Preventing insects in wheelie bins

Top tips to prevent maggots and flies in your wheelie bins:

  • store bins away from direct sunlight
  • keep lids closed
  • reduce the amount of food you throw away, especially in warmer weather
  • put food waste in a food digester, tied plastic bags or wrap in newspaper 
  • rinse food containers
  • rinse your bin regularly and use disinfectant or bleach, fly spray or insecticide strips
  • put solids from disposable nappies down the toilet and then double bag (consider using real nappies)
  • leave cat or dog food out only briefly
  • squeeze air out of bags before placing them in your bin. The lack of air slows the decomposing process and reduces smells.

If you do get maggots, once the bin has been emptied, pour boiling water over flies and maggots to kill them and leave water in the bin to cool before tipping it out. Clean the bin out with disinfectant or bleach as this will help to deter flies in the future.