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How To Get Rid of Maggots In Your Garbage Can

How To Get Rid of Maggots In Your Garbage Can
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Got maggots in your trash can?
Here’s what you’ll discover on this page…
starWhy you have maggots in your trash can
starHow to get rid of maggots in your trash can
starTwo secret ways to stop them coming back

The problem: Why you have a maggot infestation in your trash can

While you may see them at almost any time of year, you’re most likely to run into maggots during the hot summer months, when high temperatures and humidity create the perfect conditions. Food waste and other garbage rots more quickly in the heat, and the resulting smells can begin a maggot bonanza:

“Maggots are fly larvae,” explains Ron Harrison, PhD in Entomology and Director of Technical Services at Orkin, one of the nation’s largest residential and commercial pest-control services. “Rotting food or waste material produces methane gas, which flies are attracted to. They then lay their eggs on the rotting waste, providing an instant food source once the larvae hatch.”

The good news is that you’re not alone: nobody likes to admit it, but maggot infestations  are a common garbage problem, especially in outdoor trash cans. In fact, they’re so common that there are plenty of proven measures for eliminating them (and, best of all, to keep them from coming back.)

How to kill maggots in your trash can… forever

Step 1: Wait to kill maggots until trash collection day

It’s easier to kill maggots when there’s no trash in the garbage bin .

Plus, if you don’t clean your can after you’ve killed the maggots, adult flies will lay eggs again and re-populate it within just a few days.

So if you only want to tackle this once, wait for your trash to be emptied before you get your hands dirty.

Step 2: Kill maggots by tipping boiling water all over them 

boiling water

You could spend a bunch of money buying ‘diatomaceous earth’ to sprinkle in your trash can. Or you could get a ‘not completely’ safe pesticide called permethrin.

But there’s an easier solution than insecticides, and you don’t even have to go to the store for it. It’s one of those natural remedies that’s good for about a million different things around the house.

Boiling water.

It’s free, it’s quick, it’s effective, and it kills maggots in an instant. No bug sprays or other insecticides required.

Here’s what you need to do.

Once your trash can is empty of all trash, boil water in a kettle and tip the hot water over the maggots.

After a good dousing with boiling water all those maggots will be good and dead.

But the war ain’t over yet. While boiling water is so cheap and easy that you could do it again if you had to, you’d rather have the maggot infestation gone for good, right? In that case, keep on reading to find out how to prevent future infestations.

Step 3: Clean your trash can

The lifecycle of house flies is extremely short, which means it’s extremely important to take preventative measures so that they don’t lay eggs again. Without this step, there’s a good chance the maggot infestation  will return within a week when new eggs hatch.

If your trash bin  is dirty inside, you should clean it out thoroughly. Get a brush and some hot water with dish soap , then scrub your garbage bin vigorously. Or call your local trash-can cleaning service, if you have one. 

Either way, when you’re done, your trash bin should be totally empty of food scraps and other stuck-on debris. You don’t want any decomposing food waste left to attract flies.

Step 4: Get some of these jumbo cart-liner garbage bags  – not available from the store

canThese huge liners will keep your roll-away cart spotless and maggot-free

Here’s a little-known way to make sure every last maggot from here-on-in gets taken away with the rest of your trash on collection day.

Simply line your newly cleaned trash bin  with some of these jumbo size trash bags. Your whole week’s trash goes inside one of these giant garbage bags, and the whole lot – maggots and all – vanish on collection day.

They are available for 64 Gallon and 95 Gallon roll-away carts, and they work like magic. Make sure that you choose garbage bags made from tough, thick plastic, like Plasticplace’s jumbo 55-gallon trash bags and 95-gallon trash bags for roll-away trash bins

Start using these bags and the only thing you’ll have left on collection day is a sparkling clean garbage can – and a strangely satisfied feeling. No food scraps, pet food or other decomposing garbage left in your trash can means there’s no food source for adult flies to lay eggs on.

But there’s one more thing you can do to make sure your garbage bin is a true maggot-proof fortress.

