Man looking disgustedly at his outdoor garbage can, with the words, maggots in a garbage can

It is like a scene out of a horror movie to open up your trash can and see a bunch of maggots squirming inside. These little pests are born from flies that are attracted to the smell of your trash. Combined with the high humidity and temperatures of the summer months, these fly larvae have the perfect environment to grow. Getting rid of maggots can be tricky and if you are face to face with the issue, it is difficult to know how to respond. Here are the steps that you can take to rid your garbage can of maggots.

Step 1: Removing Their Food Source

Rotting materials produce methane gas which is a delectable smell for flies. They then sit on your trash and lay their eggs in the rotting waste, which provides an instant food source for the larvae when they hatch. In order to get rid of them, you are going to want to completely empty your garbage can by either taking it to the dump or waiting to do this maggot removal plan after your trash pick-up.

Step 2: Boiling Water

The next step is boiling at least three to four large pots of water. Once you have some boiled water, pour it over the maggots and allow the water to sit in the garbage can for about half an hour. The hot water will burn and kill off the maggots inside of the garbage can, as well as dissolve any remaining eggs.

Step 3: Cleaning Out Your Trash Can

Finally, you will want to clean your trash can out thoroughly. This will make sure that any bacteria or germs from the maggots get destroyed so that it cannot make you or your family sick. You will want to use a brush and soapy water to help kill any remaining larvae and bacteria. Dish soap or an all-purpose cleaner will work best for this job.

If you do not have any of these types of cleaning chemicals available, you can always use distilled vinegar as well. If you are using the vinegar, you will want to let it rest in the garbage can for half an hour, so it can pick up and dissolve any remaining dirt, eggs, or harmful bacteria.

Step 4: Prevention

Finally, with your garbage can all sparkly and clean, you will want to help defend it from another infiltration. To do this, make sure that you seal all of your trash before throwing it away in the garbage can. You can also deter flies by placing a few drops of peppermint essential oil or some crushed bay leaves in the bottom of your trash can. Flies are repelled by these kinds of smells which means that your garbage can will not be another target for a nest. Finally, always make sure that you close your garbage can lid, this will help avoid them from getting inside in the first place. If you have too much trash to fit in your garbage can, you can always seal it up in a trash bag and place it next to it, or invest in another garbage can.

If the idea of cleaning out your garbage can after maggots grosses you out or you just prefer not to get close to them, contact GLEAM Bin Cleaning and Pressure Washing Services. Our professional cleaning services will leave your garbage can looking fresh and will aid in preventing future infestation. Contact us today to set up a cleaning appointment for your trash can or for more information on our pressure washing services.