The disgusting subject of maggots in bins 🤢

With a lot of customers having problems with maggots in their bins across the Wirral we decided to put this together to help. 👍

What Is a Maggot?

A maggot is the larvae of a fly.

In other words, a fly lays eggs which turn into larvae (maggots), which become flies, which lay more eggs, and so on…

Where Do Maggots Come From?

The fly lays eggs, which turn into maggots. “Maggot” is another word for larva. After a pupal stage, maggots turn into flies. Sometimes, it may seem like the maggots appear from nowhere, but it’s just that you didn’t notice the fly or its eggs. The fly lays hundreds of eggs at a time! They will begin to hatch within a day.

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A Fly’s Life Cycle

  1. A female lives about a month, during which time she lays from 500 to 2,000 eggs in batches of about 75 to 150 at a time.
  2. A day after the eggs are laid, the maggots will appear.
  3. We usually see them in this first stage while they are still 3-9 mm long and whitish in color (however, they can grow to be 20 mm).
  4. Maggots feed for 3 to 5 days. There are larval and pupal stages, and it takes approximately 14 to 36 days for the eggs to morph into flies.

The fly will lay its eggs anywhere it feels like the maggots will be safe and well-fed. This is why it’s so common to see them in old or rotting food. The maggots need to eat non-stop so the fly will always lay the eggs where there is food. Your wheelie bin is the perfect environment.

What Do Maggots Like to Eat?

Maggots like meat—leftovers, discards, pet food, any old meat will do. They eat to fuel their growth until they pupate. Over the years we have found chicken leftovers, especially raw to be by far the most popular for them to feed on.

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How to Prevent Flies (and Maggots)

  • Store food leftovers in sealed containers before placing in the kitchen bin, food bags or doggy bags are perfect. Tie your garbage bags tightly before transferring to your wheelie bin.
  • Flies will lay their eggs in your pet’s food as well, so make sure you change their food fully and again bags it off in a food bag, in this case the eggs will already we on the food so best to contain it to stop it spreading once in the bin.
  • If you have a dog, be sure to tie off the dog poop. DO NOT put straight in the bin. Its a health hazard for the bin men and can result in a fine.
  • Clean your bin regularly, obviously we can help with this if reading from the Wirral – UK | BOOK BIN CLEANING HERE

How to Get Rid of Maggots (and Flies)

We will always do our best to remove them at time of cleaning but if you get them between cleans here are some ideas to help.

  • Pour boiling water over maggots to kill them instantly. If you want, you can add a cup of bleach and 1 1/2 cups of hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of boiling water.
  • Dish soap works great as an insect repellent and/or insecticide. Most dish soaps contain a little borax, which is the active ingredient.
  • Natural fly repellent’s include vodka, aromatic herbs like lavender, basil, and bay leaf, lemongrass oil, cloves, witch hazel, apple cider vinegar, and camphor or citronella smoke.
  • If you choose to get rid of them chemically, use a product which contains permethrin, a chemical that is used as an insecticide. For example, Raid, which we’re all probably familiar with, is a popular insecticide that is used in households.
  • Get some fly paper, place it near the bin.

Stay Maggot-Free!

To sum it up: Bag all food waste, ESPECIALLY CHICKEN!! Your bins will always stink after two weeks but if the flies cant get to the food that is in it then they will move on to the next bin. They will only lay eggs if they access the food once hatched.

Hope this helps 👍

Covid 19 – Corona Virus update

Covid-19 Update

Wheelie Bin Cleaning Service During the Covid-19 Outbreak.

We are taken a lot of calls to ask whether we are still cleaning bins during COVID 19. The short answer is yes, We have had to take on extra precautions to keep ourselves and the public safe. As we work with bins and harmful bacteria on a daily basis, hand wash, gloves and even face protection is part of our daily routine. However, due to the current pandemic, we are now running a strict ‘zero contact’ policy when possible so we can remain active and continue to serve.

To help respect this decision we are asking all customers to pay online via our website, bank transfer or Paypal. In the few cases that this is not possible, we ask that customers leave payment in an envelope in a safe place. Another precaution introduced is disinfecting all money received on the job, eliminating any possibility of cross-contamination, Ensuring extra caution. All staff are self-isolating when not working.

