Maggot Facts: Where They Come From and Getting Rid of Them

Updated on August 17, 2016

What Is a Maggot?

A maggot is the larvae of a fly.

In other words, a fly lays eggs which turn into larvae (maggots), which become flies, which lay more eggs, and so on....

(Full disclosure: I did not always know this. At the risk of sounding like a moron, I’ll admit that I thought they just sort of appeared. Not sure where that logic came from.) After doing some thorough research, I thought I’d compile the basics and share.

Where Do Maggots Come From?

The fly lays eggs, which turn into maggots. "Maggot" is another word for larva. After a pupal stage, maggots turn into flies. Sometimes, it may seem like the maggots appear from nowhere, but it's just that you didn't notice the fly or its eggs. The fly lays hundreds of eggs at a time! They will begin to hatch within a day.

A Fly's Life Cycle

  1. A female lives about a month, during which time she lays from 500 to 2,000 eggs in batches of about 75 to 150 at a time.
  2. A day after the eggs are laid, the maggots will appear.
  3. We usually see them in this first stage while they are still 3-9 mm long and whitish in color (however, they can grow to be 20 mm. Ew!).
  4. Maggots feed for 3 to 5 days. There are larval and pupal stages, and it takes approximately 14 to 36 days for the eggs to morph into flies.

The fly will lay its eggs anywhere it feels like the maggots will be safe and well-fed. This is why it’s so common to see them in old or rotting food. The maggots need to eat non-stop so the fly will always lay the eggs where there is food.

What Do Maggots Like to Eat?

Maggots like meat: Leftovers, discards, pet food, dead animals, any old meat will do. They eat to fuel their growth until they pupate.


How to Prevent Flies (and Maggots)

  • Always clean up any food and don't leave any sitting out. Store food in sealed containers. Tie your garbage bags tightly and remove garbage from your house frequently.
  • Flies will lay their eggs in your pet’s food as well, so make sure you change their food fully and don’t just top it up. Keep the dish covered when not in use.
  • Clean out garbage cans thoroughly. Using bleach is probably your best bet. Make sure their lids are always sealed tight.
  • If you compost, be sure to keep it completely sealed.
  • If you have a dog, be sure to keep your yard free of dog poop.
  • Seal any holes in your screens to help keep them out. They always find a way to sneak in though, don’t they?

How to Get Rid of Maggots (and Flies)

This can depend on your personal preference, as you can use chemical products or do it naturally.

  • Remove all food sources, and the flies will lay their eggs elsewhere.
  • Pour boiling water over maggots to kill them instantly. If you want, you can add a cup of bleach and 1 1/2 cups of hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of boiling water.
  • Dish soap works great as an insect repellant and/or insecticide. Most dish soaps contain a little borax, which is the active ingredient.
  • Natural fly repellants include vodka, aromatic herbs like lavender, basil, and bay leaf, lemongrass oil, cloves, witch hazel, apple cider vinegar, and camphor or citronella smoke.
  • You can make a trap to catch the flies, hopefully before they lay eggs. Fill the bottom of a container with a couple inches of water, then add some smelly bait and a couple drops of liquid dish soap.
  • There are certain plants you can plant around your home like marigold, chrysanthemum, lavender, and tansy, which will help keep flies away. (Don't forget the venus flytrap, a carnivorous plant that loves to eat flies, which is a spectacular—if not exactly effective—way to do it!)
  • Use an electronic fly traps that plug into your outlets or a fly zapper. These emit a white UV light that attracts flying insects, then zaps them with electricity. Be careful to use these indoors, and only when needed, because they kill all kinds of flying insects, even ones that we really need.
  • If you choose to get rid of them chemically, use a product which contains permethrin, a chemical that is used as an insecticide. For example Raid, which we’re all probably familiar with, is a popular insecticide that is used in households.
  • Use a fly gun or a good ol’ fly swatter.

  • Get some fly paper, or make your own. (See video below.)

Interesting Maggot Facts

Maggots can be used for many things. Even though you might think they're gross, there are many ways we benefit from their existence.

  • They make great bait for fishing.
  • Live ones can be used for medical purposes like as cleaning wounds of dead tissue, especially for wounds that are having trouble healing.
  • They are very helpful to forensic scientists who use them to calculate an approximate time of death.

