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Posted: 08/19/12 08:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi all...I have a question for anyone who has their camper parked in a campground for the season. This didn't happen to us (Thank God). It happened to one of our nearby neighbors. We come to the campground on the weekends so five days go by before we return. When she went into the bathroom...the whole toilet bowl and on the floor around it were covered with maggots. Uh...I can't even imagine. I think I would have walked outside and sold the camper and everything in it. What could have caused this. It couldn't be a little animal that got in and died in there because there were too many of them and no remains. Please let me know if anyone has ever heard of this before...UGH!!

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Maggots are the larvae of flies.....could there have been feces left in the toilet???? UGH -- I can't imagine how they felt seeing that.....


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Stuff like this can happen if the black tank is NOT emptied when it should be. At my seasonal site, the CG owner empties my TT's grey and black water tanks 1 x per week (or when needed). For example, our tanks got emptied within 5 day internal - when my large family visited 10 consecutive days (instead of our usual 2-3 day "weekend" visits). He empties every Tuesday and if rain day, his alternate date is Thursdays. If maggots are in the bowl or around the floor, it means the blank tank was too full. And, the local flies found it.

Suggest the TT owner dump their seasonal site TT's blank tank more often or get the seasonal site owner to do it. At my seasonal CG site, the CG Owner dumps our black tank for us. Frequent clean-out keeps flying critters away as well. And, keeps the smell down within the bathroom as well....

Remember... No food, no flies, no maggots... And, no rotten floor around the bowl's floor either.

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Just curious..was the black tank dump valve left open?


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Ewwwwwwww!!!
That makes my ant problem look like camping companions!


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I had the same problem on a previous trailer. In my case, the toilet wasn't properly sealed to the drain. Some content got between the toilet and floor and flies found it. There was no indication of the problem until maggots appeared. Better remove the toilet and check all seals. It isn't a big job.

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I had a similar problem in our house. A squirrel got caught in our chimney. It was one of the chimneys that have three or four metal tubes running up from the fireplace (no brick). Apparently the squirrel got caught and died in there and we had maggots dropping out of the chimney for a week. It was pretty disgusting.


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Maggots are great fishing bait.

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Posted: 08/21/12 07:01am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

nitrohorse wrote:

Maggots are great fishing bait.


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For those with nothing to do today here is a little interesting reading on Wikipedia about Maggot therapy.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maggot_therapy

So it looks like we don't need to be to quick to give the old Maggot a bad name. They're still being used by doctors all over the world today to treat sores and wounds with infections that are immune to antibiotics. Sounds gross but it works. Doctors in Napoleon's army noted that battlefield wounds that normally kill soldiers were recovering when wounds were infested with maggots. Civil War doctors discovered the same thing. The first documented use of maggot therapy was done by the Mayan Indians.


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