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Prevent and fight maggots in the garbage can - Here's how it works


When the temperatures rise, maggots spread quickly in the garbage can. We will tell you here how you can get rid of them and how you can effectively prevent an infestation.

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In summer, looking into the garbage can is often associated with disgust and disgust. Because the warm, humid climate in the container creates ideal living conditions for a large number of insects. For example, houseflies and blowflies use organic and residual waste bins as breeding grounds. After a short time, nasty maggots will spread between leftovers and plant remains. With simple household remedies, the unloved residents can be quickly got rid of. We'll show you some ways to combat and prevent it.


  • 1 These methods can be used to control maggots
    • 1.1 nen Dry maggots with quicklime:
    • 1.2 ❍ Lime and rock flour against maggots:
    • 1.3 ❍ Vinegar sells maggots:
    • 1.4 ❍ Pepper stops the maggot infestation:
    • 1.5 ❍ dog shampoo as a killer:
    • 1.6 einsetzen Use alcohol and alcohol against maggots:
    • 1.7 ➥ An overview of the advantages and disadvantages of the individual methods
  • 2 predators in action
  • 3 How to prevent maggot infestation
    • 3.1 entsprechend Prepare the garbage can accordingly:
    • 3.2 reinigen Clean the dustbin regularly:
    • 3.3 richtig Set up the dustbin correctly:
    • 3.4 richtig Dispose of waste properly:
    • 3.5 gegen Odors against maggots:

Maggots can be controlled with these methods

When fighting maggots, you should avoid chemical insecticides. Because these aggressive preparations not only kill the insects, but also have a toxic effect on people and pets. In addition, the pollutants are concentrated in the ground, where they can only be broken down very slowly. In addition, the insects are able to develop resistance with repeated use of insecticides. The following home remedies for maggots in the garbage can are therefore much more reliable and environmentally friendly.

❍ Dry out maggots with quicklime:

Quicklime stands for calcium oxide and is formed when carbonated lime is deacidified at high temperatures. Gardeners know this substance as a fertilizer. However, quicklime is mainly used on construction sites. Because quicklime is particularly aggressive, it can also be used against larger maggot populations.

If quicklime comes into contact with water, it has a strong caustic effect. Since larvae are made up of about 90 percent water, the effects are quick and reliable. Only a few applications will be needed to end the maggot infestation. However, there are a few things to consider when handling the material:

  • Quicklime may only be used outdoors.
  • Quicklime can also damage the material of the garbage can.
  • Quicklime may only be used in small quantities.

You should always wear protective clothing when working with lime. Gloves and mouth and respiratory protection are an absolute must.

❍ Lime and rock powder against maggots:

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If you are looking for a gentler method, you will find it in the hardware store. Lime or stone powder is used in horticulture to upgrade the soil. If maggots come into contact with it, the moisture is also removed from them. The process is somewhat longer than described for quicklime, but it is also less dangerous.

You can achieve a similar effect with cat litter or salt.

If you have an open fireplace, you should simply keep the ashes in winter and sprinkle them in the garbage can in summer. Ash has a disinfectant effect and is therefore reliable against insect attack.

❍ Vinegar sells maggots:

Flies don't like vinegar. This has found a natural and effective remedy for maggots. It is advisable to use the more concentrated vinegar essence instead of conventional household vinegar. Just do the following:

  1. Add five tablespoons of vinegar essence to one liter of water.
  2. Mix liquid.
  3. Pour liquid into a spray bottle.
  4. Spray maggots with the liquid.
  5. Spray garbage can walls and lids with the liquid.
  6. Remove maggots.
  7. Allow garbage can to air dry.

You can intensify the effect by sprinkling salt over the liquid.

The good thing: If the garbage can is vented, the intense smell of vinegar will prevent other insects from visiting the container.

❍ Pepper stops the maggot infestation:

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In addition to vinegar water, pepper water is also an effective weapon against maggots in the garbage can. Make a supply of pepper solution by mixing two liters of water with two tablespoons of ground pepper. You should bring the water to the boil before adding the spice powder. When the solution has cooled, you can pour it into a spray bottle. Then simply spray the pepper water directly onto the maggots. You then die after a few minutes. At the same time, the garbage can is disinfected using pepper water.

