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Maggots In The House

A reader asks: I found maggots in the house. Do maggots bite?

Dear Reader: Finding maggots in the house is certainly disconcerting. Maggots are associated with filth and no one wants to feel like they are living in an unclean environment. That said, to answer your question, maggots do not bite.

Maggots do not have teeth, but they do have mouth hooks which are modified mandibles they use to rake in decaying flesh. They also have some rough bumps around their body which scratch and poke dead tissue they are feeding upon.

Maggots wriggle through a corpse secreting digestive enzymes and spreading putrefying bacteria

Maggot Mouth Hooks

which helps create a soupy environment. In warm weather that is conducive to their growth, maggots can consume 60 per cent of a human body in less than a week.

If you found maggots in the house you certainly need to correct the problem that is creating the environment in which they are living. That process will kill maggots. Then, you won't have to worry about biting maggots.

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17 Sep 2012, 11:25
My husband and I started noticing these very tiny worms and small black bugs appearing on our stove. We only see them in the morning, so they must be coming sometime through the night. We typically will see 4 or so of these worms and just a couple of black bugs. The bugs are typically on their backs and struggling to get right side up. We have also noticed them by the power switches on the light/fan cluster of the oven. My house is very clean and I am extremely anal about it. I scrub floors and walls on a routine basis. I have 1 small child and another on the way and this is really grossing me out. How can I get rid of them, and why are they just now coming out? I dont understand. This has never happened before. Please, Please, help me!!!
09 Oct 2012, 17:47
i believe i have larva of a beetle or moth.(there white with a read head and have about 6 little stumps for legs) i keep finding 4 or 6 only a small number each time under my sofa or under the cusions, i have laminate flooring and the sofa is new,i dont eat in my front room. i keep vacuming my sofa every day i dont find them every day. how do i get rid of them with out having to get rid of my new sofa, please help as i have two young children.
19 Oct 2012, 07:50
I found maggots crawling around in my living room this morning.I have hard wood floors. I have a 90 year old that drops food all the time and I'm continually cleaning after him.I have had ants terrible this summer because of the food droppings.I'm guessing that's now this is the maggots are visiting gurrrrr.What do you suggest I do?
13 Nov 2012, 19:09
I keep finding one different random maggot in my flat every week or so but no sign of any other maggots. The maggots also turn up in completely different areas of the flat and are usually dead. if there is one maggot is that likely to mean there are loads more somewhere else i cant see or does this sometimes happen? Also is them being dead a good or bad sign?
13 Nov 2012, 19:10
Hi. I am a bit confused because I keep finding one different random maggot in my flat every week or so but no sign of any other maggots. The maggots also turn up in completely different areas of the flat and are usually dead. if there is one maggot is that likely to mean there are loads more somewhere else i cant see or does this sometimes happen? Also is them being dead a good or bad sign?
28 Nov 2012, 15:26
Hi about a week ago i noticed a foul smell near my wall heater and couch.About three days later my wife found maggots crawling all over our living room floor.I turned over my couch only to discover a dead rat up inside my couch full of maggots.My question is how did maggots form inside the rat if it was up inside my couch?
15 Dec 2012, 00:03
Hi mr Exterminator. I desperately need your help. I live in Sydney, Australia. A few days before my landlord sprayed the beehive next to my window without informing me. As a result there were dead bees in my room rotting for 3 days since I was away for those 3 days. When I came back I vaccumed my room. But haven't had the time to wash my clothes yet and kept them inside a laundry bag. One day after vacuuming the place I saw one small white worm like thing on my carpet. So I collected it up in a dustpan and chucked it out. Next day there were about 4 of them. And when I came back today they have totally invaded my room. Their multyplying rate is phenomenal. I do remember seeing one fly the night I vaccumed the room. But I don't know whether these really are maggots or not. I don't know how to identify them.

I looked for a source but can't think of anything since I just vaccumed the whole room thoroughly. So what can I do? Should I use a Mortein Bomb? Please help.

Tasha brown
16 Dec 2012, 14:33
I have saw one maggots crawling on back of my couch. I clean it n have saw another one until a couple weeks later. Now they are under the couch and inside the couch and everything. So I want to know how to rid of them instead of throwing my couch away. Im trying do it myself if not I just will to call someone. And if you have maggots one place in the house does mean their everywhete in the house
lynlee smans
10 Apr 2013, 21:54
I have found a maggot like actualy several the roof of my kitchen which I have sprayed and removed them. in the morning I found more of these on my roof of the kitchen I also have little moths flying around, there is no food whatsoever around, can anyone help me
04 May 2013, 11:19
I found what looks like rat-tail maggots in my toilet. Where do they come from and how do I get rid of them. I live in Calif. in Nevada county and no one seems to have heard of them.And what causes them. The internet says they are from Drtone flies. HELP!
01 Jun 2013, 10:37
Hello, this morning I woke up and went to the microwave to heat a cup of Coffee. I looked down and saw a bunch of little white thins, When I turned on the light to get abetter look it was a cluster of maggots, then we also noticed a cluster near where my husband was sittting in the kitchen, there were none in the garbage and we looked around and there was nothing dead oor any bad fwere not there food, we also doi not smell any foul odor,they just came fronm nowwhere, my husband said they were not there earlier this morning.How did they get there?
rosalie fernandez
03 Jun 2013, 14:00
Hi, my daughter is finding maggots in her house,please tell me how to kill and get rid of these horrible things,they are smal white crawling things.Is there some cemicals in the store we can buy to spray,please just tell me the best thing to do to get rid of them asap. HELP
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05 Jun 2013, 15:40
What kind of maggots? Carpet beetles? Indian meal moths? Flies? Grain weevils? Better get them properly identified so you know what steps to take.
melody badilla
06 Jun 2013, 19:46
these brown larva are in my car I pulled out the back seat cleaned thought I was rid of them, then today I pulled out a couple of jackets out of my trunk and they are on my jackets too. I removed everything from my trunk no food source how can I make sure they are all gone? They only seem to get on clothing or blankets
09 Jun 2013, 23:42
I noticed today a handful of maggots on my bedroom floor close the wall that is shared with the kitchen. I then found some in the living room hallway. After I deep cleaned my room (found no source of food), I checked the living room. There was a small pile of them by a small old fake christmas tree in the corner of the kitchen. Could that be the source? Also, I'm assuming exterminators can also be called in since they're so spread out? What's the success rate with them?
25 Jun 2013, 15:10
I discovered maggots under our dog's crate. She had a leaking water bottle and some dog food had gotten up under the crate. We were moving her over to the tile area when we found them. Some of the dog food was moldy and decaying. We found some maggots as well as some pupa in various stages. I believe it's the common house fly because we get some in through the window.

