Keeping Trash Safe From Wildlife

Posted on: 7 August 2015

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If you live in a rural area, and your home is located where raccoons, bear, possums or other creatures are present, you will want to take extra precautions in keeping your household trash out of their clutches. Here are some tips to use when storing and putting garbage out for collection in an attempt to keep it in your cans until it gets into the garbage removal service truck, rather than all over your yard, driveway, or town's streets.

Keep It Contained

The type of container you use for your garbage can will make a difference in whether animals can knock it over and steal garbage from inside. Opt for a metal garbage can as the clanging sound of the lid hitting the pavement may send you out to chase away critters trying to get inside. Use a bungy cord to keep the lid on the garbage can securely. 

Some people place their garbage cans in a wheeled cart until it is collected. Keep it in your garage until pickup day and then wheel to the curb in daylight hours before the service arrives. Leaving trash out overnight puts it at risk.

Add A Deterrent

Place some vinegar and water inside a spray bottle and use this to spritz the interior of your garbage bags before you tie them up to put in the trash. Spray the exterior of each bag before you place them into the garbage can. This odor will mask the smell of the contents inside the bag and will deter animals from trying to gain entry to the contents inside. 

Other deterrents include cayenne pepper and ammonia. Ammonia smells like urine to animals and offends them enough to stay away from garbage once they catch a whiff. Do not use bleach in a garbage bag as it is poisonous to animals.

Set up motion detectors which will illuminate the area near your trash cans. This will scare away perpetrators, helping to keep your trash in the cans where it belongs.

Cut Down On Waste

To keep waste from getting all over the place when an animal gets a hold of your garbage, consider minimizing the mess you will need to pick up by composting several materials instead. Save all vegetable or fruit scraps to place in a small fenced-in area designated for composting. Coffee grounds and filters can be placed inside your compost as well. You will be able to use the soil you get from composting in your garden while saving on the space inside your garbage cans. 

Make a point of separating your household trash from items you can recycle. Take these items to a recycling center rather than stuffing them in your garbage cans with the rest of your trash. 

For more information, talk to your garbage removal service (such as General Waste Removal) for tips.