Preventing Maggots in your waste bin.

Do you suffer from maggots in your waste bin? What can you do about this?

Maggots in green containers

Het liefst houd je de vuilnisbak luchtdicht om al die vieze geurtjes in de bak te houden. Hierdoor en door het rottingsproces wat in de container plaats vindt, begint er in je vuilnisbak een heel eigen klimaat te ontstaan. Er begint zich bijvoorbeeld condens te vormen op de deksel en de temperaturen in de bak lopen op. Deze omstandigheden vormen de ideale situatie voor vliegen om eitjes tussen het afval te leggen en ja, ze weten altijd wel een weg naar binnen te vinden!

The fruit fly larvae are already present in your organic waste bin in the kitchen after a sweltering day!

In de meeste gemeenten wordt de container maar eens in de week geleegd (in andere gemeenten zelfs nog minder vaak), waardoor de vliegen verschillende levenscycli kunnen ondergaan voordat de container geleegd wordt. Hierdoor is de kans op maden, een stuk groter.

Wheelie bin

How maggots form

Maggots, also called larvae, are the first stage in a fly's life. Maggots come from fly eggs. Flies prefer to lay their eggs in moist, warm environments. After the larvae hatch, they can grow very fast thanks to the amount of food they can find in your waste bin. As a result, your bin can quickly swarm with relatively large larvae, that eat to their hearts content. After this, they change into a pupa and with warm weather they can morph into flies in as fast as 3 days, and so the cycle begins again.

How to prevent a maggot plague

Ideally, you would want to make sure that pests never develop, but with the warm summer weather and humid climate, that is sometimes difficult. However, it is not impossible! Below are some tips on how to prevent a maggot infestation.

  • Make sure your container lid is slightly open.
  • Place a layer of straw or old newspapers at the bottom of the empty container.
  • Sprinkle salt over everything you throw it.
  • Make sure your container is in a shadowed area, and out of direct sunlight. 
  • Clean your container regularly.

How do you fight a maggot infestation?

  • Sprinkle salt over the maggots.
  • Put a sprig of ivy in the waste bin
  • Place a sprig of lavender in the waste bin
  • Throw sand on top of the maggots
  • Sanitize your waste bin

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