Help I have maggots in my bin!!!!

(162 Posts)
Rach32 Wed 12-Jul-06 10:35:00

Been on holiday for a week and the bin was emptied today. The combination of hot weather and dirty nappies (even though they were in nappy sacks) has caused the bin to stink and when I looked inside I found some maggots. I have just put some bleach and boiling water inside to kill the maggots but I cant get rid of the smell. Any ideas???

themoon66 Wed 12-Jul-06 10:37:05

Stardrops cleaning fluid.... but only buy the one with ammonia.

Kelly1978 Wed 12-Jul-06 10:37:40

hot water and chopped lenmons? Vinegar?

emmawill Wed 12-Jul-06 10:38:18

Oh there're horrible things aren't they! I think you've done what you should I would put it outside somewhere safe with tons of bleach and leave it for the day and then early evening give it a scrub with degerent.

Good luck

Piffle Wed 12-Jul-06 10:38:59

buy about 8 pakcets of baking soda
sprinkle in bin leave overnight hosue out again in the morning

Gillian76 Wed 12-Jul-06 10:39:28

New bin?

Would be my only solution, I'm afraid...

dewmeadow Wed 12-Jul-06 10:39:33

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!

YellowFeathers Wed 12-Jul-06 10:42:49

For £2, we had someone clean our bin with a power washer and some smelly stuff every other week.
Never had maggots since.

TinyGang Wed 12-Jul-06 10:43:42

Caustic soda. Be careful though, it's nasty stuff, but works.

I have to get dh to deal with anything remotely maggoty. They just make me want to run about in hysterics I HAAATE them and flies too.

colditz Wed 12-Jul-06 10:48:10

Ugh ugh ugh ugh

blow it up

themoon66 Wed 12-Jul-06 10:54:29

Yellowfeathers - you can hire someone to clean your wheelie bins?? Like the oven cleaning companies you mean?? Sounds fantastic.

Greensleeves Wed 12-Jul-06 11:11:46

Please, have the whole house encased in lead and dropped in the middle of the Pacific. Today. NOW. <<shuddering uncontrollably>>

southeastastra Wed 12-Jul-06 11:48:33

just get some cheap disinfectant, pour in with hot water and leave the lid open, it'll soon clear. although greensleeves suggestion is probably the most effective

fredly Wed 12-Jul-06 15:50:33

bleach

Greensleeves Wed 12-Jul-06 17:00:38

Have they gone yet?

<<cowers gibbering in darkened corner>>

cece Wed 12-Jul-06 17:27:12

Arghhh me too.

Our bins are only collected once a fortnight, and they writh with maggots all the time. It is DISGUSTING. I am currently on a writing campaign to get them to collect weekly.

Jeyes fluid and spray with fly spray.

MrsBadger Wed 12-Jul-06 17:29:59

We don't have a wheely bin, just a regular dustbin, and I haven't noticed maggots, but I do put an inch or two of cat litter in the bottom to absorb any leaks from the binbags - keeps smells down too.
Guess you'd have to replace it a lot if your bins get tipped up straight into the dustcart though.

Rach32 Wed 12-Jul-06 21:25:51

Update - the bleach and hot water killed the maggots - hurrah!! I also got DH to pressure wash the wheelie bin this evening and its looking sparkly clean although still a bit smelly. Going to leave it overnight and hopefully the smell will go. I have to say though I am quite proud of how well I responded to the maggot situation - considering I normally run a mile at anything like that I kept calm and dealt with it myself!

saltire Thu 13-Jul-06 10:56:09

cece, interetsing about your bin having maggots. Our bins are due to be emptied fortnightly, starting in March, and when i asked about nmaggots, and the possibilty of them being in the bins , espec in hot weather, i was told
"Don't be silly Mrs Saltire, the gestation period of a maggot is three weeks, hence the reason we can empty them safely on a 2 weeks basis"
Of course there will be maggots everywhere,anyway, because my bin is full to the brim every week, so i don't know where i'm going to put my excess rubbish.

themoon66 Thu 13-Jul-06 11:04:29

God I hope the two weekly bin emptying doesnt catch on too much. I couldn't handle that. I might have to only pay half my council tax as a response. My wheelie bin is full to the top after 6 days.

Greensleeves Thu 13-Jul-06 11:06:14

Ours are emptied every two weeks. I have to give the bins a wide birth when I come in and out of the house, I am so phobic . It's disgusting really, a shoddy service.

southeastastra Thu 13-Jul-06 11:06:28

perhaps the council will give us another box for 'live' things like maggots

i don't know how we'll cope either, we have to clean all the labels off glass and plastics too argh

Greensleeves Thu 13-Jul-06 11:06:38

berth

themoon66 Thu 13-Jul-06 11:10:41

I agree with recycling/different boxes for stuff, but only coming to empty bins once a fortnight is seriously taking the piss.

