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What kills fly maggots and their eggs (fruit flies)

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What kills fly maggots and their eggs (fruit flies, I think)
Submitted: 3 years ago.
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Expert:  Cher replied 3 years ago.

Welcome to JustAnswer.

Where are you seeing the maggots and fruit flies? Inside the house (in what location?), outside, in the soil, etc.?

When did this problem first begin?

Expert:  Cher replied 3 years ago.

Depending on whether the maggots/flies are inside your home or outside, there are various ways to get rid of them. The most important thing is to not have anything around that will attract the flies who will then lay their eggs, which turn into maggots. Make sure to cover all garbage receptacles (inside and outside) and not leave any rotting meat or other food garbage in unsealed bags/containers, as this is what attracts the flies. If you have any pets who use the yard to do their business, pick it up immediately, as this will also attract flies.

Some of the methods you've already tried, like the insect spray and hot water were good, but you will find more specific and effective methods of getting rid of the flies/maggots here: http://www.maggots.co.za/a-definitive-guide-to-getting-rid-of-maggots/

I hope this problem will be resolved for you very soon.

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Expert:  Martin replied 3 years ago.
Hello, fruit flies (Drosophila) are really tiny. They are almost impossible to kill with most mild insecticide as their reproduction cycle is so fast that they can develop a resistance in a short time. They can also nest at any damp place. Potato bag, fruit basket, any drain entry you have, those "S" in the house under (kitchen sink, shower, bathroom). They can be in your indoor plant (that you have to let outdoor until you control the outbreak).
The best way to kill them all is to use apple cider that is slightly turning into vinegar very close to an electric bug zapper. You should get them all eventually that way. You may also just mix a bit of vinegar in a plastic bottle with fruit juice (real juice not chemical stuff they often sell) and add a bit of vegetable oil (just enough to not cover all the surface). The drosophila will get struck in the oil (remove them when to much are present on the surface). You need to keep the windows closed when you do that or those outside the house may come in.
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