Many different kinds of root maggots can be found in home gardens across the country. They feed underground on succulent roots and attack a wide range of vegetable crops, including radish, cabbage, carrot, turnip, and onions. Roots that have been heavily infested are generally riddled with tunnels and rotten. Maggots can even nibble through taproots, killing plants in some situations.
What are Maggots?
Adults (1/5 inch in length) are dark grey flies that resemble houseflies but are much smaller. They lay their pest eggs at the foot of host plants in the soil, and they are excellent at identifying newly planted seedbeds. Maggots are little, yellowish-white, legless larvae with tapering or pointed heads and a blunt back end (1/3 – 1/4 inch long).
How to get rid of maggots?
In your own home
- Locate all infested locations. Check for food lying around and double-check your rubbish containers if you find maggots on the kitchen storage. You should also inspect your home’s foundation for any signs of rotting.
- The maggots and eggs must be eliminated. There are a few options for killing maggots and any eggs they may have laid. You can either pour salt on them or spray them with insecticide.
In the backyard
- Determine the location of the infestation. You’ll have to figure out how big the pest infestation is in your yard. Dig up the dirt around the plants to see whether any significant holes have been dug into the roots.
- To clear the area, use spray or dust. Spray the soil in the infected area with a vegetable and fruit spray. If you’re concerned about spray drifting, dust the area with a similar technique.
On your pets
- Examine the area for maggots. You should double-check for maggots in your pet, just as you would with any other infestation site. Look under the skin for anything moving or firm, especially in open wounds and between toe joints.
- Bring them to the veterinarian. Unlike other maggot infestations, this one necessitates quick assistance from a veterinarian. Veterinarians will be able to get rid of the maggots as well as treat any infections or wounds they cause.
How do get rid of maggots in a natural way?
Many conventional methods for getting rid of maggots rely on pest chemicals, but you can certainly utilise natural or DIY methods instead. If the maggots are in your garbage can, you can kill them with hot water. Maggots on the floor outside the waste bin can also be killed with lime or lemon juice. If your yard is infested with maggots, diatomaceous earth (naturally occurring sand) can be used to kill them. These are a few methods you can rely on to kill the maggots
If You could not kill them in a natural way then you should call the best pest control to get rid of maggots.