Keeping your wheeled bins clear of maggots

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If you have problems with maggots in any of your 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:

  • If you don't have access to a separate food waste collection, place carefully wrapped food waste in your black bin for incineration.
  • don't leave food waste and un-rinsed food containers open in your kitchen. Ensure food waste is put in the appropriate bin as soon as possible. If you have a kitchen caddy for storing your kitchen waste keep the lid firmly closed.
  • when putting food waste into the orange and black food bin please ensure the bin lid is locked so that flies cannot access the food waste to lay eggs. The bin is locked when the handle is in the upright or forward position.
  • when putting nappies into the black bin tie up any bags of rubbish tightly,it may help to double-wrap them in warm weather.
  • rinse food trays, yoghurt pots, glass jars and other food packaging that will go into your green lidded recycling bin.
  • ensure that the lids of your wheeled bins are 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 put it in the black bin or food bin.
  • store your food bin and wheeled bins out of direct sunlight if possible, as the sun will warm up the bin, increase the risk of smells and 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 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;
  • rinse/wash your food bin out after it has been emptied. For wheeled bins -you can contact professional bin cleaners who operate independently in your area.

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