Maggots are fly larvae, and they can be hard to eliminate. Whether they have infested your trash can, your home or you have somehow managed to have them as part of an infection on your body, you need to know how to get rid of maggots in order to successfully eliminate them.
There are few things more upsetting than a maggot infection, but you likely have the tools you need to get rid of them already lying around your house:
– If you have dog shampoo, you can make a permithrin solution to kill maggots.
– If you have bleach, you can use it as a cheap and effective maggot killer.
– If you have carburetor cleaner, you can make a powerful chemical cleaner with it.
– If you have diatomaceous earth, you can sprinkle it on maggots to dry them out.
– If you have vinegar, you can clean out maggots and keep them from coming back.
– If you have essential oils, you can protect your garbage can from maggot infestations.
Use a product that contains permethrin. Permethrin is a synthetic chemical that is used as an insecticide, insect repellent or an acaricide. Usually used to kill scabies and lice, it comes in liquid (shampoo) and cream form. For the simplest solution, boil some water, add a dog shampoo with Permethrin in it, and dump over any maggots.
While permethrin is safe for use in human hair and scalp, take care not to get it in eyes, ears, nose, or mouth. If you do happen to accidentally get it in your eyes, flush them with water right away. If you don’t have dog shampoo with permethrin, use lice shampoo or lice bedding spray. These products often employ permethrin as the active ingredient. Permethrin and synthetic pyrethroids can be fatal to cats and fish. Products suitable for dogs may be dangerous to cats and fish.
Make use of bleach. Household bleach is a great maggot murderer. Dilute one part bleach with one part water and pour it over the unfortunate maggots like you’re king or queen of the world. If dumping bleach into a trash can, close the lid and let the fumes of the bleach suffocate the maggots. Now, your trash can is effectively prepped for a cleaning with the bleach.
Boil them. This method is especially useful if you have your maggots quarantined somewhere like your garbage bin. Set a large pot of water to boil. Remove the garbage the maggots were feeding on in the meantime. When the water reaches a boil, carefully pour it into your garbage bin or otherwise over the maggots. If you can, close the garbage bin to keep in the heat.
Sprinkle some diatomaceous earth over the maggots. Diatomaceous earth is a sedimentary rock with a wide range of cleaning and insecticide applications. (It’s especially good for treating fleas!) Sprinkle some diatomaceous earth over the maggots and wait for them to meet their end. Diatomaceous earth sticks to the maggots exoskeleton and slowly dehydrates them. The maggots then ultimately die of water pressure deficiency.
Sprinkle the maggots with lime or salt. Working much in the same way that diatomaceous earth kills maggots, lime or salt literally dries out the maggots and causes them to die of water pressure deficiency. Of course, the “lime” we’re talking about is a bit different from the fruit, lime. The lime you should be using in this instance is the calcium-rich lime (calcium-oxide or calcium-hydroxide).
Flood the maggots with a mixture of water and vinegar. Maggots find a water-vinegar mixture uninhabitable, which means that cleaning with water and vinegar will also help prevent a re-infestation in the future.
Use an old beer trick. Put a bit of beer in an open container, and set it close to the maggots. Supposedly, the maggots are attracted to it. They crawl inside and drown in the beer. This is an option you may use for a few stray maggots, probably not a long-term solution for large-scale problems.
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