How to get rid of maggots in your house

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Though maggots are studied for positive medical benefits in wounds, this is not usually what comes to mind when you spot maggots in your home. These slimy pests cause disgust and discomfort for homeowners, particularly as they are associated with rotten food and foul smells.

Maggots reproduce quickly so, by the time you discover them, there are usually already hundreds of maggots to deal with.

Use household chemicals to kill maggots. Any product containing permethrin is an effective anti-maggot agent. Some of these include dog shampoo, lice shampoo, lice bedding spray, fumigators and wasp killers. Other maggot killing solutions include drain cleaner and hot water, a rag with a small amount of engine oil on it used to wipe up the bugs, furniture polish, hairspray, and a mixture of boiling water, bleach and hydrogen peroxide. Choose the option that will kill the insects without destroying the surrounding area.

Choose natural methods to kill maggots. Maggots are not difficult to destroy. Simply stepping on them may be all that is needed. If they are accessible, sweep them into a bucket and pour boiling water over them. Conversely, putting them in a plastic bag in the freezer also kills them. In order to get maggots to the surface in carpets, steam clean the carpet. The maggots will rise to the surface and be easier to kill. Sprinkling salt on the maggots might also do the trick.

Prevent further maggot infestation. Pour 1 to 2 cups of bleach down your sinks, waste disposal unit and bath plughole every two weeks, and rinse out your wheelie bin with bleach once a month. Always seal your bin to prevent flies from getting access. Throw out old meat promptly, and rinse out any beer or drink cans in the recycling bin. These simple steps can significantly deter flies and their maggoty offspring.