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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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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?
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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!
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