Whether it is your everyday trash can or a secured dumpster rental, your debris has a way of attracting curious critters. While you may not care if these animals grab a quick meal or two, you may change your mind when there is trash strewn across your lawn or that dumpster rental suddenly becomes a bed and breakfast for some aggressive raccoons. There are numerous ways to keep pests out of your trash but common sense is the best remedy.
Make sure your lids are on tight. If it’s a dumpster rental without a lid, buy a cheap tarp and secure it with bungee cords. Don’t overflow garbage or make it where the lid won’t close completely. You can even place a large rock or several bricks on top of the bin to keep the lid in place. For larger pests who might think a payoff will come by tipping over your bin, use a couple of bungee cords to ensure that even if your can tips, those lids won’t pop open.
The main reason animals are attracted to your trash is the smell of food. Use bleach or ammonia diluted in water to create an unappealing odor in and around your can or dumpster. You can even get urine spray from their predators to drive them away from the area. For those creepy crawlies that infest rubbish, use petroleum jelly under the lip of your garbage can or dumpster rental to prevent them from completing their journey. A large reason for infestation of maggots and other bugs is because of rotting debris. Make sure your cans and dumpsters are cleaned out occasionally with soap and either ammonia or vinegar. A long scrub broom and hose will fix that problem right up.
People have even used motion lights, spot lights and scarecrows nearby to ward of curious critters from swimming in their trash. Taking a few minutes to make sure your can is clean and secure will go a long way in stopping creatures from creating a huge mess on your driveway or in your yard. Keeping pests away from your trash is also a matter of safety for you and your family. Animals usually only attacked when they feel threatened or as a gut reaction when surprised. Imagine shocking a bear or a testy raccoon with razor sharp claws. Not a pretty picture. Keep your trash and debris secured to lower the temptation for woodland creatures to come feast and bring trouble your way.
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