Mum’s grim discovery after leaving a tiny puddle of water in her coffee machine for four days: ‘This is a warning to everyone’
- An Australian mum made a shocking discovery in her coffee machine
- She found maggots in the machine after leaving it for a trip away
- She has warned other coffee machine owners about the hazard
An Aussie mum has issued a serious warning to all coffee machine owners after she made a ‘gross’ discovery following a trip away.
The Sydney woman went on a four day holiday with her family and forgot to empty the coffee machine drip tray before leaving.
She was shocked to find maggots in the water and crevices of the machine when she returned – and she still can’t get rid of them.
Maggots are the larvae of winged insects, most commonly flies. An infestation can cause serious health problems, including salmonella, E. coli, Myiasis and intestine and mouth issues.
An Aussie mum was shocked to find maggots in the water and in the crevices of her coffee machine after she left it without cleaning it for four days. There are still maggots stuck in the crevice beside the water container (pictured)
‘This is proper gross,’ the mum said when she shared her warning to a popular Facebook cleaning group.
Maggots are the larvae of winged insects, most commonly flies. An infestation can cause serious health problems, including salmonella, E. coli, Myiasis and intestine and mouth issues
‘We didn’t empty the coffee machine drip tray before going away for 4 days. Upon return, there were maggots in the water.’
The horrified mum said that despite her best attempts to clean the machine, there are still maggots moving around in hard to reach spots beneath the drip tray.
‘I emptied the drip tray and it’s in the dishwasher but I can see a maggot (and I’m sure there’s more) in parts I can’t get to,’ she said.
She asked cleaning enthusiasts what the best thing to do is.
‘What can I do? I’m so grossed out. It’s not a cheap machine, so I don’t want to chuck it,’ she said.
Surprisingly, many people took the situation in their stride and recommended not doing anything and letting the maggots turn into flies and flying away.
‘As gross as it is, wait for them to turn into flies and they’ll crawl out,’ one woman said.
‘I wouldn’t worry to be honest. Flush some hot water through before drinking it, but the maggots would only be in and around the dirty water tray. In a day or two any larvae you haven’t found yet will have either died or grown into flies anyway,’ another wrote.
Are maggots dangerous?
* Maggots are the larvae of winged insects, most commonly flies.
* Flies lay their eggs on decaying matter, and the eggs turn into larvae within 2 hours
* Accidentally ingesting maggot infested food or water can pose serious health problems
* Flies carry bacteria and can transmit the bacteria to the surface they lay their larvae on
* A maggot infestation can cause salmonella, E. coli, Myiasis and intestine and mouth issues
Several people recommended regularly cleaning the machine and drip tray, and giving the machine a deep clean.
‘You will be fine. Get a descaling solution through it. The run just boiling water will 100 per cent kill all the bacteria,’ one woman said.
Another person said they would dissemble the machine themselves to get the maggots, or get it professionally serviced.
Many people shared their own horror stories.
‘I went to change the filter in my coffee machine and opened the back compartment to find a floating cockroach. So we had been drinking roach juice in our coffee for god knows how long!’ one woman said.
‘I had a maggot in the little viewing window of my bread machine for 20 years until it died (the machine that is!)’ another wrote.
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