…Covid-19 | May 2020, Update

Whilst lockdown is due to be relaxed in the coming days we will still be proceeding as if it hasn’t. When it comes to providing our wheelie bin cleaning service to our local community, safety is paramount!

Please stay safe and if you have any queries please just call us.

To ensure we can remain cleaning Wirral’s bins during COVID 19, Please help us by making payments online. 👍

Thank you very much for your continued support.

Maggot Control

With the warm weather of recent weeks, we have noticed an increasing level of maggots in bins. Nothing to be overly concerned about, we can safely remove them but they take much longer to deal with. As a result, along with the extra PPE and COVID 19 precautions in place right now, It’s taking us hours longer to get through the days. Double bagging any waste food or plate scraping (especially chicken) will make a huge difference, If the flies can’t smell it in the bin, they won’t lay their eggs in it! 😱🤢

CUSTOMERS | PLEASE UPDATE ACCOUNT DETAILS

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Over the last year or so since starting our ‘Account update’ notification text messages, we have noticed a lot of customers with outdated details.

Given that some of our customers have been with us for 20 years this can be expected. However, it would be most appreciated if existing customers could fill out the form below, then we can check your account is up to date…

Why Do We Need Your Contact Details..?

Having a contact number for a customer means that we can provide an ‘Account Update’ each fortnight, only if we have missed you for payment. This helps the customer keep track of their bill and account. It also means that rather than paying extra in wages & fuel to call back, we can send a text message reminder to the customer from the office instead.

This can often be useful when customers reply to say they will not be home for payment that evening, choosing to leave it in a secret place for pick up instead or simply paying online. Communication is the key and can save us hundreds of pound per month. Every penny that we spend after the moment we clean your bin calling back for payment is costly. The extra fuel & wages used to run evening collections kills a large portion profit made from cleaning the bin. text message account update

As a result, it will eventually push towards a price increase to meet national wage increases, fuel prices & general inflation on the cost of supplies. Hopefully, with a larger database for text reminders and on-time payments, as a result, I’m sure this will push that price increase back for another couple of years.

The Benefits To Us Having A Point Of Contact.

A major benefit of our text update system is helping customers remember to put their bins out, especially over the holidays. Those occasions when collection days are temporarily changed. For example, Christmas and more recently when the council gave little notice to a Saturday collection. As a result, hundreds of people on the ‘Tour Of Britain‘ route missed out on their bin collection.

Using this occasion as an example, we would have sent you a reminder text the evening before collection, just to let you know that your bin needs to go out. Hundreds of customers get caught out by the Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day changes every year. With these text message reminders, we aim to reduce that dramatically and save people that dreaded journey to the tip.

Thank you very much for reading 🙂 text message account update

PLEASE NOTE – This is not a booking form for new customers wishing to join our service, its for existing customers to update their account us with their current contact details. If a new customer please fill in the BOOK HERE form found at the top of the page, It will reach us much more urgently.

We clean the bins at the back of our vans, as a result, the spray splashes towards the rear of the van. The bins are dirty and carry all manner of bacteria. This is why we use our market-leading eco-friendly disinfectant, as a result, the bacteria die. We also provide a black bin liner to all our bins, These are heavy duty. When we can we use biodegradable bags or recycled bags. We can also safely dispose of maggots, then coat your bin with a deterrent. As a result, flies will be less likely to visit your bin.

Please Note – July 2019

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Everything you need to know before signing up can be found on this very website and the process is simple really, Check the areas we cover page to see if your area is listed, if it is you can then Sign Up leaving full address and service required, after this you will automatically be added to our rounds, if by chance there is a problem we will contact you to discuss asap. 

Ps. You MUST sign up THEN send over payment, We have had a recent burst of people paying for bin cleaning without actually signing up.. The payment just ends up in limbo until we find it.

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– PLEASE NOTE BEFORE SIGNING UP OR CONTACTING US –

 

  • WE ONLY ANSWER CALLS/TEXTS DURING WORKING HOURS!

