Kalux didn't always know where maggots came from, but she did some thorough research and is here to share her newfound knowledge.
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
- 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.
- A day after the eggs are laid, the maggots will appear.
- 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!).
- 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.
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 of inches of water, then add some smelly bait and a couple of 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 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 that 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 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.
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!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Vanessa Tarcak on September 02, 2020:
Thanks so much for these tips!! I hate using chemicals around the house and with the compost, the maggot risk is so much more frequent, boiling water works like a charm
Maggot.. on August 21, 2020:
I was cleaning my room and I saw trash behind my TV, and I saw maggots (baby flies) on a peace of paper and bread crust and I was freaking out but I got rid of e’m
Abbie on August 20, 2020:
I found magets in some rotten potatoes on my floor near other food. Should I despose of the food around the potatoes as well or do something else. Pls help
HeeBee on August 08, 2020:
I'm finding fly larvae in my bedroom. its dry and clean. My theory is something is dead in the ceiling and may be dropping from a vent. I;ve sprayed and closed the vent.. will they just disappear if there is no food source? is there anything else I can do? I can't get into the ceiling.
GamerPumpDaUchihaJuice on August 05, 2020:
honestly so many ants are in my shower
Freya on July 19, 2020:
Do maggots come by themselves or are they usually found in groups?
Married to Someone with a Phobia of Maggots on July 13, 2020:
Also, fun little fact I forgot to mention, not all maggots are fly larvae, bee larvae are also called maggots and as someone who has watched many infested videos because I'm not really phased by much, I've seen some parts where people have had a bee infestation in their walls and suddenly found out because the maggots would start coming out from the bottom of the wall(s) that was/were infested with them. Just thought it would be an interesting tidbit for folks to know as well just in case that actually turns out to be the case for someone.
Married to Someone with a Phobia of Maggots on July 13, 2020:
So, as someone who is married to someone who has a phobia of maggots (as in will go full fledged panic mode if seeing ANY at all) I've had to deal with some of these little buggers myself. First off, if you run on septic and not sewer, use septic treatments regularly, it helps to lessen a source of food for them. They will come out of your sink/garbage disposal if it's not cleaned regularly, it's still a source of food for them and a source of water to boot. Now then, if you're seeing them randomly appear and you're certain you haven't left anything for them to feed on, they may have gotten into some cracks or crevices in the floor or walls, might even be in the ceiling, especially if you are randomly finding them in a bedroom on top of fresh covers or randomly on the bedroom floor wandering. I would suggest inspecting the ceiling/attic or any crawlspaces that you may have. Sprinkle a perimeter of salt by the edges of a room where you are finding them in regularly, you will know if they are coming from within the room itself, if you stop seeing them in that room then they were coming from elsewhere, possibly even in the walls like I said before. If you continue finding them in the room then start gradually salting different sections until you pinpoint their origin. If they're flooding a yard frequently, then you likely have something decomposing back there or have a decomposing body dropped back there regularly (doesn't have to be a person, can be an animal). Your best bet is to do a sweep back there for anything decomposing and then to remove it, I highly recommend using gloves. Bleach is indeed a good agent for clearing them out, actually just had an incident where they got in the outside trash can and didn't notice until they were coming out onto the top, and I poured a whole quart of bleach as well as put a circle of salt around the can to contain them as they won't cross that line willingly, next morning they were almost all dead, fun fact, direct bleach seems to cause a fogger-like effect with them so that helps in driving them away. Also you can spray them with an aerosol, they dehydrate and suffocate them.
Montanino on July 11, 2020:
I just killed a fly that was delivering live maggots.
Dave on June 25, 2020:
Will flies lay eggs on maggots I have previously killed with only boiling water?
firstname.lastname@example.org on June 20, 2020:
Hi what If a predator positioned magnets in your body and have full control of your body.
TrudiLubiewski on April 26, 2020:
I found 20 or so maggots in the middle of unused bedroom tiled floor. Gutted room found nothing. Worried there will be more never had that before and home is a detached no near neighbours And clean . We only have small house flies that I kill all the time as we are in the mountains in Spain. I’m wondering why, when so many of these posts match my questions there are no answers here.
Tamara on April 01, 2020:
Ive had maggots suddenly appear all over my patio & I've used boiling water, bleach as well as fly spray, now I've opened my fridge & theilre in there too .
