Maggots in the waste bin
You open the domestic organic waste bin and find an unpleasant surprise: Little white maggots wriggling between the leftovers. The organic waste bin in front of the house can have the same problem - a sight that everyone would like to be spared. But what do you do if the situation arises despite all possible precautions taken, and these unwanted guests find themselves in the rubbish?
Where do maggots come from?
If you are wondering how the annoying little worms even made it into your organic waste bin, there is a simple explanation. Flies like to lay their eggs in organic waste bins between the leftovers. In summer especially, flies like to multiply and they do so quickly, which is why they primarily leave their eggs in the trash at this time. The larvae or maggots finally hatch out of the eggs to feed on the leftovers in the organic waste. The warm and humid climate both in the domestic organic waste bin and in the organic waste bin in front of the house provides a great environment for laying eggs and the resulting larvae.
Tips for combating: Simple household remedies
The faster you act, the better! Grab some helpful household remedies to fight the uninvited guests in your garbage quickly. It is not necessary to resort to chemical means immediately. Often natural methods also lead to your goal. The following tips will help you to get rid of the annoying troublemakers.
First step: render maggots harmless
The first thing to do is to empty the domestic waste bin to free it from maggots and all residue. Before doing so, however, you should use a proven household remedy: A homemade vinegar-water solution consisting of one cup of boiled water and two cups of white vinegar. Pour the solution over the organic waste to render the maggots harmless. It will also prevent them from multiplying in the bin in front of the house. Using salt can also prove to be very helpful because a generous amount of salt will cause them to dry out.
Now tip the contents of your organic waste bin into your organic waste bin in front of the house. A little tip: to be on the safe side, you can put some quicklime in the organic waste bin in front of your house before you close the lid again. However, as this is a corrosive agent, you should always follow the safety instructions for use stated on the packaging.
Second step: cleaning is the order of the day
Although you have got rid of the unpleasant guests now, you want to be sure that no eggs are stuck in the bin or that soon after the next fly will consider your domestic waste bin to be an attractive spot for its offspring. That's why it's necessary to clean the trash can - and thoroughly! There are one or two household remedies that can be especially helpful in this case.
1. Send the maggots to where the pepper grows
Clean the bucket with some pepper water, and the maggots are history. This way, you kill all the remaining germs that might be hiding from your eyes. This product is particularly suitable for effectively combating fly eggs and larvae. Simply, add a little pepper to boiling water and then clean the bucket with it.
2. A little vinegar dispels sorrow and worry
If you use vinegar water to clean the domestic garbage can, you not only fight all the eggs currently present but also make it unpalatable for the next fly that tries to lay its eggs there. To do this, add a little vinegar to hot water as described above and your household remedy is ready. The smell of the vinegar has an effective deterrent, serving as an effective fly repellent for your organic waste. Allow the bucket to air dry to maintain the desired result.
Make sure that the domestic garbage can is completely dry before you use it again to prevent the maggots from hatching again.
Preventive measures against maggots
To ensure you do not have to deal with the maggot problem again, you should take additional measures. Take care not to throw any meat, fish or cheese into the organic waste. Flies are looking for an attractive place to lay their eggs. For this purpose, domestic bins and garbage cans in front of the house with plenty of protein are more suitable than those containing only fruit and vegetables.
Furthermore, warm and humid environments are a paradise for flies when it comes to laying eggs. You can counteract this by keeping your domestic garbage can as dry as possible. To do this, layer the bottom of your domestic bin with some newspaper. In Summer, flies are especially happy about waste. Don't give them the chance to see your trash can as an attractive place to lay eggs. Dispose of your trash regularly during this time. Don't forget to clean the bucket after you have taken the garbage to the bin in front of the house. This will not only prevent maggots, but also unpleasant smells.
Correct handling of the garbage
Make sure to use a trash can that closes properly. A tight lid prevents flies from getting to the food and laying their eggs, and it also prevents maggots from crawling out if they have hatched despite all the precautions. The waste bins in the HAILO Öko range are particularly suitable for this purpose. They have a well-closing lid and an integrated waste separation system, with up to three individually removable units.
The use of organic waste bags and above all, clean waste separation is also essential in this case. Why? Because you will not be tempted to leave your rubbish in the kitchen. Regularly using the dustbin will become part of your routine, so you're not confronted with overflowing organic waste. This not only prevents maggots but also protects the environment!