Stay Maggot-Free!

To sum it up: If you can manage to not leave any food out, including your garbage, compost, and your pet's food and waste, you’ll likely remain maggot-free.

About Maggots (from National Geographic)

From the Comments

Jordan from Norman, OK left a very helpful comment in the comment section. Here it is in full:

"I did my undergraduate research on decay and maggot development. You summed it up quite nicely! I'm impressed. Here are a few more tidbits on necrophagous flies:

There is only one major family of flies that will oviposit on decaying matter: Calliphoridae. Not all flies are attracted to detritus, but if the fly is shiny and blue or green, chances are it's feeding on and laying its eggs in your garbage. Maggots can only survive on wet substrate, so if you are compulsively changing your dry bin out of fear of maggot infestation, know that they cannot live on a dried chicken bone (or dried anything else)!

Development changes drastically with temperature. It may take anywhere from two hours to three days for them to hatch from eggs; likewise, it may take six hours to five months for them to develop into adults. The life cycle is a six stage process: egg, first instar, second instar, third instar, pupa, and adult.

While these flies are major pests within the home, they are one of the only organisms that rids the world of carcasses. When they are in their natural habitats, they are very helpful, indeed!"

Feel free to leave information of your own in the comments section!

Questions & Answers


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        Kiya1999 3 weeks ago

        It's extremely possible (if no 'known' source) that it is Witchcraft. Many will be skeptical but trust me, you have no idea.

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        Jdjdj 3 months ago

        Emily, dump your lazy ass boyfriend before cleaning up after him becomes your life!

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        Zach 5 months ago

        Beelzebub has been busy!

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        VanessaVelasquez 5 months ago

        Hey there, please help! Maggots coming from my daughters art supply drawer and table! There is no food or garbage there! Don’t know where coming from!

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        Dana mcpherson 5 months ago

        Today I was walking in my kitchen maggots had covered my floor

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        Dee 5 months ago

        Hi, I'm finding small maggots on the ceiling on my kitchen.

        I have no idea where they are coming from but I am finding them intermittently i.e 1 to 4 at a time crawling across.

        I have cleaned on top of my wall cupboards where I store things but but I have not food up there only cereal boxes but they are sealed with clips so unable to penetrate.

        Any suggestions where the source might be?

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        bucap0 6 months ago

        I just lost two of my dogs earlier this week - never had a maggot problem - got up this morning and I thought it was rice... the dogs always had their food out and never any problems...what do you think caused this???

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        Terri 6 months ago

        THere are maggots coming out of the carpet close to the wall in my apartment building Just one stretch of carpet --they vacuum them up --- they come back They are seen coming out from the carpet but they took off the baseboard and nothing was there THe building people think its me!!! WHere are they coming from! SOme of them are even brown!!!!

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        Tracey 7 months ago

        Ok this happens to us every year and I don't understand what it is ok I have a carport and all along inside the carport where the brick wall meets the concrete floor in carport maggots are crawling out everywhere and it happens every year around this time it is so disgusting I don't understand cause I thought they only laid eggs on food or stuff rotting at first I thought maybe there was a dead animal under my house so we looked and no dead animals plus it happens every year maggots are everywhere please help

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        Chris 7 months ago

        Came home from work and found a bunch on the floor. Shoulda took the trash out sooner, they came from there. Im not interested in trying to kill them with a spray and sweep them up and all that, I sucked em up with the Dyson cordless thing, dumped em in the burn barrel and lit em up with some other burnables. Im on watch now and find a straggler every now and then. Just glad it was me and not my wife that found them.

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        hazel 7 months ago

        in reply to kaz, I notice that when the weather is hot, these insects tend to get in via rice, tea and biscuits. As I have been infested with them twice, and each time in the heat, I have learned now that as soon as the weather is hot, to keep dry food (cereal, rice, etc.) in the fridge. Also, to regularly check dates of products (time goes by surprisingly fast). But rice, tea, flour, cereals, seem to be their favourites. They don't touch sugar of any kind. Jolly old that. There must be a lesson for humans there. If even a maggot doesn't want it.........

