Interesting Facts About Maggots: Diabetics Can Benefit From Them!

Most people consider maggots to be very disgusting creatures. But they’re just fly larvae, just as the caterpillars are butterfly larvae. When an animal dies, blowflies usually appear within a few hours. The faint, early scent of death draws them.
Since maggots are the juvenile form of flies, it means a female and a male fly must first breed. The female then lays 500 to 2000 eggs (depending on the species) in batches. The eggs are often laid on the food source e.g. in the garbage or a dead carcass. The eggs will hatch within one day. The maggots will start feeding on the food source until they develop into pupae from which an adult fly emerges.
As with ticks and fleas, maggots can pose a significant threat to livestock, especially sheep, and household pets. Flies reproduce very fast during summer and maggots can come in high numbers, developing a maggot infestation and a significant risk of myiasis (a maggot infestation of living tissue) in sheep and some other animals.
Human beings aren’t immune to the maggots’ feeding habits, and they can contract myiasis as well. The interaction between maggots and human beings often occurs near rotten food, dead animals, garbage cans, and other breeding grounds.
When maggots transform into adult flies and start the life cycle over, their number will rise exponentially if unchecked, but parasites, natural predators, and diseases regulate their population.
Freezing rotting leftovers until waste collection day or using a garbage disposal and sealing garbage helps in preventing infestation. Introducing an environmental control measure, such as Histeridae, can also aid in reducing the populations of maggots.
The maggots of other species of fly feed on different sorts of animal and plant material. Some are harmful pests, but maggots also have their good side. Below are some interesting facts you probably didn’t know about maggots.
1. Maggots have high appetites, so they only survive where there is an adequate supply of rotten food material. This includes rotting fruit, garbage cans, carcasses, etc. Flies only lay eggs in such places.
4. Maggots can survive in water, so don’t think of drowning them out.
5. Maggots only live about 8 to 10 days. After this period, they turn into the pupa and eventually develop into flies.
4. With doctor’s prescription, maggots can be used to clean decaying flesh in wounds which may otherwise cause bacterial infections. Maggot therapy is useful for patients who experience wounds that heal slowly such as diabetics.
5. Commercial suppliers provide maggots used by anglers to catch non-predatory fish. Maggots are the most common bait for the anglers in Europe. Anglers throw a large number of maggots into the “swim” they’re targeting to attract the fish to that particular area.
The angler will then use the most attractive or largest maggots on the hook, hoping to lure the fish. Commercial maggot suppliers from the United Kingdom sell their maggots to tackle dealers throughout North America and the E.U.
6. The existence and the development of maggots on the corpse are very useful in estimating the time elapsed since death. Based on the conditions and the species, maggots may appear on the body within 24 hours.
The female fly lays eggs directly on the food source. When those eggs hatch, maggots move towards their favorable conditions and start to feed. Forensic entomologists study the insects present at a crime scene to determine the approximate time of death.
Insects are often helpful after the post-mortem interval (PMI) of about 25 to 80 hours, based on ambient conditions. The technique becomes less reliable after this interval.
7. Currently, the only maggots legalized for marketing in the US are larvae of the Calliphorid flies of the species Phaenicia sericata. This species of maggots is also used in many parts of the world, but it’s unclear if it’s the only species allowed for marketing outside of the US. They feed on the necrotic or dead tissue, leaving healthy tissue mainly unharmed.

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