Fight maggots in the apartment - these funds really help

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Fly with maggots

The mind says: A few cells of protein, fresh born = harmless. The feeling says: snakes, worms = away with the stuff, IMMEDIATELY! Taking the stuff away is no problem; Even proven snake phobics dare to protect the cleaning supplies to tiny maggots. The problem may be that, after cleaning your way, new maggots are coming, the article will lead you to the trail of this recurrent nuisance. In addition, you will learn how to get rid of the maggots forever or prevent "increased maggot emergence" in the future:

What are maggots and how do they get into the apartment?

Maggots are the children of flies, which are applied directly to the home in the form of eggs. A few hundred eggs are, from all these eggs crawl small, white maggots. Animal feed is typical, but fly females lay their eggs in any kind of organic material that is about to decompose, and in which larvae can develop (usually it takes a little protein).
In the summer months, the females lay several times, the eggs develop in a day to newly hatched larvae. Sometimes they can feed themselves splendidly, eg. B. from animal feed in the film. If the fly mother has not found a good egg-laying opportunity, the birth environment z. B. from a tiny chocolate residue, the larvae must soon go on foraging. What they do - even if they are called maggots because they are headless and legless, they can move by curving the body. That's when the maggots appear in the most impossible places (to which we'll come).
If the maggots find good living conditions (which allow tiny amounts of food), they can multiply explosively. The origin of the plague can be found the fastest, if you can search specifically, and now we introduce the four species of flies or families, which often lay eggs in flats in our latitudes:

Real fly, z. Eg houseflies

Blowfly - Gold fly

A little larger than houseflies, usually iridescent metallic blue or green. If they occur in large numbers, an animal carcass is usually found in the vicinity in which they also prefer to lay their eggs. Other organic substances do, however, and a female fly in Legenot (= no good nest in sight, for example because she is "trapped" in a clean apartment by closing the window) keeps the eggs in until the egg develops so far advanced that she can lay the maggots directly.
Now they know how the "white worms" come into the apartment and why they walk around; The maggots themselves can simply be swept on a dustpan and disposed of in the garden for the enjoyment of the birds (or have evolved in the garbage anyway, with which they are brought out).

Brushing maggots - but right

Maybe you had to eliminate organic leftovers or waste, maybe the fly attraction was eliminated before the maggots appeared; In any case, most people feel a significant need to clean the places where the maggots have been spotted. Do this, but so thoroughly that this place does not invite you to egg storage:
  • If the maggots were in the dustbin, clean it thoroughly with the most artificial odor possible
  • Double rinsing with vinegar (sour) and soda (basic) will surely remove all attractive odor traces
  • If the maggots (repeatedly) sat in the garbage bag, sometimes changing the brand helps to thicker garbage bags
  • If the maggots ran along the ground, after cleaning, apply the most artificial scent possible
  • You do not have artificial fragrances in the household? How about aftershave, washing powder, Franzbranntwein?
  • Maggots scanned on ceilings or walls usually do not leave any traces
  • Here can be sprayed at most a little perfume, which gives a "clean feeling"
  • In really badly accessible corners, you will master the maggots by means of a hot-air blower
  • In large office floors such a maggot infestation is "killed" with a professional hot-air blower
  • In normal household environment with the household variant, which is also known under the name "Fön"
  • But make sure that the hair dryer is on the (not hair sparing) normal position, so it gets really hot
You do not need to be afraid that pathogens are transmitted by maggots. It is true that flies can transmit disease germs because they may have landed on germ-laden material before they have flown to you in the apartment. However, if you're a statistician and you're calculating how big the likelihood is that the fly will carry unusual sprouts in such quantities as to overwhelm the immune system - and do the same to people on the subway, you'll see that the subway is much more dangerous.The maggots, however, are born almost germ-free and spread as natural garbage disposers while eating so many antibiotic, antiviral and antibacterial substances that they are even considered one of the last means for healing poorly healing human wounds.


But the maggots are not devilish either, on the contrary: as soon as they have hopped from the dustpan into the garden, they make themselves very useful there. Either "passive", as food for lizards, frogs, birds, fish, spiders, dragonflies, wasps, praying mantis, shrews or active: they decompose rotting and excrement and thus belong to the natural health police, and they make of this organic material something very important, the fertile soil (humus).
If you have discovered and eliminated a few maggots, sometimes new maggots appear "seemingly out of nowhere". If this happens several times, it is an indication that "nothing is something in nothing" because the maggots do not arise out of nothing, but from eggs, and eggs are usually deposited on organic masses. So you have to look for the organic matter that always encourages the flies to lay eggs, which can be quite a detective work (especially in a winding half-timbered house or urban old building). Because a fly mother does not need a 250 g steak for egg storage; each one of them falls from the plate fallen remainder.
When Mama Fly drops her eggs, she also likes to use some cracks, and the compressible and elastic eggs are said to fit through amazingly small holes. Since houses (especially old buildings) are far from being as dense as some inhabitants suspect, maggots can be seen in the most impossible places: on the ceiling, because the eggs in the room above were sunk in a crack; in the middle of the living room under this blanket, because they could not hold themselves there and fell down; on the wall, because the spaghetti sauce made blubber while cooking and spread spatter.
If you've searched every nook in a clean apartment and still have not found anything, it could be an external problem: maybe the snack bar in the house downstairs shared the trash cans, and it's already getting so cold at night that the many flies there " Party ", in the evening like to visit warm rooms and there is a plagued flying mummy here, the next best corner an emergency birth lies down - in desperation" nature "is very inventive, and for a fly the whole thing is not fun, but it is about the survival of Art. Speaking of the continuity of the species - as horrible as it is, in our cities it is always important to remember that in another apartment in the house a poor old person died unnoticed.

