'Maggots crawling up the road' due to hot weather
"MAGGOTS were crawling out of the boxes and up the road, they were everywhere."
Those were the words of Gloucester city councillor Pam Tracey (C, Westgate), who was one of a number of people to find maggots in their food caddies during the recent heat wave.
She said the warmer weather had made the bins a haven for the fly larvae and several of her neighbours also experienced problems.
She said: "It was absolutely disgusting, they were everywhere.
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"It wasn't just mine either, they were all up the street, back when it was really hot.
"It was horrendous, they were crawling up the road and we had to try to get rid of them.
"When the binmen came we asked them if it was just us who had problems but they said it had been happening elsewhere.
"Something needs to be done about it though, it was awful."
It seems the food caddies are also causing problems in the Forest of Dean.
Georgina Gwilliam, from Littledean, said: "Sometimes my bin isn't collected for over two months. I'm not surprised people are getting maggots in their bins.
"The bins are a good idea in principle, but it seems councils haven't really thought about how to manage the whole thing.
"It's not ideal having rotting food in your house for starters, but for it then not to be collected on time, and then for maggots to get in there – something isn't right."
A spokesman for Gloucester City Council said: "There can be an increase in the number of people complaining about things such as maggots in food caddies, especially when we experience temperatures as we did in July.
"Maggots only exist if flies have been able to have access to rubbish where they may settle and lay eggs, which will then hatch into maggots.
"The following tips should greatly reduce the possibility of having problems with maggots in your food waste caddies, refuse bin and recycle boxes:
"Do not leave food waste (or pet food) exposed in the home so that flies may lay their eggs on it; keep the lids shut on your waste bins at all times; rinse all cans and bottles; wrap all food waste in newspaper (or kitchen towel) before placing into the food waste caddy; regularly clean and disinfect your waste bins and, if possible, keep your waste bins out of direct sunlight."
Meanwhile, the council has also seen an increase in noise complaints in the past few months.
A council spokesman said: "People will naturally use their gardens for longer in the warmer months to make the most of the sunshine for activities such as barbecues, parties and outside work and, with the warm weather meaning more open windows, this can lead to an increase in noise complaints. The majority of these complaints are successfully resolved through early engagement with those who are causing the noise and they are often unaware that their actions had the potential to cause nuisance."