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Problems with flies and maggots?

Advice on how to stop flies and maggots in your green bin

Flies & Maggots

The Problem

Flies are a global pest.  In the UK they are most abundant in the season spanning from early spring to late autumn.  Most flies die off in the winter.  Flies are attracted to a range of 'foods' from manure piles to household rubbish.  Good housekeeping is the best approach to reducing problems with flies and maggots.  Flies can lay eggs within seconds and these eggs hatch into maggots within 7 - 10 days in the right conditions.  Flies eggs like hot and humid conditions and so a wheeled bin can offer the right conditions.

Helpful Tips 

The most straight forward way to avoid maggots is to prevent flies laying eggs in your food waste by wrapping left over food as soon as you can.  Try to avoid leaving food uncovered in the kitchen and make sure it is wrapped in paper before it goes into the bin.  You do not need to be an origami expert, a simple wrap and roll in newspaper will keep the flies off your food waste and stop eggs being laid.

Things to try:

  • Try to avoid flies landing on your food.
  • Deal with food waste quickly, wrap it in paper and put it into your caddy or bin.
  • Store the kitchen caddy and wheeled bin out of direct sun if possible.
  • Keep your caddy closed and bin lid shut to keep flies out.
  • Clean your caddy with soapy water or use Teignbridge District Council approved 100% compostable cornstarch caddy liners, see link above for stockists.

Please do not put paper that can be recycled into your green wheeled bin.

Your Tips

If you have a tip for avoiding flies and maggots please let us know, one householder freezes her food waste in an old ice cream container, on collection day she simply empties the frozen waste into the bin!

If you have any queries please contact the recycling helpline on 0800 731 0323.  Thank you for your support.

Keep it Compostable

Remember to avoid any non-compostable items in your bin, this will ensure that it is emptied on a regular basis and also mean we can produce a quality compost.  Compostable means 'anything that has recently lived' which usually covers food waste, garden waste and cardboard.  Please do not put any plastic or clothing in your green bin, thank you.