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They are little, squiggly worms that are both fascinating to some but disgusting to more. Maggots are the larval stage of the fly’s life cycle. When flies lay eggs, maggots hatch a day later. Females lay up to 2,000 eggs in their 30-day lifespan, and because these “babies” need to eat for about four or five days continuously, they are always found near or around rich food sources. There are plenty of ways to get rid of maggots and flies from many unexpected places.

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1. Proper Cleanup

Because maggots don’t appear by themselves, getting rid of them has to start with the source. Flies are attracted to everything, including discarded food, feces, and garbage. Don’t leave food open. This includes having an open kitchen garbage. Wrap food up before you toss it in the garbage and take it out to the master bin regularly. You can use insecticide spray in-between lining your cans to deter flies. In addition to cleaning their food dishes, make sure you discard pet droppings around your yard because that is a favorite food of flies.

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