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        kaz 7 months ago

        hi, about two weeks ago i found a maggot by my back door and was inspecting all my kitchen floor then, as i did i found dozens under my table under my washing machine which is right next to my back door and a few behind my kitchen door which is pushed right back against my wall as i don't ever use it me and my partner scrubbed my kitchen i felt so dirty but determined they came in through the back door, we closely inspected it and found load in the plate on the floor the door sits on so after this day we inspected outside we found a few and seen they was coming from under the door frame outside i thought it was all over and i seen two more just a few days ago got them outside boiled water again they where gone, and now the last few days i walk into my kitchen and 1 at a time their will be a fly inside on my back door i let it straight out and this will repeat most of the day, we found no food and have no idea how its happened. if anyone else has had similar experience without it being around bins or waste would be great to hear. thanks

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        jayden 7 months ago

        this helped a lot

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        Emily 7 months ago

        I just got back from a two week vacation and my boyfriend was left to watch my apartment and my cat. He didn't take out the garbage for 2 weeks or clean out the cats food dish or litter box for at least a week. Needless to say it smelled like something died. I cleaned the place for 3 days straight and of course now a week later I have swarm of flies that looks like something out of the Amityville Horror. I can't find anything wet or smelly in the place. Any other suggestions where they might be hiding?

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        Erika 7 months ago

        We have no trash exposed but daily we have hundreds if not thousands show up. They are under boxes and carpet in our outbuildings. Why do they hide and infest there. We have thourolly checked everywhere .

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        Mellonie 8 months ago

        will hot shot fly killer kill them

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        John 8 months ago

        I have them every where. My wife has nodularis purgio and they attack her. I don't know what to do.

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        mary 8 months ago

        in my house we get maggots at sink,in the corners where its wet

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        Confused by maggots 8 months ago

        There was a horrible odor inside my SUV and upon removing the clean and empty plastic insert of the floorboard storage bin, I discovered a swamp of maggots and ooze. There wasn't anything in the bin and no way for something to have gotten underneath it. I cleaned it up and within hours, more ooze was present. This has continued to happen over the course of a few days. There aren't any holes in the metal floorboard so where is this coming from? PLEASE HELP!

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        Hi 8 months ago

        I found hundreds of them in my garbage can. This article really helped.

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        Lisa 9 months ago

        I just found a maggot or I think anyway it was brownish in color. I have found a few and then these moth like flies. I have to little children who like to spill stuff and I always clean it up but I think I'm missing something. And I keep seeing horror stories about them getting inside of you so I'm a bit freaked out

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        patrice 9 months ago

        We just moved here, I keep a clean dry house, but since we have moved here I have found a couple in my bathroom floor, a couple on my living room floor, and I am not understanding this! Because there is nothing on the floor!

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        Susanna 9 months ago

        Thank you so much for this! For the first time in my life I am experiencing a problem with maggots in my kitchen and this helped me figure out why, and how to stop/prevent the problem. We just moved to a house where it gets very hot in the summer and flies love to sneak in and buzz around our compost bin. Now I know what's up. Kudos to you!

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        A'sonda 10 months ago

        Maggots make my skin crawl and they stink. I enjoyed reading your blog on these nasty worms. The video probably won't allow me to sleep as it gave me the creepy crawlies.

        I discovered maggots near our dog food bin. I swear by all the gods it was a Putrefying experience. I was screaming the kids were screaming and my husband was at work. So eventually I had to remind myself I was the adult and needed to take action. I started vacuuming those suckers up. Of course I had the cheapest vacuum ever envented so when I found they had burrowed themselves in my carpet I lost my darn mind.

        I packed up the kids after calling my husband and off we went to a maggot free zone, the library.

        My husband arrived with salt in hand and a DYSON. Seriously if I would have known maggots would have landed me a DYSON I would have been careless years ago. LOL.

        He poured salt and a vacuuming I went. Did I mention I love my new DYSON!!! The moment it turned on I knew it was the perfect maggot in carpet buster. I promise you I vacuumed for at least 30-45 minutes as I needed to make sure I had gotten all those bad boys. I think I did but I'm not 100 on it. I was able to look through the vacuum clear bagless ball thing and yup there they were crawling wiggling just moving the nasty way they do. I swear I will never eat rice again or anything I ever drop on my floor honoring that five second rule. That is OUT!!!!

