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Dreaming of Maggots: 51 Types & Interpretations

Dreaming of Maggots: 51 Types & Interpretations

Updated on Aug 18, 2022 | Published on Mar 25, 2021

Reviewed by Dr. Nereida Gonzalez-Berrios, MD , Certified Psychiatrist

Dreaming of Maggots - 51 Types & their Intriguing Interpretations

Nobody wakes up happy after dreaming of maggots. The tiny insects are the larvae of the fly – housefly, cheese fly, fruit fly and all the other bugs in this category.

If you dream of maggots, you are likely to wake up feeling worried and yucky. 

Most of the maggot dream meanings have a negative interpretation. Given the nature of the insects, such interpretations are anything but surprising. 

Dreaming of Maggots - 51 Types & their Intriguing Interpretations
Dreaming of Maggots – 51 Types & their Intriguing Interpretations

Why does one dream about maggots?

Dreams are an important part of our life. The emotions and feelings that we experience in our waking life, determine the nature of our dreams. Similarly, our dreams can inspire our future course of actions if we interpret them correctly.

Maggots don’t exactly symbolize abundance in a happy way. So, maggots dream meaning indicates the presence of issues in our life. 

Before we unlock more mysteries related to maggots dream meaning, let us understand why do people have such dreams. Here are some reasons: 

  1. You could be surrounded by a lot of negativity in your life. This could be from your professional and personal relationships. Maggot dreams usually come when you are not too happy in these relationships. 
  2. You are worried – another reason you could be having maggot dreams. Something is not going according to your plan and you are worried that the results could be disturbing. The constant anxiety could lead to sleep issues and maggot dreams. 
  3. Another reason for maggot dreams could be that you are constantly offending the people in your life. 
  4. Fear of death and disease can also lead to maggot dreams. Many of us are afraid of death. These dreams are a harbinger of ill fortune. 
  5. Dreaming of maggots also means that you could be running away from a problem. Ask yourself are you avoiding a long-pending issue. 
  6. Sometimes these dreams also mean that the individual is leading a secret life or hiding something. 
  7. People may have maggot dreams if they are hurt or emotionally stressed. 
  8. A baggage on the conscience about something wrong that you have done can also lead to maggot dreams.

Maggot dream meaning: General Interpretations

There are many emotions linked to maggot dreams. Most of these are negative emotions since dreaming about maggots rarely brings any good news. Alarmingly, a lot of people wake up feeling nauseous after a maggot dreaming. Here is a look at some of the emotions linked to maggot dreams: 

  1. Anxiety
  2. Fear
  3. Hatred
  4. Sadness
  5. Disgust
  6. Anguish

Most of these emotions are associated with an individual feeling uneasy and uncomfortable with a situation in life. They hint towards instability in life. 

Maggot dreams: Types & Meanings

1. Dreaming of maggots in your food

Maggots crawling in your food is not a good sign. Such dreams interpret to mean that your rivals are planning to harm you behind your back. Beware, these could be enemies that disguise themselves as friends to hurt you. 

2. Dreaming of maggots coming out of your body 

The sight of maggots coming out of your body can be quite revolting. In your dreams this is a warning that your negative emotions need to come out. It’s time you faced them else they will wreak havoc on your emotional well being. 

3. Dream of maggots in hair 

If you have this dream, you need to figure out what is tormenting you. Maggots coming out of your hair or head dream symbolizes that there are a lot of negative thoughts piled up in your mind.

This dream is a warning that you need to urgently get rid of the negativity in your mind. 

4. Dream of maggots coming out of skin 

Maggots crawling under your skin or coming out of a hole in the skin is an indicator that you are a pessimistic person.

Your outlook towards life is generally unexciting and you only look for reasons to complain. Sometimes, this dream also means that you have been neglecting important issues.

In some situations, this can also be interpreted in a positive way. The maggots or negativity has finally found a channel to come out of your body. However, these interpretations heavily depend on the other details in your dream. 

5. Dreaming of eating maggots 

The very sight of maggots is disturbing. The idea of eating them sounds disgusting, doesn’t it. But some people may find themselves dreaming about maggots eating. This is not a good sign. It indicates that the individual is struggling to face issues in real life.

6. Dream of maggots in house 

This dream is an indication that the overall environment in the house is not too good. One likes to come back home to a warm and caring family and friends or partner.

But if you are seeing maggots in your house in your dream, it means that the members harbor a strong negative sentiment against each other. 

7. Dreaming of white maggots

Do you have too many problems bothering you in your waking life? Because this could be one of the reasons why you are dreaming of white maggots. 

