Maggots are the larvae stage of the common housefly. Flies lay eggs on rotting matter or fecal matter, which is exactly where you can find them–underneath your kitchen trash bag or inside a wet garbage can.
1. How to eliminate the maggot infestation in trash cans
Mix 1 cup (236 ml) vinegar with 6 cups (1.5 liters) hot water in a basin large enough to hold your entire garbage pail–and then add 2 teaspoons (10 ml) dish soap to help break down odors even more for quicker disposal. Add in your container and let it sit overnight; if there are still some maggots left crawling around in there in the morning, you can use the vinegar mix again.
2. How to kill maggots of trash cans instantly?
One of the easiest, most effective and inexpensive ways to kill maggots is Borax. Use borax powder on all your garbage cans. This includes the cans you use for recyclables as well. Make sure to sprinkle some underneath and on top of all garbage bags that are in your garbage can, then place a thin layer of borax powder on top of those bags as well. For indoor or outdoor use, spread a coat of Borax over your kitchen floor, sink and the countertops where maggots crawl around looking for food scraps to eat after they have developed from larvae into adults.
It is just one more way to ensure that there aren’t any maggots crawling in your trash cans this time next year!
3. Maggots can be removed from trash cans using carburetor cleaner
Carburetor Cleaner is a solution that breaks down carbon deposits and acid sludge that accumulates in your engine, the soapy water loosens and dissolves non-organic particles such as decayed food particles. The main ingredients of this product are: Water, Ammonia, Carbonic Acid & Ethanol. It works by emulsifying (dissolving) those stubborn carbon deposits with ease.
This will help those nasty maggots to die instantly.
How to Use Carburetor Cleaner for Maggots
Mix 2 oz (60 ml) of the carburetor cleaner with 1 gallon (3.78 liters) of water in a spray bottle and shake well.
Spray this solution on the surface of garbage bins where you see maggots, especially around your trash cans after they have been emptied and cleaned out. When spraying around it, always wear gloves. This is to avoid any contact with the chemical.
4. What to do to kill maggots of trash cans using salt
Salt has been known to kill maggots. For this method, you will need an open jar of salt, a knife or scissors, and some lime water solution (as the next ingredient).
Cut your lime into small pieces so that it will be easier for you to crush them by hand. You can use a rock if you have one that is big enough to fit inside the mouth of the jar. Just plop it in there and start crushing away with your rock! The more crushed up the limes are, the better they will work their magic on killing off all those hungry little maggots infesting your trash can! Once you’ve collected around 6-7 tablespoons (45 ml) of crushed lime juice, place them in the empty salt jar. Now add water to the empty lime jar until it is nearly filled up to the top. Place your hand firmly over the mouth of that jar and shake vigorously for a minute or so before placing it in your trash can.
The salt will absorb all moisture in the maggot infested area, killing them instantly when they come in contact with it! You can also put some crushed pieces of lime inside an empty coffee filter and place it inside your garbage bag before you seal it. This will help to keep them away for longer!