Rental dumpsters are an easy and convenient way to accommodate the waste removal needs of any home improvement project. Unfortunately, many critters view these dumpsters as a source of food and shelter. Use these tips from 866 We Junk It to move forward with your next project without opening the door for pests.

  • Lock it down. The most effective way to keep rodents out of your dumpster is by sealing off their entry points. The best way to do this is by making sure your dumpster has a tight-fitting lid, and locking it up at the end of every day. This will help keep people out of your dumpster as well.

  • Use repellents. Using a scent or taste that animals find unpleasant is a good way to keep them away from your garbage. Many people use bleach or ammonia for this, but chemicals like these are bad for the environment and potentially toxic to animals. Hot pepper powder is a cheaper, more humane, and equally as effective alternative.

  • Place your dumpster wisely. Be aware of the surroundings of your dumpster. Rodents are excellent climbers and very intelligent – they can, and will, use surrounding objects to help them get into your dumpster. Make sure you keep yours away from walls, fences, and drain pipes if possible.

  • Clean up. Nothing invites animals into your garbage like a big mess. Cleaning up your work site will make your dumpster less likely to attract animals. Remove any loose debris around the dumpster and hose down the area before nightfall.

Check out the Department of Health website for more ways to keep critters out of your dumpster.

866 We Junk It provides dumpster rentals and junk removal services in New York City, Nassau County, and Western Suffolk County, Long Island. Visit our website or call us at 866-935-8654 to get started with a free estimate.