Summer Maggot Breeding In Waste Bins

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UK June – Summer has arrived!

The recent burst of fine weather bringing June temperatures between 20 oC and 24 oC has brought a taste of summer to Northampton. I like it, my fish like it and – unfortunately – the wildlife in my domestic food bin loves it.

At these temperatures the fruit fly and housefly life cycle is faster than the weekly refuse collection (however, once the maggots have finished, there is not much left to take away.
Fruit flies will complete their life cycle from egg to adult in 5 days by which time the house fly larvae will be mature and will leave the waste bin to find somewhere dry to pupate.

exodus of fly maggots from a food waste bin

Exodus of fly maggots from a food waste bin

Fly maggots inside a waste bin

Fly maggots inside a waste bin

Solutions for domestic and commercial premises

Either remove the maggots and feed them to the fish as I have done (mine have developed at taste for them), or empty food waste from the bin more frequently and clean both the waste bin and the waste storage area with water and disinfectant.

For commercial food sites, try to ensure that food waste areas are cleaned more frequently, and if possible, increase the frequency of waste removal from site. Ensure that entranceways, loading bays and waste handling areas are adequately protected against the increased risk of access by flying insects by ensuring good door discipline and that all of your fly control units are in good working order.

Maggots feeding on food inside a bin

Maggots feeding on food inside a bin

Fruit fly and Horse fly maggots inside the waste bin

Fruit fly and Horse fly maggots inside the waste bin

Time to empty the food waste bin and expect an increase in fly activity

Time to empty the food waste bin and expect an increase in fly activity

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