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Offline SiliconWizard

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Re: Vacuum cleaner infested with dirty maggots!
« Reply #25 on: August 05, 2019, 10:06:59 pm »
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Re: Vacuum cleaner infested with dirty maggots!
« Reply #26 on: August 05, 2019, 10:11:31 pm »
Yeah, seriously though, that's what I would personally do, dump the whole thing.

I usually hate trashing stuff that could still work perfectly, but something that infested - eek. Even the motor could be full of larvae and other pests. Unless you're willing to completely disassemble and clean it, it's probably never going to be clean...
 

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Re: Vacuum cleaner infested with dirty maggots!
« Reply #27 on: August 05, 2019, 10:13:19 pm »
It's only a few grubs. Just remove what you can and one or two may be left. No need to be squeamish. You've eaten worse and don't even know it.
 
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Re: Vacuum cleaner infested with dirty maggots!
« Reply #28 on: August 05, 2019, 10:37:52 pm »
I'm hesitant to use poisons because they will be sprayed out of the vacuum cleaner's vent, when switched on. Is there anything I can use which won't leave any residue? I'd also rather remove the larvae, rather than simply kill them because they'll rot, which won't be pleasant either.

You either have vacuum cleaner with bag or you clean container and filter. Dry-clean filter with brush and compressor. Petrol station air pump when no-one is around can be useful as well. Wash container with some WC or generic cleaner. Honestly I would clean such filthy filter *only* when vacuum needs to be used right now and there's no other way. Otherwise just look for replacement filter or new vacuum.
 
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Re: Vacuum cleaner infested with dirty maggots!
« Reply #29 on: August 05, 2019, 10:47:58 pm »

Take it outdoors and hit it with some low odour crawling insect spray, and game over..   >:D

The next lot of invaders won't even think about sqwatting, much less visiting your vac  :scared: :scared:



I wouldn't spray poison in there, remember when you turn on the vacuum it's gonna blow that vapor out all over the place.

Not really, it dries quickly and a better deal that flying maggots and their by-products hanging around forever.

If crawling insect spray is a concern then use the insect room spray, or even personal insect spray will do ok too.

White cleaning vinegar sprayed and allowed to dry may finish them off too, and any mold lurking in there.

Personally I like to dissassemble, clean and vac a vac with another vac  ???  (and vice-versa) and spray any suss parts and filters with Glen 20 (original scent please) and allow to dry.

No smells, no crawlies, no allergic reactions, no nothing
and awesome 'day one purchased' suction for months (and years..)

i.e. either maintain vacs properly, or buy another, or just sweep up and let sleeping maggots lie  :=\ :=\

Even hardcore OCD freaks don't realize it's their filthy vac causing most of the repeat 'seasonal' health/allergy issues, not from the idle dust, hairs, and crawlies they suck up

Besides, unless you have a maintained Kirby style upright vac with foot adjustable rotating brush head,
you're only doing a half baked job of it anyway, merely shifting vintage dust around with any regular or overpriced tech hyped vac  :horse:

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Re: Vacuum cleaner infested with dirty maggots!
« Reply #30 on: August 06, 2019, 12:26:08 am »
Yeah, seriously though, that's what I would personally do, dump the whole thing.

I usually hate trashing stuff that could still work perfectly, but something that infested - eek. Even the motor could be full of larvae and other pests. Unless you're willing to completely disassemble and clean it, it's probably never going to be clean...

It's a shop vac, not a food mixer. Who cares if it's perfectly clean as long as it's not crawling with bugs or full of nasty toxic substances.
 

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Re: Vacuum cleaner infested with dirty maggots!
« Reply #31 on: August 06, 2019, 03:28:49 pm »
It's probably a good idea to keep the hose attached (if it wasn't already). Moths probably don't want to have to walk that far!  :D
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Re: Vacuum cleaner infested with dirty maggots!
« Reply #32 on: August 06, 2019, 08:39:26 pm »
Gyro,
I can't find the vacuum cleaner you're talking about on the Aldi website.

coppercone2,
I've not watched The Simpsons for years. I think it went downhill in the early 2000s. Maybe the newer episodes are better.

SiliconWizard,
I'll see what the motor and wiring look like, but it's not mine, so I can't make the decision whether to dump it or not.

ogden,
I don't think it's worth cleaning the filter, which costs under £8 and is the only option, if he wants to keep the vacuum: I'm certainly not going to clean it! Of course I'll have to take the thing to pieces and remove any remaining grubs from the motor and pipes, but that shouldn't be too difficult.
https://www.filtamagic.com/acatalog/Parkside_Canister_Vacuum_Cleaner_Filter_1256.html

Mr. Scram,
There are a lot more grubs tucked away in the filter and other parts for the vacuum than the photographs show. I'm not being squeamish. The problem is they'll turn into moths which lay eggs in furnishings and hatch into more fabric eating larvae.

Electro Detective,
You lost me when you mentioned cleaning it with another vacuum, which would just move the pests from one to the other. If the other vacuum had a bag this might work, but there's still the risk some of the grubs would end up in the pipes

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Re: Vacuum cleaner infested with dirty maggots!
« Reply #34 on: August 06, 2019, 09:12:02 pm »
I don't think it's worth cleaning the filter, which costs under £8 and is the only option, if he wants to keep the vacuum: I'm certainly not going to clean it!

Yes. *If* you don't want to clean filter - buy new one. Why do we even have this discussion? You did not want to harm maggots or what? :)
 

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Re: Vacuum cleaner infested with dirty maggots!
« Reply #35 on: August 06, 2019, 09:35:01 pm »
You've got a nice snack there.... Have a look at what they are selling for human consumption:

https://www.edibleinsects.com/?s=Mealworms&post_type=product
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Re: Vacuum cleaner infested with dirty maggots!
« Reply #36 on: August 06, 2019, 11:41:05 pm »
I would think one sunny summer day would send them all crawling away into the grass. If you're in a rush, hair dryer?

 

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Re: Vacuum cleaner infested with dirty maggots!
« Reply #37 on: August 07, 2019, 12:27:35 am »

Electro Detective,
You lost me when you mentioned cleaning it with another vacuum, which would just move the pests from one to the other.
If the other vacuum had a bag this might work, but there's still the risk some of the grubs would end up in the pipes


 :-[  I should have been better specific re using two vacs.

The second vac is to clean up the mess in a normal non-maggot situation when servicing a bad news vac, especially indoors on a rainy or windy day
(and so the neighbors don't cop the fallout  :rant: :rant:

In a scary maggot or mystery odour situation  :scared:  both vacs will get fully nuked and serviced either way anyway, to be sure..

As I mentioned before, zapping the vac bag (preferably when new) and or plastic collection cylinder with low odour insect spray and allowed to dry,
will/should/works for me/ymmv/  to keep things under control and avoid internal infestations   

or if concerned about that, spray white undiluted vinegar and allow to dry.

I've been playing with vacs for years, this is what works,
especially for slackers and OCDers that don't empty their vacs, especially after a big spring clean
and just 'hide the obese vac away' as it competes with the room decor..  :palm:

FWIW: if I come across a maggot filled vac, it will get zapped with insect death spray first, and wrapped in a plastic bag and let it sit for a day or two outside
Then I'll sort it out and put it back into service  :-+ 

FYI to everyone: if your vac emits any smell or odour when using it, even slight and you've sorta become 'used to it'  ???
it's not doing you any favors and vice versa  :horse:

Read the manual and chuck on some disposable gloves, eye-wear, breathing mask, roll up those sleeves and clean it.
Also a good time to inspect and check cable/s, chargers and whatever powers it for safety and function 


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