Skip bins offer a cost-effective solution for renovation, landscaping and spring cleaning waste. But they also create a lot of temptation for animals in your neighborhood, especially if your waste smells edible.

Whether you have a long-term skip bin arrangement or just want a skip bin for cleanup after a weekend project, you have to figure out how to keep pests from spreading your rubbish all over the kerb.

In this blog, we walk you through the basics of keeping pests of all sizes out of your bins.

Close and Lock the Bin Lid

It may seem like a simple instruction, but you might be surprised how many bin users forget to close and lock the bin lid every time they use it. Many people assume that they only have to worry about pests at night, but feral cats and dogs often rummage through rubbish in the daylight.

If your bin doesn’t have a lock, use a bungee cord to keep the lid closed or weight the lid with a brick so an animal cannot lift it.

Comply with Rubbish Guidelines

Bin hire companies often have guidelines designed to make disposal simple and safe. These guidelines may include restrictions on waste content, including:

  • Biological waste
  • No food waste
  • Only specified permitted chemicals

Following these three specific restrictions can decrease the appeal of your skip bin to pests since most animals only dig through bins when they think they’ll find food there.

Create an Environment Pests Dislike

In addition to keeping the bin inaccessible, you can also make it actively unappealing to common pests by sprinkling or spraying strong-smelling substances in the bin’s corners. Common choices include:

  • Clean cat litter
  • Cayenne pepper in water
  • Diluted bleach
  • Vinegar
  • Window cleaner

The efficacy of these measures depends on what kind of pests you have in your area, so don’t be surprised if you have to try more than one. Be sure when applying deterrents that they don’t have a corrosive effect on your bin, since that will only make it easier for pests to get in.

Keep Your Bin Clean

If you have a long-term or permanent bin arrangement, determine if the bin company performs any cleaning. If not, create a routine that keeps your bin from becoming smelly.

For many users, this routine can consist of simply hosing the bin down after it’s emptied. You may also want to invest in a bin liner or use newspaper to line the bottom of the bin. Liners prevent lingering food odours, which can attract vermin even after the source is disposed of.

If you are allowed to dispose of food waste and other smelly rubbish in your bin, do so on the day of pickup or put the waste in an airtight bag to minimise the smell.

Place the Bin Away from Fences and Railing

Your bin’s placement can also affect how attractive it seems to animals. Ask your hire company to place the bin in a clear area, away from any structure a clever pest could climb. Avoid any fences or railings in particular.

Other problem structures include:

  • Above ground pools
  • Garden trellises
  • Sheds

If you must place the bin near a possible climbing aid, install motion detecting lights there as well. Sudden light can deter most large vermin.

Take the Necessary Steps to Protect Your Skip Bin

If you have a persistent pest problem or know of home or business owners who’ve had problems in your area, talk to your skip bin rental company. Many can make recommendations or change your delivery and pickup schedule to decrease the risk of pest disruption.

Use these tips to keep your skip bins secure against claws, hooves and beaks. For more information on skip bins and skip bin hire, read our other blog posts.

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