Maggot facts

Your wheelie bins worst nightmare!
Maggot infestation!

The Binwash Guide
Knowledge / Prevention / Cure

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What are maggots?

Maggots are the larva stage of the common housefly. Flies are attracted to food and other similar types of rubbish such as nappies; 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. 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.
  • 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 kitchen waste keep the lid firmly closed.
  • When putting food waste into the food bin please ensure the bin lid is closed so that flies cannot access the food waste to lay eggs.
  • Nappies into the non-recycling, ideally inside a bag that is tightly wrapped. Double wrap in warm weather.
  • Rinse food trays, yoghurt pots, glass jars and other food packaging before putting into your recycling bin.
  • Ensure that the lids of your wheelie bins are kept closed.
  • Make sure that you never leave any food, including pet food, uncovered where flies can lay their eggs.
  • Store your food bin and wheelie bins out of direct sunlight if possible, as the sun will warm up the bin, increase the risk of smells and attract flies.
  • Replace your bin if it is broken or does not shut properly.

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.
  • Contact Binwash to give the bins a thorough clean.

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