Post # 1
I am SOOO grossed out right now. I just popped home to drop of some groceries and have a quick lunch. When I was leaving, I filled up our dog’s water bowl and I noticed something on the kitchen floor (it’s a wood floor). I thought it was just a bit of something and then I noticed it was MOVING and was a maggot!
I quickly surveyed the rest of the floor and started picking up the floor rugs, etc – much to my horror, I found more!!! about 25 in all.. .they weren’t in any one central place, but scattered about the kitchen area.
WHAT IN THE WORLD?!?!?!?!?!
I didn’t have time to move the stove and the fridge, but that’s my job when I go back home in a few hours.
I’m further grossed out because I think my dog may have been eating them! I noticed her sniffing around more than normal and couldn’t figure out why (since I knew there wasn’t any food bits around). We keep the floors relatively clean (mop and vacuum weekly) so there shouldn’t be anything laying around rotting. The only other thing I can think is if there is a way they are crawling up through the floor boards or cabinets from underneat the house (it’s a raised foundation). But there is NO WAY I’m crawling underneath the house to find out!
If anyone has any maggot removal advice or stories to make me feel better, I would definitely appreciate it!
…gonna go gag some more. 🙁 EEEEeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwww.
Post # 3
oh holy hell.
i have no advice. but please update.
im so sorry!
Post # 4
The dog will be fine, their stomachs are made to handle that. Mine ate some that came out of a fly that they killed once and I spent hours on the net checking on that, it creeped me out too. You may have a piece of food somewhere that got lost or a dead critter somewhere that you don’t know about. I would just go home and start taking things apart and I am sure you will find them. They are easy to get rid of, get rid of the source and you get rid of them. Some good bleach or ammonia cleaning in the affected areas will help too.
Sorry, that sucks.
Post # 5
eeew, eeew, eeew! They’re probably actually good for the dog… more protein! 😉
Let us know if/when you find something, and good luck! 🙁
Post # 6
Don’t worry about the dog, she’ll be fine. I would call a pest control service perhaps to see if they can check under your house and see if there is a source of the maggots. I can’t imagine something being in your home that you can’t see or smell that would cause maggots.
Side note, my Darling Husband bought a bag of baby carrots and was eating them when he noticed something moving on one. Turns out the bag was full of maggots and he didn’t realize it until half way through. He complained and General Mills sent us a check for $8.00….so not enough to make up for his disgust.
Post # 7
there must be some sort of animal or meat rotting somewhere. you need to find the source of where they are coming from. something may have died under your house or perhaps a mouse or rat died in a cupboard in the kitchen.
Post # 8
Oh no. I am pretty laid back, but I just hate maggots! Try to find where they are coming from and … you are going to have to…. squish each and every one of them (with a paper towel). I get them sometimes in the lid of my stainless steel garbage can in the summer and they are super hard to kill. You can’t just spray them with something. They don’t just die. And where there are some, there are many more! I squish each one and take the whole can outside for a week just in case!
Post # 9
Are you sure they’re definitely maggots?
I found a bunch of wiggly things and thought they were and turned out they were caterpillars. cue subsequent moth infestation
bleach /strong cleaning fluids over as much surface as possible!!
edit – if theyre high up or on the ceiling they might be caterpillars. My dry dog food was the source of my caterpillars. If theyre short and fat and white though, they are probably maggots. i feel for you!
Post # 10
Oh dear, maggots are matured fly larvae, they will turn into flies and infest the house to start the cycle all over again. I hate to say this, but it’s likely something has died in your home. It could be a mouse or a rat in the walls, in a water chase or even in a heating register. If your finding them in the kitchen I would check behind the fridge, under and in the cabinets and the trash…your dog could have brought something in, so look carefully and good luck.
Post # 11
I was talking to a friend and they thought it might be terminte larve! I guess they had a similar thing in their house… that kind of makes more sense because we rarely have flies come in the house and our dog isn’t a scavenger/there isn’t much to bring inside from our tiny lot!
I have a termite guy coming over tomorrow morning – he can’t get here soon enough! If I find anymore, I’m going to capture it in a ziplock… doesn’t that sound like a fun Friday night! 🙂
and I still have the feat of moving the fridge/stove when I get home…. par-tay!
Thank you SO much for the support and commiseration…. BLECK!
Post # 12
I was going to say it sounds like termites if you found them in the wood, but you beat me to it!
Keep us updated!
Post # 13
GROSS! Good luck getting rid of those bastards! Keeping my fingers crossed for you!
Post # 14
Sounds like a job for the SO!
Post # 15
Start by checking your trash, fridge and cupboards. If they are maggots they are found where ever there is decaying food or dead animal. We had an issue at one point with a trash can with a swinging lid. The flies got in and laid eggs in the trash, and voila- maggots all over the kitchen. We didn’t smell anything rotting or nasty, so it doesn’t have to be that far gone to host these critters. Try to figure out where they are coming from, and remove it. Then clean with bleach and lots of hot water, and they should be gone. If they aren’t maggot but are some other kind of larvae, you’ll need an exterminator to get rid of them.
Post # 16
Maggots are just fly larvae. They don’t actually hurt you, they just eat dead stuff. You either have some food rotting somewhere, or an animal has died in your house that you haven’t noticed yet. Check around and clean!