An infestation of rats or mice around your dumpster is more than just alarming. It can also cause health hazards and property damage. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to keep rodents away. The following are just a few suggestions:
Clean away residue
Sugary or fatty residues tend to accumulate around dumpsters over time, and they are very attractive to rodents. You can prevent these residues from building up by regularly hosing down the exterior of your dumpster.
Cut back vegetation
If vegetation is growing around your dumpster, it will give rodents a way to sneak up to your garbage without being seen by you or by predators. Cut back vegetation regularly and, if possible, keep your dumpster completely out in the open.
Wrap up food waste
If you need to dispose of food waste in your dumpster, keeping it tightly wrapped in plastic will help to deter rodents. This will not only keep rodents from accessing food, but it can also cut back on odors that are given off by food waste that attract rodents and other animals.
Find dumpster units with tight-fitting lids
Rodents are resourceful, but they're not going to be able to get into a dumpster with a tight-fitting lid. A metal dumpster with a metal lid is basically impervious unless rust begins to eat holes through it over time.
Transport waste off-site often
The longer waste is sitting in your dumpster, the more time rodents will have to find it. Frequently emptying your dumpster and having waste carried away to a landfill or other waste removal disposal site is a good practice for preventing pests.
Use a repellent
There are many different types of repellent out there that are effective against rats, mice, and other rodents.
One type of repellent is a supersonic repellent. This is a good idea if you don't want to have to pour liquid substances around your dumpster. It is an electronic device that works by simply producing noises that deter rodents.
There are many commercially prepared chemical repellents out on the market. If you're wary of spreading toxic chemicals around your site, you might try some all-natural repellents that are known to be effective against rodents like mint or peppermint oil.
Place traps around dumpster
Rodent traps are another option if you have a rodent problem. You can choose traditional snap traps if you want to kill the rodents, or you can opt for humane traps that will catch rodents live so that they can be moved off-site.