Maggot infestations are frequent in garbage-filled trash cans. Larvae frequently crawl about or within garbage cans if you do not regularly dispose of the trash can.
Methane gas produced by rubbish attracts flies. Therefore, the garbage can serves as the flies’ nest, providing the larvae with the ideal food source when they hatch.
Maggots are not only unsettling to look at, but they also pose a major health concern. Maggots can transfer harmful germs that can result in several ailments such as food poisoning, epidemic conjunctivitis, high fever, myiasis, and skin infections. It can also lead to major health risks such as anosmia, blindness, and hearing.
What Causes Maggots To Show Up in the Trash Can?
The high temperature and humidity in warmer months can cause the waste and garbage to rot faster. When the garbage starts to decay, it can germinate odor-causing bacteria. Flies are attracted to the strong waste smell. Therefore, the decomposing garbage becomes the perfect place for flies to lay eggs. The rotting waste in the trash can become the food source when the eggs hatch and turn into maggots.
Flies love to lay their eggs on the decaying dead animal. So, if you find a dead animal, you shouldn’t throw it away in the trash. You can bury it so that it doesn’t cause you any other major issues.
How To Get Rid of Maggots in the Trash Can
It is not tough to eliminate the larvae from the trash can. You can use either household methods or commercial cleaning solutions to do so. Also, it is smart to take preventive measures to protect yourself from the side effects maggots can bring to your family. Here are effective ideas to get rid of maggots in the trash can.
Pour Boiling Water
Sometimes an easy method like boiling water can do magic when eradicating maggots. It is inexpensive and a natural way to remove maggots. This method is also effective in killing flies’ eggs.
- Clear the garbage out of the trash can.
- Boil the water at the hottest temperature.
- Pour the boiling water over the maggots.
- The heat will instantly kill maggots from the trash bin.
Apply the Vinegar and Water Method
The natural and efficient way to eliminate maggots from the trash bin is to use Vinegar. Its high acidic level can also permanently kill the larvae, among its various benefits. Additionally, its potent smell helps to deter flies from laying eggs around the trash area. It also acts as a disinfectant that can destroy bacteria.
- Mix 3 parts of hot water with 1 part of Vinegar.
- Pour the solution into the trash can.
- Let it sit for 30 minutes.
- Keep repeating the process until all the larvae are eradicated from the trash bin.
You can use this method regularly to deter flies from the trash area. You can also use apple cider vinegar to trap flies: mix apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish soap in a glass. Wrap a plastic wrap on top of the glass and secure it with a rubber band. By doing this, the flies will be attracted to sweet apple cider vinegar and trapped inside the glass.
Using Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a white powdery thing that can act as an insecticide. The silica content in the DE powder can suck up oil and fat from pests and permanently dehydrate and kill them. It is a natural and effective way to remove maggots. You can use food-grade DE powder from big box stores or hardware stores.
You can sprinkle the DE powder on the affected area. It can work in 24 to 48 hours if used carefully. You can reapply the powder once a week for better results. You can also use this method to eradicate bed bugs from the house.
Mix Bleach and Water
The harsh fumes that come from bleach can be an effective way to kill maggots from the trash can. The highly acidic bleach can eliminate maggots when they absorb the acid. But make sure to gear yourself with gloves, a mask, and goggles. It helps to protect yourselves from toxic bleach fumes that can cause eyes and skin irritation.
- Mix equal parts of bleach and water.
- Pour the solution into the trash can. You can also spray the solution on the maggots to kill them.
- Close the lid and let it sit for half an hour.
- Clean the trash with soap and water.
- Repeat the process if necessary.
The natural method can sometimes do not for light infestation. In this case, you can go for insecticides to eradicate to kill maggots. You can purchase insecticide spray specially made to kill flies and maggots. But, it is better to select insecticides that include pyre-thrum or permethrin. Normal bug sprays can also work if you have one already at home.
However, insecticides can sometimes have side effects on the skin and eyes. Therefore, it is best to wear gloves, a mask, and goggles before starting the process.
Spray the insecticides spray all over the bin and let it sit for 30 to 40 minutes. Rinse the trash can and scrub it with soap and water. You can reapply the insecticide spray if there are still some larvae in the trash bin. You can also spray insecticides to eliminate spiders, ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, and gnats.
Preventing Maggots From Infesting the Trash Bin
Even after the trash can’s maggots have been removed. If you are careless, there is a good possibility it will come back. Without taking the right precautions, you could endanger your and your family’s health. Therefore, it is wise to take proactive measures in the future to stop maggots’ infestations inside and outside your threshold.
Here are some practical strategies to stop flies from depositing eggs in the trash.
Repel Flies and Maggots Using Essential Oil
Essential oil is an effective insect repellent. Bugs detest the strong essential oil odor and try to stay away from it. Maggots also hate the essential oil smell. Therefore essential oil is a perfect tool to repel maggots. It does not kill the maggots or flies; the smell helps to keep them away from trash cans. Peppermint, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and lemongrass are some of the best ones to repel maggots.
Use Baking Soda To Prevent the Smell
Baking soda is a natural deodorant that can help absorb a space’s nasty smell. After cleaning the trash bin, you can sprinkle the baking soda in the trash can. Doing this can repel flies and maggots from the trash can. But, remember that baking soda does not kill the maggots or flies; it just eliminates the bad smell in the garbage can, which will prevent the flies from laying eggs in it.
Install Trash Can Liner
Invest in a good quality trash can liner and use it to keep waste on the trash can in place. It can withstand the highest temperature and prevents the waste from rotting faster. Also, it is useful to seal the garbage to prevent the flies from laying eggs inside the can.
The trash liner bags also saves the can from getting damaged. Since you can easily lift the liner bag, it is also easy to throw trash.
Dispose of the Trash Bin Daily
Make sure to dispose of the trash bin daily or twice weekly to prevent maggot infestation. Not addressing the task daily or twice a week can increase the risk of bacteria growth inside the garbage can. It will increase the chances of health risks in your family. Therefore, separate the rotting and non-biodegradable bins, manage the waste management system, and dispose of the rotting waste daily. The rotting garbage can be used as compost for your garden as well.
Place the Trash Can in a Shady Area
The temperature in warmer months can make the bacteria in the garbage grow faster, which can make the garbage emit a strong odor. The smell can attract the flies and eventually lay eggs inside the trash can. Try to keep the trash bin in a shady area so that the heat will not decompose the scraps and garbage faster on the bin.
Sealing the garbage bag can is also important to ensure the flies do not lay inside them. Also, always close the lid after throwing trash in the garbage can.
Invest in Fly Traps
Install fly strips and hang them around the trash can and inside your room so the flies can get trapped around them. There are other fly-trapping gadgets you can easily buy in big box stores or hardware stores.
You can also make your homemade fly trap to avoid flies around your threshold. You can use apple cider vinegar and pour it into a small container. You can put a few rotten foods inside the container to attract the flies. Wrap a plastic on the top of the container and poke a few holes with a toothpick big enough to fit a fly. Place it near the windows and every room corner to trap the fly. You can also use this trap to eliminate fruit flies, gnats, and mosquitoes.
Disinfect the Whole House Periodically
Remember to disinfect and clean the trash can and all the household surfaces to be safe from maggot infestation. Use disinfectant cleaning methods to clean all the household surfaces to prevent bacteria build-up.