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Gross! Maggots in my kitchen

So last night I was cleaning the kitchen. We had a couple of large paper bags on the floor by the wall where we had been collecting empty coke bottles. I moved the bags to vacuum and mop and saw something moving near the wall. I bent down to look and discovered some sort of maggot or worm or something

Subsequently I found maybe about 10 more of these little icky things and decided they must be maggots. I vacuumed them up and mopped the floor and went on about my business (though I felt like things were crawling on me for the rest of the night).

This morning I found 3 more of these things, on the floor of the kitchen again I assumed they were fly maggots, but when I did some reading up on Wikipedia it says that flies lay their eggs in batches of 75-150 or something like that, and I have not found that many. I am wondering if they could be something else...does anyone know?

I am totally grossed out by things like this and haven't eaten all day because now I am worried that I will find some creepy crawly thing in my food.

I wish I could make my house more spider friendly so they could eat these little buggers (for some reason things like this bother me a lot but I am totally fine with spiders).
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Old 28.07.2010, 13:09
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In Australia we eat them
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Old 28.07.2010, 13:11
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Old 28.07.2010, 13:13
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In Australia we eat them
Pan fried on toast under cheese, garlic, a few fresh herbs, sound good to me.
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Re: Gross

Like this?



Warning: this is pretty disgusting (imo anyway)
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Old 28.07.2010, 13:31
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Hi

Have you got cats? I once had maggots coming out of cat food.

Usually you get them from meat in the trash - they may also hail from a tin can that has been opened and left standing around.

Happy "hunting".
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Old 28.07.2010, 13:37
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Did it look like this ?. . . can be quite common if it`s damp . . it`s a silverfish.
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Old 28.07.2010, 13:38
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cheese, garlic, a few fresh herbs, sound good to me.
Anything with ....above ingredients sounds yummy, except maggots
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So they were gross ....like large?

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Re: Gross

When I was cycling in NE Thailand about 4 years ago, I stopped in this village - all on my own and a total stranger. They made me incredibly welcome and arranged a big party with loads of different food!
There was one dish that I particularly enjoyed, in fact I had several helpings of it.
Next day I visited a local market with some of the people from the village and they asked me if I wanted them to cook some more of my `favourite`.
I said yeh that would be great.
Imagine my surprise/shock when they bought a bowl of fresh wriggly maggots.
Despite that - I still ate them again . . . cooked of course, lovely with some rice.
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Old 28.07.2010, 13:59
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Re: Gross

We currently have an issue with silverfish. They were first in the bathroom but now started to find them in the bedroom and kitchen as well. They look a bit darker and more maggot like when they are smaller but the larger ones are very silvery.

I have tried to keep windows open to get rid of any humidity and in the evenings (when they come out) start hunting them. Last night's death toll: 13 (some were very small, so could have been something else but at least 11 confirmed silverfish kills). Usually I have not found this many, so I have a fear they are multiplying

I did some googling and found several tips. One of them is to use Diatomaceous earth to kill them. I have tried to look for this in my local Coop and Migros but could not find it. Has anyone seen this product somewhere?
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Re: Gross

I once had a problem with maggots in the kitchen. I threw away all food, I cleaned the kitchen with "Javel" (chlorine) and bought at Migros a spray and stickers against those moths (kitchen moths - the maggots were prolly their babies). I put the stickers everywhere in every closet in the kitchen. Than they were gone and I never had a problem again.
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Old 28.07.2010, 14:25
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This being Switzerland I assume the stickers say "No moths allowed between 10pm and 7am".
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Old 28.07.2010, 14:26
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Re: Gross

I was going to suggest that as well - check all open bags plus all closed bags that are made of paper (flour for example), you'll probably find the culprits in there.

To gross you out a bit more, in a flat I lived some years ago the previous tenant was keeping a dog - some weird crawly things were living in the carpet of the spare room that produced maggots emigrating to our bathroomopposite every night. You can imagine using Javel in the bathroom didn't work too well and we had to call in the ghost erm crawlythingsbusters.
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Old 28.07.2010, 14:30
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Re: Gross

You could call Rentokil and see IF they can help. I once had mealworms in my spare room. At first I did not know what they were so I conducted some research and did some reading up on them. I subsequently called Rentokil as I was at a loss and the gentleman who came over to inspect wasn't able to help out at all. They are all gone now but to this day I have no idea where they came from.
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Old 28.07.2010, 15:05
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Re: Gross! Maggots in my kitchen

I read somewhere if it wasn't for predators flys could create a ball of maggots the size of the Earth in three weeks or some such crazy stat.

It would help if you rinsed out the cans and bottles but I guess you've learnt that lesson already...



http://www.asktheexterminator.com/fl..._Maggots.shtml
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Re: Gross

Urgh. Bringing back memories of our last place. We had food moths all the time, and no matter what we did (throwing everying away, cleaning everywhere with bleach) they just kept coming back. Couldn't work it out.
Then one day I was cleaning some shelves, sort of like Ikea shelves with 14 holes in each upright plank of wood so you can regulate the height of the shelves, when I noticed they had actually been laying their eggs in the spare holes, completely out of sight. Crafty or what?
That was a pleasant afternoon, poking out larvae with a bleach-covered skewer.

Anyway, anyone want to buy a set of shelves? Only one owner
(just kidding, we dumped them really...)
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Old 28.07.2010, 15:14
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Re: Gross! Maggots in my kitchen

Talk about major over-reaction. You had some dirty bottles and cans around and maggots were discovered ... big surprise, esp in the recent heat. Clean the area up and you'll be fine. And rinse out said items in the future or take 'em out immed.

I had some a few weeks ago in a pot (used to cook seafood) I left lying around too long. Cleaned it up and all is well.
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Re: Gross! Maggots in my kitchen

Maggots in the kitchen?

Ever have a Harlem street rat the size of a small dog running around in your kitchen?...then we can talk.
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Or roaches in Toronto the size of a Harlem street rat.
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