What Are Maggots

Where do maggots come from?

A maggot is the larva of an insect, more commonly, a young form of the fly, before it changes into it’s mature form.

Maggots come from eggs laid by flies. At least, the ones we talk about on this website do.

A larva (the plural is larvae) is a young (juvenile) form of animal with indirect development, going through or undergoing metamorphosis. The larva can look completely different from the adult form. (For example, a caterpillar differs from a butterfly).

What do Maggots look like?

When you first see maggots, they tend to be REALLY small, with 100’s of them being able to fit into a teaspoon. The more common maggots found at home (whether they’re in your kitchen or garden) are tiny, white, very short and worm-looking. Almost like a grain of rice has shrunk in the wash.

But they can EAT! And when they do, they grow quickly.

Within a couple of days at the most, maggots can grow to the length of the top half of your thumb. They stay pretty short and stubby, so they don’t really look like worms.

Click here if you want to see photos of what maggots look like.

What do maggots eat?

Very briefly and generally, maggots eat rotting meat.

The flies are attracted to the smell of rotting flesh, whether it’s meat left in your rubbish bin, or a wound on a human or animal that has not been cleaned properly.

Flies lay their eggs in the rotting meat, and when the maggots hatch, they have a food source.

Because maggots like rotting meat, they’re a good aid in medicine, where they will eat the dead flesh in a wound, leaving the living and healthy tissue alone. You can see this in action in the medical maggots therapy videos.

If you’re looking for a way to get rid of your maggot infestation, make sure you pay a visit to the page that shows you how to kill maggots.

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4 responses to “What Are Maggots”

  1. I have a compost pit that I throw all kitchen waste in. I have noticed maghot infestation. If they are going to help reduce the volume they are welcome to stay. Will they do that at a high rate of speed?

  2. Ian

    It will definitely not help but make the problem of having them even worse. The more they eat on the kitchen waste, the bigger they become until they evolve into flies which will then lay more eggs which will repeat the process of having these maggots. My advice would be to find another way to dispose all kitchen waste in a safer and more healthy way.

  3. That part I understand and I’m aware that it’s not an ideal situation. What I’m trying to do is make the best of the situation. If I was able to keep mg garbage can outside until collection day it wouldn’t be an issue. As is though if I don’t compost kitchen waste it has to stay in the garage and even though it’s in bags and in the garbage can it stinks and I don’t want that. With the system I have it keeps the stink outside but because air can circulate it does not stink till you shovel it out which if all goes well will be only once per year.

    That’s why I really can’t come up with another idea and I have to go with what I already have in place. Obviously maggots are not pleasant and it looks like a horror movie when you open the lid but if the end result is less volume I’m happy and if maggots help with that it’s a good thing. So with all of that in mind, will the maggots help reduce the volume?

  4. Some maggots are useful. Look up BSF for Black Soldier Flies. The adult form (flies) don’t have mouth parts and the maggots form just eat so clearing your compost of meat products.

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