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Garbage Maggots


Summary: Garbage maggots are generally the larvae of flies commonly found around the house. So called garbage maggots can be eliminated by removing the decomposing substance on which the maggots are breeding.

A reader asks: How do I get rid of garbage maggots in a trash bin? I sprayed wasp spray on them, but they are still crawling around.  If I throw away meat a week before the trash truck comes, how can I prevent maggots?

Dear Reader: If you are going to treat a pest with insecticide you must read the label to make sure that specific pest is listed as a target insect. You used wasp spray for garbage maggots which are the larval stage of flies. That's not what wasp spray is labeled for so results are questionable at best.

When disposing of perishables such as meat you may consider wrapping the meat in tin foil or putting it in a sealed plastic bag before pitching it in the trash container. This is especially true if the waste pickup is not scheduled to occur for more than a few days. This will keep flies from depositing their

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eggs on it.

If you do discover maggots you'll need to thoroughly wash out the affected garbage can to make sure you have eliminated all the maggots. I've always dropped a few mothballs in the bottom of the can, hoping the smell will discourage flies. But, again, fly control is not mentioned on the label. So, you see, even professional pest control people have their little beliefs they like to hang on to.





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JEANNETTE
12 Jul 2009, 12:52
WE FOUND MAGGOTS WHERE THERE WAS NO VISABLE FOOD SOURCE. HOW WAS THAT POSSIBLE? WE INSPECTED THE WHOLE AREA AND COULDN'T FIND A THING. IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THEY WERE LAID ON ANOTHER INSECT AND DEVOURED IT?
Lisa Gottesman
03 Aug 2011, 10:35
UGH! HELP. About two weeks ago I found a couple of maggots in my kitchen. next day a few more crawling on my tile. I cleaned out my fridge which had some interesting experiments growing and later found 1/2 a can of wet dog food with the maggots in there. We cleaned up everything, through it all out and now have flies in my house. About 30 a day. Most are black and easy to kill, some are a bit bigger with a greenish glow to them. I am not sure what the next step is as there are no maggots in the house. Where are these flies coming from... I know they are coming from maggots since i can kill ten and 5 more will appear without opening a door. they are small and cling to the window. HELP!
Ask the Exterminator
03 Aug 2011, 12:43
The maggots turn into pupae. From the pupae emerge the flies. You obvisouly have not discovered all the existing pupae. If you have found and eliminated all the maggots, eventually the fly problem will cease.
Moe
21 Sep 2011, 15:25
My Fiance and I are having a debate. He believes that if you a squash a fly or kill a fly maggots will come out. And I have told him that there is a process and that the fly has to lay eggs (larvae)please help settle this debate.
Jill
01 Jul 2013, 21:02
I had maggots in garbage. Poured boiling water on them and washed the pails. There was a whole in bottom of pail so I will be throwing them out. Now I have a pile of dead maggots on the lawn and on drive way . Is it ok to leave the dead maggots there?
joe
22 Aug 2013, 00:59
is there a smoke bomb i can use to cleanse my home and carpet of maggots?pvrix
Angela
01 Oct 2013, 05:50
Hi,I had a black bag in my kitchen refuse bin,I was about to put it into my wheely bin for collection but noticed it was burst at the bottom.I put it in another black bag & then another & it was then I noticed something moving,there were about 6 maggots (off white colour with a dark spot at one end) I filled my kitchen bin with boiling water & bleach & poured the water out onto the kerbside drain. I then filled my kitchen bin with hot water & bleach again & put the lid on & left it overnight.I noticed I had 1 or 2 Bluebottles due to my windows being open due to the nice weather.I thought 1 had gone out the way it came in, the other was swiped by my cat who decided to eat it before I could throw it outside.I couldn't see any maggots outwith my kitchen bin.Do you think I have eliminated all of them,therewas none inside or outside the bin.Thanks in advance
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