While bringing the garbage cans back from the curb, I noticed a couple hundred maggots crawling around the bottom. Here's what I did after nearly vomiting.

It's moments like these you wish you could just walk away and the problem would fix itself. It's a beautiful day, maybe I'll sit outside with a book and some music and just relax. Some  flies that had been hanging out in my garbage can had other plans for me. Time to get deep in this can and clean out the nasty.

What is a maggot?

A maggot is the larvae of a fly. A fly lays eggs which turn into larvae (maggots), which become flies, which lay more eggs, and so on. Basically, my garbage can looked like it had a couple spoonfuls of long-grain white rice crawling around.

After a little research, I found that I wasn't going to have to get too intimate with these critters. You can dump some lime, salt or vinegar in the can to kill maggots, but you have to cover them. I had one lime in the fridge that probably wasn't going to produce enough juice. I didn't want to waste my salt and I didn't have very much vinegar left. I did go buy some vinegar for after the maggot mass murder, I'll explain why in a moment. After a little more research I found that there is one way to kill maggots instantly and we all have it at home, everyone of us.

I used the new bottle of vinegar to clean the can after completing my maggot destruction mission. The vinegar will also help keep maggots from reappearing.

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