So frustrated I'm a very clean person. Please help
JUSTIN TIME on March 16, 2020:
The last 4 people live a dirty disgusting habitat. Enjoy your maggots. Ugh!
Code on February 21, 2020:
I left some bags in my garden as didn’t have room in my bin and now I have loads of maggots they are huge ! Have tried bleach boiling water and acid stuff and the still not dying I have to young children please help
Devon on February 11, 2020:
it helps my son with his homework
Karen on January 12, 2020:
My daughter seems to have an infestation of maggots most days fir the last 2weeks or so. Mostly when its wet and they appear from her small lawn towards her house. There are no bins in her back garden whatsoever but these maggots appear. She has used boiling water bleach disinfectant etc but theykeep coming back. Its obviously causing her some distress with 3 young children to look after. Any advice would be gratefully received
John Garrison on December 31, 2019:
Every morning my back porch has at least 30 to 50 flies on the screen. I have never seen one maggot my recycle can is back there but it is always emptied and cleaned it is not garbage. Nothing is dead and I have fixed any holes in the screens. It's a mystery
Macy on November 22, 2019:
My husband left a chicken piece and I found lots of maggots there!
Melissa on October 05, 2019:
I keep a clean home. Weeks ago while I was on a business trip, my husband left some chicken in the garbage can, which is covered. I came home and took the garbage bag out to the trash. The next day, a whole lot of maggots showed up on our ceramic tile floor, throughout the house. We thought they were from the chicken he had left in the bag and whatever had possibly dropped off from that the bag as we took it out the trash. Since then, I've replaced my trash can with one of them that closes automatically. It's completely spotless but on 2 times since then, I found maggots on my floor. I can't find the source. They crawl in in many different directions and they're not together. Like they're looking for a food source. I can't find where they're coming from and I'm scrubbing my tile with cleaner and 409 and vinegar. I've sprayed around my doors with bug spray. I am still looking for the source. Where do you suggest I can find the source when my house is clean and I don't have food out? I don't have I just don't have stuff like that in my home. It's driving me crazy
Choua on September 23, 2019:
Thanks for your information although my living room and kitchen is fairly clean, I don’t leave any food out but I still notice maggots on the living room floor even after I have moped! I have no idea where they’re coming from.
Zj on August 21, 2019:
Found a maggot on my bed after putting snacks away now I’m paranoid but didn’t find no fly or anymore maggots at the moment i don’t know where it could have came from
JHRP on August 19, 2019:
HELP!!!! So it took a few days to notice maggots under the kitchen rug. By then, they were everywhere and had apparently traveled. I've gotten rid of the rugs and have cleaned furiously. However, I now have hatching flier everywhere as the nasty things made their way to other spots, hid and turned into pupae. What can I treat the areas with to get rid of the pupae? I just went home for lunch and literally killed 100 flies. Disgusting!!!
Anonymous on August 15, 2019:
They found our old burrito and there is thousands!!!! How do I get rid of them??!??
Wallace Johnson on August 14, 2019:
I Hate Maggots we had one in our trash can and we used boiling water so far it Worked!
Patti on August 11, 2019:
OMG we had a dead rat in the wall (poison bait trap we used) and now these maggots are sneaking thru the kitchen. I am horrified!
D on July 25, 2019:
Sprinkle salt, it sticks to their skin and they eventually die. Works GREAT!
Scott on July 14, 2019:
I drink a lot and one night after hitting the pub a wee too hard I somehow sliced my leg on something which made me bleed Very badly. I was in a lot of pain yet still passed out When back at me loft. I woke up in the right and thousands of maggots where eating my leg almost to the bone. I would Pull a clump of them out and I more quickly replaced them.. The top of my foot then cracked upon and a couple maggots came through followed by thousands. I set my
Ryan Mooney on July 08, 2019:
So it was two days ago go at my family reunion and my cousin was there and I punched him in the face he tried to punch me at school so that day I got revenge back I punched my almost favorite cousin in the face.
