Dirty, Bins, Maggots, and Trash Can Infestations

How Do You Effectively Eliminate Maggots from Your Trash + Recycle Bins?

As much as we all hate the task of taking out our dirty trash bins, the fact is that it’s simply a normal part of our everyday lives that must be done. That doesn’t mean this mundane task should be something we dread. And yet, many of us do dread it (and with good reason). This is especially true during the hot summer months when all of the nasty elements inside our bins festers in the Florida heat. Hot trash bins filled with smelly trash is precisely when and where maggots will thrive the most.

If you find yourself faced with trash cans that are polluted with maggot infestations, it’s important to do something about it before the situation gets worse.

A professional curbside trash bin cleaning service like Bin Steamers will greatly reduce the risk of ever having to deal with nasty maggots. Let's a take a look at what it is that allows maggots to thrive inside your trash cans and recycling bins?

Why Do Maggots Infest Your Florida Trash Cans and Recycling Bins?

Like all living creatures searching for a place to lay their eggs, flies seek out locations offering warmth, protection and food. Our dirty trash bins are ideal for this situation since they offer all of these things in abundance. This makes our dirty trash bins a prime location for these insects to breed. The situation only worsens when you add rotting organic matter to the mix as this is a preferred food source for maggots. Since trash cans are full of all sorts of organic waste, maggots will gravitate towards them.

Warmer weather like we experience in Florida will force the interior of your trash bins to become hot and humid. These higher temperatures enhance the odor of food remnants, making it even more appealing for files to enter and lay eggs. In no time at all, your bins and property are polluted with maggots. In a very short time, these maggots hatch and grow into adult flies who continue breeding. A few tiny maggots will eventually turn into a full-blown trash can infestation.

How to Prevent Trash Bin Infestations of Maggots

When you keep your trash cans and recycling bins clean, it's much less likely that you’ll ever have to deal with maggots at all. Hiring a curbside trash can cleaning service like Bin Steamers of Hillsborough County is your best and simplest option for dealing with this situation. Regular curbside cleaning of your trash and recycling bins will not only prevent maggot infestations, but your pails will look and smell their best at all times.

Manual Cleaning of Your Maggot Infested Trash Bins

Due to the risk of burning yourself, this method of maggot elimination is not recommended. If, however, you are brave enough to take on this incredibly unpleasant and dangerous task all by yourself, here’s what you can expect…

You’ll need to start by removing any trash from the bins. In order to avoid this step, you might want to wait until your next scheduled trash collection date. However, that might be a full week away and during that time, these maggots will only get much worse as the conditions inside your pails becomes worse. If this is the case and your local trash pickup is days out, you may need to remove all of the trash yourself and deliver it to your local facility.

Once all of trash has been removed from your bins, you’ll now need to remove any loose items or debris stuck to the inside of the trash cans. Bins that haven’t been cleaned in a while tend to have all sorts of wrappers, gunk, and other items stuck to the bottom and walls of the cans. These items require some effort – especially if they’ve remained inside of the bins for some time.

Killing the Maggots Living Inside Your Trash Cans

Once all of this has been done, your garbage pails are prepared and ready for the next step. It’s now time to take on the maggots living inside your bins. This is where you’ll need to use boiling water to directly kill these maggots. Heated water is an extremely effective way of killing trash can insects like maggots. This is why the trash can cleaning process provided by Bin Steamers uses water heated to around 200 degrees farenheit. The heated water kills maggots and other insects on contact.

Disinfecting Your Trash and Recycling Bins

Once the insects have been dealt with, you’ll need to clean and disinfect the inside of the trash bins. Using a brush or sponge mop along with hot soapy water, you’ll need to scrub the interior and exterior of all of your bins. Be very thorough and try to get every nook and cranny to ensure that you remove any leftover residue that might still be inside of your bins. Also, remember that most town ordinances forbid pouring the leftover water and chemicals into the street. You’ll need a way to properly dispose of this water once your done.

After all this hard work, you’ll want to thoroughly dry the trash cans using towels. If it’s warm enough and dry enough out you can try to air dry your bins. Make sure your trash bins are completely dry before putting any bags or trash back inside them as doing this while they’re still damp will promote the process to start again.

Professional Curbside Trash Can Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Deodorizing Services from Bin Steamers

When you consider the time, effort, money and risks of cleaning maggots from your trash bins yourself, it’s well worth the small expense you’ll pay a professional trash bin cleaner to handle this task for you. Curbside trash bin cleaning services like Bin Steamers are convenient and effective. Their professional grade equipment is built specifically to quickly and effectively handle this task with little no risk to the operator. Plus, your local trash bin cleaning and disinfecting service uses eco-friendly chemicals. They also take away all of the dirty water with them and dispose of it properly at an appropriate facility.

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