How to Keep Your Dumpster Rental Clear of Pests

January 20, 2023

Due to the nature of what they carry, dumpsters are a common breeding ground for critters like mice and rats. Suffice it to say, this means that pest control in the area is a necessity. And, if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to do it without too much effort. In fact, Dumposaurus Dumpsters & Rolloff Rental in Austin, TX, has a few tips that will make the process a whole lot easier for you. Take a few of these precautionary steps to ensure you don’t have any critters in your dumpster rental. 

Refrain from Food Waste 

As tempting as it is, don’t toss food scraps in the dumpster. That’s because you’re bound to attract unwanted critters. Most importantly, the smell of the food will attract these critters to your dumpster, which will then lead to them feasting on the food. So to prevent any unwanted rodents and bugs in your dumpster, remove all food-related items from the said containers. The best way to do this is to have a  separate dumpster for food waste. That will be removed every day and taken to the appropriate disposal center.

Keep the Dumpster Clean 

Cleanliness is key when it comes to controlling pests in your dumpster rental. That’s because they all want to live where they can eat constantly and lay their eggs unmolested. Cleaning the dumpster is an excellent idea for this very reason, and we recommend doing so twice every week. This way, you’ll be able to keep unwanted pests out while also reducing odor and contamination in your trash.

Dumpster Placement

And to avoid any critters, don’t place it near any trees, as this is where the critters will be attracted to. That’s because they tend to nest in these areas and then burrow into the dirt and eat anything that’s underneath it. In fact, avoid placing your dumpster on grass or mulch. This is because it will make the area a conducive environment for rodents, attracting more pests to your dumpster. To avoid any unwanted creatures, make sure you place your dumpster on a hard surface such as a concrete surface. A concrete surface will also prevent any unwanted pests from burrowing underneath the surface and making nests. If there are no hard surfaces, try to place them on a brick or gravel surface. 

Use Pest Repellents

If you can’t clean your dumpster or you don’t have the time to do so, then the next best alternative is to use repellent products. There are several options available in the market that will effectively keep pests away from your dumpster. One of them is called Critter Ridder, a repellent that keeps pets, rats, and mice away. To use, apply the repellent to any surface where rodents may be drawn to, such as inside your dumpster and underneath it. However, be sure to avoid using the repellents around plants, for instance, around garden areas. For most pest  repellents contain sulfur  and ammonia, which can lead to burnt plants

Seal Your Dumpster Rental 

To add another layer of protection, add a sealant around the exterior openings of your dumpster. This will keep critters out and make sure they don’t get in through small openings in the sides of your dumpster. This will also make your trash dumpster less prone to adverse weather conditions like rain, snow, or ice. You can also use a garbage wrap from the Dumpster Rental Service. These wrappings will keep water from seeping into your dumpster and making things inside of it wet, which can attract pests.

Monitor Your Dumpster

Yet another alternative is to monitor the dumpster yourself for rodent activity. This way, you’ll know when you need to do cleanings, when any pests are starting to gather around your dumpster, or when you need to order a new dumpster because of spills or damage. By monitoring the dumpster, you’ll be able to catch a lot of issues before they become a problem.

So, you see that keeping your dumpster rental clean is the best way to control pests. That’s because these creatures like living in dirty areas, where they can dine on food and lay their eggs without any disturbance. So, by controlling the mess in your dumpster rental, you’ll be able to control any pests that are looking for a home in your rented dumpster and your home. However, controlling the pests is easier said than done, so consult with a Dumpster Rental Service to help you through this process.

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