Pam Curry on July 06, 2019:
I recently had a cat who got torn up by a mean do. This was our family cat so I wanted to try to save her. She was a very big and beautiful Himalayan/Siamese. She had laid injured for several days before she finally limped home. She had two huge holes on her back side. They were full of maggots. The vet told me to leave the maggots in there so they could eat the bad flesh. I did that for 2 weeks. She didn’t get better, quit eating, and we eventually had to put her down. After removing her from the utility room I found a few maggots crawling. I killed them, disinfected, and sprayed fly killer. But a few days later I’m seeing a lot of tiny flies! I’m killing them often but wondering if there is something else I need to do?? Can maggots survive without something to feed on? Should I bomb the room? It’s right next to my kitchen and don’t want to do that unless necessary. Any suggestions?
bestfootie1 on June 30, 2019:
Today in London, England was pretty hot. We had been away for 4 days to Amsterdam (was fun!) and the weather in London has been a mix of lots of rain and then really hot weather. Frustratingly our Council will only collect bins fortnightly (that's 'every two weeks' for you American folk bereft of proper English). So the bins were overflowing with rubbish bags ("trash bags" for you American folk).
I was retching. I cannot believe I did not actually puke. It was like a dead body. When we managed to get the bags out so we could double and triple bag them and take them elsewhere we were greeted with THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS of maggots. It was like a plague of biblical proportions! G-d was so generous to me today and helped me survive bH.
I honestly feel traumatised, like it's affected my inner subconscious. Every time I think about them. It was like a dead body. I understand and have a reference point now for what forensic investigators must feel when they come across rotting flesh.
Missy on June 30, 2019:
Can eggs hatch after the fly is dead? I sprayed 2big flies in my home about a week ago, now i have killed about 5 maggots but they were scattered thru the first floor, ex 2 in livingroom, 3in dining room. None in my kitchen ( thank goodness)! and thanks to my kittty for noticing them!!!
Betty Stewart Hawkins on June 21, 2019:
Read the article about maggots. They like food and dog food. The flies can lay hundreds of eggs
Kay little on June 19, 2019:
I have maggots in my living room and hallway!! There is no flies or food! Three days in a row
Calvin on June 14, 2019:
oof i just found some maggots in my kitchen and i warned my dad and now i think me need an exterminator :l
brunettevtx on June 14, 2019:
I came home for lunch yesterday and discovered maggots crawling on my kitchen floor. Needless to say, I lost my appetite. They seemed to come from no apparent source as they were literally coming out of the woodwork. We emptied the garbage can (which could have been emptied earlier, but they were still not coming from there) and the litter box and swept everything, including them. I was so grossed out. They seemed to diminish as the afternoon wore on and by evening there were only 3-4 to be found.
It's difficult to sleep knowing that maggots were crawling in your kitchen so at midnight and 3:30 this morning I got up and checked: midnight, nothing. 3:30am, 1 maggot acting crazy.
I have no idea what brought this on. I keep a clean house. Like i said, they seemed to come from no apparent source. They were not pouring out of the garbage bag. This is the first time as a homeowner (23 years) I have had a problem with these things. Anyone have any idea why this occurred? I am baffled and hope it doesn't happen again.
Mary on June 06, 2019:
My garbage can is where the maggots congregate. At first I tried the bleach and hot water but they kept on drudging along.
So I went for the Raid. That did it. We have a lot of flies in this area. The garbage can lid does not shut tight so the flies go in there and lay their eggs. In between garbage pickups I spray the inside of the can with Raid. The flies & maggots have almost disappeared from my garbage can. I wash my cans out with bleach every Thursday after the trash truck has come to empty them.
Beth on June 06, 2019:
I have been infested by magots i don't know where there coming from i clean all the time n my garbage is not wet inside n i never leave food out except my dogs food which i change out every day. My son in law seems to think that there in my rug he thinks maybe flies layed there eggs in the rug but the rug is fairly new could it have been infested before i bought it. How an i keep this from happening n how do i get rid of them. Help
Sherri on May 29, 2019:
Nice to know they can only survive on a wet surface. I just spent over an hour flooding everything with the hose trying to drown them from my outside trash can. Now everything including the inside of the can is soaked. No wonder it wasn’t working.
Paul on May 27, 2019:
How do you get rid of flies coming up from underneath floor boards
Sisterliz on May 26, 2019:
I have had MAGGOTS in my bathroom for a week,I think they are feeding on a dead stinky possum in my roof space. I thought they had gone but no! The weather is now quite cold,stench is back with the bl###y MAGGOTS. They are creeping me out by wriggling into my living area on the carpet.
