Alternative ways to get rid of maggots
- Sweep the maggots into a pile and place a newspaper on top. Dance wildly on the newspaper. Try an Irish jig or, if you're uncoordinated, just march in place.
- A practical way to get rid of maggots is by feeding them to chickens or taking them with you fishing. Fish go nuts for maggots. Maggots love dead fish…the circle of life.
- Sarcasm, though unproven, is a method I use for getting rid of maggots. "Oh sure, feel free to just squirm around. Can I get you anything? Perhaps a festering carcass is in order?"
Why we need not kill all the maggots
The use of maggots to treat wounds has been around for centuries. Though their value seems to be remembered and then forgotten, maggot therapy is currently on the upswing; certain kinds of maggots have been used by doctors to kill bacteria and heal wounds that modern laser technology and antibiotics could not. Researchers in the UK are currently working to develop a new super antibiotic from an enzyme in the secretions of bottle fly maggots that promises to eliminate the much-feared MRSA infection. When confronted with the horror of a maggot infestation, the diabolical mind's (yes you) first inclination is "I'm going to get rid of every last maggot." Well, maggots are essential creatures. In the end, that dead moose isn't going to eat itself, is it?
Maggot Control Products
Safe Solution's Enzyme Cleaner is a biodegradable, non-toxic, biological type of pest control that uses a maggot's (or any insect's) own biology against it. A maggot secretes an enzyme that helps it unzip its exoskeleton so it can grow. When maggots come into contact with the solution that contains the enzyme, their exoskeleton pops off prematurely. Without armor, they either dry out or are killed by other ingredients in the solution. Enzyme cleaners such as these have a bright future.
Using a self-sealing garbage bin is a great way to prevent having to get rid of maggots in the first place. A lot of homes I visit have open garbage bins or ones that are "missing" the lid. While this may be convenient for you, it is doubly-so for maggots. Flies can get in and deposit their eggs, and then the maggots can sometimes escape to pupate elsewhere in your home. Getting a garbage bin with a pedal will also limit the spread of germs and save you a few hand washings…if you do that sort of thing.
Using a beer trap is a great way to attract and then kill maggots in a problem area. Simply set out a lamp and an easy-to-access dish of beer. The maggots will crawl in and drown in the booze. If I were a maggot, this is the way I'd want to be killed.