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How to kill maggots
So you’re looking to learn how to kill maggots. They are a common problem in summer and we find them crawling about in the garbage or green waste containers is what you will learn. At home, maggots are found in garbage bags and containers even when sealed. The elimination of maggots can never be guaranteed, but you can reduce getting them. You will learn how and why we get them. What we can do to reduce the chances of it happening.
Where do Maggots come from?
It’s easier to prevent than trying to figure how to kill maggots. it’s best to prevent the source. Flies are attracted to protein sources, like meat and bones. Flies are attracted to odours given off by rotting food. When flies lay eggs on food waste in about 7-20 hours, you get fly larvae called maggots. They have a 5-7 day life cycle which depends on conditions like temperatures and moisture. Grubs are common in places with warmer climates. Frequent cleaning is necessary to reduce the smell.
How to get rid of maggots?
When maggots crawl about in your bin, get rid of them by:
Keeping the lid open & allowing birds to feast on the maggots.
How to kill maggots in the trash can
If you have maggots in the bin control them with these measures mentioned below.
Always use gloves when working with your trash can.
What kills maggots
Boiling water kills maggots immediately and a great option if your trash can is empty. Do not pour hot water if there are bags still in the bin. The heat will melt the bags. Be careful to avoid hot water splashes.
If you do have bags sitting in a bin with maggots crawling all over, try this.
How to use Diatomaceous Earth to kill maggots
Do you have maggots crawling about and the bin still has trash & bags inside? Then Sprinkle or splatter Diatomaceous Earth everywhere the maggots are crawling. Maggots die when they come into contact with this material. Then comes the painful process of cleaning them out. It’s best to wait for the garbage truck to empty it before starting to clean the can. Check garden centers and nurseries for the availability of Diatomaceous Earth.
Will bleach kill maggots?
Yes, Bleach kills maggots. Bleach and water in equal amounts poured into infested bins suffocate the maggots
How to kill maggots Naturally
There are cheap readily available solutions that kill & prevent maggots. Covering them with lime, salt, or vinegar, which is another natural way of getting rid of maggots in the bin.
How to prevent maggots in trash cans
Stop odours and reduce their access to the cart is a start
How to avoid maggots in your cart
Freeze food waste
Freezing meat scraps until garbage collection is great, if possible. But if you’re a meat-eating family, that’s a lot of chicken and fish scraps taking up room in the freezer. Freeze meats, fruits & vegetable waste, and place them in the curbside bin on collection day. The longer organic waste sits in the bin, the more time flies have to breed. Put the cart out every week, even when barely full is smart.
Make your bin fly proof
Seal the edge of your can where the lid rests, to block gaps and prevent flies from entering. I have not seen anyone who does this but seen a video on it. Rubber seals and weather-stripping is available at hardware stores.
Cover food scraps with leaves
Alternating layers of yard debris on top of food waste to keep odours down. Covering food scraps prevents direct access to flies & control odours. It helps.
How to avoid maggots in the garbage can?
Rinsing your bin regularly with detergents and water is great. Cleaning with a borax or vinegar solution & water keeps the smell down. Or, soap and detergents make cleaning carts easier. For hard-to-reach places in the bottom of your trash bin, use a broom with stiff bristles. Removing liquids & allow the cart to dry before use, detracts flies. Spray the top and inside of the bin with vinegar and use bin deodorizers to reduce daily smells. Always store the trash can in a well-ventilated place.
Do not rinse dirty carts over lawns, gutters or storm drains as water runoffs flow into waterways.
Commercially available fly & bug repellants
Repel flies by using pennyroyal, camphor, eucalyptus, mint, or bay. Hanging herbs in clusters or applying dabs of herbal oil along the bin helps too. Line the rim of the cart with salt or vinegar to prevent flies. Rock salt or lime inside the cart is a useful preventative measure.
Add sweet basil leaves to the trash bag
Flies hate basil’s licorice-like smell. Basil smell confuses various species of flies and makes trash smell nicer. Basil doesn’t have allergens unlike some perfumed bags or scented bags. Dried or fresh basil, even basil oil, Oregano and Lavender can have similar effects.
Add some yard clippings to avoid grubs
Apply a thin layer of grass, leaves, or conifer needles over food to reduce the smells produced from meats. Avoid putting in excess clippings in the bin, unless the garbage pick-up is the next day. Doing this prevents rotting vegetation from attracting stable flies.
Spray trash cans with wintergreen alcohol
Wintergreen alcohol burns maggots & gives off minty scent pests and flies dislike. Spraying down the bin after every use will avoid getting flies. Regular rinse of the trash can with Wintergreen alcohol keeps maggots and other pests out.
How to kill maggots with Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is limestone made up of thousands of fossilized micro-organisms. It has sharp edges that cut the skin of any soft body insect and kill it.
Avoid stable fly infestations by disposing of waste correctly
Wet & organic waste must always be sealed. Flies lay eggs where they smell methane gas. Dirty diapers, feminine products, pet & leftover food are placed in closed bags.
Avoid adding rotting plant matter in the household trash. It will triple your trouble with stable flies, blowflies and houseflies. Dead plants are put in separate lawn bags and tossed into the trash can.
Rinse the can regularly to prevent maggots
A smelly trash can is a maggot magnet and a disgusting thing that stinks up your house. A good rinse every 2 or 3 months, and in warm seasons keep the maggots away and the trash can smelling decent.
Additionally, the easiest way to prevent maggots is to keep your bins clean. BagEZ trash bag holders present the best way to prevent a nasty trash can that attracts flies that cause pests. Learn more here.