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Keeping Pests Out of Garbage

Keeping Pests Out of Garbage


Disease control is one of the most serious problems involving pests around garbage cans. If they get close to the home, they may attempt to enter it later. Even if they enter the home and leave without being detected, they can leave a residual trail on the surface of the counters, carpets and furniture. Children who touch these surfaces may place their hands into their mouth or rub their eyes. This can spread diseases from the pests to the inhabitants of any nearby house.

Common pests found around residential garbage cans include:

  • Raccoons
  • Squirrels
  • Maggots

Other pests may also be attracted to the activities of these critters. If the infestation is not controlled soon enough, it could become unmanageable.

Useful Tips to Prevent Infestations

Garbage cans will attract pests when odors escape from the enclosed area. The best way for homeowners to prevent bugs and other pests from converging around a garbage can is to securely seal the garbage unit on the inside as well as the outside.

  • Check the interior liners to make sure they are secure.
  • Seal the exterior of the can by ensuring the lid is tightly fitted to the body of the can.
  • Always use gloves when handling trash cans and liners.

Always make sure the trash is tightly sealed before placing it into a trash can. Some people may also have the option of using odor-reducing supplies around the area of the trash can. This can mask any smells that may attract bugs, pests and other undesirable critters. Although these techniques are generally effective, they may not always work. Contact a professional pest management service if you see signs of a pest infestation around the trash area. 


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