I live down a pretty country lane and the flytipping is bad enough already. If bins get emptied less, there will be even more folks coming to leave their crap down my lane coz its too far to drive to the dump.

desperateSCOUSEwife Thu 13-Jul-06 11:13:19

put bi-carb in bin

PiccadillyCircus Thu 13-Jul-06 11:13:53

Our bins are collected every two weeks (ordinary rubbish and recyclying alternate). Last summer there were many maggots (DD now having reusables seems to have helped). Council's suggestion was to double wrap any meat and to freeze left overs until rubbish was collected .

southeastastra Thu 13-Jul-06 11:19:12

freeze left-overs! i can't fit anything else in my freezer argh. there will be a bin revolution

geekgrrl Thu 13-Jul-06 11:19:15

oh no - us too. We don't get a proper wheelie bin but have a small bucket with lid in the garden that we put the bagged-up dog poo in. It's infested! I'll have to chuck the whole thing, can't cope with cleaning it out.

themoon66 Thu 13-Jul-06 11:24:51

urgh urgh what a horrible picture that paints in my mind!

poppiesinaline Thu 13-Jul-06 11:52:02

ewwwwww we had maggots last week. I think the wheelie bin could have got up and walked for the amount of movement in there and spilling over the top ewwwwwww.

I made DH bleach it and put boiling water in there once the bin had been emptied. He also left it open for a day and also bleached again. Seems to have solved the problem... for now anyway!!!

saltire Thu 13-Jul-06 11:57:10

Well, ref the bins being emptied 2 weekly. this is what i was told by Fife council (who else has such crap service)

"Due to new regualtions regarding landfill sites, we are obliged to REDUCE to amount of rubbish we put into landfill sites. In order to enable us to reduce the amount of rubbish, we will be emptying bins fortnightly"

I pointed out that they would in fact have the same amount of rubbish, just that they would be putting it into the landfills less often. However as Dpointed out, fife will only empty bins that have the lid shut. Even if its open less than 5 cms, the bin men open the bin, take the offending bag out and dump on the pavement. So DH reckons that if they do this in March when 2 weekly collections start, then there will be bags of rubbish lying around all ove rht eplace!

southeastastra Thu 13-Jul-06 12:03:54

it is a crazy situation. here you can buy another bin for £80 (one off payment) so if you can afford the £80 you can effectively have the same service. crap councils. time to start leaving unwanted packaging at the supermarket?

themoon66 Thu 13-Jul-06 12:25:57

Oh yes southeastastra. Lets start a campaign to leave all our unneccessary packing at the supermarket. Love that idea.

cazboldy Thu 13-Jul-06 12:41:09

i have a 2 weekly service aswell, which is bad, but recently i rang and complained about the hot weather making the bins smell, and they said that as i have 6 members in my household i can have another set of bins, which were delivered the next day!!

geekgrrl Thu 13-Jul-06 14:15:30

right, I'll try to sort my dog poo bin out now. Wish me luck... I'm going for the 'look away whilst doing it' approach. RETCH!
Don't want to leave it for dh to do - that seems a bit wimpish (tempting though!). Poor dh finds maggots just as gross as I do, I'm sure.

TinyGang Mon 17-Jul-06 13:33:29

Aaargh ours is heaving too now...vile vile things. I feel sick!Does fly spray kill the maggots too does anyone know? Ugh!! I can barely open the lid to look.

This is largely due to a fortnightly collection too. Have just rung the council and they said to 'double bag' everything. The problem is, after two weeks of squashing everything in, we can't close the lid and if a bird or cat makes a hole in the rubbish bags, in go the flies.

We recycle as much as we can.

WHEELIEWHEEL Sat 02-Sep-06 15:35:30

We have had maggots too this weekend in our black bin. Our rubbish is collected every two weeks. I agree with recycling but wish we could have rubbish collected every week. We have used boiling water and then Jeyes fluid to clean out our bin and removed the offending sacks and rebagged them! YUK!!! I hate creepy crawlies. Any more suggestions?

magnolia1 Sat 02-Sep-06 15:38:19

Same here, last week 1st time ever we had maggots Dh washed bin with bleach and they gone now!! Urgh!!!!!

1Baby1Bump Sat 02-Sep-06 15:44:30

fill up the kettle....
boil it....
then pour it in slowly...

they stop wriggling instantly!!



so dh told me when we had it!

magnolia1 Sat 02-Sep-06 15:45:59

Thats barbaric Dh siad they squeal too

1Baby1Bump Sat 02-Sep-06 15:48:27

mag, apparently if you listen carefully some of them make a hissing noise when the water goes in!!
a waste of good fishing bait he says tho....!!

magnolia1 Sat 02-Sep-06 15:50:43

Ewwwwwww!

UselessMum Sat 02-Sep-06 16:16:03

argh. had the same problem myself just last week. because of industrial strike the rubbish did not get collected for two weeks and yes magots started coming out from the wheelie bin!!!

I could not even go near them!!

I had to wait another week before it was collected. (I had to spray something in it meanwhile).

I've used bleach and power washer but I think I;ll try the soda as well.

(I'd never have believed that I could end up discussing maggots in MN too. great!)

dreamteamgirl Sun 03-Sep-06 23:36:06

Oooh I hate maggots. I have had this, this summer too due to moving and not having binned cleaned for 8 weeks. Shudder

These arent who I use, but they are national http://www.greencleen.co.uk/, or just google bin cleaning uk

smirnoffice Wed 27-Jun-07 16:41:10

I seem to always get maggots in my bin during the summer months and absolutely hate having to get rid of them. However, I bought a really fab product online from http://www.bin-fresh.co.uk It's really easy to use - just put a wipe a day in your bin and it keeps the flies away and adds a nice, fresh smell to your bin at the same time - Try it!!

