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Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Maggots

Frequently asked questions about maggots:

Maggots are larvae from flies, usually of the common housefly or the bluebottle. Flies are attracted to food and other rubbish where they lay their eggs. Later the eggs will hatch into maggots. You will have a problem with maggots if flies can get to your waste or spoiled food.

Removing their food source and using a residual insecticide will kill maggots in your house.

An insecticide treatment and disposing of any rubbish sufficiently will kill maggots.

Maggots live for five to eight days before turning into pupa and then adult flies. Without food or water, maggots will only live for two to three days.

Maggots are considered dangerous as accidentally eating maggots or maggot-infested food can cause bacterial poisoning.

Maggots are commonly found in areas where there is rotting food, organic material, or decaying matter. In kitchens, they can be found in spoiled food, pet food, rotting fruit or produce that has left out.

Garages can be ideal environments for flies and their larvae (maggots). Flies lay their eggs in warm, moist materials that could become a food source for their maggots. If you keep pet or human food or rubbish in your garage, this can also encourage a maggot infestation.

The common housefly lays eggs that resemble grains of white rice. These then turn into maggots that look like tiny, pale white worms.