
Thank god for this site!! it saved my sanity
I had a flood in my bathroom, A LONG TIME AGO (nearly two years) and i obviously had it fixed, and left the rest.
When me and my boyfriend woke up this morning, we decided, we wanted to re arrange the bathroom (wahing bins etc, potties) and give it a damn good clean. And what did we find? yes. lots of little white thin things. Ergh. maggots.
It was so scary, i was terrified. they’ve been living under my bathroom carpet, the floor was still damp from that long ago!
So, thanks to this site, we have in the last two hours, ripped up the carpet, made a bucket of boiling water, with a whole bottle of bleach (i wanted to make sure it would work) this seems to have worked, i have just dried my bathroom floor, and hovered it. and didn’t see any more. s hopefully i will be able to go in there!!!!
Do you think they will come back???
December 4th, 2006 at 9:13 pm
my flatmate’s horrid cat brought a dead bird into my bedroom, not sure when either today or possibly last night as soon as I noticed the bird I got rid of it then went onto hoover up around the area and there were a few feathers lying about…
when i hoovered them up there were what looked like 5 or 6 little brown maggots (so brown..? maggots?) I have hoovered them up but I have a bagless hoover… I’m going to empty it now I’m so worried that they’ll stay in the hoover and multiply….
I’m going insane here its awful!!
December 13th, 2006 at 3:27 am
i have been finding magots on my wals theres never more then 1 in the same place at first i swe one on the wall above my bed and then i found 1 on a teddy bear on my bed its discusting i cant stand it today i saw 3 on a wall where are they cuming from? i cnt even sleep in my own room if any1 has any idea what to do plz help im scared to even go into my room as they can turn up anywhere! i do no that fly spray duz kill 1 if u soak it in it but that doesnt help when there everywhere hiding ready to come out when ur asleep! plz plz help x
December 14th, 2006 at 12:54 am
I have a unique problem. I live in a clean studio apartment in an 1890s mansion. There was a hole in the eave; a squirrel got iside my wall; I complained to the landlord; she poisoned the suirrels; one apparently has died inside my wall; I now have maggots crawling around on my bare, otherwise clean hardwood floor. I can’t figure out wher they are coming in. I see no cracks in the wall or celing. And there are big slow-moving houseflies in my apartment. What can i do beside rip out my walls looking for the dead squirrel. My landlord is in another city and speaks English as a second language.
December 14th, 2006 at 2:31 am
Please help me. The outside of my house, my concrete walkway and my patio area are infested with maggots its way past my bedtime and i cant picture me going to bed tonite incase they get into my house under a door or something, boiling water, bleach and the rest of the things i’v tried seem to work at the time but when i go back outside an hour later their back at my doorstep. somebody please help me. the dead mouse that caused them is gone 2 days ago but their still here no matter what i do. its really stormy and rainy here right now and i think their thriving in the damp. i need help before i completely have a breakdown
December 25th, 2006 at 12:26 am
Since boiling water seems to work, does anyone know if one of those portable steamers would works?
December 28th, 2006 at 9:07 pm
I’ve always wanted to try that, but I completely forgot about it in the heat of the moment. Did you manage to try the steamer?
January 5th, 2007 at 1:01 am
I have them in my bunnie cage.I clean it out but within 24 hours there back. Now even though burning them sounds like a blast, or pouring toxic liquids on them I have to think about the bunny. Now they are only on the side were the business gets done, I know salt wont kill them but well it deture them, salt well be safe for the rabbit if its in the cage. I just want to know if I can prevent them from spreading so much
January 5th, 2007 at 3:16 am
My hubby found them in the kitchen this morning – he left for a jog and there was nothing, then when he got back an hour later the whole kitchen was blown! We have tiles and have just vaccumed them up and tied a big knot in the bin. He originally had the dustbuster to attack but they were squeezing out! I’m just going to leave them in the bag now (double bagged and wait until they die.) I tried cayeene pepper sprinkled on top but the maggot just plowed through and ate it! Bastards!
There is a few still wriggling about I’m about to go and attack with the vaccum again.