        This blog was very helpful however it does have me very scared as I didn't find hundreds of maggots

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        Shirley 10 months ago

        We had them in our horse stall. We did not know the person before us didn't the mats and clean under them. I used lime and diatemacious ( on the spelling) earth to get rid of them and it worked. After a complete stall gut we now feel comfortable putting our horse back into his stall.

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        Loretta 10 months ago

        I got up this morning and I have maggots crawling across my living room how do I get rid of them I don't keep food in there

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        Nirupama Raghavan 11 months ago

        Beautiful account on maggots. I need not be scared now that my composting is wrong.

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        1024917 12 months ago

        they keep following me everywhere why is that

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        Jess 12 months ago

        Ive seen a maggot a day for the last 4-5 days. My room is clean - no food -taken out everything it could possibly be cleaned and changed everything, even pulled out the bed and vaccuumed and they are still appearing. Is it possible the ones still appearing the last 2 days are just ones that were already developed? How do I get rid of them without using an aerosolised spray because i have severe asthma?

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        Ashley 13 months ago

        I like to think I am a very clean house is almost always spotless, walls washed, carpets cleaned and so on. We keep all of are food garbage outside on the patio and no old food in the house, we rarely have a fly In the house, well last summer I went to take some garbage out and the whole patio was covered in 1000's of maggots it was horrifying. Usually we take the garbage to the dumpster every 4 days so I was stunned to see this...I just recently started my spring cleaning and to my horror I have found my place is invested with maggots. I need answers!!! Like I said I keep my place clean and I hate bugs of any sort. I found this maggot infestation under my appliances in the kitchen. Under the dishwasher, fridge and oven....somebody pleads help me figure out why his is happening.

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        So if there's maggots, 13 months ago

        Someone could be trying to hide a dead body?

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        Marianna 14 months ago

        Thank you so much for taking your time here to share this resourceful information and video with us! Greatly appreciated and full of facts which I was unaware, thanks for shedding light to things here. I will be giving this a try and will be sharing!

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        Uma Kolandai 15 months ago

        Hate these things ever since I saw them come out from under the drainage in my house when I was about 10 years old. It seems a rat had died in there and these things were feeding on that. It was horrible to see them. Since then I hated them. I thought even the rat was better.But it's nature's way of reusing matter energy reinfuse it into the geosystem. Still they are waste reducers after something is dead in the environment, carrion eaters, bottom of the line

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        Mike 15 months ago

        What would happen if a maggot happened to hide itself in some food that you had eaten? And you ate one? Curious to know?

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        Hi 16 months ago

        I left a piece of porkchop bone in my room and went camping for three days, came back home and that bone was cover with magot. The fly's eggs developed a lot faster than you think. Luckily it was inside a plate and not on my floor. I poured mr. clean and they move suddenly stronger and faster like became mutants with chemical.

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        Lim 16 months ago

        Ewwww disgusting, disgusting. Came across this article because there are maggots climbing up the walls in the office toilet. EW. Full disclosure too - I too thought they appear out of nowhere =.= Thanks for the article. Will be taking greater care of things at home now!

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        Sheela Chandraghatgi 16 months ago

        I'm an lndian living in Mumbai. For last few years l've been making vermicompost without any trouble. Today l noticed some maggots in the compost. I'm worried. Can you help Me? How should l get rid of them without disturbing the earthworms? Waiting for your reply. Thanks for your article.

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        Bob F. 18 months ago

        We put our food scraps in plastic bags, then place the bag in the freezer. Come trash day we put the bag in the trash can. We have never had a problem with maggots sense we have been doing this. We also use a plastic jar with a lid for small scraps from the sink strainer an freeze it as well.

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        J L Holmes 18 months ago

        My daughter had a power outage at her condo during a period when there was no one there. A month or so later it was discovered that her 2-year-old fridge had failed with meat in the freezer. Even though Th

        E refrigerator had not been opened all that time (about 6 weeks), the freezer was filled with maggots. Where did they come from? I think there are maggot eggs in raw meat???

