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Garbage Removal: Practical Guidelines for Protecting Your Skip Bin from Pests

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Skip bin service is convenient for handling the massive amounts of waste produced during major residential projects such as renovations, landscape improvement, and spring cleaning. This collection and disposal option is advantageous because the container will be dropped off and picked up by the waste management company. Also, you can choose the most appropriate bin from a wide range to match your exact requirements. Unfortunately, the collection of rubbish can attract some pests to your property if the right precautions are not taken. Here are some simple guidelines to help you mitigate pest problems:

Lock the Skip Bin

You should close and lock your skip bin to prevent its infiltration by pests. This is an obvious precaution, but most homeowners ignore its importance to make disposal convenient. Ideally, you should close the bin after every single use, not just at night. While wild rodents might only show up at night, feral cats and dogs will not hesitate to dig through the trash in broad daylight. If there is no lock on your skip lid, you should use a bungee cord to secure the structure or stones to weight the top.

Follow the Skip Guidelines

Skip bin hire service providers have clear guidelines on rubbish disposal into their containers. Regrettably, not all homeowners comply with the rules, especially those related to the types of acceptable and unacceptable waste. For instance, waste management companies prohibit the use of the bin for disposing of food waste, biological materials, and some chemicals. If you place these items into your container, they are likely to draw in destructive animals. Remember, pests are only attracted to rubbish bin because they believe they will find food. Therefore, you should check the skip bin guidelines and follow the restrictions.

Minimise the 'Appealing' Odours

Sometimes, allowable or acceptable waste materials will emit odours which attract pests to your skip bin. If the container is allowed to rest in its smelly state, disruptive creatures will be drawn to your property. Therefore, you should minimise the emission of the 'appealing' odour to prevent vermin infestation. Ideally, you should spray or sprinkle materials which can neutralise the rubbish smell. For example, clean cat litter, diluted bleach, cayenne pepper solutions and vinegar are products which will mask garbage odours and repel most pests. 

Finally, you should make sure that your skip bin is collected in time to prevent the accumulation of rotting material. If you are experiencing other waste management problems, consult your skip company for professional guidance.