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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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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?
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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.
Donnie Bravo
17 Jun 2014, 18:14
Where do you slobs live??
10 Jul 2014, 13:39
Oh my God. We were gone out of town for just one night and came home to maggots in the kitchen. There were no dirty dishes and the trash was out. After an hour we thought they were gone only to be cleaning 6 or 7 every hour the rest of the day on the floor. Sadly and disgustingly I found them in the coffee creamer we keep next to the coffee pot after we had coffee...
27 Jul 2014, 23:24
Today I found maggots in my house after the garbage was taken out. We cleaned them up and then later in the evening we found a LOT of them in our living room carpet. They are EVERYWHERE. The house is clean and there is no source of food anywhere for them to go to. They are ALL OVER the carpet and seem to keep reappearing.
08 Aug 2014, 17:30
maggots everywhere!!!!!!! its making me feel sick!!! i emptied the bin but they keep coming out from nowhere????? ive killed them poured hot water and they ive just seen a few come out.... how long until they disappear ???please help
08 Aug 2014, 17:32
how fast do they spread to other rooms in the house??? i noticed them this morning in the hallway then loads in the kitchen.... i have no carpet in my flat
14 Sep 2014, 13:23
well I woke yesterday morning and went to the kitchen to find a few maggots on the kitchen floor after pulling the trash bag from the trash can. Then I cleaned everything up and mopped floors with hot water and bleach. Now after cleaning and the next day after. I am still finding a few here and there, like in the living room and bedroom. Why is this happening if it was located in the kitchen?? I have a chihuahua and thought it was his food at first and thought it was him dropping maggots from his rectum but it is not him he has been treated. I am a very, very, clean person and no other reason that they would appear except for the trash can. Please help I don't know what els to do and to wake up and see a couple here and there is driving me insane!!!
18 Sep 2014, 03:07
Help its been three nights in a row that it rains and my house gets full of maggots only on my front fence and gate and there getting closer to my front door I tried pouring bleach and hot water and sprayed bug spray but they keep coming and then morning comes and sun comes out and there gone and no flies anywhere! What gives???? It's got my Family freaked out!!!!! Help me please!!!! And No it's not even close to Garbage can or Dogs or any Pets and were clean People!
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18 Sep 2014, 11:00
There are lots of different insects that have larval stages. Pest management starts with properly identifying the pest. Collect an insect in a jar and take it to your local county extension agent for a free ID. Once you know the insect you have, learning how to control it becomes ia lot easier.
24 Sep 2014, 11:54
There are maggots which are born in the refuse bins which are outside the block of flats where my Mother lives, they then travel in to the block during the night as they are attracted by the light coming from the communal hallway. They migrate out of the bins, along the pathway, up the step, under the door and into the communal hallway.
Once there, they then travel into the two ground floor apartments, of which my Mothers apartment is one. Is there anything that can use to prevent them from climbing the step to get in, as I know the birds will sort them out in the morning if they don't get into the communal hallway??
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24 Sep 2014, 12:01
Thoroughly wash the insides of the bins to remove decaying matter in which the maggots breed.
30 Sep 2014, 19:12
I was making my bed and found a maggot on my bed. That's the first time I've ever seen or found anything like this is my house. Especially my bed. What gives? What could've cause that nasty thing to be on my sheets? I'm too scared to even lay down in the bed now. Please let me know something.
01 Oct 2014, 23:21
Hi. Do maggots just appears on concrete ground? Went outside and there were hundreds of little white larvae that can stand bleach. They do not die with bleach. I washed hem away with the hose and then found then crawling up the wood on the side of the driveway. Help!! We thought maybe termite larvae. They are crawling into the house. The bottom of the stairs.
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02 Oct 2014, 11:17
Bleach is not an insecticide. It is meant to kill bacteria, not insects. This time of year it is pretty common to find millipedes moving out of dry lawns, trying to find cool, moist areas. If it's not millipedes, I suggest collecting a sample and taking it to your local county extension agent for a free ID.
08 Nov 2014, 03:36
okay people ive had this same issue it lasted like a week the first time and came back like two weeks after but with less both times i noticed i sat up all night and during the days i would just smash any that i found and then wipethem up and i would go to the carpet and smash those as well they say if they are in the carpet something has been spilt this is not always true i found them scattered from kitchen to the bathroom and next to two bedrooms and since i have smashed them all they havnt came back theres no need to buy any killant just don't be lazy and ok sure some of you work well do you have kids that don't eat bugs bc im sure they don't like them either and would killem too
09 Nov 2014, 23:00
Please help my worried mind....

I found maggots in my kitchen sink and on this old sponge, I freaked out and threw it all away and cleaned white a bleach antibacterial mixture... But TODAY I go to grab a spoon from my silver wear tray, and I saw a small maggot, we do get flies through the window and fruit flies when there are fruits and veggies sometimes but... This.... I just recently cleaned my house too to bottom, and it's winter so we don't have flies but when I took all of the silver wear out I saw small white maggots with brown heads... I'm wondering..

CAN MAGGOTS COME FROM UNDRIED DISHES? Why would there have been maggots in my silver wear tray? And not the sink??????

The only thing I can think of is if there was access water on the silver wear.
01 Jan 2015, 18:34
I am in Australia, DON'T LIVE IN FILTH!
We have click system floorboards
(nothing can or has gotten underneath them)
and yet we are having maggots coming out from
underneath the floorboards, they are not there
of a night time, but when I wake up and go out to the lounge and kitchen area THERE THEY ARE!

It's not everyday, it's only every couple of days. my hubby has been under the house to see if there is something dead under there, but there is nothing.

I can understand them being in or on the bin but that is NOT the case here they seem to be on or under the wood click system floorboards!
06 May 2015, 10:22
We live in an cold area, one morning my daughter woke up and screamed there's a worm on the kitchen floor, it's an older maggot, then I seen another in the carpent adjacent to the kitchen, then another, and another. This went on for days? Where the heck are they coming from? It's gross, and freezing out the kids, what can I do and where are they coming from?
06 May 2015, 10:46
We live in an cold area, one morning my daughter woke up and screamed there's a worm on the kitchen floor, it's an older maggot, then I seen another in the carpent adjacent to the kitchen, then another, and another. This went on for days? Where the heck are they coming from? It's gross, and freaking out the kids, what can I do and where are they coming from?
09 May 2015, 11:17
Can maggots come from very old carpet, I was supposed to remove this carpet 17 yrs. ago. I can't afford new carpet, 4 yrs. ago I saw maggots along the sunny side of the living room, I cleaned and sprayed. Now they are back, we have had a cold spell and overcast weather, could the warmth of the house be bringing them in? There is no food or trash, it's a clean home, I do have water bowls down for the cats, but that's it!
22 Jul 2015, 14:38
Every summer I have this problem, it lasts a couple of days until they're gone. I have to sweep them up and then flush them down the toilet. I don't understand it either. I keep my floors clean and no open food out. Its just so aggravating!
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