Worms, larvae or maggots?

The differences to the grub are fine. Larvae are intermediate developmental forms that are formed by insects, amphibians and egg-laying fish and are not always called larvae. Larvae of frogs are called tadpoles, larvae of tapeworms are finns, the various larval stages of oviparous fish are loveless L1, L2 ff. Insect larvae are called caterpillars or maggots, the name being caterpillars for the (small, green, fragrant) larvae of the butterflies and the name Afterraupe for the (small, green to colorful, greedy) larvae of the plant wasps is reserved.
Maggots are larvae of two-winged lobsters which, unlike other insect larvae, are headless and legless, while the normal larva possesses a head capsule and limb. In between, there are maggots with heads, but no legs (for example, ants, bees, buck beetles) and maggots with head, but fake legs (some mosquitoes have stubby feet). Worms are real animals, with elongated physique and crawling locomotion, which you will encounter as the highest pest in your intestine (tapeworm) and not in your apartment. Everything except worms is eliminated as described here; only larvae and caterpillars are to be found in other places: larvae (of beetles) in the bedstead, caterpillars (of food moths) in still packaged flour, cereal, nut snack.

Fight maggots and flies

The maggots themselves are ultimately combated when clearing away. Maggots are brought into the house by flies and will also fly again if they do not escape all the maggots for cleaning the ground; So it's really about fighting flies.
Fight flies?
The sun, the clouds, the moon fight? You certainly will not be able to prevent a fly occasionally "entering the flat" if your home is not to become a clean room with locks. But you can do a lot to make sure that flies are rather rare and especially isolated guests in your home.


It is not in the least about cleanliness - it is not unhygienic, but comfortable and healthy, if in the kitchen a fruit plate is on the table. But this fruit plate should disappear in muggy August days just better in the fridge or under a peppermint scented gauze hood. Just one example of many, all in all, it's about the famous mindfulness; here opposite your own household:
  • Find and remove fly bait, from open food in the kitchen to food leftovers in the rest of the home

  • Empty and clean garbage cans, clean animal lavatories and enclosures more often

  • Check stocks and repackage food in bags / foils in solid containers

  • Order in accumulated "clutter corners" etc. bring, clean there

  • Distribute or plant anti-fly scents throughout the household, even in the garden in front of the house

  • Vinegar, basil, peppermint, lavender, laurel, frankincense, eucalyptus, geranium, marigolds and much more should not be able to smell flies

  • For a complete list of application examples see article "Maggots in the kitchen - this helps with maggot infestation in the house"

  • In the mechanical defense of flies help fly screens, tape and well-distributed fly swatter

  • Place garden ponds and water ponds in the back of the garden, keep the house environment as dry as possible

  • Spiders are natural enemies of the flies, the more spiders, the fewer flies in the house

  • Chemical control agents can help in case of need, but usually also contain critical toxins for humans

  • Better in an emergency biological defense with commercially available parasitic wasps

Tenant rights in case of maggot infestation

If you appear in an apartment more often maggots, but no "maggot nest" can be found, sometime the landlord must be turned on. It must, however, already deal with significant amounts of maggots, a few animals that appear at long intervals, could be tolerated as a normal life phenomenon (such as vermin, whose emergence according to location / nature of the rental property is expected, such as ants, spiders, Beetle at the house with garden).
If the bugs get out of hand, it represents a shortage of rented property. Then an exterminator must go in search of the development site of the maggots, which then z. B. detects animals that died outside the apartment or disassembles a paneling in the hallway. The landlord must bear the costs of using the pest control if the cause of the maggot infestation is within his sphere of responsibility. This is z. For example, if the pests of other homes immigrate, the cause of the pest infestation is not elucidated, or it is clear that one of several tenants has caused the vermin infestation, but it remains unclear which individual tenant is the causer. If the landlord claims that you as the tenant had caused the vermin infestation, he would have to prove that in case of dispute.
However, you as a tenant have certain obligations: You need to keep their apartment so clean that vermin can not spread at first, what for jurisprudence z. For example, food is not allowed to be left open in the apartment. In addition, you must be able to prove that you have made serious attempts to eliminate flies, moths, beetles, etc. yourself with all common tools available on the market. If the landlord acts, he may not use any resource; Landlords have already been convicted of assault for the payment of compensation for spraying harmful chemicals in homes. As always, however, the dispute involves considerable risks, which is why an amicable agreement is preferred.

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