How to Stop Maggots

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Maggots are fly larvae that feed on rotten food. They are easily attracted to food items, dead animals, feces, and other odorous items that are left uncovered in garbage cans and bags. Besides being unsanitary, maggots can be harmful to the health of humans and must be dealt with immediately. If you suspect that any area in your home has maggots, you must combat the situation right away in order to stop them before they multiply even more.

  • Pour boiling water and bleach over the maggots to kill them. You will need one cup of bleach per every gallon of water.

  • Exercise caution when pouring boiling water on flat surfaces, if the maggots are infested on a place such as a kitchen counter. The most common place for maggots to form is a garbage can, which in this case pour boiling water and bleach on them works great.

  • Sweep maggots into a plastic bag, seal it, and put it in your freezer for a day or two, if you do not want to pour boiling water on them. This method will also kill them.

  • Rinse food containers before placing them in the garbage to avoid maggots. You can double bag items such as meat, to mask the smell to keep maggots from heading to your garbage can. It's also a good idea to keep your garbage can rinsed out, so that it's clean and odor free.

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