KezzaG Wed 27-Jun-07 16:50:19

Who said maggots take weeks to hatch. Not in my experience.

I was 8 months pregnant, dh away, went to bed and left cat food down that had been out in the day, just a tiny bit left in the bowl and had been there for about 4 hours. Didnt even think to empty it. Came downstairs at about 4am to use the loo (have to walk through the kitchen) and I stop and think to myself - hold in I didnt have rice for my tea!! Yep, maggots hatched in the cat food and crawling all over the floor. Now I can actually see when they have been laid, and it can be as quick as an hour after I have out the food down in the summer.

I have also brought eggs from the grocer, put them straight in the fridge and when I opened the box the next day there were maggots on them. I presume it was dirt from the chickens bum or something

They are determined little buggers I'll give them that.

clare112 Sat 17-May-08 00:00:48

oh no i missed the wednesday brown bin collection i've just gone outside to let the dogs out and there's maggots dripping from the bin and theres a sea of maggots all over the patio!! there heading towards the back door helppppppp!!

thank to all for the above advice i'm now going to burn them all with boiling water i hope they hiss!!!

gem1981 Wed 21-May-08 08:59:07

I used to know someone who did admin work in the bin dept of their local council and the council had just started a fortnightly collection

LOTS of people complained about maggots at first as they started the scheme in the summer.

the worst things for these wretched things are chicken carcasses (sp) and fish (YUK!!).

In theory if you bag all your food well and double wrap bones /meat waste etc the flies can't get in to lay their eggs - In theory!!

I have had a fortnightly collection for a while now and even though I do all this I am still finding maggots in my bin - their regularity is slowy curing my phobia though grin but the smell after 2 weeks is minging, I always worry that germs can be breathed in from my bin (can they???)

I personally put a whole bottle of bleach in my bin with about 3 kettles worth of boiling water and leave the lid open for a few hours. I then give it a good swill and it gets rid of the worst of it.

However i am considering getting a bin cleaner - they charge around £3.00 every 2 weeks.

As an aside all this bleaching etc can't be very good for the environment and isn't this why we are doing this fortnightly collection to encourage recycling and help the environment?

hmm

gem1981 Wed 21-May-08 09:01:49

oooh god i am itching all over now

ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

gurtie Wed 09-Jul-08 23:27:37

sad I got up yesterday morning went out on to patio and there was maggots every where coming from the bin I have re bagged the rubbish washed the bin out but tonight they are back in force my bin is not due to be emptyed for another 5 days and I cannot stand the maggots I am worried they might get in the house HELP HELP HELP

cornsilk Wed 09-Jul-08 23:29:03

I had them dropping out of my bin once. I called the council and ranted down the phone and they came and took it away and left a shiny new one in it's place.

Califrau Wed 09-Jul-08 23:31:01

you think you've got problems? SPHIL's DH has a worm in his leg!

cornsilk Wed 09-Jul-08 23:32:20

But at least that's a good drinking story. Worms in the bin you are not going to share!

KerryMum Wed 09-Jul-08 23:33:12

oh ffs

off with you lot with all your maggots and worms....

PictureThis Wed 09-Jul-08 23:33:25

Califrau you beat me to it. Maggots in the bin is like a walk in the park compared to wormy leg thread

WendyWeber Wed 09-Jul-08 23:38:36

How do the flies get into the bins to lay the eggs?

phraedd Thu 10-Jul-08 12:58:26

we asked our council if we could buy another green bin (garden waste, cardboard etc) and got told that we couldn't.

They can sell the compost on so i don't really understand what the problem is

so we too have fortnightly collections and maggots.....not really what you want around the children in their own gardens is it?

tootyflooty Sun 20-Jul-08 14:24:02

last night discovered a maggot rave going on round the top of my bin, blasted them with boiling water, but each time I went back to check more had appeared.I have spent more time with my maggot mates and kettle than I have my family this weekend !!!! I even dreamt about my bin last night, Sad !!!! I can't bring myself to pull out all the rubbish bags to rebag them and there is still 2 more days until rubbish collection.There will be more water than rubbish at this rate. I bleach and scrub my bin every 2 weeks so not sure what happened this time. Well kettles just boiled again so back to maggot attack, nice to know I'm not alone !!!

Emmsy1 Fri 25-Jul-08 14:37:23

I found maggots crawling all over the inside of the lid yesterday, I thought I had killed them all but found another load this morning, have used 1 & 1/2 bottles of bleach today, problem is the bin is quite full and I am not going to pull all the bags out as can't bare to touch them (DH is a wimp also) the fortnightly bin collection is on tuesday and we are due to have our bin washed on the same day, cant wait, this is making me ill, and is going to cost me a fortune in bleachsmile

angelinaHP Sun 27-Jul-08 00:16:43

I went outside to wave off my boyfriend and actually stood in the sea of maggots pouring out from my bin. I hadn't seen them and was bare foot. Compleatly freaked out!!!!!!!

