How to Keep Pests Out of Your Garbage (5 Ways)

Last updated on October 9, 2023

Here are 5 ways how to keep pests out of your garbage for good. Read on to find out how you can get rid of this problem for good.

Nobody likes having uninvited guests in their garden, so when pests of any kind get into your backyard, you need to think of clever ways to get rid of them. However, there is no one way to fix a pest problem, because everyone’s living circumstances are different, so you will need to try a few different methods in order to figure out which works best for you.

Try to Minimize Food Waste

The best way to stop pests from getting into your garbage and causing a mess is to limit the amount of waste that you are putting into your bins. Sometimes, it can be hard to limit the garbage that you are throwing away each week, especially if you have multiple people living in your house.

However, there are things that you can do to stop attracting animals and bugs to your trash. For example, you could start a compost heap in your backyard, where you can discard any plant-based garbage that you were going to throw away. Things like fruit and vegetable scraps, eggshells and garden clippings can all be thrown into the compost heap, and don’t have to be thrown into the garbage where animals can smell it. Instead, it will breakdown over time, and it can be used in your garden as plant food.

Also, you will be doing your bit for the environment by reusing items that would otherwise go to waste, so this is a green way to deter plants and animals from your trash. 

Keep a Lid on It

To reduce the smell of your garbage in your trash cans, you need to keep a lid on your rubbish at all times. In the past when metal bins were in fashion, the lids of garbage bins would stay on because they were heavy. These days, most bins are made of plastic due to council and city regulations, so that garbage men can open them with ease.

If you’re having trouble with keeping the lids on your garbage can, you should try tying it down with some rope or a bungee cord. This will stop the lid from coming open when you don’t want it to and it will keep pests out at night because they won’t be able to get in.

Also, because plastic bins are fairly lightweight and easy to move, they can be prone to tipping over from time to time, so if you tie your lid on tight, the rubbish won’t fall out of your bin and attract pests if it falls over. So if you want to keep the pests out, you need to keep your trash contained. 

Leave It in a Secure Location

Sometimes if you leave your rubbish bins in the wrong spot, you are more likely to attract pests, so you need to keep your trash somewhere safe. Most people like to keep their rubbish outdoors and away from their house to stop the smell from getting into their home, but this is not always possible if you have a pest problem.

If you have a garage or a shed where you can store your rubbish throughout the week before garbage day, you should give that a try. This is because the shed or garage will block out the pests who are trying to get to your trash while still keeping it out of the house and causing a smell.

If you don’t have a shed or garage to put your rubbish in, you should try creating a DIY shed or cover for your garbage bins. A fence or a cover can block out any predators while still allowing you to keep your garbage in its normal spot, and most of them can be completed in a few hours, so you won’t have to spend a long time on the project. 

Try Some Deterrents

If you want to stop pests from getting into your rubbish when you aren’t looking, you need to try some deterrents to make them go away. Certain sprays and chemicals can be used in and around your bins to deter animals, and you will usually find these things in your local home and hardware store.

You can also use natural substances to deter animals, like chillis, vinegar, and citrus, depending on the animal you are trying to scare away. It is worth doing some research on natural substances that certain pests dislike before you put them to use in your backyard or around your bins, because some things may not be as effective for certain species.

Another thing that you can try to stop animals and insects from getting into your garbage is light. Most animals and insects like to feast at night because there is no one around and they can’t be seen. But if you have a few lights prominently placed near your bins, you may be able to scare your pests away without harming them at all.

You could try a few solar-powered lights, that will come on each night when it gets dark or you could install a motion-activated light that will turn on when something gets in its way. This will allow you to be more aware of the pests that are visiting your bins every night, and it may deter them from eating out of your garbage.  

Call in the Professionals

If your pest problems are ongoing and you can’t find a way to keep them away from your garbage, you may need to call in some professionals. To dispose of your garbage effectively, you should call some rubbish removal specialists from Bidvine, Rated People, or 1300 Rubbish, to name a few, to help you to get rid of any trash that may attract animals or insects. This will stop your rubbish from sitting out in the open for long periods of time, and the pests will stop coming to your bins.

Another group of professionals that you can call to help you with your problem is the people who work in pest control. If you have an insect infestation, you will need to call an insect exterminator, but if you have an animal problem, you should call a feral animal exterminator, because they both do different things. Sometimes in these situations, it is best to leave it to the professionals, because they will know what to do with these animals and how to get rid of them so that they don’t bother other people. 


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