Maggot infestation in Meggeson Avenue flats

Nightmare for residents as maggots invade flats

Jenna Marshall with Annette Tyrrell, Joyce Ford and William Young.

The maggots invading the flats.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

It is not something that anyone wants to find when they open their front door.

But a floor covered in maggots was the nightmare at Southampton flats which have been overrun by the pests.

Residents have found hundreds of the creatures in their communal areas, bins, sheds and even their homes – and now they appear to be coming up through the floor.

Opening one bin released an unbearable stench, and inside dozens of white bodies crawled up the sides of the bin and plastic bags.

The problem developed yesterday morning when maggots, which come from flies’ eggs, appeared everywhere – under residents’ doormats, in hallways and even in one resident’s lounge.

People living in the block, in Meggeson Avenue, Townhill Park, yesterday spent more than six hours and used five bottles of bleach in an attempt to battle the creatures.

However they keep finding more and cannot be sure where they are coming from – and to make matters worse, cleaning products do not appear to be having much effect.

Residents say that they have never seen anything like it, but believe the problem may stem from the bins, which were not emptied last week.

Jenna Marshall, who is staying with grandmother Joyce Ford, believes that she has seen more than 1,000 maggots.

“They were everywhere, to the point where we came out here and we were playing hopscotch,” said the pub worker.

“It actually looked like the floor was moving.”

She says that she called Southampton City Council, which sent out a housing warden who took the bins away. But no sooner had they put down bleach into the cracks in the communal area than scores more maggots suddenly appeared from underneath the floor.

Last night, council staff spent a further three hours trying to clean the area with industrial hoses – but still more eggs keep being found with more maggots hatching.

Jenna said that the elderly people living in the block should not have to deal with this on their own.

Her grandmother Joyce Ford, 72, a foster carer, who has lived there for three years, said: “It was as if it was the attack of the maggots.

“I feel let down and angry. I don’t expect to come home and find maggots crawling in my home.

“It’s a nightmare – I feel like I’m in a horror film. It’s crazy.”

William Young, 77, retired, said: “We’re all affected. It’s disgusting.”

The council was unavailable for comment but confirmed that it had sent out a warden to deal with the problem.

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10:32am Wed 27 Aug 14

likewatchingbrazil says...

wow those maggots look big
wow those maggots look big likewatchingbrazil
  • Score: 20

10:52am Wed 27 Aug 14

Harold K Steptoe says...

Meggeson avenue, thought the maggots would have more taste.
Meggeson avenue, thought the maggots would have more taste. Harold K Steptoe
  • Score: 28

11:00am Wed 27 Aug 14

forest hump says...

Why does the D.E. insist on photographic displays of "angry" people with arms crossed? Anyhow: maggots are a result of poor hygiene in rubbish bins. Sloppy habits of not disposing of meat properly. Easily rid by cleaning bins regularly with products containing permethrin. Same goes for inside of properties. If they are kept clean, maggots will not appear.
Why does the D.E. insist on photographic displays of "angry" people with arms crossed? Anyhow: maggots are a result of poor hygiene in rubbish bins. Sloppy habits of not disposing of meat properly. Easily rid by cleaning bins regularly with products containing permethrin. Same goes for inside of properties. If they are kept clean, maggots will not appear. forest hump
  • Score: 68

11:07am Wed 27 Aug 14

sasmike says...

biggest 4 maggots ive ever seen
biggest 4 maggots ive ever seen sasmike
  • Score: 24

11:23am Wed 27 Aug 14

now in the north says...

Prank to get bins emptied... maggots have minimum climbing power and cannot climb walls and up through flooring! I worked on a sheep farm and there are ample maggots and they do move away from dead sheep but they don't migrate up through barn floors or into the kitchens...If there are maggots inside properties they must be there eating dead and rotten foods from inside which says these residents must all be filth wizards
Prank to get bins emptied... maggots have minimum climbing power and cannot climb walls and up through flooring! I worked on a sheep farm and there are ample maggots and they do move away from dead sheep but they don't migrate up through barn floors or into the kitchens...If there are maggots inside properties they must be there eating dead and rotten foods from inside which says these residents must all be filth wizards now in the north
  • Score: 51

11:35am Wed 27 Aug 14

Brusher Mills says...