Once i composed myself i had a mad hour quirting bleech on the path and kettles full of boiling water but, but they just don't seem to die!!!!!

Have moved the bin to the other side of the road & ten minutes later there was another sea forming! so have put something heavy on top to hold the lid shut. Bin is not collected for another 5 days. Not sure what else to do??

What will it be like when the maggots turn into flys? OMG i am really freaking out now!!!!!!

deblindsay1 Tue 29-Jul-08 09:54:11

I am so glad to have found this thread as I thought it was only me!!!!! I have been using bleach and boiling water and have been told by the council that if the binmen can see any on the lid then they will not empty the bin when they come in 2 days!!!!! angry What on earth will we do then?????????? Off out with the bleach again, I am scared to pen the lid..Did anyone know if fly spray works?
:-)

jazzandh Tue 29-Jul-08 17:46:48

Me too.....I emptied a bag of soda crystals in the bin, read somewhere that salt killed the blighters, and that was the nearest thing that I had. Hoped it worked a bit like salt on slugs grin

Haven't really looked at the bin too hard since!

angelinaHP Wed 30-Jul-08 21:44:42

I simply closed the lid and put something heavy on top. My partner checked today & they were all nearly dead. We're assuming the warm weather has killed them.

moominjules Tue 12-Aug-08 15:27:04

Hoorah, thank goodness for this thread, I found my black bin (fortnightly collection) had maggots in it yesterday, I sprayed it all with bug spray, but when I woke this morning and left for work, they are al crawing on top of it, so I boiled the kettle and poured that on it, I'd dreading going home and finding whats developed!
have text dh to get an industrial bag of salt on his way home, I've also ready that hair spray works well at killing them, so when I get home I think me and dh will have to tackle it together with a mixture of salt boiling water bleach and hairspray!! surely one of those will work!!

Bins don't get emptied until friday either, as soon as its empty though we're pressure hosing it and bleaching it and anything else to get it clean again. urgh.

riojaqueen Sun 31-Aug-08 21:21:53

All was fine when I threw a nappy sack into the bin this morning. Two hours later, maggots dripping everywhere from the bin. 10 kettles of boiling water have made little difference so we've taken the drastic action of clingfilming our bin top to bottom to suffocate the little buggers. They're all over the patio and it stinks. Five days to go until collection day...whoopee! shock

notagrannyyet Sun 31-Aug-08 22:17:20

We have recycling (plastic, cardboard, glass) one week.
General waste the next, and always have maggots in the summer. 3 or 4 buckets of bleech & hot water usually does the trick.
I do wish household waste was still collected weekly.

makeminealargeoneplease Tue 02-Sep-08 11:20:54

I'd get it cleaned professionally. There are companies that specialise in it now, for about £20 you can get it cleaned like new. Google Wheelie Clean

CatIsSleepy Tue 02-Sep-08 11:24:26

our food waste gets taken away weekly but there were still maggots in it the other week
tons of them all writhing around, I nearly barfed

am taking head in sand approach
dh said they were all gone when bins were emptied
am firmly resolved not to look whenever I put anything in bin
at least it's nearly winter grin

EustaciaVye Wed 03-Sep-08 15:51:59

Oh f*.

Maggots in my bin. First time found them yesterday. Double bagged offending bin bag and shoved it in bin.

Now found them crawling up the inside of the wheelie bin and a few on top.

Does boiling water do anythign?

bozza Wed 03-Sep-08 16:03:28

We have had fortnightly collections for ages and never run out of space in the bin and also never had maggots. bin did get full when binmen were striking because then didn't get emptied for a month.

Jas Wed 03-Sep-08 16:08:31

Boiling water will kill them, but not stop more.

I clean out my wheelie bin every time it is emptied, which helps (also reduces smell as it has to live quite close to my front door), but we get weekly collections in the summer here as it was such a big problem.

Egg Wed 03-Sep-08 16:16:27

To kill maggots I use RAID fly spray. Works wonders.

We also have fortnightly collection and as I have three children age 2 and under I have a lot of nappies so we can never fit everything in.

I pleaded with council and said I would pay for another bin so we don't have to have bags of maggots sitting in the garden for DS1 to play with and they said you only get an extra bin if you have 6 or more people living in your house, so I need to have another baby or a lodger hmm.

EustaciaVye Wed 03-Sep-08 16:26:33

Ok, Found some RAID Wasp and FLY spray. I have sprayed as much as I can into the bin without suffocating myself and shut the lid.

Will this kill them all? Will it stop new ones?

Sorry to go on. I'm totally phobic about fleas,maggots etc.

EustaciaVye Wed 03-Sep-08 16:27:26

This is the first time we've had them by the way. Normally scrupulous about putting rubbish in the bin but a bag got left outside for a day before it went in there.

ludaloo Wed 03-Sep-08 16:31:19

Bleurgh!

Nightmare! I found teeny weeny maggots under the rim of the cat bowl shock shock
Believe me, the cat bowls are constantly washed aswell(cat food is sooooo attractive to small children for some reason)
Some manky fly must have laid eggs under there and in literally a day, they have hatched into little maggots. Really really grim.

