If you have a smelly trash can, or have ever found maggots crawling around between the bin and the bag, it’s a good idea to start cleaning your trash can on a more regular basis.
Of course, it’s difficult to keep pests away from areas that are naturally going to be full of old food, bacteria, and all the things that are perfect breeding grounds for vermin! However, from knowing how to keep the trash can from smelling to cleaning the trash can more thoroughly – here’s a guide to keep your stinky trash can odor and maggot-free!
What are Maggots?
Maggots actually larvae that hatch from eggs laid by flies. They are part of the food chain and help to breakdown decomposing organic matter, like food scraps. In fact, they are pretty harmless to humans, but can reproduce incredibly quickly – a fly’s eggs can hatch and become adult flies within 24 hours of being laid. Their favourite food is meat and fish, but they like any environment that’s warm and moist and they seek these out using their sense of smell.
Getting Rid of Maggots: Cleaning the Trash Can
Getting rid of maggots is actually pretty simple with these four easy steps:
- Dispose of the plastic trash can liner as quickly as possible.
- Pour hot water over any remaining maggots to kill them.
- Disinfect your bin thoroughly, using a good quality bleach like Domex to destroy any remaining eggs. Always follow the directions on the label, and test any product in a small area first.
- Ensure the lid is firmly closed and follow the prevention advice below.