How to Eliminate Maggots

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Things You'll Need

  • Large pot

  • Water

  • Stove

  • Oven mitts or hot pads

  • Vacuum or broom and dustpan

Maggots come from fly eggs.

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.


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Step 1

Fill a pot 3/4 full of water.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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


Step 4

Pour the boiling water on the maggots.

Step 5

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