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Old 03-09-2005, 10:17 PM
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Unhappy Yuck - Maggots In The Bin Help!!!

we have 2 wheelie bins 1 for recycling waste and 1 for other non recycable (plus boxes for papers/ metal / bottles). our non recycle bin is literally crawling with maggots, and you can hear them from the outside rustling in the bags with its lid down!!! yuck yuck.

anyway how do i rid the bin of these, as the council will be collecting them late next week, i have cleaned the bin last time it was collected (9 days ago) with the power washer, and i dont suppose the heat has helped. everything in the bin has been bagged, but a fat lot of good that has done. can someone help me they are now crawling out of the bin onto my patio.
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Old 03-09-2005, 10:28 PM
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I think I would be inclined to pour boiling water from the kettle onto them. If you don't think that would be enough water then fill a few saucepans with water, and boil them up and pour all of them into the bin in quick succession, ensuring each maggot gets a roasting.

Sorry, it's vile advice I know, but I don't think it is any worse than poison etc.

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Old 03-09-2005, 11:34 PM
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done this tonight it just seems to have attracted them to crawl out more. hopefully a flock of birds will feast on them tomorrow morning
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Old 04-09-2005, 9:17 AM
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When your wheelie bin has been emptied no need to wash it out just sprinkle in 1 mug of SALT and that kills all the nasties and keeps it smelling sweet.
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Have you considered composting all your vegetable waste? And there are composter thingy's now that you bury part way into the garden so that you can compost meat wastes (Green Cone?) with no problems too.

Check your Local Council's website, look for recycling, because many now do great deals on compost bins in order to help avoid land fill.
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Old 04-09-2005, 12:17 PM
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Have you tried phoning the council, telling them that your bin wasn't emptied even though you put it out on the last collection date (or say, not emptied properly?) and that the remainign waste has led to a maggot problem that is now a health hazard. I did this when they didn't pick up my black bags one week and they came and collected it the same day!
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Old 04-09-2005, 4:10 PM
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in response to squeaky's thread - i do already compost the veg cuttings / tea bags anything really that can go on the compost heap, i would not realy consider burying meat as we have a fox problem round here and they just set off the dog in the middle of the night, who inturn starts the dog off next door... and so on....

no need to contact the council the bin is only collected fourtnightly, so they have not missed the collection, on the alternative week they collect the cardboard / glass / foil and aluminium, the only bin which has the problem has the household waste which cant be recycled..(and i do make a reasonably good effort to recycle) .anyway we think we know the source of the maggots.....hubby put in the bin a dead animal that he found in the garden with its head chewed off...more than likely the lovely fox........lovely glad i didn't see it.
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I've nothing helpful to add, just... uuuurgh. Really uuuurghh. Disgusing.
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Hmmm, I'm not looking forward to October when our bin collection changes from weekly to fortnightly!

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Tell hubby he can live in the bin with the next dead animal he throws in there!

So with luck this will just be a one off problem then? I'd be inclined just to leave the lid open now (unless the wind is blowing your way?) and let nature take its course. Maggots are remarkably effective at cleaning up stinky corpses given a chance.
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Old 04-09-2005, 5:52 PM
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OMG this is so much worse than I understood from your first message! Bad hubbie for putting a carcass in the bin, I think his reward should be scrub and rinse the bin out after it has been emptied to ensure all eggs have been removed. (Then tell him about Grunnie's salt advice once he has finished.)

I'm sorry my earlier advice didn't work, I feel terrible that the water made the maggots all the more lively and did nothing to solve the problem. Poor you, this sounds like a stomach churning nightmare. Could you phone the council anyway and explain the problem - if you don't ask they definitely won't come and collect. Don't mention about the dead animal though, in case they are one of the councils who don't allow animal remains to be put in the household waste.

Sorry again for my duff advice.

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We have been invaided by flys today from our bin, we too have the alternate collection weeks and our non-recycling bin is full to the brim this time round. I am fed up with flys round the cat food bowls and in the kitchen, its totally yucky! I don't go near enough to the bin to know if there are maggots in it but I flippin hope not.
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hubby put in the bin a dead animal that he found in the garden with its head chewed off...more than likely the lovely fox........lovely glad i didn't see it.
This will most definitely be your source of maggots and the dead animal would have been attacked by flies and the eggs laid before your hubby even discarded of it! In normal cases, you wouldn't get maggots in a wheelie bin, unless of course it was so full the lid won't close properly, so you can blame your hubby for your infestation

You'll need to kill them all off before they morph into flies themsleves and perpetuate the problem by laying more eggs
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Why wouldn't you normally get maggots in a bin? Just wondering as I've heard more and more people comlain of them since councils started fortnightly collections.

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Why wouldn't you normally get maggots in a bin? Just wondering as I've heard more and more people comlain of them since councils started fortnightly collections.

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Maggots only occur where flies (the big buzzy variety) have laid eggs, so if the bin lid is closed properly then flies can't get in, or at least shouldn't be able to

Of course there's always a chance one could fly in and get trapped while you've got the bin open
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hmmm must stop trapping them in the bin yuck - ickky things!!!
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Just wondering as I've heard more and more people comlain of them since councils started fortnightly collections.
If councils are aware of these maggots then why don't they go back to weekly collections? I'm hoping our council don't go to fortnightly
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if you think thats bad...i;ve had them in the cupboard!
nightmares for months

uggh, i could barely bare to post that

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They appeared in my cats' dish once. Ugh! Cats didn't seem to care though...

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Yeah but stuff that creates live maggots would have to be there for days...
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