Wacky Pest Wednesday: Maggots
Happy Wednesday, all you Tri-County Pest Control fans out there! Today, we invite you to join us in our latest edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday as we cover a rather disgusting creepy crawly: the maggot!
Maggots, believe it or not, are nothing more than baby flies. Indeed, maggots are just fly larvae, which is the state that a fly is in shortly after hatching from their egg but just shy of sprouting wings. So, you may be wondering how much damage a baby fly can do, and truth be told, they can do much on their own. However, what makes this pest such a menace is that flies can lay up to hundred of eggs at a time, and the larvae comes out of the egg in as little as 24 hours after being laid. Do the math, and you can have a whole infestation on your hands before you even know it!
Nature is clever, and the flies know that they are going to need to lay their eggs where there is an ample amount of food for their young to eat. So, you can expect the ever-evasive fruit fly to lay their eggs by rotting fruit, and the common housefly to lay their eggs around the trash and other smelly things. We know how annoying both of these flies can be, but if they are left alone, you can have a much bigger problem on your hands in just a short while.
However, there are some simple ways to defend against both flies and maggots. The easiest way is to make sure that you clean up after yourself when in the kitchen. Crumbs and leftovers should be taken care of immediately, and do yourself a favor and give your kitchen a healthy cleaning at least once every two weeks. In addition, be sure to throw out over-ripe fruit promptly. Also, when the trash builds up, just take it outside in a can with a lid—and if you want to go the extra mile—spray the can and the kitchen bin with an anti-bacterial spray. Sticking to these methods should greatly reduce the chance of flies coming around, and with them, their pesky maggots!
Now, there may be sometimes where flies want to be stubborn, and you find yourself in an infestation of maggots. When those times arise, know that you can always count on Tri-County Pest Control to pull you out!