If you live in an area with raccoons, then you know that they can be more than a nuisance, especially when it comes to your garbage can. Unfortunately, these critters are notorious trash hounds, knocking over the can and making a huge mess.
If you’ve experienced the aggravation of raccoons digging through your bins, then we’re here to help. Here are some of the best ways to keep them and other vermin from making your garbage their next late-night snack.
Use Heavy Duty Materials
If you get your garbage can from the city, it’s most likely made out of plastic. While this can be a sufficient deterrent, vermin can chew through the material over time, making it less than useful. If possible, try to upgrade to metal cans so that they can’t get in.
Lock the Lid
One of the easiest and most efficient ways to keep raccoons and other vermin away from the trash is to make sure that they can’t open the lid. Having a locking mechanism on the cover is a great way to ensure that they don’t root around. However, you do have to remember to unlock it on trash day, so you have to be more vigilant with this method.
Weigh the Lid Down
If a lock is too complicated or too much of a nuisance, another alternative is to weigh it down with a large rock or something else heavy. Raccoons are not very strong, so it doesn’t have to be that massive to work. Just make sure that it’s not too much for you to handle, especially if you want to throw away your trash one-handed.
Use Motion Sensors
Since raccoons and vermin are usually nocturnal, they can be easily spooked by lights. Thus, if you can keep your trash can in the line of sight for a motion detector, the light coming on should be enough to scare them away. Over time, they’ll learn to avoid your cans altogether.
Keep Them Level
One of the worst things that raccoons do is tip garbage cans over in their quest for a meal. If you keep them propped on the curb, for example, then it’s much easier for the critters to take it down. Thus, you want to try and keep your bins on level ground so that it’s much harder to knock over.
Clean Your Garbage Can Regularly
Hopefully, you’ll find success with one or more of these methods. However, if vermin are still desperate to gain access to your trash, then you may have to be more proactive. Washing out the inside of the can will help diminish the scent, as will double-bagging your garbage.
Another useful tip is to spray the can with ammonia. It smells like urine to vermin, which will avoid it at all costs. You can also use a raccoon repellant if necessary.
Contact My Exterminator
If you’re tired of dealing with vermin in your garbage or elsewhere around your home, then My Exterminator can help resolve the issue permanently. Not only will we eliminate any pests currently residing in or near your property, but we’ll make sure that they don’t come back. Contact us today to get started.