<<shudder>>

Cat bowl was duly flung in the garden and DH dealt with it while I did a strange toe curling, finger flicking, shuddering type dance!

Tutter Wed 03-Sep-08 16:31:55

ugh

thought it said chin

<<shudder>>

ludaloo Wed 03-Sep-08 16:32:44

BTW....mucho mucho sympathy EV xxx

grouchyoscar Wed 03-Sep-08 17:06:09

A newspaper soaked in Jeyes fluid put in the bottom of the bin tends to help with smells and insect issues

ColumboWearsControlPants Sat 06-Sep-08 21:00:19

When you say maggots - I've had little cocoon shaped brown things (eggs?) around the lid of my compost bin which is only collected once a fortnight - are they maggots or are they the stage before maggots? They don't move or anything. Anyway, I have only got them since I stopped bagging all kitchen waste in brown paper caddy liners, so needless to say I have immediately ordered a whole load more (after doing the bin with boiling water and Dettol).

My council say they do the fortnightly collections to encourage recylcing which is fair enough, but I think if it is really for recycling and not just cost cutting they should take weekly green bin collections (compostable waste) and weekly bottle/plastics/paper recycling collections but keep the non recyclable wheelie bins fortnightly. It would encourage people to sort their waste more and would prevent smells and maggots in the summer.

whitetulips Sat 06-Sep-08 22:22:22

Me too!! Have used 2 bottles of bleach today and now they are marching across the drive and up to the front door, yuk yuk yuk. My bin is cleaned by a company every month, and was done 11 days ago everything is bagged I feel so dirty.

Am on the phone to the council first thing monday

DanJARMouse Sat 06-Sep-08 22:37:26

I use a bin clean company that come every 4 weeks - due again on monday.

Our brown bin (garden waste, food waste and cardboarD) had maggots a few times earlier in the summer, havent noticed any lately.

Want to get some compostable bags for bagging up food waste though because it is that that attracts the flies.

And living right by the smelly docks, we get LOADS of flies!

maturestudentlikegoodwine Mon 22-Sep-08 21:51:53

I just had hundreds of em marching up my path n under my back door making an assault on the kitchen floor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Boiling water stopped em in their tracks as did the broom, but in the end I resorted to pickin them up and squashing them. my back garden looks like a maggot masacre, but they keep squirming back to life!!!!!!!!
So much for having 2 teenage sons who ran away squealing!!!!

iklefred Fri 03-Jul-09 11:36:10

ok, less of how often the bins are emptied and reply to the questions in hand alot of you are saying to clean the bin with bleach and other stuff but that is when the bin has been emptied. how the hell do u get rid off them if your bin is full and collection isnt due for another week? my bin and garden are infested, my kids cant play outside because of it and the neighbours can see it all, i feel disguting with the fact that my garden is covered and need a very quick solution to the problem.

PurlyQueen Thu 09-Jul-09 00:35:20

This is happening to me right now. Maggots are crawling all over my wheelie bin. And they are crawling *in convoy* across the front patio sad shock.

I have poured boiling water and bleach all over the front patio.

I am so scared that they will get into the house. Thank god the refuse collection is this morning.

This has never happened to me before. I'm mortified and scared. I can't face lifting the lid of the wheelie bin.

thumbwitch Thu 09-Jul-09 00:39:17

urgh gross - I remember we looked in the school bins outside the dining hall one summer when I was about 9 - the sight of all those writhing squirmy maggots in there put me right off school dinners and has given me a major horror of maggots ever since blush

Does Raid work on them, like it does on flies?

madusa Sat 08-Aug-09 10:16:03

does anything work on them?

Our bin isn't due to be collected for another 6 days and there is no room to put any more rubbish and there are maggots dripping onto the floor

Bleach doesn't work and neither does wheel cleaner (acid).

I can't fill the whole wheelie bin with boiling water.

The council don't care as they don't think that it is a health risk

Before anyone says "recycle more", we recycle until our green bin is full and then have to start putting it in the grey bin. We can't have another green bin as the council think that a family of 5 are fine with one bin for 2 weeks worth of recycling. I could fill the green bin every single week. Why don't they take the recycling every week to encourage people to recycle more?

grrr

I am so peed off

Signing in for maggoty bin here too. shock
Never in my slovenly life have I had a maggoty bin before.
I'm going to give Bin Busters a call I think.

ExtraFancy Mon 10-Aug-09 20:33:31

Bloody hell! We have fortnightly bin collection here too but I've never had maggots in all the 3 years I've lived here! Yikes at 'rivers of maggots'...how is that possible? How do they get out of the bin?!

JennyPenny22 Tue 11-Aug-09 03:25:45

Well its 3am and I have just got home from tesco - buying anything that might kill maggots! They were on my bin yesterday but thought it was just a few and although it was gross, didn't do much about it. Tonight I said to DH to put some boiling water over it to make sure it didn't get worse. He did this at about 11pm.

We then noticed (after standing in them for 5 mins!) that there were in fact, maggots covering our driveway! They are the same colour as the bricks which is why we didn't see them! We had even walked some of them in to the house by the time we noticed!!

