Pests, Garbage and Recycling
Many pests find household and commercial garage to be the end-all for food. In this blog, we go over pests that love garage and recycling and a few ideas to help prevent pest issues associated with both.
Raccoons are notorious as garbage thieves. Their smart brains and agile fingers help them break into locked garbage cans, recycling containers, and even dumpsters. But, raccoons are just one of the many pests who visit garbage and recycling containers. Possums will also dine on leftovers, pet food cans, and other garbage. Coyotes are another pest that does not mind rubbish. Coyotes are more common in the country or on the fringes of towns. Raccoons and possum will practically knock on the door to let you know they are there.
The struggle to find food and water is difficult for domestic pets that become strays. Garbage and recycling are two sources of potential food for stray cats and dogs.
Ever the opportunists, rodents don’t mind garbage. Leftover food is an easy way to find a meal and make it easier for rodents to stockpile food later. Rats are especially attracted to waste, as are mice.
Cockroaches, ants, flies, to name a few, are all seasonal insects who love garbage. Ants are the world’s best recyclers, and they will recycle garbage into a large food store. Cockroaches also love dead things, and trash is an essential item on their list of potential foods. Flies are looking for a place to lay eggs and consume rotting material.
All of these pests approach garbage as a source of food. Here is what you can do to decrease pest control issues where garbage is concerned.
- Keep the garbage and recycling containers away from your home, as this will help keep pests out of your house.
- Ensure both are securely locked, so smart animals, such as raccoons, cannot get into them.
- Make it a habit of rinsing out recycling so that sugars and syrups are not as plentiful. This will help keep ants and cockroaches out of your recycling container.
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