In some interpretations, If you are seeing white maggots in your dreams, it could be a hint that economic prosperity will knock on your door soon. Again, it depends on the other factors present in your dream.

8. Dreaming of black maggots 

Maggots in your dream usually means you are worried about something. But if you are seeing black maggots, it means that you are struggling to recognize the problem that is bothering you. 

9. Maggots eating flesh dream

The squishy creatures are known to feed on rotting flesh or dead meat or dead bodies. If you see this happening, it usually means two things. You could be hiding from the real issues that are bothering you.

The other interpretation is one of the few times when maggots in your dreams are considered a good omen. As per this point of view, maggots are eating the rotting flesh, paving the way for a new beginning. 

10. Dream of maggots in mouth

This could be a sign that you have said something you shouldn’t have. One interpretation also narrows down to mean that you are speaking without thinking. This kind of behavior usually harms the other person and ends up earning ill-reputation. 

11. Dreaming of maggots on dead body

This dream is a sign that the fear of death lurks in your mind. You could be afraid because you are worried that you are going to die soon. Seeing maggots on dead bodies is a common dream.

12. Dreaming about maggots sucking

A horrific nightmare to wake up from, this dream is a sign that someone close to you is abusing you. This person is cashing in on your skills without giving you due credit. A good idea would be to confront such people in your waking people. 

13. Dreaming of swarm of maggots

Sometimes one can also dream about huge swarms of maggots. These dreams are a warning to steer clear of the greedy people in your life. 

14. Attacked by maggots in dream

Being attacked by an animal or insect is not a good sign. It indicates that an imminent threat is lurking around the corner and you are headed towards harm. 

15. Maggots in your body

One interpretation of this dream is that you have issues that you are struggling with. However, it could also mean that you are likely to encounter skin problems in the near future. 

16. Maggot infested fruit dream

Did you dream about maggots infesting a fruit? If yes, it means that diseases and turbulent times are headed your way. You need to be brave and battle the issues coming your way. 

17. Maggots on a leaf

This dream is like a warning. It means that the small problems in your life are going to grow bigger soon. 

18. Dream of small maggots

Unlike their nasty counterparts, the small maggots still offer some hope. They still indicate the presence of problems in your waking life. But since the maggots are small, it means that you still have a chance to overcome your problems. So, give it your best shot. 

19. Maggots crawling in your eyes

This dream is a warning that you should face the issues bothering you. These issues are haunting you in your dreams and if you do not confront them, they can cause serious damage. 

20. Searching for maggots in your dream

Are you looking for maggots in your dream – inspecting your food and other organic matter around you? This dream means that you are trying to look for problems in your life. If you find the maggots in your dream, it indicates that you may identify the issue bothering you in your waking life. 

21. Dreaming of maggots in your nose

If you dream about maggots coming out of your nose, it is a sign that you are battling depression in your life. 

22. Vomit maggots in dream

This dream means that you are headed for a face off with a staunch enemy. No matter how hard you try you are not going to be able to avoid it. There is a high possibility that you will snap in the most trivial argument. 

23. Maggot in feces

Such dreams are an indication that you are sick. It could be an issue of your digestive tract. A good idea would be to get yourself examined. 

24. Yellow maggots dream

If you see yellow maggots in your dream, it means someone close to you is extremely jealous of your personality. You need to stay away from the negativity of such people. 

25. Dreaming of green maggots

This dream is a warning that you should beware of your new friends. Do not confide in them unless they prove their loyalty. 

26. Stepping on maggots in your dream

If you are stepping on maggots in your dream, it indicates you have been harboring negative energy or sentiments against someone for some time. But you are refusing to acknowledge it.

27. Maggots on your hand dream

If you are dreaming of maggots coming out of your hands, it usually means that you are going to lose money. You should take this dream as a warning and avoid unnecessary expenditures. Save as much as you can.  

28. Dreaming of fly larvae 

The dream of a fly larvae indicates that the individual lacks confidence in life. He / she has an extremely pessimistic attitude in life and is not able to move on. 

29. Maggots in apple dream

If maggots appear on an apple in your dream, it means that you believe in strong moral principles. Quality takes precedence for you. Many people may not like this and criticize your approach.

30. Wormy fish dream

Dreaming of a wormy fish means that people are likely to point fingers at you. There will be gossip about your actions and there is a possibility that you may end up taking the blame for what you have not done. 

31. Black maggots dream

If you dream of black maggots, it means that you can expect a temporary period of dissatisfaction in your life. 

32. Maggots on rotten food dream

Maggots usually appear on food or organic matter that is rotting away. Such dreams indicate that the individual is suppressing his / her emotional issues. This affects mental health in a bad way. 

