Wacky Pest Wednesday: Maggots

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Happy Wednesday, all you Tri-County Pest Control fans out there!  When it is the middle of the workweek, you know exactly what is coming your way—another edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday!  Today, we invite you to join us as we go over a rather disgusting type of pest: the maggot.

Maggots, in their simplest definition, are nothing more than baby flies.  Their technical term is fly larvae, and it is the first transition that a fly goes through after it has hatched from its egg.  Now, what makes these pests so potent is that they can hatch in as little as 24 hours after being laid.  If left unchecked, these maggots can find shelter, where in 5 more days they will turn into pupae—and their breeding abilities come into play.

All different kinds of flies lay eggs that will turn into maggots, including the housefly and the fruit fly—the two most common flies that you will see in your home.  Fruit fly larvae absolutely love rotting and decaying fruit as it makes for a great sugar supplement for them, which is why you constantly see fruit flies hovering around the fruit in your kitchen.  If given the chance to lay their eggs, your pest problem may have just doubled in size.

However, there are some simple ways to defend against these critters.  The easiest way is to make sure that you clean up after yourself when in the kitchen.  Not only that, but have a shelf-life for fruit in your home, and stick to it—if it is past the number of days that you have set for it, throw it away as soon as you can, or else the flies may come knocking.  If you do not have anything to offer the flies—namely food—then they won’t have the time to bother with you.

Now, there may be sometimes where flies want to be stubborn, and you find yourself in a a whole problem of maggots.  When those times arise, know that you can always count on Tri-County Pest Control to pull you out!

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