My question is, a long as I have cleaned up the food, removed the water source and gotten all of them up I could see, do I need to worry about them infesting the carpet? I also poured vinegar on the spots and sucked it up. Do we need to get a professional cleaner or go buy a steam cleaner? We have never had any other issues in other areas of the carpet or house. But I don't want to start on through negligence.
09 Jul 2013, 19:16
I just found a bunch of maggots in the corner on my balcony. I looked in the grill and there was leftover meat and maggots were in it. I disposed of the meat and cleaned the grill. Is there anything I can do to get rid of these maggots? I do not know what kind they are. They are small and white/gray. Please help.
23 Aug 2013, 20:18
hi i went outside for a cigarette an hour ago and it started to rain heavily so i came back in, i went out again litterally an hour later when the rain had stopped and there was LOADS of maggots outside my kitchen door?? the bins are no where near and theres no rotting food or dead animals ect where are they coming from and why? its totally disgusting! iv used so much boiling water, bleach, salt, vinegar and they still keep coming.... help
04 Sep 2013, 10:51
Help me PLEASE!!
I'm such a germaphob and I've found a large number of maggots out near my flower barrel. I'm afraid something died in it
They are also outside my garage and in my driveway... How can I possibly clean them all up
04 Sep 2013, 22:30
Hello! I urgently need some advice! Today we found A LOT of maggots in our trash. We live in a townhome so it's not really a private type of home. our trash cans are the ones that you have to take out for the garbage man every week. We have ours in a small storage next to our unit and today we found so many maggots. Is there a way to clean it? There's no hose here and I'm not sure if we're even allowed to even use a hose and water wash it on the grass. I was thinking what if we just let the trash man empty it out before attempting to clean it. Thing is, how can we clean it? Please help! I'm worried and don't know if this will affect the other neighbors whose trash will be next to our maggot infested on on trash day.
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05 Sep 2013, 09:12
Allow the trash to be emptied. Turn the trash can upside down and place the edges on some bricks to keep it up and off the ground. Allow the inside to totally dry and the maggots will die. Of course, washing the inside of the can would be best, if possible. The rinse water can flow down the sewer without doing any harm.
08 Sep 2013, 21:40
BLEACH. Clean the counter tops and mop the floors with a high concentration of bleach and a small concentration of hot water. Maggots and flies hate and DIE after a few minutes of being exposed to a large amounts of bleach.
Lucy H
13 Sep 2013, 16:55
I was outside the front of the house having a cigarette,an hour later I returned for another and noticed that there were hundreds of maggots outside the front of the house,it has been raining all evening and wondered if maggots like the rain,I can't see a source and didn't notice any earlier today or ever before !! Advice welcome!
11 Oct 2013, 18:01
I have found a maggot like actualy several the roof of my kitchen which I have sprayed and removed them. in the morning I found more of these on my roof of the kitchen I also have little moths flying around, there is no food whatsoever around, can anyone help been like this for 3 weeks
19 Oct 2013, 23:47
hi rick, to my dismay i found a dead mouse next to the furnace covered in a lot maggots. i immediately got rid of the carcass, but didnt clean up the maggots. the mouse alone was a tough job. will the maggots die off with nothing to feed on, or will they complete the growth cycle to flies? thanks!
20 Oct 2013, 10:15
I have found several maggots here and there, no one place or room and have no idea where they are coming from or what they are after. I do not have food out or leave dishes in sink, and why so random? I found one on the living room floor, one on the hallway wall, one on back of the couch - over past two weeks have found 5 or so. It is freaking me out. What can I do? And again, why all over in odd places?
Ask the Extermonator
20 Oct 2013, 21:59

It depends upon how far along in the life cycle as to whether the maggots will go to the pupae stage or if they will die. How about just cleaning up the maggots to keep on the safe side?
21 Oct 2013, 16:26
I found maggotts in my microwave! Can they escape before i have someone come remove the microwave to the dumpster???
02 Jan 2014, 17:35
Hi Externinator

I purchased a used diaper bag of the eBay and put it in the back of my sons closet. I purchased in about six months ago and the diaper bag has been sitting. Until yesterday I pulled it out to use for my baby. And I packed it with clothes and diapers. When I pulled over and out today I found maggots on the diaper... Then discovered they were all over the bag inside the pockets. A threw the diaper bag away and I'm washing the clothes in hot water. Is that a enough to kill the maggots?? Do you think they spread anywhere else that I cannot see in the closet?
Ask the Exterminator
03 Jan 2014, 11:45
Depends on the insect. Lots of different insects have larval (maggot) stages, so it's impossible for me to predict without knowing the adult insect's ID.
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