How to kill maggots instantly – powerful ways to keep the pest out of your home

Experts share instant solutions with permanent results – here's what the process involves

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If you’re faced with the question of how to kill maggots instantly, it is likely that you’ve had a sighting in your home. In this case, you will inevitably want to get rid of the pest as quickly and efficiently as possible. However, you may be relieved to hear that the best solutions are simple.

Knowing how to keep flies out of the house is important, as no flies should mean no maggots. But if they do manage to infest your space, it's essential to know that maggots pose an ever greater threat in your home. 

This notorious pest can lead to animal sickness – and they pose a significant problem if they get into food that is destined for human consumption. Therefore, if you’ve had a sighting, learning how to kill maggots instantly should be a priority. 

How to kill maggots instantly – expert advice for pest prevention and cure  


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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. Here's what you need to know when contending with the pest. 

1. Boiling water

According to Michael, 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,’ emphasizes pest control expert Nicholas Martin

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 practises this technique. Pest expert Ray Brosnan 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. 

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Does salt kill maggots?

Yes, salt effectively kills maggots – when paired with lime juice. When creating your lime-based mixture, you should add a generous amount of salt to guarantee success against the pest. Plus, you can use salt and water to disinfect your bin before you notice any maggots – to ensure they stay away for good. 

What kills maggots besides bleach?

In most cases, you can usually get rid of maggots using boiling water alone. However, in a particularly bad infestation, pest control expert Nicholas Martin suggests mixing bleach 50/50 with water before pouring it onto maggots to get rid of them instantly. 

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. 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.