Love it, the classic Daily Echo hard done by photo.

'Right could everyone look at the camera, cross your arms, look miserable and scowl'
Love it, the classic Daily Echo hard done by photo. 'Right could everyone look at the camera, cross your arms, look miserable and scowl' Brusher Mills
  • Score: 44

11:35am Wed 27 Aug 14

southy says...

now in the north wrote:
Prank to get bins emptied... maggots have minimum climbing power and cannot climb walls and up through flooring! I worked on a sheep farm and there are ample maggots and they do move away from dead sheep but they don't migrate up through barn floors or into the kitchens...If there are maggots inside properties they must be there eating dead and rotten foods from inside which says these residents must all be filth wizards
Could be some one is dumping them.
I would just sweep them up and give them to the birds to eat.
[quote][p][bold]now in the north[/bold] wrote: Prank to get bins emptied... maggots have minimum climbing power and cannot climb walls and up through flooring! I worked on a sheep farm and there are ample maggots and they do move away from dead sheep but they don't migrate up through barn floors or into the kitchens...If there are maggots inside properties they must be there eating dead and rotten foods from inside which says these residents must all be filth wizards[/p][/quote]Could be some one is dumping them. I would just sweep them up and give them to the birds to eat. southy
  • Score: 14

11:59am Wed 27 Aug 14

eurogordi says...

Don't blame the maggots. Blame the residents who are probably throwing food waste into the bins without thinking of the consequences.
Don't blame the maggots. Blame the residents who are probably throwing food waste into the bins without thinking of the consequences. eurogordi
  • Score: 28

12:02pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

now in the north wrote:
Prank to get bins emptied... maggots have minimum climbing power and cannot climb walls and up through flooring! I worked on a sheep farm and there are ample maggots and they do move away from dead sheep but they don't migrate up through barn floors or into the kitchens...If there are maggots inside properties they must be there eating dead and rotten foods from inside which says these residents must all be filth wizards
Actually, they can climb things, I've seen them do it quite regularly.
[quote][p][bold]now in the north[/bold] wrote: Prank to get bins emptied... maggots have minimum climbing power and cannot climb walls and up through flooring! I worked on a sheep farm and there are ample maggots and they do move away from dead sheep but they don't migrate up through barn floors or into the kitchens...If there are maggots inside properties they must be there eating dead and rotten foods from inside which says these residents must all be filth wizards[/p][/quote]Actually, they can climb things, I've seen them do it quite regularly. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: -20

12:13pm Wed 27 Aug 14

From the sidelines says...

Time to go fishing.
Time to go fishing. From the sidelines
  • Score: 20

12:45pm Wed 27 Aug 14

elvisimo says...

Is that the new Charlie's Angels?
Is that the new Charlie's Angels? elvisimo
  • Score: 23

12:52pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Tenderhearts wife says...

'Jenna said that the elderly people living in the block should not have to deal with this on their own'. it would appear that they are not dealing with it on their own as the bins were emptied and council staff came out and cleaned and also the warden paid a visit. There must have been an abundance of flies around for a while that must have been noticed by someone surely.
The blocks do need updating though and the work has started in Townhill to rebuild the area.
'Jenna said that the elderly people living in the block should not have to deal with this on their own'. it would appear that they are not dealing with it on their own as the bins were emptied and council staff came out and cleaned and also the warden paid a visit. There must have been an abundance of flies around for a while that must have been noticed by someone surely. The blocks do need updating though and the work has started in Townhill to rebuild the area. Tenderhearts wife
  • Score: 13

1:12pm Wed 27 Aug 14

excusemoi says...

From the sidelines wrote:
Time to go fishing.
Oh yes the carp would love these fat juicy maggots!
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: Time to go fishing.[/p][/quote]Oh yes the carp would love these fat juicy maggots! excusemoi
  • Score: 6

1:19pm Wed 27 Aug 14

dtokez says...