Step 5: Secure the cart-liner with a super-sized elastic band

rubberbandThese elastic bands will keep your can-liner as secure as Fort Knox. No maggots inside your cart ever again.

Yes, trash bin bags work wonders, but if the liner slips down inside, food waste may still leak out leading to more odor and maggots.

That’s why we recommend you keep the bag in place with these super-sized trash can rubber bands. All you need to do is wrap one around the rim of your garbage can after putting a new garbage bag in. Ta-da!

They’re cheap, and they keep the trash bag perfectly in position, ensuring your garbage can never becomes a smelly maggot trap again.

And there you have it—how to solve your trash bin’s maggot problem for good! Plus, there’s a bonus: Keeping your garbage can clean will keep out other uninvited guests like fruit flies. Prevention, after all, is the most effective kind of pest control.


No more smells.
No more flies.
No more maggot infestations in your can.
No more scrubbing.

Ever.

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Fit’s 95 & 96 Gallon Rollaway Carts

 

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no maggots in the can (they’re all in the bag) and no disgusting cleanup.

We bought these 64 gallon bags, and now garbage day is as simple as roll your can to the sidewalk, pull out one big and sturdy bag from the can, ET VOILA! done – no maggots in the can (they’re all in the bag) and no disgusting cleanup.
We bought a couple rubber bands to hold the bags and now our only regret is that we didn’t think about this many years ago.
Haim Paperman,
Yotpo Verified Customer


Keeps the cans clean and helps eliminate the smell and mess that attracts flies

I love these bags! I have them at home and at our subdivision pool for the big rolling trash collectors. Keeps the cans clean and helps eliminate the smell and mess that attracts flies, etc. Nice and strong. Keeps trash from flying all over on trash collection day.
@poollady,
Yotpo Verified Customer


“…everything goes in the trash truck, stink and all.”

I am tired of cleaning my garbage can. The 95 gallon bag lines my big garbage can for trash pick-up. Before I roll it to the street I tie the top with a cable tie and everything goes in the trash truck, stink and all. My can comes back clean ready for another big bag liner. I love it!
Carol W.
Yotpo Verified Customer


I don’t know why I didn’t think of using a liner sooner… no flies, no odor

So, after 2 weeks of tiptoeing ’round the can on my way to my van and spending time bleaching, bagging watermelon rinds, and hoping the neighbors don’t complain, I decided there had to be a better way! I don’t know why I didn’t think of using a liner sooner. I’ve been using these bags for a week now and I can honestly say there are no flies, there is no odor, and the bag fits my 95 Gallon Rollout Trash Cart with plenty of ‘sag-room’ so no worries. Thank You PlasticPlace!
@thriftycleanmama
Yotpo Verified Customer


Wish I would have started using these years ago.

Love having my trash can stay nice and clean. Wish I would have started using these years ago. Great product.
Robert B.
Yotpo Verified Customer


The conclusion?

Follow this advice and you’ll never gag at the garbage ever again.

Need we say more?

So here’s what to do…

• Order your cart-liners today
• Get free shipping on us
• Receive them in a couple of days
• Say goodbye to mess and maggots forever

Voila.

 

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Best for keeping maggots out of 64 Gallon roll-away carts

64 Gallon Trash Bags AND Re-usable Rubber Bands

64rb

 

Fit’s 64 & 65 Gallon Rollaway Carts

 

176 Reviews
Your anti-maggot pack contains:
* 25 x jumbo bags to fit 64 Gallon cart
* 1 x Re-usable giant rubber band
$19.98

 



 

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Best for keeping maggots out of 95 Gallon roll-away carts

95-96 Gallon Trash Bags AND Re-usable Rubber Bands

95rb

 

Fit’s 95 & 96 Gallon Rollaway Carts

 

176 Reviews
Your anti-maggot pack contains:
* 16 x jumbo bags to fit 95-96 Gallon cart
* 1 x Re-usable giant rubber band
$20.98

 



 

QTY:

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