How to kill maggots – effective techniques for quick and easy results

Learn how to kill maggots if you've discovered you have an infestation and want to get rid of them as soon as possible

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Let's cut to the chase, you want to know how to kill maggots having just discovered an infestation. And we can't say we blame you. Not only are maggots pretty gross, having them in your home, bins, or garden isn't massively hygienic considering the fact that they can carry E. coli and may make you, or your family, unwell. 

So, let's not beat around the bush. Below you'll find our top tips on how to kick some maggot ass using vinegar, boiling water and other ingredients you'll likely have hanging around the house. Get your Marigolds on people, we're about to dive in. 

Discover more tips on how to get rid of pests in our guide. Yep, we are Real Homes, and many real homes suffer an infestation of some variety at one point or other.

How to stop a maggot infestation in the first place

If you're finding them in your bin at home it's likely that they've got there via flies who've laid eggs on food that's been left out – from leftovers of your dinner, fruit rotting in the fruit bowl to uneaten dog/cat food. So, in hot weather when flies are in the house, it's vital not to leave stuff out. 

And, if food has been left out, and you've noticed flies about, putting it straight outdoors into the food bin outside will be better than emptying it into the indoors bin. 

How to kill maggots with boiling water

None of our approaches are particularly vegan-friendly, but hey, they certainly get the job done. One of the easiest methods for killing maggots is to simply pour a kettle full of boiling water over the maggot infestation, as this will kill them instantly.

Then, you can drain off the water – if you've found maggots in your bin, for example – and clean the area effectively. Quick, simple and effective.

Follow up by sprinkling a good amount of baking soda over the crime scene to iliminate any unsavoury scents.

How to kill maggots with vinegar, salt or lime

Another easy way to kill maggots is to use ingredients that will (effectively) cause them to shrivel up...maybe try not to think about that one too much.

For the best results we'd recommend covering the maggots with a liberal amount (read: a hell of a lot) of your weapon of choice. Leave it to work its magic and come back a few hours later to scoop away the debris. Hasta la vista mister maggot. 

How to kill maggots with insecticide 

Picture the scene: you've spent all of lockdown nurturing your herb garden, tending to your tomatoes and keeping the slugs away from your strawberries only to discover that your local maggot community have stormed the castle. Let battle commence.

Spray your plants with a good amount of insecticide – they used to do something similar in the Middle Ages, but with hot oil – and watch the maggots run. Sweet, sweet victory.

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Emily first (temporarily) joined the Real Homes team while interning on her summer break from university. After graduating, she worked on several publications before joining Real Homes as Staff Writer full time in mid-2018. She left the brand in 2020 to join the police force but continues to love a second-hand bargain and sourcing unique finds to make her rented flat reflect her personality.