Could always buy their own houses if they are not satisfied with the supplied accomodation!
Could always buy their own houses if they are not satisfied with the supplied accomodation! dtokez
  • Score: 12

1:43pm Wed 27 Aug 14

forest hump says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
now in the north wrote:
Prank to get bins emptied... maggots have minimum climbing power and cannot climb walls and up through flooring! I worked on a sheep farm and there are ample maggots and they do move away from dead sheep but they don't migrate up through barn floors or into the kitchens...If there are maggots inside properties they must be there eating dead and rotten foods from inside which says these residents must all be filth wizards
Actually, they can climb things, I've seen them do it quite regularly.
Yes well, you would, would you not!!??
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]now in the north[/bold] wrote: Prank to get bins emptied... maggots have minimum climbing power and cannot climb walls and up through flooring! I worked on a sheep farm and there are ample maggots and they do move away from dead sheep but they don't migrate up through barn floors or into the kitchens...If there are maggots inside properties they must be there eating dead and rotten foods from inside which says these residents must all be filth wizards[/p][/quote]Actually, they can climb things, I've seen them do it quite regularly.[/p][/quote]Yes well, you would, would you not!!?? forest hump
  • Score: 8

2:16pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Mary80 says...

Well if you want to live like a pig then suffer the consequences
Well if you want to live like a pig then suffer the consequences Mary80
  • Score: 4

2:25pm Wed 27 Aug 14

wilson castaway says...

My mother in law had a similar problem in weston due to dead pigeon chicks.And she is not filthy at all I would say she is a clean freak.She even hoovers up as the kids eat.
My mother in law had a similar problem in weston due to dead pigeon chicks.And she is not filthy at all I would say she is a clean freak.She even hoovers up as the kids eat. wilson castaway
  • Score: 11

2:32pm Wed 27 Aug 14

wilson castaway says...

wilson castaway wrote:
My mother in law had a similar problem in weston due to dead pigeon chicks.And she is not filthy at all I would say she is a clean freak.She even hoovers up as the kids eat.
Should read "she even hoovers up the crumbs as the kids eat" The kids do not eat maggots.
[quote][p][bold]wilson castaway[/bold] wrote: My mother in law had a similar problem in weston due to dead pigeon chicks.And she is not filthy at all I would say she is a clean freak.She even hoovers up as the kids eat.[/p][/quote]Should read "she even hoovers up the crumbs as the kids eat" The kids do not eat maggots. wilson castaway
  • Score: 8

2:40pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Heinz Kiosk says...

How is it that public housing is so regularly infested and so inflammable?Does "social housing"=maggoty and burns with a blue flame?
How is it that public housing is so regularly infested and so inflammable?Does "social housing"=maggoty and burns with a blue flame? Heinz Kiosk
  • Score: 0

2:45pm Wed 27 Aug 14

southy says...

forest hump wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
now in the north wrote:
Prank to get bins emptied... maggots have minimum climbing power and cannot climb walls and up through flooring! I worked on a sheep farm and there are ample maggots and they do move away from dead sheep but they don't migrate up through barn floors or into the kitchens...If there are maggots inside properties they must be there eating dead and rotten foods from inside which says these residents must all be filth wizards
Actually, they can climb things, I've seen them do it quite regularly.
Yes well, you would, would you not!!??
Well true enough they can climb, but the sufface needs some thing for them to hold onto, smooth and dusty suffaces they can not climb and there needs to be a dampness in the air at lest for them to move out into open
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]now in the north[/bold] wrote: Prank to get bins emptied... maggots have minimum climbing power and cannot climb walls and up through flooring! I worked on a sheep farm and there are ample maggots and they do move away from dead sheep but they don't migrate up through barn floors or into the kitchens...If there are maggots inside properties they must be there eating dead and rotten foods from inside which says these residents must all be filth wizards[/p][/quote]Actually, they can climb things, I've seen them do it quite regularly.[/p][/quote]Yes well, you would, would you not!!??[/p][/quote]Well true enough they can climb, but the sufface needs some thing for them to hold onto, smooth and dusty suffaces they can not climb and there needs to be a dampness in the air at lest for them to move out into open southy
  • Score: 1

2:55pm Wed 27 Aug 14

burgerboy says...