❍ Dog shampoo as a killer:

Care products containing the active ingredient permethrin are also suitable for maggot control. This is also a proven means of pest control. This permethrin is contained in dog shampoo, for example. Simply dissolve a small amount of it in hot water. You can then use it to clean the garbage can over a large area. You can also spray the product directly onto the maggots.

Cat owners should rethink their use because permethrin is toxic to these four-legged friends.

❍ Use alcohol and alcohol against maggots:

Once the garbage can has been cleaned and one of the household remedies described has been used, the can can then be sprayed with alcohol or alcohol. The flies will then look for another breeding site for quite some time. Since the effect wears off over time, the application must be repeated several times during the summer.

➥ An overview of the advantages and disadvantages of the individual methods

quicklime• works quickly
• suitable for large populations
• aggressive
• harmful to health
• harmful to the environment
• Protective clothing necessary
Lime and stone powder• Safe to use• longer duration of action
• repeated application necessary
vinegar• reliable in effect• unpleasant smell
pepper water • reliable in effect
• additionally disinfectant
• must be made yourself
Dog shampoo• contains reliable active ingredient
• Long-term effect
• Ingredient toxic to cats
Alcohol and alcohol• easy to use• Effect wears off quickly

Predators in action

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Pests can be removed very well and without our intervention if there are appropriate predators. The maggots, for example, are a popular snack for domestic birds. If you open the bin in the morning, birds can use it. In the late morning you should close the garbage can again, so that the rising heat does not attract more flies.

However, early risers who want to use this method must also expect that they will not only attract birds, but that mice and rats will also have access to the garbage. Birds not only attack the maggots, they also like to pick up the garbage and cause mess in the garden.

If you are less disgusted with maggots and have an aquarium or garden pond, you can also use them as live food. Picking up is also worthwhile for reptile keepers.

This is how you can prevent maggot infestation

With a few simple tips and actions, maggot infestation in garbage cans can be effectively prevented. Just try the following methods:

➔ Prepare the garbage can accordingly:

In order to prevent flies from entering the organic waste bin, it is important that the lid is as tight as possible. This can be helped with the help of special rubber seals. Maggots also prefer a warm, humid environment. If the moisture is prevented by laying out several layers of newspaper or egg cartons, the slip can also be largely prevented.

An option would also be so-called grating covers, which have a filter integrated and thus prevent insects from being attracted by the fermentation gases escaping from the bin.

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Some municipalities are already using organic bins with an integrated filter lid. Putrefaction gases no longer escape to the outside. The lid also has a double seal. Thus, it sits particularly firmly.

➔ Clean the dustbin regularly:

Regular cleaning of the garbage cans is essential. If the barrel is kept clean with a high-pressure cleaner, breeding grounds for insects can be reliably removed. After cleaning, you should always spray the barrel with vinegar or pepper water.

➔ Set up the dustbin correctly:

Garbage cans should not get a full-sun stand. The heat promotes the decomposition process in the bin and creates ideal breeding conditions for flies and other insects.

In summer, you should have your organic bin emptied regularly. Even if the bin is only half full. This is how you can effectively prevent maggot infestation.

➔ Dispose of waste properly:

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The content of the bio bin has a significant influence on a possible maggot infestation. If you only dispose of plant residues as well as fruit and vegetable waste in it, the maggot plague should be rather low. However, if you also dispose of cooked food leftovers, you can count on a lively infestation, because flies prefer to use the remains of meat and fish to lay their eggs. It is therefore best to always put cooked leftovers in compostable bags and dispose of them. It is best to always dispose of a layer of garden waste between this kitchen waste. This can further reduce maggot formation.

But you should also wrap the bowls of fruit and vegetables before disposal - in newspaper or kitchen paper. The absorbent material absorbs the moisture, which then attracts far fewer flies.

Gegen Smells against maggots:

We have already talked about vinegar. Unfortunately, the smell is not really pleasant for us humans either. Therefore, alternatively use tea tree oil or lavender. These smells also keep insects away. If you put pressed cloves of garlic over your organic waste, you don't need to fear maggots either.