How to kill maggots instantly – effective solutions to get rid of the pest for good

Wondering how to kill maggots instantly? These expert-approved tips will ensure quick and permanent success

How to kill maggots
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If you’re wondering how to kill maggots instantly, it is likely you're contending with this pest in your home. And in this case, it is only natural that you want to get rid of them quickly, easily, and permanently.  

Maggots can be a nuisance at any point of the year; however, they are particularly problematic over late spring and summer, when flies are more active. So, while you may also be wondering how to keep flies out of the house, it is important to know what to do if maggots take over your home. Here’s what you need to know. 

How to kill maggots instantly – 3 tips for pest prevention and cure  

How to kill maggots

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Maggots can survive for 8-10 days before turning into a fly, but they can cause a lot of damage during that time. At this time in the year (when maggots are most common), it is best to prevent the pest by eliminating anything they could feed upon. 

‘Check stored food items that may be their source of nourishment. Be wary of dirty and rotting areas. If your foundation is rotting, maggots are most likely present in the different rooms of your home,’ suggests HomeCareHow (opens in new tab)’s Founder Edward Jones.

However, if you have found yourself contending with this pest, fear not. Knowing how to kill maggots instantly will get rid of them permanently. The process begins with these tips. 

1. Boiling water  

According to experts, boiling water is the most impactful way to kill maggots quickly. ’Maggots are actually highly vulnerable to many things. They consist mostly of protein, which makes them most vulnerable to boiling water,’ says pest control expert Nicholas Martin (opens in new tab)

Nicholas explains that boiling water causes protein coagulation and kills maggots instantly – and naturally. ‘Don’t forget that maggots can live in cool and warm water, so it must be boiling to kill them,’ he says. 

And Nicholas isn’t the only person who practices this technique. Pest expert Ray Brosnan (opens in new tab) similarly recommends pouring boiling water over the area where the maggots are gathering to remove them quickly. 

‘All you need to do is rinse away the remains afterward; a sprinkling of baking soda over the area is recommended after the scalding to eliminate any bad smells that may linger,’ Ray adds. After cleaning with baking soda, all residue of these maggots should disappear completely. 

2. Lime juice and salt  

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For an equally organic solution, the expert suggests spraying the maggots with warm water mixed with concentrated lime juice and salt. This natural DIY remedy will ensure your home is maggot-free quickly. Plus, many of these ingredients are pantry staples that you may already have hidden in your kitchen cupboard. 

3. Bleach and water mixture  

While boiling water is often powerful enough to eliminate maggots permanently, you can also tackle this pest with a bleach mixture. This method is not as natural as the first, but Nicholas explains that it’s equally as powerful. 

‘You can mix bleach 50/50 with water and pour it onto maggots to kill them quickly,’ he says. ‘If the maggots are in your trash can, you can also close it after pouring bleach inside to kill those maggots that are not covered with the liquid with toxic bleach fumes.’

Now you know how to kill maggots instantly; the only thing left is to decide which method you use to regain control over your space. 

Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.