Maggots are the larva stage of the common housefly. Flies are attracted to odours and will lay their eggs in moist or decomposing material. They are especially attracted to materials with high protein content such as meat and fish.

The majority of maggots that are found in wheeled bins originate in the kitchen. Eggs are laid in kitchen bins with loose fitting lids, or on food that has been left uncovered. The waste is transferred to the wheeled bin where the eggs then hatch into maggots. This life cycle can happen in as little as 10 days in warm weather.

To avoid getting maggots in your bin, simply keep the flies away

The best method of controlling the fly population is to break the breeding cycle by limiting the areas where they may lay eggs - follow our tips above for hygienic storage of waste in your kitchen and outside in your wheeled bin.

Getting rid of maggots

If maggots do get into your wheeled bin, most of them will go when your bin is emptied. If possible tip the contents of the bin into a plastic sack that can be sealed or knotted. Place the plastic sack and its contents back into the bin ready for your next collection. If the bag remains sealed the maggots will not be able to escape. If this is not possible most maggots will go when your bin is next emptied. Remaining maggots and fly eggs can be killed by using boiling water.

Clean & disinfect your bin out after it has been emptied - if you don't want to clean it yourself, you can get in touch with a professional bin cleaner.