How to Keep Unwanted Pests Out of Your Dumpster

pest in dumpster bin

Anyone who uses a dumpster is at risk of a pest infestation. Not only will the dumpster be filled with insects and rodents, but they can spread to other areas like the building or vehicles of the company.

Dumpsters behind restaurants will attract many different types of insect and rodents because of the left over food.

Construction companies may see termites from old wood that is thrown away.

Landscaping companies may see any type of insect, like termites or roaches, because of old mulch.

Keep It Cleanly

You may find yourself taking multiple trips to the dump. In doing so, you should be aware of any left over residue or waste at the bottom of your bin to avoid attracting any pests.

Steer Clear of Food Waste

Although it may be convenient to toss your food waste in your dumpster along with your other unwanted things, we strongly advise you not to do so. Food is known for rotting and creating stinky odours that entice flies, and can cause an infestation of maggots. Nocturnal critters such as raccoons and opossum that are also attracted to the smell of compost and rotting food. 

Dumpster Bin Placement

If possible, you should always place your dumpster bin on a concrete slab. Placing your dumpster bin on grass is essentially an invitation for rodents and other critters that live on your grass or soil to crawl up into your dumpster bin or live underneath it. It is also important you place your dumpster on concrete to avoid getting any waste leakage into the groundwater

Make Use of Repellents

Repellants can be very useful in combating unwanted pests from your dumpster bin. If it is necessary you put contents in the dumpster that you know are going to attract pests, try using a natural repellent. 

Mix 2/3 cup of (clear) ammonia with 1/3 cup of water. For above ground application – put the solution into a small plastic container (margarine tub size) along with a rag to soak up the liquid. Poke holes in the container lid and place it in the area of where wildlife is a nuisance.

If squirrels, skunks and rabbits are a particular problem in your area, you can purchase fox or coyote urine and place it around the perimeter of the dumpster to keep these pests away. Fox and coyotes prey on these smaller critters, and once they get a whiff of the repellent, they’ll feel threatened and leave. Remember to reapply the repellent if a rain shower comes through.

Bin Coverings

Adding a cover to your dumpster bin will lower your chances of different types of animals from entering your dumpster bin. Try using a tarp that’s tightly sealed. Although larger animals may be more resourceful and find a way under, smaller critters will have a hard time getting around the tarp.

If you reside in the Hamilton area and are in need of a dumpster rental bin, contact Lancaster Bins or visit our website today, we will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have, and help fight