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I was in my basement and found about 10 maggots on the lid of a Rubbermaid container. A search didn't reveal any more or any type of food source. How did they get there? I thought eggs were laid in organic material and in higher numbers. I am perplexed by this and worried there are more somewhere else.

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Hi Sara
People used to think that maggots  were spontaneously generated until Pasteur finally proved that to be false. When the larvae hatch from fly eggs the are extremely small and migrate to some source with the smell of food. Since I am not there in your basement I cannot tell you where they came from or why they were on the lid. They had to come from somewhere else. At any rate they will be gone in a day or so. If you see more you will have to locate the source.

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Walter Hintz

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I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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I have taught science for over 57 years. I am presently teaching biology at the college level. I have done extensive graduate work in entomology.

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Momentum Magazine The Ohio Journal of Science

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B.S. In Ed Kent State Unuv M.Sc The Ohio State Univ National Science Foundation Fellowships: Electron Microscopy Univ of California Entomology Kent State Univ

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