How to Prevent Maggots

Maggots are the larva stage of the common housefly. Flies are attracted to food and other similar types of rubbish; they lay their eggs on the rubbish and these hatch into maggots. The maggots form pupae and hatch into flies. The whole of this life-cycle on average can take up to 10 days in warm weather and up to a month in cold weather.

Why am I getting maggots?

Maggots only exist if flies have been allowed to have access to such as food rubbish or nappies etc. If flies settle on them they may lay eggs, which will then hatch into maggots.

How can I prevent maggots?

If flies don't get into contact with your left over food or rubbish, you will not get maggots. Following these simple guidelines should prevent you from getting maggots:

Food waste

  • Don't leave food and food containers open in your kitchen. Flies can lay eggs on food before you have a chance to wrap it and put it in the bin or eat it.
  • Wrap food waste carefully and put in the black bin as soon as possible. It can be helpful to double bag smelly foods or smelly waste.
  • Rinse polystyrene food trays, and other food packaging that cannot be recycled before putting in your black bin.


  • Ensure your kitchen bin has a close fitting lid – ‘swing top’ lids can let flies in
  • Try and reduce the amount of food waste going in your bin see for tips.


  • If disposable nappies are in your rubbish, empty ‘solids’ down the toilet.

Black wheeled bin

  • Keep the lid of your wheelie bin closed.
  • Store your wheeled bin out of direct sunlight, as the sun will warm up the bin, increase the risk of smells and help attract flies.
  • Clean your bin periodically to keep it smelling sweet
  • If your bins is broken or does not shut properly, contact us to arrange a repair or replacement.

How to get rid of maggots?

In the unlikely event that maggots do get into your wheeled bin, most of them will go when your bin is emptied. If some are left behind:

  • Maggots and fly eggs can be killed by using boiling water.
  • Many people find that salt is also useful to kill maggots.
  • Clean your bin out after it has been emptied. If you don't want to clean it yourself, there are a number of independent  professional bin cleaners who operate in this area
  • Using a cleaning product with a fragrance, will help to deter the flies from your bin.

Can maggots cause health problems?

Maggots are unpleasant but there is no evidence to suggest that they cause health problems. Flies are all around no matter what type of collection service is in operation. The best approach is to be careful with your waste and ensure that flies can’t get to it by following the advice above.