Have now covered them all in insect killing powder and hope that helps (boiling water wasn't doing much - DH did about 20 kettles and gave up!)

A tip I read online is to put a tray with beer in on the ground and they will all crawl in and drown! Have put 2 out there and will let you know how it goes!

I gave Bin Busters a call, but my crazy nosy --helpful neighbour is cleaning it at the moment. grin
She mows our front lawn too.

mummiesgirlie100 Thu 13-Aug-09 19:54:04

wastingmyejumication , binbusters are a waste of money, you want tio think yourself lucky that you have good neighbours that take the time to help cutting your lawn and clean out a maggot infested bin, so i would give them a big thankyou if i was you, i am not that lucky to have such great neighbours like you have, so i think they are a 1 in a million. So be gratefull for all they have done for you.

JennyPenny22 Fri 14-Aug-09 01:10:28

Right a good tip that works and is cheap and fairly eco too - Get a tray and fill it with a can of cheap beer. The maggots are attracted to it and they go in and drown. My tray filled with maggots overnight!

mummiesgirlie100 Fri 14-Aug-09 02:53:09

Message deleted by Mumsnet.

Where did I mention eco-friendly? I am thankful for what they do.
Name-changing or joining specifically to tell me that you know who I am isn't very nice either frankly.

And coming onto a thread about maggots in bins and telling someone it's disgusting is really rude.

BitOfFun Fri 14-Aug-09 09:31:01

Mummiesgirlie- that is a disgraceful way to speak to an MNer and totally against the spirit of the boards. I shall be reporting your post, but really you should be ashamed enough to do it yourself.

With regards to the maggots- we are lucky to have weekly collections, but a friend I know sells them to the bait shop! Disgusting but enterprising...grin

Have to agree with BOF, awful way to talk to someone on the boards mummiesgirlie - why did you name change just to post that exactly? Wasting was only jesting.

Another one who gets <<shudders>> maggots in the outside bin <<heave>> I let DH deal with though wink grin

GetOrfMoiLand Fri 14-Aug-09 09:38:33

Mummiesgirlie - what the hell are you playing at? That is a threatening post, and also completely inappropriate to say 'I know who you are' like that.

Lizzylou Fri 14-Aug-09 09:41:14

Mummiesgirlies, what are you on about?
If you do know Wasting that was a very odd way to go about letting her know.
Bad form.

Never had maggots in the bin, but we live in the frozen north so probably why. Bleurgh.

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RumourOfAHurricane Fri 14-Aug-09 09:47:12

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PuppyLoves Fri 14-Aug-09 09:50:17

BOF - How much does your friend get for her maggots?

we have hd maggots this year too, we don't have a bin and have to store black bags in my garden until bin day, the smell is disgusting and i have to boil a kettle and pour over the bag, then wearing rubber gloves, take the bags out the front on bin day [barf]

mummiesgirlie100 Fri 14-Aug-09 13:17:06

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Who are you then?

mummiesgirlie100 Fri 14-Aug-09 13:26:07

HHM. Surely you know?

GetOrfMoiLand Fri 14-Aug-09 13:30:33

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I don't know. And you may not have namechanged, but this is the only thread you've posted on.

Maggots aren't health risks til they turn into flies actually.

My husband usually does the grass, but he hurt his arm two months ago. I've been trying to get hold of a strimmer for weeks since it got too long for the mower.

I was going to deal with the bin, but she was out cleaning it before I got the chance to. I don't have a hose, or bleach, or anything else to clean a wheelie bin out, so I was very thankful that she did it, and told her as much.

PuppyLoves Fri 14-Aug-09 13:44:13

Our bin gets collected fortnightly and what with dd in nappies its gross by collection today. It makes me heave but nothing seems to work, not even bleach.

GetOrfMoiLand Fri 14-Aug-09 13:45:20

Wasting, you don't have to justfify yourself to her.

mummiesgirlie100 Fri 14-Aug-09 13:48:44

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I'm sorry mummiesgirlies but to go around saying that people who have maggots in their bins need to call Kim & Aggie is very rude & uncalled for.

I have a clean house, untidy at times yes but I have 2 DC & they don't live in a show home, but clean. Just because I have maggots in an outside bin where soiled nappies are placed until bin day does not make me or anyone else with this problem dirty. Grow up.

PuppyLoves Fri 14-Aug-09 13:49:52

I've just found a company that will clean my bin once a month and it will cost £21 for 6 months - it'll be worth it if it keeps the maggots away

PuppyLoves Fri 14-Aug-09 13:50:58

You are not allowed to put domestic waste into public bins, its illegal you fool

mummiesgirlie100 Fri 14-Aug-09 13:58:41

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Have you been in my house then?

Nobody has said a word to us, neighbour has been very understanding when I've apologised for the state of the garden.

mummiesgirlie100 Fri 14-Aug-09 14:07:18

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I honestly don't know who you are.

mummiesgirlie100 Fri 14-Aug-09 14:09:33

Wasting, people dont want to say anything directly, as they know you are nice people, but they are getting a little concearned thats all.

