4 Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Maggots in Your Trash Can

Boiling Water Maggots

Having maggots in your trash could be inevitable due to the presence of food waste. You could, however, use these four natural remedies to minimize the presence of maggots.

How to Get Rid of Maggots

Maggots Diatomaceous Earth

1. Slosh the Bin with Boiling Water
Pour a good amount of boiling water in the trash can then give it a good slosh. Pour the water content down a drain once you are done. Avoid pouring the water content down a storm water drain because this could affect nearby bodies of water.

2. Set up a Maggot Feast for the Birds
Open the trash can and place it so that it is in full view of any hungry birds that may be flying around your home. One way you can help the birds is to have the maggots gather in one area of the bin. One suggestion is to place a glow in the dark stick in the bin overnight.

Boiling Water Maggots

3. Apply Diatomaceous Earth Powder
Spread a generous amount of food-grade diatomaceous earth in the trash can. This natural powder can dehydrate and kill maggots by piercing their bodies with sharp microscopic edges.

4. Pour Table Salt into the Bin
An alternative to food-grade diatomaceous earth is table salt. Sprinkle a large amount of salt in the bin to kill the maggots. Salt can kill maggots by drying them out of moisture.

The easiest way to get rid of maggots in the trash can or bin is to prevent them from appearing in the first place. Make sure there isn’t anything leaking from the garbage disposal bags and get in the habit of clearing the trash on a regular basis.