Wherever there is trash, there are flies. They are attracted to any food items, especially meat products or sugary drinks. When you have a fly infestation, it isn’t enough to simply clean the can out or move the bin, you have to kill the flies that are congregating near it. You also have to eliminate the odor because that is what attracts flies in the first place.
Remove all trash from your bin or dumpster and then fill a spray bottle with equal parts tap water and white vinegar. Spray the inside, outside, rim, lid and wheels of your receptacle. Use this same concoction to spray any flies in the vicinity. Let this solution sit for at least 15 minutes and then wipe down the entire bin with cloths. You can even use a hose and spray it out but you need to allow for the can to dry before you put more into it.
The odor of that leftover hamburger or Mountain Dew can is what attracts them. To get rid of this odor, after you have cleaned your can out with the cleaning solution, sprinkle some baking soda inside the trash bin or dumpster. Immediately cover the receptacle and let it sit overnight. That baking soda is going to absorb the odor that attracts those flies.
Of course, flies are born from maggots. so you want to take extra precautions to avoid maggot infestation. Keep your dumpster lids closed and sealed at all times so flies can’t get to your waste and lay eggs. Patch any holes or cracks because even the smallest space can allow flies to enter. All food waste needs to be in tied-up in durable, strong garbage bags. Avoid purchasing garbage bags that can be easily torn. If you question the bag’s strength, simply double-bag the waste.
This may be a little extreme but, if you own a restaurant or have had severe maggot infestations in the past, you may want to freeze all meat waste prior to discarding. Freezing meat delays the process of spoiling. Try not to throw the meat into the bin until it is near being emptied or picked up. This limits the amount of time that flies will have access to your waste.
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