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        mc john jbv 18 months ago

        nice educative article

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        ew 19 months ago

        grose bro

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        tauati 19 months ago

        I love this article

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        Annabeth 19 months ago

        Great article, but could you please state the author?I could use this for our research paper but I would need the name of the author thank you.

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        fifer 20 months ago

        spray inside your bins with brake cleaner, THEY DO NOT LIKE IT ON THEM!

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        jessjav 20 months ago

        I found maggots under a towel the day after i mopped the floor w Clorox. Used a small towel to dry floor while i walked on it.

        never ever have had this before, i lifted the towel to straighten it the next morning and there were about 8 of them wiggling around!

        there was a fly about a week earlier that i stopped in the garbage with the lid. Only fly inside house

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        annie 20 months ago

        thats a good question.. would love to see the answer

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        Lawofone 20 months ago

        Around 12 AM last night my neighbour message me asked me to go outside. To my horror both of our gardens were covered with maggots I mean they're were billions of then. me and my neighbour look after our gardens,rubbish is alwsys IN the bin, never bits hanging out, bins are kept out of the way at the bottom of the garden, we regularly wash the patio etc,we have young children Who like to play out... The neighbour on the otherside of me has a Mountain of rotting rubbish, piles of dog poo ( A stafie n a dogue-de-Bordeaux can make some big piles) how long all that poo has actually been there Is the unknown it's not regularly picked up and if it ever is its just thrown over the fence,behind our houses is A looking lpng grass field.Over the years we have had problems, the smell of the dogs shit and piss, rotting rubbish on A hot summers day is not nice.But when the cat sizerats came of course it became serious. Anyway My neighbour with a rubbish seem to think all these maggots appeared last night because my cat had recently had fleas,but I caught and dealt with that quickly I'd say a week At the most my cat probably have fleas. In my Opinion there is no way The fleas from my cat caused that maggot apocalypse. I could be wrong,? Last night we were outside and my neighbour with a rubbish said she had no maggots what's soever, so why was it me and the other neighbour has the apocalypse in our garden? I'm thinking because it was dark she couldn't see them.? I spent 3 1/2 hours use in every chemical under my sink scrubbing my patio boiling hot water you name if I did it. Right now I can't see any, maybe the odd dead one stuck in between the patio slabs. My question is what caused this amount of maggots? the rubbish n shit or The fleas?? It's crazy 9pm last night it was dry no maggots, there was a downpour of rain, 12am my neighbour messages... The maggot apocalypse had began...

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        Hazel 20 months ago

        Good information. The gist of what you say is clear. Keep your bin dry. Make sure no food is just put in. Contain your rubbish in plastic bags. When bins are empty, wash out thoroughly with boiling water containing bleach. Turn upside down to dry completely. Elsewhere I read that you can oil the bin with a little oil contains some vinegar. Kill any flies you see especially blue or green ones. Good luck. You will succeed if you persevere.

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        Isabella 20 months ago

        Canfresh Gdorless Garbage Solution will solve all the garbage composing problems. Canfresh controls humidity and temperature inside the green bin and we promise no maggots, no flies. If you are interested in Canfresh, please email: for more information. Here is our website:

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        Taiha 20 months ago

        If the maggots are layed on the ground ants will start to find them and take them to there any hill for food .the other day I saw this happning it was I front of my house under the stone lizard we have. some were under every single rock. So I toke a video and look at it very close so ants are an enemy to maggots

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        robin brokaw 20 months ago

        I have a out side dog she has maggots on her back we just noice some cuts on her how can we help her we are taking her to a vet

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        Mary 8/8 today 20 months ago

        Found a whole bunch of these maggots all over my carpet in living room from the front to door to the end of hallway..Maintanence man came and sprayed all of them..then we swept them up..I've seen a couple of flies off and on the last couple of nites (I have a fly strips up which usually helps) but this is the first time in my life I've ever see anything like this and I'm 65 yrs old..I can't stand bugs inside my now I'm really watching for them

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        Bob 20 months ago

        Maggots are not "parasites" typically in temperate climates, but are very efficient recyclers of dead protein. So as with everything, nature does a good job of cleaning up!