Working hours are ‘8am – 8pm’ / ‘Mon – Fri’, We would appreciate it if people could try and keep inside these hours. We try to make ourselves as accessible as possible providing mobile numbers etc and maybe this is just a way of life for most people now in this ‘on-demand’ world but it’s very frustrating when we get text messages at 2:30am in the morning or 5 calls in a row at 6:30am because you have found maggots in your bin. We work long enough hours as it is, Please don’t ruin that little time we do have to ourselves or with our families.

  • WE NEED ATLEAST 24HRS NOTICE!

So long as we have atleast 24hrs prior notice of your sign up before your bin collection day we can usually accomodate for you no problem.

  • WE DO NOT DO “ONE OFF” CLEANS!

To be brutally honest they are just no use to us and do not help us sustain our small family busines, they take too long to do, they cost us too much to do and its unfair on our super loyal customers who provide us with work all year round which in turns means we promise our workers a wage and we know the bills will be paid each month. Its not listed on the website because we dont do them!.

  • WE DO NOT DO “EMERGENCY” CLEANS!

This is actually something that has become really common in recent years, 9/10 times it is people calling up at 11am desperate for an “Emergency Clean” because their bin has been emptied and they have found thousands of maggots in it. We don’t all sit in a staff room waiting for your call and then fight over who slides down the pole first to get to your bin, we clean up to 750 bins per day already and our vans are only stocked with what is needed at 8am when they leave. We need atleast 24hrs notice to get you on the books for a regular cleaning service, no amount of verbal abuse, threats or money is going to change that.

  • WE ONLY COVER THE AREAS LISTED!

We list the area’s we cover to indicate exactly where it is we cover, if North Wales, Warrington or Ellesmere Port are not listed for example its because we dont cover thoese area’s.

Collection Charges – Explained

.. From August 2019 we will be introducing a ‘Collection Charge’ of £0.50p to all customer accounts that require the 3rd call back or more to pay for each clean. Over the years we have invested all kinds of methods of payment to help customers pay their bills and “move with the times” from the introduction of online website payments to PayPal and even more recently in the last few years mobile card readers so customers can pay at the door via card, phone and now watch!.. This all costs us but not half as much as it does to run the evening payment collections in wages & fuel to have three vans physically driving around for 3hrs each night going from door to door collecting payments. We will continue to run these collections as a lot of people do still prefer to pay cash but only the first two calls for payment will be included in the price of cleaning (First being at the time of clean, second being later that evening between 5:30pm – 8pm), after those there will be a charge of £0.50p to help cover the extra expense to run those extra collections.

This charge is easily avoided though, we understand a lot of customers work during the day and sometimes don’t get home until late evening but there are many methods around this for payment.

  • Leave payment in a secret place for collection – under a plant pot, door mat etc
  • Take advantage of our advanced payment deals – these aren’t just online deals as many believe, these can be paid cash at the time of cleaning too and they cover months of cleaning at a time at a discounted price!
  • Direct debit/standing order – a simple bank set up to pay into our account on bin day every fortnight! Simply message us for details.
  • Online payment – after you receive our note through your door to say we missed you for payment go online and pay your bill.

Any issues please do contact us and we will do our best to help you.

Thank you for reading,

Regards

CHANGES TO BIN COLLECTIONS OVER THE HOLIDAY PERIOD 2018-19 * PLEASE READ *

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Thank you for taking the time to read this, regardless of whether this affects you personally or not we would like to urge everybody to share this information with friends and family so nobody is caught out and left with a full bin over the Xmas or New Year holidays, this is a time of year when we easily produce double the amount of waste compared to usual.

So.. ONLY the people with a usual collection day of TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY for GREEN OR GREY bins will be AFFECTED by the change in collection schedule THIS YEAR as Xmas Day will fall on the TUESDAY & Boxing Day on the WEDNESDAY… the BIN MEN DO NOT WORK THIS BANK HOLIDAY so the collection for TUESDAY 25TH DECEMBER has now been moved to SATURDAY 22ND DECEMBER and the Collection for WEDNESDAY 26TH DECEMBER has been moved to SUNDAY 23RD DECEMBER.. Unfortunetely the people with a usual collection day of TUESDAY will be needed to be on the ball again the following SATURDAY too as due to NEW YEARS DAY falling on a TUESDAY this year they will need to put their bins out again on SATURDAY 29TH DECEMBER..

