Keep Pest Out Of Your Construction Dumpster

4 October 2018
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Dumpsters are a great way to keep your construction debris neatly contained in one central location. However, these dumpsters sometimes serve as an inviting spot for pests and animals to settle.

Having an animal take over your dumpster is not a welcoming experience as it can lead to all types of chaos, especially if you have an entire family settle in the dumpster. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to keep pests out of your dumpster; learn about some of them.

Keep the Lid On

Pests typically settle in an environment because they find an easy way inside. If you can cut off their entry point into the dumpster, you can eliminate much of the problem. During periods of active use, it's okay to go ahead and leave the dumpster on. The constant movement and noise will likely be enough to keep any animals away. However, at the end of the workday, you need to close the lid. If you leave the lid open all night, it's highly likely that an animal can get inside. Even worse, if the animal gets trapped and can't get out, you may have to remove a dead animal from the dumpster. 

Establish Disposal Rules

If you work with a crew, make sure you establish disposal rules first. Most animals that settle in places are looking for food, shelter, or both. If your team is using the construction dumpster as a place to also toss their food trash, they are inadvertently providing the animals with both food and shelter. Ensure your team understands that there is a separate area to dispose of their food trash. Remember, animals have a far more heightened sense of smell than humans. Even a small amount of food residual is enough for an animal to detect. 

Learn About Repellents

Depending on the location of your construction site, the idea of keeping pest away from your container might seem like an unrealistic goal. If you find yourself in this type of situation, it's a good idea to learn about what repellents work best for the kind of animal you are trying to keep away. For instance, if raccoons are the problem, an ammonia mixture can sometimes be used to keep this animal away. However, ensure you are using deterrents and not something that will cause harm to the animal. While the animal might be a pest, they mean no harm.

Ensure you take measures to prevent animals from taking over your dumpster. For more information on construction dumpster for rent, contact your local equipment rental service.