Why and I giving you maggot facts you never wanted to know? Because I can. Really, though, I have a fascination with weird things. And this would be one of them. Mind you, I HATE maggots. I don’t even like flies. But still, isn’t the process of a thing going from a maggot to a fly amazing? Well, you may not be as thrilled as I am.
However, if you’ll bear with me and keep an open pseudo-scientific mind, I’ll share this pretty cool video with you that I found while looking around on the Internet the other day. Funny, I wasn’t even looking for anything maggot-related. Believe me. It’s a time-lapse of a maggot becoming a fly. Check it out.
Facts about Maggots
- Maggots have huge appetites, so they only live where there’s a good supply of rotting food material. This includes carcasses, garbage cans, rotting fruit and such.
- Flies will only lay their eggs in such places. The organic material will be in a state of breakdown already.
- Maggots can live in water, so forget about trying to drown them out. If you’re trying to drown them, see below on ‘how to kill maggots’.
- Maggots only live around 8-10 days. After this period they molt into the pupal stage and turn into flies.
- Maggots have been used in the treatment of non-healing wounds. (I find this one very difficult to wrap my mind around.)
To Get Rid of a Maggot Infestation
- Pour boiling water over the maggots
- Use steam
- Smoosh them (eww!)
- Place a bowl of beer near them. They will crawl in.
- Use chemicals available for such purpose, only as a last resort.
- Keep kitchens and bathrooms clean.
- Sanitize garbage cans on a regular basis
- Freeze rotting food until you can dispose of it in the trash.
Maggots and Pets
Maggot infestations can be very dangerous. Maggots of some species feed on live as well as decaying material and can be quite destructive. The screw worm fly is an example of flesh eating maggots, wherein the flies lay eggs on the edges of wounds or mucus membranes of body openings. When these maggots hatch, they eat their way into the body, causing severe tissue damage and even death.
- Keep your animals’ wounds clean. Seriously! Keep your eye on it. Especially in a warm environment.