Maggots and their cycle

Let’s face it no one ever wants to see maggots in or around their home.

A maggot is generally a whitish creamish colour and looks something like a worm.

Maggots are the young lava from the following insects, flies, beetles, and moths.

Maggots love areas such as garbage’s, pet bowls, anything organic & dead animals, Maggots ingest on any liquids which are present and start laying their eggs on the part they cannot digest.

Maggots are the larva of winged insects, especially houseflies and blowflies. They are hatched from eggs which are usually laid on rotting meat or faeces.

What is the life cycle of a maggot?

Depending on the size of a female house fly, she can lay up to 500 eggs in a three to four day period. Eggs are white in colour.

Larvae are commonly referred to as maggots. Maggots emerge from the eggs within eight to twenty hours after being laid.

After about four to 10 days, a maggot will move to higher, drier ground where it will transform into the pupa stage of its life.

This process takes around three to six days and is where the maggot encases itself into a reddish skin, where the final stages of developing takes place.

Once the adult house fly hatches from the pupa stage, it has an approximate life span of fourteen to thirty days.

Females are able to start producing eggs after two days of life and will continue to lay eggs for about a month and then the cycle will begin again.

If you find that you have a maggot problem please call PestFree on 1800 15 30 10 or head to our website to arrange a time for one of our trusty technicians to come out and treat the area that the maggots are invading.