The simplest way to tell if a fly has dropped live maggots is to examine the wound for an open wound. A wound may be covered with dead tissue or the skin may be cracked. Open wounds are a prime source of botfly infestation. It is important to protect the wound with flea and tick control products and heartworm prevention. These products can kill the maggots before they get inside the wound.
FS-MP AEROSOL is an effective solution for killing maggots. This product is extremely fast acting and penetrates deep into voids to kill them directly. This solution should be pumped for five to ten seconds and repeated as necessary. One application is usually enough to knock out the maggots.
Maggots are a favorite source of food for birds and reptiles. They will survive for many days if they have access to a good food source. The larvae will grow and develop for up to ten days, poop, and pupate before emerging as an adult maggot. The adult maggot has only two goals: to feed and reproduce.
The larvae of maggots have tough outer coverings that may protect them from bacteria in dirty water. Maggots lay their eggs on exposed meat, which attracts flies. Their larvae generate heat and a feeding frenzy can break out if one of them becomes injured.