Please put a note on your calendar or even better an alert on your phone/tablet to remind you of this, EVERY year we see hundreds of people left out by the bin men because they forget to put their bins out on time for collection so save yourself the bother of the rubbish mountain and get it out ready the evening before.

>> REMEMBER <<

TUESDAY 25TH DECEMBER  —> MOVED TO  —>  SATURDAY 22ND DECEMBER

WEDNESDAY 26TH DECEMBER  —> MOVED TO  —>  SUNDAY 23RD DECEMBER

TUESDAY 1ST JANUARY  —> MOVED TO  —>  SATURDAY 29TH DECEMBER

* PLEASE REMEMBER WE WILL ALSO BE OUT CLEANING BINS ON THE SATURDAY TOO SO PLEASE LEAVE YOUR BINS OUT READY *

Thank you again for reading, have a lovely Xmas & New Year!!!

Best wishes

West Wirral Jetwash

(Ben, Dave, Jack & Joe)
Ps. Please follow us on Facebook for live updates and reminders throughout the holidays & if you are feeling in the spirit to leave us a review that would be highly appreciated,

Thanks > https://www.facebook.com/West-Wirral-Jetwash-Services-1445222769082735/

Welcome to West Wirral Jetwash Services

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Hi and welcome,

Thank you for visiting our website!

Please feel free to have a good look around, We have lots of bits and bobs for you to check out including advice and tips on how to maintain a clean and pest free bin and updates to bin collection changes.

If you are an existing customer looking to pay for bin cleaning follow this link to Pay Now.

Have a lovely day,

West Wirral Jetwash 😉

 

** NEW PAYMENT METHOD **

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These days more and more people do not carry cash and this has led to extremely high numbers of repeat callback requests for payment so in yet another attempt to combat this we have now invested in CARD READERS to carry with us on the job. This method does carry a small transaction fee that goes to the company that processes the payment for us which is added on top of the bill but this is still a lot less than other companies out there, its just a few pence.

We have now been using this method for a few weeks now and its proving to be of great help to us so if this is a preferred method of payment for you then please prompt a member of staff on the job.

Regards

West Wirral Jetwash

Changes To Bin Collections Over Xmas & New Year 2016 – *Please Read*

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Hi, 

Thank you for taking the time to read this, regardless of whether this affects you personally or not we would like to urge everybody to share this information with friends and family so nobody is caught out and left with a full bin over the Xmas or New Year holidays, this is a time when we easily produce double the amount of waste compared to usual.

So.. ONLY the people with a usual collection day of MONDAY for GREEN OR GREY bins will be AFFECTED by the change in collection schedule THIS YEAR as Boxing Day will fall on the Monday and the BIN MEN DO NOT WORK THIS BANK HOLIDAY so the collection for MONDAY 26TH DECEMBER has now been MOVED TO SATURDAY 24TH DECEMBER.

Please put a note on your calendar or even better an alert on your phone/tablet to remind you of this, EVERY year we see hundreds of people left out by the bin men because they forget to put their bins out on time for collection so save yourself the bother of the rubbish mountain and get it out ready the evening before.

 

>> REMEMBER <<

MONDAY 26TH DECEMBER  —> MOVED TO  —>  SATURDAY 24TH DECEMBER

 

* PLEASE REMEMBER WE WILL ALSO BE OUT CLEANING BINS ON THE SATURDAY TOO SO PLEASE LEAVE YOUR BINS OUT READY *

Thank you again for reading, have a lovely Xmas & New Year!!!

Best wishes

West Wirral Jetwash

(Ben, Dave, Jack & Joe)
Ps. Please follow us on Facebook for live updates and reminders throughout the holidays & if you are feeling in the spirit to leave us a review that would be highly appreciated, 

Thanks > https://www.facebook.com/West-Wirral-Jetwash-Services-1445222769082735/

Wirral Bin Cleaning


… It is becoming more and more common at this time of year for people to experience an outbreak of maggots in their wheelie bins at some time or another but rest assured if this happens to you that you are not the only one.. We deal with this on a day to day basis and can offer a service that will remove this problem and help to prevent future outbreaks as well as making your bins hygienic and safe once again.

Please feel free to use our online booking form to sign up and we will start as soon as we possibly can.

Have a lovely summer 👍