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Managing Your Trash to Keep Pests Away

Perhaps, one of the biggest keys to having a house that is free from pests is trash management. When you have trash just lying around, pests would think you are inviting them to an “All You Can Eat” buffet.

The first step in denying these pests the chance of feasting on your rubbish is to simply keep your home as spick and span as possible. This begins with which sort of stuff you buy at the store. We suggest you choose items and products with minimal packaging.

Most houses have both garbage bins and waste baskets that are used everyday. Here are a few care management tips to help you handle your waste bins:

  • Use lidded waste bins (lids tightly fitted). Insects and other pests cannot get inside if the lids are shut tight.
  • Line the trash cans with bags. It would be much better if you reuse plastic grocery bags.
  • Try using natural repellants. Before putting trash in, spray the inside of the trash bags with vinegar, add a sprinkle of ground cloves and a bay leaf. If you have a particular problem with cockroaches, make some little balls made of boric acid and powdered milk and put one in each of your trash bags.

If the natural repellants are just not doing it, spray the inside of the bag with a bug killer. You may want to buy the less-toxic natural products first and try to wait it out for a while. However, if it doesn’t totally take care of the problem, you might as well bring out the nasty sprays to get rid of the insects before they become an infestation and you wouldn’t have much of a choice but to call an exterminator.

Be sure to wash the inside of trash cans after emptying them out, especially when there is liquid inside it. Wash it well and let it dry before using again.

Any other place where you store recyclable materials should also be treated in the same way.

For food scraps and plastic wrappers:

  • Keep food scraps in separate sealed containers.
  • Meat wrappers should be rinsed thoroughly and put in old Ziplocs before being put away.
  • Any used cans and bottles should be rinsed thoroughly and dried before putting in the trash.
  • Put caps back in bottles and corks in wine bottles.
  • Put candy wrappers, cereal bags, microwave popcorn bags in a tightly sealed bag.

If you are planning on saving something for recycling, make sure you wash it and let it dry before storing. Food and beverage containers often contain sugar that attracts pests so it’s best you get rid of any remaining residue.

A great way to keep on top of the big picture when it comes to the condition of your home is by having a Twinspectors annual building AND pest inspection done. Enjoy peace of mind concerning the condition of your home by having the professionals at Twinspectors look it over. Call us today on 1300 304 145 or book online!