33. Maggots in trash dream

Again, this is not a pleasant dream to wake up from. If you are seeing maggots in trash, it means that there are some annoying people around you forcing their opinion on you. Unfortunately, this dream means that you are paying excessive attention to their opinion. 

34. Holding maggots dream

If you dream about holding maggots, it means you can expect a transformation in your life. This change may not be smooth as it could involve losing some loved ones. So be careful!

35. Dreaming of many maggots

Did you dream about many maggots? If that is the case, it means that you are surrounded by arrogant people in life. Their constant nagging and criticism could be holding you back from achieving goals in life. 

36. Food turning into worms dream

Did you dream about your food turning into worms? If the answer to this question is yes, it means you are harboring a lot of negative habits in your waking life. This could be damaging your personality. 

37. Maggots tangled dream

If you see a bunch of maggots in your dream but they are all tangled, it hints at the confusion in real life. You are not clear about what to expect in your life, the lack of consistency in your ambition is reflected in your dreams as well. 

38. Maggots crawling on feet dream 

Maggots coming out of your feet in your dreams is not a good sign. These dreams indicate that the individual is suffering from delusions. It could be a sign of mental stress or trauma that could be bothering the individuals. 

39. Spewing out maggots dream

Spewing is slightly different from vomiting, it means that you are trying to expel something in large quantities. If you are dreaming of spewing out maggots it means that you are likely to experience mental catharsis or soul cleansing through spiritual guidance. 

40. Maggots in anus dream

Often people dream about maggots coming out from the anus or being pulled out. This could indicate a wrong approach in life. 

41. Attacked by maggots dream

If you are dreaming of maggots attacking you, it is a warning. This dream interpretation means that people around you are extremely greedy. They are likely to fool you and take undue advantage of the situation. 

42. Maggots coming out of wall dream

In your dream, if you see maggots coming out of the walls, it is a sign that nasty problems are going to raise their head again. These are small issues that you had successfully put aside for a long time. But now they are back to bother you again.


Maggot dreams: Positive interpretations

Not all dreams about maggots mean bad things. Some interpretations are positive as well. In this section, we take a look at some such meanings:

43. Dreaming of fishing with maggots

Maggots are often used as a bait to catch fish. If you see something similar in your dreams, it indicates that a windfall or good fortune could be coming your way. 

44. Dreaming of maggots crawling

Another positive dream, this one means that you will soon be showered by lots of love and good luck. 

45. Killing maggots in dream

If you dream of killing maggots, it means that you have finally gathered the courage to face your problems. This is the first step to overcome your issues. So, are you dreaming of killing maggots or do you kill maggots in your dream?

46. Walking through maggots dream

This dream could mean that you will successfully overcome the challenges coming your way. 

47. Dreaming of crime scene maggots

If you dream about maggots in a crime scene, you can expect a new start in life. 

48. Red maggots dream

If you see red maggots in your dream, it is a sign that you will overcome your problems soon.

49. One maggot dream

This is one of the dreams that has a positive interpretation. If you have seen a single maggot, it means that you have good friends watching your back. This friend or friends will step up to help you in the most unexpected situations. 

50. Worms in the body dream

Often dreams have different interpretations for men and women. In the case of men, worms in the body means that they are harboring negative emotions.

However, if women dream of worms like maggots, it could hint at a possible pregnancy in the future. Women who have had these dreams are likely to develop strong relationships with new acquaintances. 

51. Raining maggots dream 

Dreaming about raining maggots means that good things are in store. You can expect rewards, good news and a lot of positivity to come your way.


Maggot dreams in different cultures

The detailed interpretation of a dream depends on the details that the individual can remember. But when it comes to maggots, the unanimous opinion is that the tiny parasite-like creatures do not bring back good memories.

From quarrels to nightmares, maggots are linked to many things. However, not all mythology thinks maggots are bad. Here is a look at the broad-level associations in different cultures. 

1. Christian culture

Maggot dreams in Christianity are usually associated with the presence of a wicked person in life. Some interpretations also link it to impurities in the body. Scriptures also associate it with the presence of Satan’s influence. Clearly none of the interpretations are anything positive. 

2. Chinese culture

Surprisingly, the Chinese legend links maggots or worms to some positive interpretations as well. The Chinese believe that the parasites are predecessors of mankind.

We originated from them so they could not be that bad after all. In fact, some sections of their legends mention characters that originated from worms. 

