An infestation of worms in its wheeled container is not uncommon, but neither is it pleasant. Fortunately, there are ways to quickly and safely stop worms in their path.
We ask David Cross, Director of the Rentokil Pest Control Technical Training Academy and Natalie Bungay, Technical Officer of the British Pest Control Association, to give us an idea of what worms are, what causes them and how Get rid of them forever.
What are worms?
"Maggot is the general name given to fly larvae," says David. "Like flies, there are many species of worms. They have a distinctive conical shape and, in general, a cream or light brown color, with a dark mark on their back end that is a hole for breathing. The worms do not have teeth; instead, they have jaws that help them grab food that has been broken down by ridges outside their bodies.
"Flies lay their eggs in food sources to allow larvae to start eating from the moment they are born. Over the course of several days, worms feast and prepare to pupate, where they form a hard shell and they turn into flies. Flies can lay a large number of eggs at a time, so worms are often seen in large groups, but they have cannibalistic tendencies. A study by the University of Lausanne found that although flies the fruit is vegetarian, it is known that other worms eat if one is injured. "
What causes worms?
"Flies have a relatively short life cycle and a rapid gestation period," says David. "For a large part of its life cycle there are flies in the form of larvae (worms).
"While the strange fly in their facilities is inevitable at times, the presence of worms can be prevented. The flies lay their eggs in places that offer the best chances of survival, as a result it is more likely to see them in large food groups Sources such as the decomposition of organic matter Keeping your home, garden and driveway clean and ensuring that containers are emptied regularly will greatly help prevent worms from appearing Rentokil has also developed its Mini Fly Box, which you can place food waste containers inside, attract and kill flies using an insecticide, before they have the opportunity to lay eggs in food waste. "
Are worms harmful to humans?
"Worms are a delicacy in many parts of the world. However, the consumption of raw larvae can cause bacterial poisoning, since there is a possibility that they have been in contact with feces or rotten organic material," says David.
"While their adult counterparts are commonly known pests due to their irritating nature and their ability to spread disease, worms can actually help save lives. Certain species of worms, which are carefully and hygienically grown in laboratories, can they can be used to feed on rotten meat to help eliminate the tissue infected by bacteria from wounds. Throughout the world, this treatment has helped prevent countless limbs from being amputated. They can also be used in crime investigations to help estimate the moment of death of a deceased person ".
Natalie adds: "(Worms) can cause contamination of food products, which in turn is a violation of food hygiene standards. Depending on their food source, they can also contaminate food surfaces, which in turn can increase the risk of food poisoning. "
Does salt kill worms?
"The life span of a worm is between 15 and 30 days, so if you want to get rid of them before they turn into flies, you can try to cover your food source with salt to eliminate your access to water," says David . "This method tends to be effective when pests are limited to a small area, however, it may not be as effective in a more open space as worms can travel to find a new food source."
Are there natural ways to get rid of worms?
"If the worm problem is contained, there are some options that you can try to eliminate naturally," says David. "For example, pouring boiling water over the problem area, attracting worms with a beer container or using a mixture of vinegar and water to kill them, may work in some cases. However, as with most natural remedies, these only they will be effective if you face a small infestation. If the problem persists, it is always advisable to consult a professional pest controller. Parasitic wasps can also be useful in areas prone to heavy fly activity, such as landfills or mud wells , since they will feed on worms. However, it is debatable how successful this is as a form of pest control. "
Natalie adds: "Identify what worms feed on, clean / clean this (along with the worms themselves) and dispose of it in a sealed bag in an outer container. By eliminating the food source of the worm, it will deprive any remaining worms and they won't be able to grow or survive. Regular cleaning, good hygiene and aspiration will help control and prevent. "
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What to do if you have a worm infestation in your wheeled container?
"As with most pest problems, prevention is better than a cure, so making sure your container is sealed and that food debris is covered in the first instance can prevent worms from reaching completely," says David. "If you find that your wheeled container faces a worm problem, you must make arrangements for it to be thoroughly cleaned the next time it is emptied. In addition, the Rentokil Mini Fly Box helps kill flies inside their containers, preventing them from putting the eggs that hatch in worms. "
Natalie adds: "Empty your container and wash it. Do not put food waste in the container, make sure it is always packed / sealed so that the flies cannot access to lay their eggs.
"Remember, if you have problems with worms that you cannot deal with yourself, call a professional. They will be able to find the source of the infestation and treat without the risk of further damage. Qualified, audited and insured pest management companies will can be found on the BPCA website. "
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