"Maggot" is a general term for the larvae of dipteran flies, including species such as common houseflies, blowflies, apple flies, blue bottles and many others. These flies are characterized by their antennae and small bodies, so most maggots look the same, regardless of their species.Continue Reading
Housefly, or Musca domestica, maggots are the kind most commonly seen in homes. During the summer, houseflies look for suitable places, such as rotten food and fecal matter, to lay their eggs. These eggs can take up to 24 hours to hatch. The maggots that hatch from them look like small cream or pale yellow grains of rice. Bluebottles, another species of maggot commonly found in homes, tend to be slightly longer than common housefly maggots but have a similar appearance otherwise.
The maggots of apple or railroad flies are considered a pest species, as these flies ruin apple crops by laying their eggs directly into the apples. Maggots are typically tubular with no discernible body parts. The rat-tailed maggot, however, is an aquatic maggot that usually lives in toilets and has a long tail that is used as a breathing tube. Some maggots can also be used medicinally, as certain species, such as the bluebottle larvae, eat away at dead, rotting flesh and promote healing.Learn more about Bugs
Chlorine bleach kills mosquito larvae. It can be added to standing water and sprayed onto items that occasionally collect water, such as bird baths and swimming pool covers. The bleach must contain at least 5.25 percent of the active ingredient, sodium hypochlorite, in order to be effective.Full Answer >
Biting midges, or no-see-um bugs, are shorter than 1/8 inches long when fully grown as an adult, while no-see-um larvae are between 2 and 5 millimeters long. The eggs laid by no-see-um bugs are banana or cigar shaped, white in color and approximately 1/4 millimeter in length.Full Answer >
Some ways to control indoor gnats include placing sand on moist soil, creating vinegar traps, using potato slices to attract the larvae, using sticky traps, and using food-grade diatomaceous earth. Biological controls include using hydrogen peroxide, cinnamon, chamomile tea, Bacillus thuringiensis and beneficial nematodes.Full Answer >
Sand fleas, also known as beach flies, sand hoppers or beach hoppers, are terrestrial crustaceans that belong to the Talitridae (Amphipoda) family. These small crustaceans look like tiny shrimp, but they are often mistaken for insects.Full Answer >