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How to Get Rid of Maggots In Kitchen

Maggots are like a nightmare come true for almost everyone. They are creepy and slimy and not something you would ever want to see in your kitchen or anywhere in the house. A maggot infestation can cause a lot of problems and you have to eliminate them entirely from your home before they spread like wildfire to other areas of the house.

Just seeing this maggot on the slice of bread can make anyone shudder, so imagine what it would be like to see dozens or even hundreds of them in your kitchen in case the situation gets out of hand.

What Are Maggots?

Maggots are the larvae of the house fly. They thrive in dirty and unsanitary conditions and can wreak havoc on anyone who ingests them through unhygienic food. When a fly lays eggs, they become larvae and hatch somewhere between 7-20 hours. When the larvae hatch, maggots emerge, and they start to feed off anything that comes their way especially rotting and dirty things. They can even stick to a person’s wounds and start feeding off the flesh. This is why you often see dead animals that haven’t been disposed off in time infested with maggots all over them.

How To Get Rid Of Maggots

There are a number of ways you can get rid of these pesky worm-like creatures. These include:

  • Boiling water

Let’s go back to the basics of killing non-flying insects and just throw in some hot boiling water on them. This will kill them off instantly. Fortunately, most of the maggots live together so you will find the majority of the infestation in one area. This method might seem basic, but it is one of the most effective and chemical-free ways of getting rid of a maggot infestation.

  • Freezing

If you don’t want to use boiling water, then you can use another trick which is at the other end of the spectrum. Just scoop the maggots up and throw them in a sealable plastic bag and keep them in the fridge.  They will instantly die because they can’t survive in cold environments. This method is for people who want to give them a pain-free death.

  • Kill Their Source

Since they are the larvae of flies then you should kill off and eliminate the presence of any flies in your home. Kill them with fly swatters or sprays and don’t let them stay long enough to breed or lay their eggs inside. Make cleanliness in your house a priority. No flies=no maggots

  • Insecticides

There are special maggot killing gels and sprays that you can use to kill them off instantly. Inspect each area of your kitchen and pantry and throw any food away that has maggots in them into plastic bags and dispose them off.

  • Essential Oils

Since they have the same traits that of flies, they also don’t like flowery scents and get repelled by them. Make a strong and concentrated essential oil solution and spray it on them. Take an empty spraying bottle and fill it up halfway with hot water. Add 40 drops of lavender or orange essential oil and spray on them. The scent would be unbreathable for them and they will die off.

  • Vinegar

Take a spray bottle and fill it up with vinegar and water in equal parts and spray on the maggots wherever yousee them. If you want a more concentrated and stronger version, then don’t mix any water and just directly use vinegar to finish them off. As soon as vinegar comes into contact with them, their bodies will be reduced from its acidic properties and they will die soon.

How To Prevent Maggots

It is unfortunate to point out, but maggots only come when there are no proper hygiene standards maintained in a kitchen, be it at home or at a restaurant. This is very dangerous as a maggot or two can sneak into some food and then be transported to your body once you eat it.  Maggots then live inside the stomach causing infections and other health problems. If you clean your kitchen on a regular basis, then you won’t be having any flies or maggots lurking about anywhere.

  • Clean all your table tops and kitchen counters.

  • Mop all the floors with an antibacterial cleaner.

  • Seal all your food in air tight containers.

  • Seal your garbage bags and cans properly to ensure nothing breeds or comes inside.

  • Every week, spray some anti-bug spray in your house to prevent any pests from coming.

  • Have strong scented flowers placed near the windows so that no flies can come in.

  • Throw away food that is older than 3 days.

  • Try not to use any humidifiers if you live in a moist or humid environment.

If you follow all of these mentioned instructions, then you won’t have to worry about having any maggots or flies coming in the kitchen or anywhere else in your house.

Solutions Pest & Lawn Can Help You With Maggot Control

If the above home remedies are not eliminating the maggots the way you want, it may be best to turn to Solutions Pest & Lawn products and combining pesticides with sanitation measures to remove the food source of the maggots. Once your kitchen is sanitized, you should treat with the maggots with either a permethrin based product like Flex 10-10 Insecticide or DEFENSE SC. Both concentrates will control maggots immediately; Be sure to cover all hidden cracks and crevices where you have seen maggot activity. Since maggots will leave the body on which they were feeding, some could be 10-20 feet away and sometimes more. And if you don’t treat the surrounding area well, these well fed maggots will undergo metamorphosis during the next few days and start emerging once fully developed. Use either one of our sprayers to do the application but the key is to be able and get the product properly dispersed over the area where the maggots were found

Conclusion

Maggots can be a disgusting creature to deal with, especially if they are infesting your kitchen. By eliminating them with the suggestions we’ve provided, your kitchen can be maggot free and will be able to protect your food items from maggot contamination. For more helpful DIY advice and tips, reach out to us at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or live chat with a representative on our website.

 

 

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