Keeping your wheeled bins clear of maggots

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If you have problems with maggots in any of your wheeled bins we can help, please contact us. This information and advice may prevent you having future problems.

What are maggots?

Maggots are the larva stage of the common housefly. Flies are attracted to food and other similar types of rubbish; they lay their eggs on the rubbish and these hatch into maggots. The maggots form pupae and hatch into flies. The whole of this life-cycle on average can take up to 10 days in warm weather, and up to a month in cold weather.

Why am I getting maggots?

Maggots only exist if flies have been allowed to have access to rubbish such as food waste or nappies. So if flies settle on this type of rubbish they may lay eggs, which will then hatch into maggots.

How can I prevent maggots?

If flies don't get into contact with your rubbish, you will not get maggots. Following these simple guidelines should prevent you from getting maggots:

  • place carefully wrapped food waste in whichever bin is next due for emptying. This means that you do not have to wait more than seven days to have your food waste collected;
  • don't leave food waste and unrinsed food containers open in your kitchen. Ensure food waste is carefully wrapped and put in the appropriate bin as soon as possible. You may find it more convenient to have a kitchen caddy for storing your kitchen waste;
  • when putting food waste into the green-lidded bin ensure that it is carefully wrapped in newspapers, kitchen paper or cardboard. You may use paper bags which are available in some local shops or online;
  • when putting food waste into the black bin tie up any bags of rubbish tightly. If you can't, then it may help to double-wrap rubbish;
  • rinse polystyrene food trays, yoghurt pots and other food packaging that cannot be recycled to reduce the risk of smells;
  • ensure that the lid of your wheeled bin is kept closed;
  • make sure that you never leave any food, including pet food, uncovered. Flies can lay eggs on food before you have a chance to wrap it and put it in the bin;
  • store your wheeled bin out of direct sunlight, as the sun will warm up the bin, increase the risk of smells and help attract flies. If your bin is broken or does not shut properly contact the waste services team to arrange a repair or replacement.

How do I get rid of maggots?

In the unlikely event that maggots do get into your wheeled bin, most of them will go when your bin is emptied. If some are left behind:

  • maggots and fly eggs can be killed by using boiling water;
  • many people find that large quantities of salt kills maggots;
  • clean/wash your bin out after it has been emptied. If you don't want to clean it yourself, you may want to get in touch with professional bin cleaners who operate independently in your area;
  • try using a cleaning product with a fragrance, which will help to deter the flies from your bin.
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