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Get Rid of Maggots and Flies in Your Trash

Get Rid of Maggots and Flies in Your Trash

The unpleasant odor of a can full of trash is something most of us simply tolerate. But if you’ve ever had the misfortune of opening up your outdoor trash can and discovering little crawling white maggots…well, that’s a different story. It takes the word “disgusting” to a whole new level…especially if you have to then transport that bag in your car to a dump.

Maggots are fly larvae. You know how common it is to see flies buzzing around trash? Well, in this case, a fly has gotten into your trash and managed to lay eggs. If you can prevent this from happening, you are likely to get rid of your maggot problem.

Moth balls are known to repel flies and prevent maggots from forming. However, moth balls are toxic and carcinogenic.  Here are some simple, non-toxic steps you can take after discovering maggots in your garbage to reduce the likelihood of their coming back.

1. Once trash has been removed, wash your garbage can out with boiling water. This should kill any maggots still in the can. Alternatively, if you have a sealed dumpster, you can remove maggots to a sealed plastic bag then release them into the dumpster so they can do what they do best – decompose garbage.

2. After you’re sure that all maggots are out of your trash can, scrub the interior and exterior of the can well with a solution of one part vinegar, two parts water. This should be done on a weekly basis in order to keep cans clean and free of the odors that attract flies. After scrubbing, rinse well, then allow can to dry thoroughly in sun before putting any new trash in. Maggots love moisture, so maintaining a dry can is essential.

3. Use a trash bag in your garbage can, folding the edge of the bag over the can to allow the circulation of air when the can is opened. After depositing trash, be sure to close your garbage lid tightly.

4. Seal any food waste in smaller plastic bags before dumping into the larger bag to prevent flies from making contact with it.

5. Vinegar, mint oil, eucalyptus and bay leaves have all been noted to repel flies. Experiment with wiping down the exterior of your can with the vinegar or diluted mint oil, or crumble some of the leaves in and near the trash can.

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Terri Hall

Terri Hall lives in the Hudson Valley with her family. In addition to writing, Terri works with public television and radio stations/networks in the area of new media, and leads workshops on authentic and empowered living.


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5:42AM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

well i just found some maggie thatchers in my rubbish bag and lid so sealed bag put in big rubbish wheelie bin and banged the lid outside so remaining maggie thatchers fell on to grass (maggie thatchers[maggots])

7:09AM PDT on Aug 20, 2013

I urge everyone to donate all of those magots and flies to the GOP where they will be put to good use at their next banquet.

3:26PM PDT on Aug 2, 2013

noted, PLASTIC BAGS............ JEEZ

5:18AM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

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10:22PM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

Not very ecofriendly, sealing each rest of food in a new plastic for disposal...

8:43PM PST on Nov 7, 2012


8:42AM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

Thank you

11:53AM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

I found them in my inside trash can and just used bleach and water will that work?

7:13PM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

I have recently obtained a pat pend. on a device that deals with this problem with a totally new approach. My SOLAR POWERED BATTERY OPERATED INSECT DISPOSAL UNIT FOR TRASH CAN LIDS is no maintenance around the clock fly control. I hope to sell this patent to a company that can get it to market ASAP. It can be used on dumpters, roll-outs, and other types of lidded containers at school, hospital, park, home, and businesses around the world. It adds an effective layer of protection against the spread of fly-borne germs and disease without the use of chemicals and with easy sanitary disposal.

3:56PM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

Quite right Donna. I agree wholeheartedly. Some people are so lazy they wouldn't shift if their bums were on fire, and as you say probably the ones with all the time in the world. I always say, If you want something done, ask a busy person.

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