BitOfFun Fri 14-Aug-09 14:10:02

Wasting, please stop engaging with this loon for your own safety. Let MNHQ deal with it, my love.

Concerned about grass?!

This is the first and only time I have ever had maggots in my bin.

And how the hell do you know what state my house is in if you've never been in it?!

mummiesgirlie100 Fri 14-Aug-09 14:12:52

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BoF, I want to know who it is.

How the hell does my neighbour know about a joke I made on an internet forum?

BitOfFun Fri 14-Aug-09 14:14:48

Let MNHQ work it out. They have the IP and can ban the user for harrassment.

mummiesgirlie100 Fri 14-Aug-09 14:17:40

Wasting, your neighbour has also got a pc.Didnt look like a joke .

RumourOfAHurricane Fri 14-Aug-09 14:18:14

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And she would be hunting through Mumsnet for clues as to my identity why?

Ok!

I'm sorry mummiesgirlie but you are bang out of order dragging this onto a public forum & saying horrible things & making snide little digs. Actually, I'm not sorry, you're passing comments that are uncalled for.

mummiesgirlie100 Fri 14-Aug-09 14:21:13

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RumourOfAHurricane Fri 14-Aug-09 14:22:19

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How? Why would she be looking on Mumsnet?

RumourOfAHurricane Fri 14-Aug-09 14:23:28

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mummies - you are a total loon, bugger orf.

wasting - hang in there bud, as you can see, half of MN (including me) have maggot infested bins.

RumourOfAHurricane Fri 14-Aug-09 14:23:53

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<<Grabs wastings arm & pulls her gently away>> Not worth it Wasting really she's not, just let her stew in her own juice, come on.

GetOrfMoiLand Fri 14-Aug-09 15:23:47

Why the fuck was my message deleted?

There was nowt outrageous on it!

<lost MN virginity as never had message deleted before>

PuppyLoves Fri 14-Aug-09 17:32:26

Why hasn't MNHQ banned her by now? Bad form really. They should be hot on the heels of things like this esp. after the Cod episode.

Wasting shes winding you up, walk away, you're just playing into her hands

Jaquelinehyde Fri 14-Aug-09 17:48:35

Oh my goodness, what a nasty, mean, pathetic woman you must be mummie. Coming onto an internet forum to bully, yes bully another person can only mean that you lead an uninspiring, lonely existance...

Or you are a spotty 15 year old who has no friends and even the school geek refused to kiss you.

You chose which it is, but just do it quietly and away from mumsnet please.

She's been banned now. smile

EachPeachPearMum Fri 14-Aug-09 21:16:06

Why on earth was this resurrected though? OP was from 2006!

Maggots are perennial.

JennyPenny22 Sat 15-Aug-09 00:14:55

Oh my god! Didn't notice it was so old! I guess somebody must have searched for maggots as they had a problem and then once one person posted it bumped it and carried it on. I posted on here about maggots and didn't notice the date.

I can't see the deleted messages obviously, but can I get this straight? She was your neighbour? And was offended by the first thing your wrote on this thread? Then took it too far?

proverbial Sat 15-Aug-09 11:26:36

If your bin is full after a week, do you not think maybe you have too much rubbish rather than not enough collections?
Since my area brought in (steep) bin charges and pay by weight, there has been a massive increase in recycling and a huge decrease is rubbish going to landfill. We recycle everything, reuse, reduce, purposefully buy less packaging etc. We have a standard size wheelie bin and are a family of 4 (almost 5) with 1 in nappies full time and another at night.
We put out our black bin on average every 5 weeks. Its not easy to suddenly change your habits, but it seems to me that most people really need to do something about how much rubbish they produce. I can't believe so many people need to put a full black bin out every single week!

And boke at the maggots!

PuppyLoves Sat 15-Aug-09 11:35:03

I could reduce my rubbish in my bin .. by fly tipping and if I was ever charged for my rubbish (on top of council tax) I would resort to just that.

What areas have introduced this charging?

My bin isn't full every week. It probably would be if we used disposables. Fortnightly collections are a very good reason to use cloth nappies. <smug>

Even if the bins only half full, it's still going to be sat there for a fortnight.

PuppyLoves Sat 15-Aug-09 12:20:07

I fill a wheeley bin up with rubbish fortnightly and I fill a wheely bin (same size as rubbish wheely bin) with recycling and normally have recycling that won't go in the bin and I have to leave by the side of the bin for the bin men.

I do more than my bit for recyclingdh makes weekly trips to the bottle/paper banks as well.

I still have a full rubbish bin every fortnight.

pooexplosionsforbreakfast Sat 15-Aug-09 12:49:44

If you are putting out recyclable materials to go to landfill I don't think you are doing enough, to be honest.
Not to be confrontational, but I think there is an attitude that your rubbish is someone elses problem, that the council should deal with, yo just happen to make it. You need to change the attitude, not the method of bin collection. Buy products with less packaging, compost your food waste, reuse what you can, if you have more stuff to recycle, bring it to the local bring centre.
I'm by no means an eco-warrior, but I think most people need to think less about the inconvenience or otherwise of their bins and mmore about where the rubbish that they have created goes to, and the effect on everyone on the mountains of garbage we all create.

proverbial Sat 15-Aug-09 12:58:23

You'd dump your rubbish in the street Puppy? shock
I'm just surprised that you can make so much rubbish to have a problem, we don't have anything like that amount of crap.

