Maggots are the larvae of flies. These insects feed on decomposing food and filth. In order to control their population, it’s important to remove these sources of food and filth. This may require an inspection of the affected area. In many cases, an inspection will help determine where maggots are gathering.
Fly larvae hatch from eggs in as little as 24 hours. After a few days of feeding, the maggots are ready to emerge as adult flies. Maggots develop through three stages: the larval stage, the pupal stage, and the adult stage. While the larvae stage lasts for a few days, the adult fly life cycle can take as long as four to five years.
After four days of feeding and developing, maggots enter the pupal stage. During this stage, the larvae begin the transformation process. The process is gradual, and it may take up to ten days for maggots to mature into adult flies. Those that survive this stage are ready to lay eggs in two days, and the cycle can continue over again.
If you suspect that your pet is suffering from a maggot infestation, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. Maggots are harmful to your pet, and the best way to get rid of them is to clean up the area thoroughly. It’s recommended to clean the area with a non-toxic disinfectant or a natural fly repellent. Other options include lemongrass oil, cloves, witch hazel, and camphor.