Trash Trials: How To Handle Your Company's Trash Without Attracting Pests

Posted on: 13 June 2015

When you're looking for options to help you manage waste on your commercial property, you might be thinking about investing in a roll-off dumpster. While these tools can be a good investment in many cases, they can also be an open invitation for pests like rodents, raccoons and bears. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your dumpster without making it a hot spot for the local wildlife.

Size is Essential

One of the biggest mistakes that small business owners can make when it comes to dumpster rentals is choosing a dumpster that is insufficient for their needs. Particularly in cases where dumpsters are priced by capacity, this is often the result of a business owner trying to save money. Instead, make sure you choose a dumpster that will be large enough to accommodate all of the waste your company generates between pickups. That way, you don't end up with an overflowing mess that's like a beacon to pests.

Placement is Important

Where you place the dumpster is just as important as how big it is. Consider the vulnerabilities of each area before you decide where you're going to place it. Look for a space with no shrubbery close to the dumpster. Bushes, ground cover and shrubs are great hiding places for burrowing creatures.

You'll also want to keep it away from fences, walls and trees that raccoons, rats and mice could use to get to the container. Finally, make sure there's a concrete pad under the dumpster, because that will keep burrowing pests from moving in directly under the container.

Cleanliness is Key

Keeping your dumpster area clean every day is a key part of keeping pests away. When there's no debris on the ground and the dumpster is clean and secure, there's nothing to draw rodents or other animals. Make sure that the dumpster plugs are secure, too. You'll have to remove them any time you rinse the dumpster out, which you should do approximately once a month. Once the dumpster has drained and is dry, replace the plugs and make sure they are as tight as you can get them. This keeps anything from seeping around the openings.

Although many pests see dumpsters as an all-you-can-eat buffet, these tips will help you take your property's trash off the menu. For more tips and to find the dumpster that best fits your company's needs, talk with a local sanitation service or dumpster rental provider.