Maggots are the larvae of flies and other insects. It is often the larvae that cause damage in homes and gardens. Maggots feed on decaying food, vegetable and animal matter. How to control and get rid of maggots.
Grubs, larvae or maggots - these are the young immature stages of insects. Many insects have four stages of life cycle; egg, larva, pupa and adult. Fly larvae are known as maggots. Most maggots feed on rotting material. E.g. Blow fly larvae are normally found on decaying meat, house fly larvae on rotting vegetable matter or faeces, and fruit fly larvae on fermenting fruit material.
Other insect larvae that might be encountered as pests in New Zealand homes include clothes moth larvae which can damage fabrics such as cotton, carpet beetle larvae which will eat woollen fibres in carpets and clothes, case moth larvae will use fibres from natural or synthetic material to protect themselves in a fibrous tube.
Also there are flea larvae that are tiny (2-3mm) pale larvae that you may find eating dust, and skin cells in carpets around pet bedding or where fleas are a problem. See the flea page.
To get rid of maggots follow these steps:
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