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Jul 24, 2013 12:43 PM

Cupboard dwelling maggots?



I wonder if anyone can help identify these maggot-like larvae that fell out of the cupboard above our sofa and fell onto my girlfriend (not pleased).


They are about 12mm long and move rapidly towards dark areas.  They seem to move backwards as well and their "tail" seems to be greenish in colour.


We've found about 10 so far and think they might be a moth larvae rather than maggots (I really hope they're not maggots...)


I've attached a photo and a video to this post.


Many thanks





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    Jul 24, 2013 4:42 PM (in response to Mothman)
    Re: Cupboard dwelling maggots?

    I'm afraid this does look more like a fly larva (i.e. maggot) than a moth or beetle larva (the other likely cupboard culprits). Carpet and flour moth larvae tend to be smaller, narrower and more uniform in diameter with a little brown head. Are you able to see what they're feeding on? If you find a food source with more larvae, seal it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for a few days before putting it in your bin as this will stop them pupating and spreading.

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      Aug 11, 2013 11:07 PM (in response to Heather)
      Re: Cupboard dwelling maggots?

      I have learned from bitter experience to be aware NOT to leave a crumb of food accessible anywhere in the house. Rodents, for example (which I wholly admire for their tenacity and desire to justifiably share our world) have made nuisance of themselves in my home over the years until I cleaned-up and made sure not a smidgen not a crumb is now available so far as I can be sure that I have out-moused a mouse and out-ratted a rat. On the other hand - if you live in an old house as I do peppered with nooks and crannies where a dead rodent might lay comotose, dying or deceased beneath inaccessible under floor or within cavity wall domains a carnivorous flitsome-fly will find it for sure. And, its progeny (maggots) will have their fill of wrapped-in-fur past-sell-by-date dead stinking meat. Then, fat and juicily satiated with dining on cadavers Little Missy Maggot will go-a-wriggling to seek a propitious hidey hole where she (or he) may lay comfortably and in due time pupate to transpose magically into a marvellous amethyst, sapphire or other jewelled winglet fly which, in its' turn, will flair nostrils in seeking the nearest smell-some delectable dead delicacy to alight upon and tuck into where the cycle of smelly fly-life will start all over again. If I detected a maggot in my cupboard I'd think "something dead in there" or  “nearby” edible to the fly such as an old furcoat or some 60's leather jacket enfused with sweat and disco-dancing of decades. Or, maybe un-aired sling-back shoes frequently stuffed with too many toes troubled by athlete's foot. What it might boil down to, where a maggot in a cupboard is concerned, is that whatever is stored in the cupboard should be clean and aired and fresh and laundered and not too long hanging without ruffling through from time-to-time to be re-laundered for fear of accumulated dust and moths and mites and, God forbid, maggots! I am absolutely sure Mrs. Beaton would agree.

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