If fishing enthusiasts cannot do without maggots, it is quite different for those who are not attracted to fishing, especially if they find them in their home. What are these little white grubs that can invade our interiors and how can we get rid of them?
Who is the maggot?
The maggot is the term used to refer to the larva of flies and other flying insects of the order Diptera. Maggots are small, slimy, legless, headless white worms with only a pair of hooks that allow them to feed. Their size varies between 4 mm and 1.2 cm. In homes, they most often result from the laying of flies.
These lay eggs in damp areas and in decaying material, meats and feces. Maggots hatch 8 to 20 hours after laying, depending on temperature conditions. If it continues to develop, it grows and turns brown: this is called the pupa. She can move around to find an even more humid area. Afterwards, she turns into an adult fly. The maggots are not, except in exceptional cases, carriers of diseases or other elements which would be dangerous for the health of the human being.
What is the cause of the maggot in the house?
It is always annoying to find maggots in your home. Their presence is quickly associated with poor hygiene, which does not completely correspond to reality. Indeed, they are often present in inaccessible areas, such as pipes which clog quite easily. The organic deposits found in stagnant water in pipes and siphons, in the kitchen and in the bathroom, are rich in bacteria and other micro-organisms on which the larvae feed. On the other hand, if you observe maggots on the kitchen counter or at the bottom of the trash cans, it is undoubtedly that there is some effort to be made in terms of cleaning your interior.
How to get rid of maggots in a trash can?
Even if you use leak-proof garbage bags, they still retain a certain porosity that can turn the bottom of the bin into a place that is damp enough that the few organic waste that does not go into the bag decompose quickly. The white grubs then develop there readily.
To get rid of it, nothing is easier. You remove the bag to access the bottom of the trash can and place it in an outdoor container, even if it is not full. Then wash your trash carefully with boiling water with a little bleach. Thorough rinsing is essential in getting rid of scalded maggot corpses, otherwise they will be attractive food for a next generation of grubs. Dry the inside of the bin thoroughly with a rag before replacing a clean, new bin bag. If you have it, you can put a few drops of essential oil of mint which will have a repellent effect on flies. Make sure the trash can stays clean in the future: weekly or fortnightly cleaning is strongly recommended.
How to clean the pipes?
Pouring boiling water into your pipes is a first step that will serve to kill the maggots already present. However, this is not enough to rid your pipes of organic deposits that constitute the ground for their development. To clean your pipes in depth, there are two techniques: chemical and mechanical.
The chemical method consists of using baking soda combined with coarse salt. The amount to expect is 100 to 200 g of baking soda and salt, each at 50%. Leave on overnight and rinse thoroughly.
The mechanical method is the so-called ferret method. You take a metal hanger and twist it to get a hook at one end. By running the wire through the pipes, you catch the stagnant residue in your pipes. It is better to wear a mask so as not to be confronted with bad odors. When you no longer collect anything with the hook, pour boiling water to rid the duct of the last residues.
Act upstream to avoid having white grubs
The white grubs being the consequence of the laying of flies, it is best to keep them at a distance. This is not always easy, especially in very hot weather. If you don’t want to use insecticide, here are some ideas for repelling flies in strategic places.
A few pods ofgarlic, peeled and placed in water form the basis of a mixture which you then boil. You filter and spray the water on the windowsills. Flies hate the smell, but so might you. So test a small amount before you deploy the method widely. White vinegar is also a product with a powerful scent that repels flies. Some people already use vinegar to clean windows. But, like garlic, you may not like the smell yourself.
In a more pleasant register, although it is not unanimous, lavender in the form of essential oil or dried bouquets, can put flies at bay. These also hate cloves. By planting a few in an orange or lemon split in half, you will get good results.
Even if you already observe a good hygiene, it may be possible to improve it. Red meats and cold meats, for example, should not be left outdoors for too long. Although the refrigerator can reduce the taste qualities of some foods, the more fresh and moist foods you store in it, the quieter you will be.
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