3. Tribal cultures

Some tribes like the Cashihuana Indians, a group native to South America believe that man originated from the worm laden corpses of the giants that inhabited the planet before us. Hence, they also view maggot or worm dreams as a positive sign. 

4. Eastern cultures

A lot of the Eastern cultures link maggots to negative energies. Some eastern cultures link it to war, Asian cultures link it to death and plague. Most of them link maggots to pestilence, evil things and consider the creatures to be a symbol of death.

5. Islamic culture

In the Islamic culture, seeing worms in a dream means that the children are living off their father / parents. Some other interpretations like worms coming out of the stomach means that the person needs to distance himself / herself from the evil around. Worms coming out of the mouth indicates that someone in the family is plotting against them.

Biblical meaning of maggots in dreams meaning

The Bible recognizes worms as a symbol of sorrow and despair. Maggots also fall into this category. Maggots are usually found in infested places. They feed on whatever is rotting. Therefore, maggots in your dreams could also mean that you can expect a major change. However, this change may not be good.

Dreaming about maggots  indicates that the individual is incompetent to deal with a hardship. Clearly, the Bible links these dreams to temptation and despair. Many punishments in the holy book involve torturing the sinners with maggot infestations. 

Spiritual meaning of maggots in dreams

In spiritual parlance, maggot dreams indicate that there is some negativity coming your way. People around you are envious of your achievements.

These dreams indicate that they are working behind your back to ruin your plans. Such dreams trigger feelings of hate and disgust. People who are dissatisfied in their lives are likely to be haunted by such dreams. 

How to analyze maggot dreams?

Analyzing the dreams is not an easy task. Sometimes, the dream comes to you in bits and pieces. This may make it difficult to keep track of what you are seeing. But if you want to interpret your dreams accurately, you need to remember three things:

  1. All the details of your dream-the environment, the people, what were the maggots doing, etc. Try to recollect as much as possible, down to the last minutia like the colour of the maggots. If you can’t remember everything, remember to record each dream. 
  2. Seek the help of a trustworthy interpreter. You can speak to a professional who specializes in interpreting dreams or you could rely on a good online forum. The important thing is to choose a reliable platform. You can also use the internet to identify good psychoanalysts to interpret dreams. 
  3. Take the interpretation with a pinch of salt. Sometimes the interpretation of your dream does not bring any good news. It would be wise to take the dream as a warning and salvage the situation in the best possible way. 

Questions to ask after a maggot dream

So, you have had a maggot dream and wake up feeling not so good. Well, don’t worry, this is absolutely normal. This is also the time when you need to pay attention to details. The first few minutes after you wake up is the best time to recollect as many details as possible about your dream. So here are few questions that you need to ask yourself when you wake up from a maggot dream: 

  1. What are you feeling?

Most people wake up from a maggot dream feeling disgusted. But that is not the only thing that you experience. Some people experience anxiety, fear or even stress. It is important to pen down exactly what you are feeling. 

  1. What haunts you?

Dreams about worms-not just maggots-means that something is haunting you. If you are having such dreams, it is a good idea to do some introspection and understand what is bothering you. It could be a feud with a family or a secret with a friend. 

  1. What were the maggots doing?

This is a crucial aspect of your dream. You need to understand what the maggots were doing in your dream. Often the feeling of disgust overpowers your senses and you ignore what the tiny creatures were doing in your dreams. 

  1. Were the maggots on you or were you a spectator?

The answer to this question could determine if the interpretation of your dream impacts you directly or does it affect you indirectly. 

  1. Is there a link to a recent event?

Our dreams usually stem from our present condition. While trying to look for the meaning of your dreams, it is important to look for some link to your present or past condition. 

  1. Are you getting this dream frequently?

If the same dream repeats itself, it’s usually a warning or an indication that the individual is suffering from some type of trauma.

How to deal with Maggot Dreams? 

Maggot dreams mostly mean bad omen. They are indicators that trouble is coming or way or you are already struggling to get rid of it.

Either way, these dreams are a warning sign. So pay heed to them. Do not get disheartened by the interpretation. Instead, take the warning seriously and ask yourself what you can do to improve the situation. 

The only way to get rid of maggot dreams is to take a step back and analyze them. Once the interpretation is clear, you understand the dream and its possible consequences. This takes the load away from the conscience and you may stop dreaming about the maggots.


Dream symbols and dream interpretation are complex. Maggots represent negative feelings, negative influences, indicating that the individual is fearful of death and lacks purpose in life. But, remember dreams are like a reflection of what you are already experiencing in real life.

Therefore, do not take them lightly. Every dream is a sign of what is in store for you. If you are looking to interpret it correctly, start by jotting down as many details as you can remember.