Unfortunately, the flies and maggots are simply doing the job nature intended. The problem usually starts indoors, and if you have one fly, you'll have hundreds of eggs laid in your garbage, and between that and your outdoor bin (which becomes an incubator), you have a breeding ground. Now, that doesn't...
Best answer: Unfortunately, the flies and maggots are simply doing the job nature intended. The problem usually starts indoors, and if you have one fly, you'll have hundreds of eggs laid in your garbage, and between that and your outdoor bin (which becomes an incubator), you have a breeding ground. Now, that doesn't mean you can't keep the situation "contained," so to speak. I live out in farm country and with three free-range cats, my doors (or at least the kitty door) is always open and any scrap of left-over food is like a free buffet. And, this hot summer we've had has created the perfect conditions for flies, but my fly and maggot issues in my waste can and trash bin have been minimal.
Below is a link outlining several ways to help keep flies at bay. Maggots, however, are a different story and the ONLY way to get rid of the little beasts is dousing them with scalding water (and yes, that rustling you hear is maggots). Whenever you can, pour some scalding water in the bin lid and in the bin itself (be careful, plastic bags can melt) enough so that you're killing maggots, but not so much that the water is too much to empty.
Meat will attract flies like blue bottles more than anything, and if you don't have a garbage disposal to get rid of kitchen waste, throw the scraps (finely minced up if need be) in the toilet and flush. Wrap meat by-products such as bones and fats in foil or plastic wrap before you dispose of it. The more you can take away their food source, the better. Also, if you can, get an additional indoor garbage can that you use for garbage that will attract flies. A smaller bin with a smaller bag can be more tightly bound than those larger bags which can leave plenty of room for flies to get in when in the bin.
As for your bin, make sure the lid is tightly sealed. Bins that have "varmint-resistant" lids are superior, albeit a bit more expensive.
I employ many of the methods outlined in the link and find them reasonably effective, some more than others, but then I also have manure and horse flies as well as your garden variety house and fruit flies. Go through them and decide which methods might work for you. Best of luck.
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