Tips On How To Get Rid Of Maggots That Live In Your Bin

We all like a long, lazy summer when we can open the windows and doors and let the soft summer air blow through the house. Then, when you open the lids of your rubbish bin, you are confronted with a revolting maggot infestation. Maggots are quite innocuous, but let’s face it, nobody would want to see them in the kitchen.

A lot of maggots on a brown trash can

Because maggots feed on rotten rubbish, they can occasionally find their way into your bin, despite your best efforts to keep them out. Here’s how to get rid of them in your rubbish bin, and we will also go over the low-down on how to keep them from returning!

What are maggots?

Generally speaking, “maggot” is the general term for “fly larvae.” Maggots, like flies, come in a variety of species. They have a characteristic conical shape and are usually cream or light brown in colour, with a black spot on the back end that serves as a breathing hole. Oh! And they don’t have teeth. 

Instead, they have mandibles, which assist them in holding food that has been broken down by their bodies’ ridges. They place their eggs on food sources so that their larvae can begin eating as soon as they emerge. Then, they create a hard shell and become a housefly over the course of several days. 

They are commonly found in huge groups because flies may deposit a large number of eggs at once, and you’ll observe them in enormous concentrations on food supplies like decomposing organic matter, such as food scraps. Despite being vegetarians, they have been known to devour other maggots if one becomes damaged.

Bins are great breeding grounds for maggots since they are frequently warm, dark, and wet. Because of the fewer bin collection days, rubbish bins linger for longer periods of time and are frequently overflowing by the time the sanitation worker arrives to collect them. As a result, the lids are frequently left ajar, allowing the fly to enter and lay its eggs

You can end up with hundreds of them if you have more than one fly at a time. They devour nearly anything that comes in their way from the moment they hatch, and they aren’t picky about what they eat.

Maggots on black background

How to identify the problem, and what makes them appear?

Flies enter into your wheelie bin, feast on your rubbish, and then lay their eggs on it, resulting in maggots. The eggs hatch and feed on the faeces before hardening and emerging as flies. 

The eggs resemble tiny grains of rice, and a female fly may lay up to 1000 eggs in her lifetime, so you’ll need to move quickly to get rid of them before you end up with a full-fledged maggot infestation in your house.

How to get rid of them if they live in your bin

To keep them from turning into more flies, you must get rid of them. The majority will be gone when the bin empties on bin day. Even so, it’s critical to get rid of any leftovers as soon as possible, especially because our dumpsters aren’t collected as frequently as they used to be, and our food waste might sit for weeks. With that in mind, here’s how to permanently get rid of maggots in a bin: 

1. Bleach

  • Mix it with hot water and pour it over as this will kill maggots. Its odour will also dissuade any more flies from approaching your bin. 
  • You can even dump a bottle of bleach into the wheelie bin the night before bin day, which helps to clean the bin by allowing all of the rubbish to slide out. You don’t need to use recyclable rubbish for this.

 2. Boiling water

Pouring boiling water over a small infestation of maggots and flies in a bin is the simplest approach to get rid of them. This will destroy them and all the remaining fly eggs.

3. Vinegar

Spray a 50/50 vinegar/water solution liberally inside of the bin. The vinegar’s odour will dissuade any more flies from landing on your sealed container.

White vinegar in spray bottle

4. Beer bath

It’s been said that putting a dish of beer in your bin can attract maggots, who will then crawl into the beer and drown in it.

5. Call a professional exterminator

Most bin infestations can be handled at home, but if the outbreak is too extensive or you can’t locate the source of the larvae, you should contact a pest control firm for more assistance.

Tips on control and maggot prevention

The best way to get rid of flies and maggots is to prevent them from coming in the first place and maintain a clean environment. Here is how:

1. Keep the lid shut

  • This may seem quite obvious at first, but it’s easy to overlook. Flies can come in and lay their eggs if your wheelie bin is overflowing and you can’t close the bin lid
  • Recycling more, composting more, and just buying what you need can help to prevent overfilling your bin at home.

2. Keep the bin clean

  • Flies are attracted to rubbish and its related foul odours, so keep your bin clean and smelling fresh. We admit that bin cleaning is not the most pleasant thing in the world, but whatever you leave in the rubbish will rot and begin to smell over time, especially if it’s food waste. This also happens more quickly in warmer conditions.
  • To clean and disinfect your bin, turn it over and rinse it with a garden hose or if you have one, a pressure washer. Any hard or sticky waste that gets trapped in the bottom corners will be easily removed using this method. 
  • You can let the water runoff into a drain if you only use water. After you’ve given it a good rinse, clean it thoroughly with a diluted disinfectant to get rid of any bacteria and odours
  • If you don’t want to use chemicals, a solution of water and vinegar will be enough, and lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda can be used to get rid of any lingering odours afterwards.

3. Don’t load your bin with meat and seafood

  • Flies prefer to breed in decomposing meat and fish; therefore it stands to reason that putting these in your bin on a frequent basis will raise the likelihood of a maggot infestation
  • Instead, make a stock from leftover meat and bones. Making a good stock is easy, and all you have to do is boil the bones in a large pot with some spices and leave them to simmer for approximately an hour
  • If you have to throw away meat or fish, wrap it tightly so insects can’t get to it. This also applies to most types of food.

Father holding his girl and throwing away a food waste into the trash

4. Ensure that your rubbish bags are tightly tied

If your plastic bags include a lot of rubbish and pet food, make sure they’re tightly tied so flies and other pests can’t get inside. If you’re not sure, double-bag your rubbish bin.

5. Rinse the food packaging thoroughly

Always rinse products such as ready meal trays, tins, and yoghurt pots because if food and drink waste is left inside the packaging, it will begin to degrade and smell once it is thrown away.

6. Keep your bin out of the sun as much as possible

  • If your bin is exposed to direct sunlight, it will become heated, and the rubbish inside will become warm as well.
  • Hot weather will decompose the rubbish much faster and begin to smell and attract more flies.

7. Use bin powder

  • Sprinkle the powder over your rubbish bin every few days. The fragrance of food will be overpowered, and the flies will avoid landing. You can use a fresh powder with a pleasant lemony scent that leaves your rubbish bin feeling fresh. 
  • It is available in most shops in the UK. As soon as you have an empty bin, treat it right away and sprinkle the powder over the bottom. Then sprinkle, a small bit over the top of each bin bag to get rid of any lingering odours.

8. Use natural preventative measures

  • You can use some natural remedies to repel flies, so they don’t get into your bin and lay eggs. Natural solutions are an excellent option, given that many fly repellents contain chemicals that you may not want to use around children or pets.
  • Flies don’t like the smells of peppermint, eucalyptus, and bay leaf, so if you use them strategically, they won’t breed and deposit eggs in your bin. Investing in essential oils, such as citronella, peppermint, eucalyptus, and bay leaf, will help keep flies at bay.
  • Spray your bin with 4 to 5 drops of any of these essential oils diluted in water in a fly spray bottle. Put bay leaves in your rubbish bags and spray the outside of your bin with mint oil.

Home plastic trash bin

Maggots aren’t dangerous, but they’re unsanitary and, simply, unwelcome in your house. By following our tips above on how to get rid of them, you can ensure that your bin stays clean, fresh-smelling, and, most importantly, maggot-free.

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