Any one bothered to check and see if there is a dead body in the flats.
Any one bothered to check and see if there is a dead body in the flats. burgerboy
  • Score: 27

2:57pm Wed 27 Aug 14

apm1954 says...

folded arms must be bad.
folded arms must be bad. apm1954
  • Score: 15

3:39pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Lone Ranger. says...

Why dont they get their local Councillors to get involved after all Harefield Ward is quite topicall at the moment.
.
But there again perhaps they are too busy planning election campaigns to worry about residents
Why dont they get their local Councillors to get involved after all Harefield Ward is quite topicall at the moment. . But there again perhaps they are too busy planning election campaigns to worry about residents Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 9

3:51pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Kirsty666 says...

The area itself looks dirty maybe if the residents kept it that bit cleaner it would be ok
The area itself looks dirty maybe if the residents kept it that bit cleaner it would be ok Kirsty666
  • Score: 5

4:00pm Wed 27 Aug 14

puppyfat says...

no matter where you live maggots will breed if the place or area is not looked after hygiene is the key put any bones and carcasses in a plastic bag and tie it up before putting into the bins laziness of some people create this problem nothing to do with council but the PEOPLE
no matter where you live maggots will breed if the place or area is not looked after hygiene is the key put any bones and carcasses in a plastic bag and tie it up before putting into the bins laziness of some people create this problem nothing to do with council but the PEOPLE puppyfat
  • Score: 16

4:18pm Wed 27 Aug 14

richieroo says...

puppyfat wrote:
no matter where you live maggots will breed if the place or area is not looked after hygiene is the key put any bones and carcasses in a plastic bag and tie it up before putting into the bins laziness of some people create this problem nothing to do with council but the PEOPLE
Totally agree!. I have fortnightly bin collections & have never had a maggot infestation.
[quote][p][bold]puppyfat[/bold] wrote: no matter where you live maggots will breed if the place or area is not looked after hygiene is the key put any bones and carcasses in a plastic bag and tie it up before putting into the bins laziness of some people create this problem nothing to do with council but the PEOPLE[/p][/quote]Totally agree!. I have fortnightly bin collections & have never had a maggot infestation. richieroo
  • Score: 5

4:32pm Wed 27 Aug 14

sotonboy84 says...

puppyfat wrote:
no matter where you live maggots will breed if the place or area is not looked after hygiene is the key put any bones and carcasses in a plastic bag and tie it up before putting into the bins laziness of some people create this problem nothing to do with council but the PEOPLE
Probably have the attitude that somebody else should take responsibility for cleaning. Just as many share the same attitude that somebody else should take the responsibility for funding their entire lives!
[quote][p][bold]puppyfat[/bold] wrote: no matter where you live maggots will breed if the place or area is not looked after hygiene is the key put any bones and carcasses in a plastic bag and tie it up before putting into the bins laziness of some people create this problem nothing to do with council but the PEOPLE[/p][/quote]Probably have the attitude that somebody else should take responsibility for cleaning. Just as many share the same attitude that somebody else should take the responsibility for funding their entire lives! sotonboy84
  • Score: 10

4:33pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Big Mac says...

Even before I read the article, I knew it had to be Maggotbin Avenue.
Even before I read the article, I knew it had to be Maggotbin Avenue. Big Mac
  • Score: 0

5:22pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Dancequeen says...

Don't even know why that Annette doing there, she don't even live there!!! Just wants to stick her nose in!!
Don't even know why that Annette doing there, she don't even live there!!! Just wants to stick her nose in!! Dancequeen
  • Score: 8

7:30pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Cyrus Muro says...

Comedy, I love it!
Comedy, I love it! Cyrus Muro
  • Score: 4

9:40pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Shoong says...

Full of protein, get em down ya!
Full of protein, get em down ya! Shoong
  • Score: 1

9:46pm Wed 27 Aug 14

elvisimo says...

The one on the left is the spit of lady gaga
The one on the left is the spit of lady gaga elvisimo
  • Score: 2

10:05pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Graeme Harrison says...

"...maggots, which come from flies’ eggs."

No ****!
"...maggots, which come from flies’ eggs." No ****! Graeme Harrison
  • Score: 3

11:46pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Stubs says...

Look like classy people there. Is it the cast of East Enders.
Look like classy people there. Is it the cast of East Enders. Stubs
  • Score: 1

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