Summer is coming and the temperature is rising, which can mean a population boom of flies across on the Gold Coast and Tweed.
So, to help prevent a plague of flies and maggots, the Tweed Shire Council has released a list of Summer Tips For Bins – and it starts with early prevention.
The Tweed Shire’s website asks us to keep “waste covered and place it in the bin as soon as possible”.
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“Maggots only exist if flies have been allowed to have access to your rubbish.”
Tips to eliminate fly access:
- Ensure all your bins lids close completely, and are stored in the shade in a well ventilated area.
- Remove food and place food scraps in kitchen caddy right away. Leaving food scraps exposed allows flies to lay eggs.
- Freeze meat, bones and seafood scraps then place them in your bin on collection day.
- Rinse food packaging before putting it in your bin. Rinsing yoghurt pots, meat trays and other packaging will help reduce smells.
Tips for fly deterrents:
- Before placing waste into your bin, pour in a capsule of daily household products to repel insects and deodorize your bins such as:
- vinegar or apple cider vinegar;
- eucalyptus oil;
- pine sol and witch hazel.
If you do have an incident:
- Clean and disinfect your bin once it’s been emptied to kill eggs;
- Kill maggots and fly eggs with boiling water.
For more tips on helping us all to avoid too many flies this summer, visit the Tweed Shire Council website.