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Controlling trash areas to reduce pest problems

It’s an unavoidable outcome of doing business: garbage. No matter what type of operation you run, you and your employees likely produce trash. That trash, along with the areas in which you discard it, has the potential to attract pests.

Pests in outdoor garbage areascould mean pests in your facility

To someone not familiar with pests, this may seem like a non-issue. So what if pests are attracted to a dumpster outside? Most dumpsters aren’t located all that far from buildings. When pests are attracted to dumpsters, they are then in close proximity to your structure, so it’s not too much effort for them to move to your building seeking other food, water, and shelter.

Fliesantscockroachesstinging insectsrats and micebirds, and wildlife can all find their way to dumpsters and trash enclosures, drawn in by odors and the lure of potential food. Even if your staff takes care to bag all garbage, trash and liquid residues can seep out of bags and into dumpsters and compactors, or onto cement pads, which can continue attracting pests long after trash has been picked up.

The presence of some of these pests can even pose health risks to your employees who access the garbage area. Stings from pests such as bees and wasps, which can be attracted to sticky residues, can sometimes cause anaphylactic shock in those who are allergic, which can be fatal if not treated quickly.

Could trash be deterring visitors from your facility?

Overloaded trash bins on the street

Unkempt, foul-smelling dumpster and garbage areas can also deter customers from visiting your facility. Trash spilling out of dumpsters, visible pest activity, and strong odors may signal to your customers and guests that your business is  unclean. In restaurants, the appearance of trash overflowing with flies hovering overhead can make food seem unappetizing to guests. 

For this reason, many operations choose to use fencing or other types of partitions to keep trash areas out of sight of customers. However, just because a dumpster or compactor is hidden from sight doesn’t mean it should be allowed to be messy. Pests can easily find their way over or under fencing.

Indoor trash area maintenance Just like outdoor garbage areas, indoor garbage areas can be a source of pest issues, which can quickly become exacerbated since they are already inside the building.

If your apartment building, office, or other operation has an indoor trash room or waste collection room, it may require special cleaning and maintenance to prevent pest problems in the room. Cracks in cement floors or walls, floor drains, etc. can accumulate debris and moisture that can allow pests such as small flies to breed.

Trash chutes that lead to these areas can also become problematic; these may be especially prevalent in multifamily buildings and college dormitories. If debris becomes lodged in a chute, it could potentially allow pests to breed in difficult-to-access areas. Additionally, chutes can create an easy pathway for flying and crawling insects to make their way from the main trash room into other areas of a building. Regular cleaning of these areas can help keep them pest-free.

Speak with your pest control provider and ask them to inspect your interior garbage area and highlight areas that may be a potential concern.

Steps to prevent pest issues near dumpsters and other trash areas

Row of trash bins

What can you and your team do to eliminate the likelihood that garbage and dumpster areas become a pest issue? Check out the pointers below.

  • All trash receptacles and dumpsters should have properly functioning lids.
  • Trash should always be placed into dumpsters and compactors in sealed bags.
  • Ensure trash is picked up frequently, especially during warm weather months.
  • Set up a regular cleaning rotation for trash cans, recycling bins, dumpsters, compactors, and cement pads.

Utilizing a professional odor management system can  greatly reduce the likelihood of attracting pests to your property. If you are currently experiencing a pest problem near your building’s trash area, contact us online today to get help from the Rentokil experts. 

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