How to Keep Animals Away from Your Dumpster Rental
If you are working on a construction project, cleanup, or any other activity that requires a dumpster rental, then you are probably expecting to throw out a lot of trash or recyclables. You likely rented a dumpster rental because you want an orderly and clean working space. However, animals and critters can disrupt that plan. At DFW Rolloff, we have gotten many questions regarding these intruders and we are here to help. If you want to keep animals away from your dumpster rental, then consider these tips. Anyone still looking for a dumpster rental are invited to call DFW Rolloff for premium dumpster rentals of varying sizes.
No Food Waste
This is the most obvious tip. You may already know, but it is worth reiterating. If you do not want pests, bugs, animals, and foul odors around your dumpster rental, then do not put food items into it. Food waste will attract flies and lead to an infestation of maggots. Even raccoons and bears can be a problem as they sniff out the enticing smells from far distances. Keep the food waste in a contained area and throw it out on the day your trash collectors come by. Keep food waste out of the dumpster rental.
Cover the Dumpster Rental
If possible, consider renting a dumpster that has a secure lid. This should help keep away even large animals such as raccoons and bears who are known to find their way into dumpsters. If you only have open-top dumpsters available, then consider covering the top with a dumpster cover. Be aware, though, that raccoons are known to chew through obstacles and make their way toward their goal.
On Concrete, Not Grass
Insects and rodents love a warm and moist area to nest. Installing your dumpster rental on grass is a great way to invite these critters to your property. It can also be a legal liability as anything that leaks from the dumpster rental onto the grass will have an easy time contaminating ground water. It is best to place the dumpster rental on a concrete slab instead.
If you are making multiple trips to the local dump, then clean out the dumpster after each use. Otherwise, the gunk, muck, and slime will build up and attract pests and horrendous odors. Plus, you should remember to clean your unit before having it delivered.
As we mentioned earlier, food waste will attract animals. If the trash being tossed out is guaranteed to attract pests and you are not able to cover the dumpster, then try using repellants. A mixture of ammonia and water is known to keep a number of pests away, though you should be careful that the ammonia does not damage nearby landscaping. You can also purchase commercial repellants. Fox or coyote urine, for example, work well against squirrels, racoons, skunks, and rabbits.
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