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        Hi 21 months ago

        In the last 2 days I had at least 2 dozen flies in my home. Killed them, more came. Could not figure out where they were from. Killed 1 fly that had something coming out of it, from the back. GROSS. Finally found a rolled up towel I had used to sit on when I went outside that I didn't know my cat threw up on. Picking up the towel, there were tons of lies and these tan-brownish oblong things. Were those going to hatch into maggots? Were all the flies I killed already maggots I did not see? OMG, I feel ill!! One just few by me now. I have been ill and haven't taken garbage out in 2 days - sick or not - going now!

        CAN people have flies, maybe not many, ad never know they had maggots?

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        Love 21 months ago

        I woke up this morning and there they were on the Kitchen Floor . I hate that . I used bay leaves in the trash can and that stopped them. I don't know where they came from. I will try salt to kill them next time. I did see a big green fly in the house on Monday. today is Wednesday when I say the maggots. Because the Raid did not work. I poured vinegar and it did not work. Thanks for the information

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        Pen 21 months ago

        I have NEVER had them UNTIL this AM. I swear to God they were not there yesterday!!

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        bobby cheryl 22 months ago

        It is really weird because we get our house professionally cleaned every week, and we are neat and tidy people. How could we not see it happening?

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        bobby cheryl 22 months ago

        these maggots are in my house!! i dont know where they are coming from. They are under my rugs, in the bathroom and in the kitchen. but... not in the pantry or fridge? WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!?!

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        Mandy 23 months ago

        I'm sure everyone has had a fly land on them and you swat it away, maybe they lay the eggs within your skin but due to your immune system fighting it they don't hatch til you die

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        ewan turner 24 months ago

        i always get maggots but there no where near any food. there always near my back door and under my kitchen window. i do have some dead millipedes in my sliding back door tracks. but no where near food.

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        Frankie Ay 2 years ago

        Yes, I get that flies lay eggs and they hatch into the worms, but that doesn't at all explain how they appear when there are no eggs laid at all. And if you will excuse the thought, I am sure that not every corps, human or otherwise, dies with fly eggs on them. Humans are sealed in a coffin and behold, maggots are in there; my kids' hamster sealed in a jar...maggots are in there. THAT's the question -- when there are no apparent fly eggs, there still ALWAYS seem to be maggots. There has got to be a scientific answer to that.

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        nazly 2 years ago

        Yesterday I saw a maggot on my kitchen top. I stressed cos I could not find the source. This morning at the breakfast table, there was one on the table... Just then my husband looked up and OMW ... in the light fitting were quite a few of them, comiing down as we were watching.... When we took off the cover, the culprits, ....2 very large flies flew out ...... Thank goodness we found the source!

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        sreenivasulu 2 years ago

        I didn't know how to get rid of them and i know some information about magotts they spread some microble diseases.Thank you very much for information.

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        Frankie Ay 2 years ago

        What still puzzles me is WHERE DO THEY COME FROM. I mean, our pet hamster died and the kids thought that if you put it in a jar and sealed it, it wouldn't decay. I told them that was highly unlikely, but as a learning experience I let them encase it and bury it. A week later one of them dug it up and much to his horror, the jar was filled with maggots -- the hamster pretty much eaten up. He wanted to know (and I couldn't explain to him) how did the maggots get into the sealed jar?

        If it is as simple as that they are fly eggs that have hatched and developed, how did the fly get into the jar to lay the eggs on that dead hampster which then turned into larvae to eat the hamster? Seems like larvae are already in any animal, fish or foul's flesh already BEFORE death and only upon death to they hatch. Is this at all possible? So again I ask, where do maggots come from when a living thing dies? Do they spontanious hatch from decaying meat? Tis a mystery.

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        Carol 2 years ago

        I had this problem 2 years ago fought like crazy to get rid of them cleaning the can bleaching and them spraying raid fly spray seemed to work well here it and the darn things are back we always bag ou garbage and take it out all the time the garbage company even gave us a new can guess what today it was covered My question to they make hole in the ground and then get in and do their ugly thing

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        Mrs. Love 2 years ago

        I'm having an issue with maggots I thought maybe they were coming from the drain in basement or from the wall where water often leaks from when it's rains! Is this possible

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        Traci 2 years ago

        I dont see them around food. I seen them around my dishes and in my sink but we always clear the sink out when were done washing the dishes. Weve also noticed alot of nats could that have something to do with it?