I'm in Ireland, we don't have council tax as such, we pay for all kinds of seperate things! In my area the bins are privatised, and we choose the pay by weight option as it is cheaper when we recycle so much.
Perhaps it is the provisions that were put in place when all these charges were brought in. We have bottle, can and clothing banks around the corner. If you buy an electrical appliance, the seller has to take your old one to dispose of it. If you buy large items, such as furniture etc, you can bring all of the packaging back to the shop for them to dispose of. There are recycling centres around that take garden waste, hazardous materials, all plastic, card, paper etc. Our green bin takes plastics and aluminium as well as paper and card.

So all we have in out black bin is nappies and food waste (and only that because our area has no brown bins yet, many do, or a garden as we would compost it). So our black bin goes out every 5-6 weeks. Its easy once its a widespread change.

You're not supposed to put cooked food in the compost though are you?

I don't drive which makes it harder to take things to recycling centres, though we will be visiting the dump to get rid of broken furniture and textiles soon.

You don't need an overflowing bin to get maggots though.

PuppyLoves Sat 15-Aug-09 13:28:11

Maybe I wasn't clear enough.

We have two wheely bins. One is for rubbish, One is for recycing. The bin men collect each one on alternate weeks. So we have a list of things we can put into the recyling bin and the council take this once a fortnight.

We are allowed to have more than a bins full of recycling, just leave it by the side of the bin and the bin men will take it.

But they won't take more than a bin full of rubbish, they leave any extra behind. Unless you have a certain amount of people in your house (ie lots) and then you can pay £40 for another rubbish wheely bin.

So I recylce more than a wheely bin each fortnight, along with cans/glass recycling. Now we no longer have a care we will have to walk to the banks.

So I do more than my share as far as I'm concerned.

And yes, if I had to pay for my rubbish to be collected, on top of council tax then I would dump in the street in protest.

JennyPenny22 Sat 15-Aug-09 13:37:57

So you leave dirty nappies in your dustbin for 6 weeks? Surly thats not hyginic? It must stink no?

Webme1 Sat 15-Aug-09 13:47:02

Jeyes fluid bin freshener is great.

I double wrap in old newspapers, anything that is potentially smelly or distasteful.

If you have a big freezer, double wrap food and instead of putting in the food waste, put it in the freezer until emptying day.

Put cat litter in the bottom of the bin for any loss of fluid.

Keeping the bin open, allowing the air to circulate, might reduce the 'cooking' effect in very hot weather.

My freezer is full of food and opening the bin would allow the flies in Webme1.

PuppyLoves Sat 15-Aug-09 14:38:02

Really? Nappies for 6 weeks? boak

proverbial Sat 15-Aug-09 15:54:25

No, the bin doesn't smell that bad and I've never had maggots! I'm not sure why a dustbin is meant to be hygenic, but it sounds better than most on this thread! All nappies go in scented bags, the wheelie bin has a mat of some kind in the bottom (I don't know exactly what it is, its aborbs odours and stuff), and it gets washed out every 3 months or so. Plus its not outside my house, its in a bin store at the end of the block.
We had a major financial incentive to change our habits here. When bin charges were introduced there was war, but know everyone is used to it and the entire country has reduced its reliance on landfill. I'd call that a success for sure.

rebstoddy Tue 25-Aug-09 21:48:50

SOOOOOOO...after reading all this & realising how long ago this was posted...does anyone have a 100% reliable answer to the question "HOW DO I KILL THESE PESKY MAGGOTS"?????!!!!! Mum of 4, who cleans her bins EVERY time they are emptied & is HORRIFIED shockto have these squirming little buggers angry all over one of her (4)bins!!!! & if the neighbours knew, they'd be asking for my evicition grin - hubby out there now (21:46)wrapping bin lid up with cling film to suffocate them, WILL IT WORK??????

mummylin Tue 25-Aug-09 22:22:15

I would have to creep out in the night and swap bins with my neighbour grin i hate maggots.

bettswheelieclean Wed 02-Sep-09 23:09:25

hi me & my hubby are bin cleaners in the nottinghamshire & derbyshire area we charge £1.50 per bin or all 3 bins for £4.00. If you look on yell.com or the yellow pages you will find some bin cleaners. Even if your bin gets cleaned if you dont bag up the realy smelly stuff you will still get maggots but not as many & it wont be you cleaning it out lol.;)

swimmer1962 Thu 03-Sep-09 23:44:19

hi all, this is my first ever post on here.ive had the same maggot problems ever since the council started doing collections every 2 weeks. so i have come up with an invention in prototype at the mo that will stop double bagging ,stop the need to put bleach,boiling water,salt or anything else in your bin to stop maggots.it will be very cheap,and i guarantee will stop you getting maggots.

my question is would anyone buy this from me when its manufactured?????

YouSayPotato Thu 08-Aug-13 14:32:29

Swimmer, whats the invention?

Just got someone to take the maggot infested rubbish away

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