Maggots inside dead Rat?


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Old 05-14-06, 07:45 PM
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Maggots inside dead Rat?

I caught rat in a snap trap and it must have been in the attic about 2 weeks (about when I set trap). When I went to place the trap in the trash bag, slimy things came crawling out of the carcass. Are these maggots? I sprayed some household cleaner (only thing I had) on them and killed them. Should I be concerned about more of them (more than what came out of the rat) being in the attic?
 
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I'm thinking they were maggots.It's unlikely they are present outside of the rat except in the immediate area where the rat and trap was.Immediate means where it or the rat was lying or possibly if any were dislodged when you moved the rat and trap.Unless there are other dead animals or another food source near the area the maggots should not be elsewhere.
 
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Old 05-15-06, 04:13 PM
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Flies lay eggs in dead tissue, maggots are the larval stage and they feed off the animal while they grow. Remove the animal, you've removed the food source. You should be fine.
 
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thanks for the replies. Pretty gross sight, like something out of a bad horror movie.
 
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Old 05-16-06, 06:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Stumped1
Pretty gross sight, like something out of a bad horror movie.
The circle of life.
 
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Originally Posted by Stumped1
thanks for the replies. Pretty gross sight, like something out of a bad horror movie.
That's why you check traps daily......
 
 

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