I know that all living things have value and play a role in the environment, but if you are anything like me, that thought doesn’t prevent the gag reflex when I see a hoard of maggots, *YUCK!*
I try very hard to keep these pests from invading, but there is only so much you can do when trash sits outside in moist heat for over a week. After running into these pests a few times too many, I have developed a handy-dandy maggot killer you can make in a flash. (Don’t worry, I have NOT included pictures with this DIY.)
- You’ll need: water, salt, vinegar, & bleach (you can also use bleach-based toilet cleaner if you don’t have any straight up clorox–just don’t use any of the flower-scented laundry variety, we are trying to kill here!)
- Step 1: Boil a water in a pot with the salt and vinegar. Make sure you have enough to completely douse the infestation.
- Step 2: Once the concoction is boiling nicely, stir in the bleach and turn off the heat. **Be careful of the fumes this will create. The goal is to kill the maggots, not yourself.**
- Step 3a: If the horrid little creatures are outside, carefully carry the brew to the site and pour the liquid onto them. Nature will take care of the rest for you.
- Step 3b: If the brutes are inside where you cannot pour the mixture, allow it to cool slightly then transfer to an empty spray bottle. Generously spray the beastly things, wait five minutes, and repeat until a)movement ceases, or b) you run out of the solution. Clear the carnage with a wet vac, if you have one. Otherwise, you’ll have to get in there with an old broom and some rags.
Best of luck to you in all your bug-killing endeavors! Do you have any horror stories or tips to share?
~a beloved nobody