a raccoon sticking its head out of a dumpster

Whether you’re demolishing a house or just trying to clear out some space, a dumpster rental can be a great way to dispose of everything you don’t need. Large enough to store all of your waste, and sturdy enough to withstand blows from thrown concrete and metal, you’ve decided that you need a dumpster. The only problem is, now that you have it, you just can’t seem to keep pests out. You might encounter something as small as maggots or as large as black bears, and for both your convenience and your safety, here are some ways to keep any and all pests out of your dumpster.

Covering Your Dumpster

While larger pests like raccoons and bears will often find a way around or through a cover, covering your dumpster rental can be a great way to keep smaller pests out. Putting a tarp or other large materials over the top of the dumpster and securing it will likely keep any pests such as maggots, mosquitoes, flies, or other small nuisances away from your dumpster rental. Just make sure you remember to take your tarp off by the time your Cali Carting worker comes to haul away your dumpster.

Keeping Food Waste Out of Your Dumpster

Putting food waste in your rental dumpster is a sure way to attract different kinds of pests. Not only will the food begin to rot and smell terrible, it will quickly attract flies, leading to maggots and other infestations. Aside from insects and tiny pests, food waste is the best way to attract raccoons. These notoriously crafty thieves have been known to sneak into the smallest places to steal food, but an open dumpster with food waste in it is essentially an all-you-can-eat raccoon buffet. New Jersey is also home to a large population of black bears, who have been known to wander into town and help themselves to any food waste left in the open. If you want to avoid encountering a black bear in your driveway, keeping food waste out of your dumpster rental is the best first step.

Keeping Your Dumpster on Concrete

While it’s not always possible, keeping your dumpster rental on concrete or pavement is far more ideal than keeping it on grass. If you place your dumpster on grass, you’re giving pests the opportunity to create nests underneath, especially since the dumpster is often time placed on top of their already existing home. When the dumpster is on a driveway or concrete slab, pests don’t have the opportunity to create nests underneath, hopefully keeping your dumpster insect and rodent free.

Using Repellents on Your Dumpster

When disposing of waste that you know will attract pests, repellent may be a good option. A mixture of ammonia and water has been known to deter insects and flies, but should be handled carefully, as ammonia can be dangerous to people and the landscape around your project site or home. Bear, raccoon, and other larger pest repellents can typically be purchased at your local hardware or lawn care store. When using repellents, it’s always important to read the directions carefully and handle with care, but this could be you best or only option to truly keep pests away from your rental dumpster.

Dumpster Rentals in New Jersey

Pests can be a nuisance, but what shouldn’t be a nuisance is finding a quick and easy way to rent a dumpster for your next big project. Cali Carting has been providing New Jersey with reliable and convenient dumpster rental services for over 25 years. With dumpsters of all different sizes and for all different jobs, Cali Carting proudly serves the entire Garden State. If you have any questions about our dumpsters or any of our other services, contact us today. If you’re looking for speedy service, get a quick quote from one of our licensed professionals. When it comes to quality dumpster rentals, you can count on Cali Carting.