how to keep maggots out of your trash can

Finding maggots in your trash can is embarrassing and disgusting.

Little white bugs squirming all over your trash can leave people thinking that you’re not cleaning up after yourself as thoroughly as you should be. 

Not to mention that once maggots get into your trash can, the task of removing them can be very difficult and undesirable. If you don’t enjoy seeing creepy crawlies on a good day, realizing that you have to take care of them yourself can be unsettling. 

To avoid other people’s opinions of you lowering as well as you having to manhandle small worms, we’ve found the top five ways to keep maggots out of your trash can for good.

Use one (or multiple) of these methods to ensure that you never have to worry about a maggot infestation again. 


What are maggots?

Maggots are larvae of a fly, which means they’re flies before they sprout wings. Once flies get settled into your trash can, they spawn eggs which then turn into maggots.

If left to do their own thing, maggots will turn into flies which will then lay eggs of their own… The cycle never ends. 

Female flies can lay from 500 to 2,000 eggs every month, and they come in batches of 75 to 150. That’s a lot of maggots to find in the trash can!

If the maggots are well-fed from your generously full trash, they’ll grow into flies which will then leave you with a fly infestation. 

Once maggots arrive in your trash can, it can take a while of vigorous work to get rid of them. To avoid them setting up camp altogether, we have five tips to avoid you ever having to find them. 

Remove trash can smells

First and foremost, you should aim to keep odors to a minimum around your bin.

Flies are most prominent in the warmer months, and this is when trash cans tend to smell more as well. To get rid of lingering smells, so fill the bin up with water and add either vinegar or baking soda to avoid smells. 

These abrasive components will remove the scent and replace it with their strong smells that flies are not attracted to.

Leave the mixture to soak in the trash can for a few hours before tipping the water out again. 

We would advise you to dry the inside of your bin properly afterward, as maggots thrive in moisture.

Although the lack of odor is supposed to keep the maggots away, leaving a moist place for them to spawn might be equally appealing to them. 

Sealing your trash can

Ideally, you should choose a trash can that can be sealed tightly to avoid flies from getting into the bin in the first place.

If your trash can has big gaps around the lid, consider replacing it or getting a sealant material to use around the top. 

Not only will this keep the flies out and therefore the maggots, but the smells of your trash will also be trapped inside the bin rather than leaking out. 

The reduced smell should both be good for you so that you don’t have an unpleasant odor lingering around your house, but it will also prevent flies from being attracted to the trash altogether. 

Use thicker trash can liners

Using thicker trash bags will help to keep the scent of food waste to a minimum. As we’ve already established, foul odors entice flies and maggots so thick trash bags are an important step in keeping them away. 

Thinner trash bags will also rip easier than thicker alternatives. This means that maggots will have an easier time finding a food source, and therefore they’ll be able to turn into flies and repeat the process all over again. 

Finally, thick trash bags will keep liquids from spilling over the inside of the can. Moist areas are great for maggots, so you want to prevent this as much as possible.

Of course, using thicker trash bags will be good for you as well – you won’t have to clean your bin as often. 

Regularly clean your trash can

Speaking of cleaning your trash can, this is another vital step in ensuring that maggots don’t find shelter in your home.

Once the trash can has been emptied, clean both the inside and outside to ensure that there are no scents left for flies to find. 

Use hot water and soap to ensure that the trash can gets a proper cleaning, and end with a disinfectant.

Disinfecting the trash can will both kill germs and any fly eggs that have been laid beforehand.

You might not be able to see fly larvae, so disinfectant can put your mind at ease that they’re no longer there.

Make sure to clean and disinfect your bin regularly to ensure that flies don’t have enough time to turn your trash can into their home. 

Keep trash inside until collection day

Your trash is likely to contain food scraps such as meat, fruits, and vegetables. Rotting meat and produce is the ideal smell for flies to follow.

During the heat of the summer, the old food decomposes easier which is why the smells are worse and flies are more prominent. 

For this reason, consider keeping your trash inside your home until it’s time to be collected. Although you might be worried about the odor festering inside of your house, we think that it beats maggots from taking over your trash can. 

The smell of your trash can also easily be taken care of with candles and disinfectant sprays; however, you often have to kill maggots to get rid of them. 

Final Say

We hope that you’ve learned some valuable information about how to get rid of maggots in your trash can.

By using all of the tips that we mentioned above, we’re certain that you won’t have to worry about an infestation again. 

Flies are attracted to odors and grime, so as long as you keep your trash can nice, clean, and smelling fresh, you shouldn’t find maggots to be a problem. 

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