Summer Trash Hacks: How to Reduce Rodent Activity in Your Garbage Bins

Posted on: 22 November 2019

As temperatures soar during the summer, homeowners are faced with one epidemic — increased rodent activity in their garbage bins. The high temperatures cause food in bins to heat up, making it a target for mice, rats, hamsters and other rodents that scavenge bins in search for food. 

Unfortunately, rodent activity in your trash could mean a rodent infestation in your home as well. When there's no more food in the garbage, these pesky creatures will find their way into your kitchen. Luckily, you can starve these creatures and reduce their activity in your bins by following these tips.

Reduce Food Waste

Rodents only come looking when there is food in your trash bins. You can eliminate them by reducing the amount of food disposed of every day. Reducing food waste keeps your home rodent-free and reduces the amount of trash you put out every week. Here are some tips on how to make it happen:

  • Avoid buying too much food, especially perishable products.
  • Don't over-serve food.
  • Save leftovers and eat them instead of disposing of them.
  • Store food correctly to prevent spoilage.
  • Keep track of expiry dates so you can eat packaged products before they go bad.

These tips should help you reduce the amount of food that ends up in the garbage bin. Enforce them in your home, and you will not only manage rodents, but also save money on food in the long run.

Dispose of Food Correctly

It's nearly impossible to eat 100% of the food in your home. Some of it will go bad or end up in the trash. However, how you dispose of it can attract or repel rodents. Invest in biodegradable food bags for disposing of food waste. Collect all scraps after each meal, empty them into the bags and throw them in the trash can. If you don't have the bags, you can use old newspapers or packaging.

Wrapping food reduces its smell, and this ensures that rodents aren't attracted to your bin. Even when they are, they will have a hard time accessing the food as it's not lying in the open. You can take a step further and sprinkle baking soda directly onto the trash. The product absorbs food odours which tend to attract rodents.

Keep Trash in the Shade

As aforementioned, the high temperatures in the summer heat food in the trash and make it more attractive to rats and hamsters. Leaving your trash in direct sunlight only speeds up the heating process. Prevent this by storing your waste away from direct sunlight. Place your bin in a shady place until pickup.

Finally, the longer you leave trash in the open, the higher the chances of attracting rodents. You should get rid of garbage at least once a week to reduce rotting, bad odours and rodent activity. Talk to your rubbish removal service about frequent pickups to keep your home rodent-free.