I know what wonderful little cleansers they are but I wish they would hurry up and finish their meal!!!
Lyn Reeve on April 27, 2019:
Is it true that only blow flies lay the eggs. Also is it true that if you spray a blow fly it lays eggs before it dies.
Loretta R on April 24, 2019:
I live where a coin laundry is adjacent to my apartment. The floor of my bathroom and kitchen hatched out maggots. I have deducted the maggots came from the shower drain. Any advice?
manuel vallejo on April 03, 2019:
do flys put maggots on you
Mary Wordsworth on March 20, 2019:
We've got maggots in our toilet and they appear in the middle of the night and always in March. They are in the middle of the floor just in front of the toilet. We had them the first time 3 years ago and the following year in March. We then stripped the floor and replaced the floor covering. Last year no .maggots then overnight they appeared again. Any answers to why anyone?
jesse on October 30, 2018:
Just use 50/50 alchohol and a blowtorch
sarah on October 10, 2018:
How do i start... Thank yooooooooooooooouuuuuu! Very informative in a fun way... Answered my question and took the extra mile of answering all question i might have in the future! And O... M... G your "boiling water" solution worked like MAGIC. I would've never thought it would be that effective. Thank you
John M Cunningham on September 18, 2018:
My dads house has old food in his cabinets. I noticed while going through it a lot of it was covered in maggots. Is this a fly issue?
Pat on September 05, 2018:
Biggest mistake ever. Forgot to put trash bags out on trash day. Had to put them in the back yard for 3 more days. Then it rained. So I took the trash bags and kept them indoors in the toilet. Today when i was about to take all the trash out. There were thousands on maggots crawling out of the trash bags. I was lucky enough there were a few on the floor. Took the bags out just in time. And killed the ones that were on the floor.
T Rye on August 20, 2018:
I rent a back room from someone, but my room is an add-on off the back porch and is separate from the actual house itself. I have no food or trash out in my room, as I have some OCD's that I've not been able to overcome. So no matter where I live, to me, everything has a place and everything belongs in it's place and I cannot have it any other way. Also, the only pets I have are fish and 2 leapord-spotted geckos. But unfortunately they do have dogs and they do feed them off the back porch. Which is right at my front door, therefore everytime my door is opened the flies that their food is attracting are being let in my room and have become more than a nuisance to me. I have been having to use fly strips and a good old-fashioned fly swatter to try to eradicate them, but sadly I fear this will be a constant as they refuse to move their feeding to another area. However, with my OCD's I've been managing to keep the flies at a bare minimum. So, as you could imagine, I am more than baffled when I wake up today and see that there are maggots crawling all over my floor which is actually porch carpet, not shag?!?! I am a very clean person and borderline germaphobic and have stepped a foot off of my bed yet because I can see them crawling everywhere. I thought flies had to have dead meat and/or rotted food to lay their eggs. So, how is this possible and what do I do?!?!
M on August 09, 2018:
After reading the feeds I am a little more at ease after screaming crying boiling and bleaching after coming home to see maggots all over my kitchen surfaces and floors. I am very clean but I think my food compost bag was open and they crawled out. it has taken 2 hours to blitz my kitchen. Thank God for my partner but seal your food waste, dont take chances.
Mike Kelly on August 08, 2018:
I woke up this morning (after two days of intermittent rain and 80 degree weather) to find about 200 to 300 eggs on the top of my trash can hopper (composite material with opening lid, hinged at the back for trash pick up by robotic arm of trash truck. I washed them off the top and sides and some inside the container. Should I follow up as I gave them a grass puddle of water off my pavement?
Al on July 11, 2018:
Hi! I just removed a decaying rat from a window and found a bunch of maggots but what surprised me was the maggots were spewing out little worms. Are these larvae as well or something else?
Hate these things on June 25, 2018:
woke up at 330am to use bathroom and noticed maggots on my bathroom floor. I walked down the hall to kitchen and notice more on the floor. I Swept the kitchen, the hall way and bathroom floor collected all that i found put them back in the garabge tied the bag shut and stuck it outside. I thought it was odd that when i opened garabge bag i didnt see any on the sides of the bag.. Really hope i got most or all of them. Grossed me oit so bad i cant sleep thinking they are crawling on me
help.... on June 23, 2018:
how do u get rid of maggots they are on my kitchen floor i don't know where they came from help....
