How to Eliminate Maggots

Maggots come from fly eggs.
Maggots come from fly eggs. (Image: Mouche image by Franco DI MEO from

Maggots, those tiny, white worm-like creatures that appear around garbage, human waste or any other rotting item, result from a fly infestation. Maggots grow into flies. Most chemicals won’t kill maggots and they last about a week before transforming into pupae. (see References) Once you kill the maggots, remove the affected item. This prevents unhatched fly eggs from creating more maggots in the area.

Things You'll Need

  • Large pot
  • Water
  • Stove
  • Oven mitts or hot pads
  • Vacuum or broom and dustpan

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Fill a pot 3/4 full of water.

Place the pot on the stove and turn the burner on to med-high heat. Let the water boil.

Turn off the burner once the water boils. Using the potholders or hot pads, remove the pot from the stove.

Pour the boiling water on the maggots.

Use a vacuum or broom to remove the dead maggots. If the maggots sit outside, birds and other animals will eat them.


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