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Fly Blown Bins and maggots

PREVENTION IS THE KEY:

  • A fly is more likely to lay eggs in your waste BEFORE it is placed in the bin. Therefore, it is important to keep your waste covered and place it in the bin as soon as possible.
  • Maggots only exist if flies have been allowed to have access to your rubbish.
  • Although maggots are unpleasant, they are not a health hazard.

Tips to eliminate fly access

Red Bin Sizes
  • Ensure all your bin lids close completely, and are stored in the shade in a well ventilated area. If your bin is broken, cracked or you are in need of a larger red or yellow bin please contact (02) 6670 2400.
  • Empty your inside bins more frequently, every day or every other day.
  • Remove food and place food scraps in kitchen caddy right away. Leaving food scraps exposed allows flies to lay eggs.
  • Freeze meat, bones and seafood scraps and place them in your green bin on your collection day.
  • Make sure you close (or lock - using the handle) your kitchen caddy and waste bin lids. This prevents flies and pests getting into your waste and laying eggs.
  • Wrap messy items in newspaper and butcher paper before placing in kitchen caddy.
  • Use liners or wrap food scraps in newspaper or butcher paper so that food waste is not exposed.
  • Tie up compostable liners tight in a knot. A jute or hemp string or cut up liners strips can ensure bag is sealed and liners are used to their full capacity.
    Wrapped Waste
  • Keep your kitchen caddy out of direct sunlight, preferably in a cupboard to prevent flies.
  • Place small bit of newspaper or paper towel in the bottom of your kitchen caddy before placing liner or newspaper in to reduce excess liquid.
  • Place green bin out for weekly collection even if it is not full.
  • Rinse food packaging (recyclable and non-recyclable) before putting it in the yellow and red bins. Rinsing yoghurt pots, meat trays and other packaging will help reduce smells.
  • Use thick pet food bags to dispose of pet waste and keep in a cool place before placing in red bin on collection day.
  • Pet waste can also be placed in compostable bags before placing in the red bin on collection day.
  • Wherever possible, dispose of waste from nappy in the toilet, then place nappy in a plastic bag, before placing in red bin.
  • If you are using nappy specific plastic bags, bag them twice as they are thinner than regular plastic bags.
  • Try not to buy, prepare or throw away more food than you need to. Plan your food menus and use your leftovers. Visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au for tips on how to cut down your food wastage, save money and reduce your impact on the environment.
  • Consider other options, instead of disposal nappies use cloth nappies. Alternatively consider using cloth nappies at home and disposable nappies when away from home. Further resources and information on cloth nappies can be found at www.australiannappyassociation.org.au.

Tips for fly deterrents

Maggot Free Bin Device
  • Place a small cardboard box, newspaper or a small amount of garden waste at the bottom of your green bin before food waste is placed in.
  • Layer your green bin with food organics AND garden organics. This helps reduce flies from getting to your food.
  • Purchase low cost products to eliminate insects and deodorise your green and red bin for months (E.g. Borax, BinKill, Bin Bombs)
  • Before waste is placed into the green or red bin pour a capsule of daily household products to repel insects and deodorize your bins such as cloves, borax, vinegar or apple cider vinegar, eucalyptus oil, pine sol and witch hazel. Lemongrass and clove oil can also be used.
  • Wipe up spills inside your kitchen bin and wash or disinfect regularly both inside and out.
  • Keep fly deterring plants and herbs near or on kitchen window sills such as lavender, marigolds, basil and mint, rosemary and citronella.
  • Keep clean and tidy. Good hygiene in the home is the best prevention.

If you do have an incident

  • Most maggots will go when your bin is emptied, however it is also a good idea to clean and disinfect your bin once it has been emptied to kill eggs.
  • Maggots and fly eggs can be killed with boiling water.
Last Updated: 27 October 2017