Anony mouse 3 on June 03, 2018:
So funny story about maggots. It was mid November, one of those winter-ish days. Cool crisp air, and a bit chilly I might add. When, out of the corner of my eye I spot a carcas of a cat. Needless to say I stopped, one quick look and an spontaneous jolt sent me back at the sight of the larvae. Although not rare but irregular, the lifeless cat was teeming with those creatures.
I did the unthinkable, scooping them into a plastic bag I earlier used to store my lunch in. I swear I would’ve fainted at the smell of the site. I still can’t tell whether the stench belonged to the cat or the larvae. But regardless I drove home, bag in hand and steering wheel in the other. Unfortunately, one sharp turn and the bag fell onto the passenger seat, revealing its contents to the fresh leather of my Lamborghini Hurricane.
A bit of quick turns and master parking gave me more time to cleanup the mess. That was until the heap of live larvae spoke to me, in real human tounges. I could barely make out what it was saying due to the hissing tone, but I believe it sad this, “What did the maggot say to his friend when he got stuck in an apple?”. You wouldn’t believe what the pile told me seconds later. ...“Well, how are you going to worm yourself out this time!”
Carolyn Howard Wright on May 20, 2018:
Need answers please quickly
Gerald is trumps trumpkin. on May 16, 2018:
No Gerald. Just people like trump and yourself. Sucks to hate so Much!
Gerald on May 10, 2018:
I thought they came from Obama's mouth.
TMR on May 02, 2018:
I've lived in the same house 36 years and just tonight there are hundereds of them on the back porch. It rained off and on today and being in central Texas, it's humid. Plus we have a rather large dog that drools profusely, a great dane, and he eats on the back porch. After reading this, I was not surprised, but what I don't get is that this is the first time, ever. I am thoroughly grossed out
Kiya1999 on April 02, 2018:
It's extremely possible (if no 'known' source) that it is Witchcraft. Many will be skeptical but trust me, you have no idea.
Jdjdj on January 09, 2018:
Emily, dump your lazy ass boyfriend before cleaning up after him becomes your life!
Zach on November 18, 2017:
Beelzebub has been busy!
VanessaVelasquez on November 09, 2017:
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!
Dana mcpherson on November 08, 2017:
Today I was walking in my kitchen maggots had covered my floor
Dee on November 01, 2017:
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?
bucap0 on October 22, 2017:
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???
Terri on October 09, 2017:
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!!!!
Tracey on September 24, 2017:
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
Chris on September 23, 2017:
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.
hazel on September 17, 2017:
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.........
kaz on September 01, 2017:
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
jayden on August 27, 2017:
this helped a lot
Emily on August 27, 2017:
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?
Erika on August 26, 2017:
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 .
Mellonie on August 16, 2017:
will hot shot fly killer kill them
John on August 11, 2017:
I have them every where. My wife has nodularis purgio and they attack her. I don't know what to do.
mary on August 08, 2017:
in my house we get maggots at sink,in the corners where its wet
Confused by maggots on July 30, 2017:
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!
Hi on July 30, 2017:
I found hundreds of them in my garbage can. This article really helped.
Lisa on July 24, 2017:
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
patrice on July 24, 2017:
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!
Susanna on July 09, 2017:
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!
A'sonda on June 17, 2017:
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
Shirley on June 14, 2017:
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.
Loretta on June 12, 2017:
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
Nirupama Raghavan on May 28, 2017:
Beautiful account on maggots. I need not be scared now that my composting is wrong.
1024917 on April 18, 2017:
they keep following me everywhere why is that
Jess on April 04, 2017:
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?
Ashley on March 22, 2017:
I like to think I am a very clean person...my 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.
So if there's maggots, on March 06, 2017:
Someone could be trying to hide a dead body?
Marianna on February 08, 2017:
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!
Uma Kolandai on January 15, 2017:
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
Mike on January 08, 2017:
What would happen if a maggot happened to hide itself in some food that you had eaten? And you ate one? Curious to know?
Hi on December 08, 2016:
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.
Lim on December 01, 2016:
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!
Sheela Chandraghatgi on November 29, 2016:
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.
Bob F. on October 15, 2016:
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.
J L Holmes on October 07, 2016:
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???
mc john jbv on October 02, 2016:
nice educative article