January 13th, 2007 at 8:17 am
My friend was housesitting and the dog killed a rat in the backyard. The rat was then placed in the otto bin in a bag tied up. Next day there were hundreds of maggots. She used Ajax and water and this seemed to work UNTIL the next day…. They are still there so we are trying the boiling water method. DISGUSTING
January 14th, 2007 at 5:08 am
i just found maggots in the rubbish bin also.
it was my boyfriend and flatmates fault.
and it doesn’t look like they’re gonna fix it!
January 19th, 2007 at 8:23 pm
I think the concensus is that boiling water works. The things creep me out and once my husband is home I make him battle them. We had them once and stopped throwing meat in the garbage can. Then the other day they came back and horrors I was alone… and one got on my leg. It was nasty, you wouldn’t have wanted to see my reaction. So trembling I started to sweep, I hunted every last one down and swept it out the front door, giving them a swift slap with the broom every now and then just to show them who was boss and then I mopped my floors with bleach, disinfectant and hot water. They tend not to want to travel that road. Finally I poured the mopping water on them (outside the front door) and let it carry them down the stairs dead I am sure. I would hate to have that happen again so I try not to put anything I think they will feed on in our main garbage. I’ve started using a small grocery bag when I cook to put all my vegetable skins and meat ends, cans etc. in and then i throw that small bag in the trash outside so it gets collected fast and is not waiting in my kitchen. BTW I hear ants eat maggots so you may want to buy an ant farm (possible joke). Thanks Deco.
Tired of Maggots
January 20th, 2007 at 4:41 pm
When my kitchen, dinning room, and living room were filled with magots I used Clorox Bleach. I had swept them in a pile, then I poured it on top of them, once they all looked dead I swept them out the door and used the hose to wash them off my driveway. I’m going to try the boiling water method and see how that goes if they come back.
January 22nd, 2007 at 6:24 pm
I am having a problem with maggots in my house, actually just my kitchen. I recently cleaned out all of the cupboards and rearranged everything. I keep finding those buggers in my pasta. Any dry pasta in the house they seem to get into. Also I keep finding them in the boxes of mac and cheese. Everytime that i find them there is only one of 2 of them. I find them on oil that we have too, like rice oil and typical cooking oils. I checked all under the cupboards and the doorway, it is winter here. I pull out the fridge and stove once a month and clean there too. I can’t figure this out and it’s really bothering me. Why are they getting into the pasta, are they maggots or something that look the same. Please help me email@example.com Thanks
January 26th, 2007 at 5:07 pm
Just been having a little sort out of items in my house when I was shocked to discover small maggots crawling in one of my books!!
I’ve got a wooden dresser which stands in the kitchen, which i keep a few things stored in the cupboard at the bottom of it, and in the drawers etc, i also keep a few of my old books and magazines under it, the wall behind the dresser is slightly damp and some of the paper has started to discolour, (i plan to have this sorted early this year), anyway back to the maggots, to my horror i got one of my books from under the dresser and found 5 live maggots (1cm long, cream in colour with brown tipped heads) stuck to the binding of my book, there seemed to be some kind of white coocoon like substance around them, I noticed one of these maggots a couple months ago on the rear door in the kitchen but i put it down to coming from shoes or clothing picked up from outside garden etc.
I then thought i would investigate to see if anymore where about, i emptied the dresser and found one in there stuck to a cardboard box, and i completely moved the dresser to find them on more books which i kept under it and also on the wallpaper surface and also under it where a little wallpaper has come away with the rising damp.
I’ve had a really good look on the internet and cannot find anything about these to hand so i’m just wondering if anyone has any ideas? as I’m quite worried about it.
January 27th, 2007 at 4:38 pm
we were sitting in the loungeroom after being awake for 3 days when i discovered something crawling in the corner. At first i thought it was a mere hallucination due to lack of sleep but after a closer examination and some help from a friend, there really were little yellow maggots crawling over the house. They were everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They must have come from outside !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we found this maggot forum very interesting…thank you
does anyone have a ticket for the killers?