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        martha 2 years ago

        Take garbage out continuously

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        mochas groove 3 years ago

        Omg..... I love you for this. I about died when I saw my trashcan infested with those things from hell.... Completely grossed out... but yeah I am guilty of allowing my garbage to sit over a week in a hot garage. Not only is the smell appalling, those dag on creepy crawlies are making it so I can't even go into my garage to dump new trash. Yeah I will never wait that long again. Come on Wednesday!!!!!!!!! Please.....

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        Kalux 4 years ago from Canada

        ha ha ha both David and Insane, you made me giggle pretty good you two.


        Thanks so much.

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        Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

        No, you had it right the first time: Maggots just sort of appeared; ha!

        Which came first, the fly or the maggot? If it is the fly, then there had to be a maggot to begin with and if it was a maggot, then the maggot truly spawned from nothingness on the beginning... Yeah, sort of like asking about the chicken vs. the egg thingy... LOL!

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        David Trujillo Uribe 5 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

        I thought maggots were like zombies rising from dead flesh. They certainly look like it, jumping from the garbage bin, crawling slowly around the floor until girlfriend spots them, drowns them with bleach and blames boyfriend.

        Next day, some maggot zombies somehow survive the massacre and boyfriend has to squish them… then clean house all over again!!

        Off course boyfriend was the one that forgot to take the garbage out in the first place :(

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        Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

        Thanks for your informative addition here, Jordan! I agree that they are helpful in their natural habitats...away from me lol.

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        Jordan 5 years ago from Norman, Oklahoma

        I did my undergraduate research on decay and maggot development. You summed it up quite nicely! I'm impressed. Here are a few more tidbits on necrophagous flies:

        There is only one major family of flies that will oviposit on decaying matter: Calliphoridae. Not all flies are attracted to detritus, but if the fly is shiny and blue or green, chances are it's feeding on and laying its eggs in your garbage. Maggots can only survive on wet substrate, so if you are compulsively changing your dry bin out of fear of maggot infestation, know that they cannot live on a dried chicken bone (or dried anything else)!

        Development changes drastically with temperature. It may take anywhere from two hours to three days for them to hatch from eggs; likewise, it may take six hours to five months for them to develop into adults. The life cycle is a six stage process: egg, first instar, second instar, third instar, pupa, and adult.

        While these flies are major pests within the home, they are one of the only organisms that rids the world of carcasses. When they are in their natural habitats, they are very helpful, indeed!


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        Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

        Awesome, thanks Tamigl!

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        Tami R Glasco 5 years ago from Upper Marlboro. MD

        The basil works! I tried it a few months ago.

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        Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

        That's what I always thought too, loveofnight! :)

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        loveofnight 5 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

        An interesting hub, I too always thought that maggots just appeared. It always seemed as if they appeared with or without flies.Thanks for the info.

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        Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 5 years ago from Mississauga, ON

        I have seen maggots on my garbage bag twice in my life. I hated them crawling all over the place. I used a chemical picked from a store to kill them. But you are absolutely correct. I should have been careful with garbage storage and removal.

        Thank you for writing a very informative hub.

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        Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

        Thanks, DDE. After I wrote this hub I haven't been able to look at a fly without thinking of those gross little things hehe.

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        Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        Interesting Hub of the where maggots come from a learning experience

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        Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

        Thanks, midget!

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        Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

        Very useful, Kalux. I have dog shampoo and will definitely try this out. Hygiene, of course, is the most important, though no matter how clean we can be these critters always make their appearance! Sharing this informative article.

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        Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

        Thank you very much, ComfortB. I would not be looking forward to garbage day if I were you *shivers* :)

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        Comfort Babatola 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

        I live in a new sub-division surrounded by farms and live-stocks. We get flies all the time. Sometimes on garbage day, there's something like a million of those parasite wiggling around in the outside garbage disposals.

        Like you said spraying the garbage before dumping them and washing with bleach thereafter really helps.

        Great hub. Voted Up and Useful.