If you live in a rural area where there are lots of animals such as raccoons running around, the items inside of your trash can make a pretty tempting meal. If you have been having problems with animals getting into your trash, here are a few things you can do to keep the animals out of your trash.
Make Your Lid Tougher To Open
The first thing you need to do is protect the lid to your trash can and make sure that it is secure, especially during the week. You can keep your lid more secure by placing a bungee cord across the lid and securing it to the handles. You can also do the same thing with a rope, although a bungee cord will provide more tension and resistance.
You can also make your trashcan lid tougher to open by placing something heavy on it. Put something really heavy, such as a cinder block, and put it on top of your trashcan. Any local animals will have a hard time opening the lid when it is that heavy.
Change The Smell Of Your Trash Can
Next, you can scare away the animals that want to dig in your trash by making your trash can smell bad. There are certain chemicals that repel most animals; one of them being ammonia.
Spray ammonia on your trash can. Many household cleaners contain ammonia. The local animals will not like the smell of ammonia and it will hide the smell of the appealing garbage that is inside of your trash can.
Put In A Motion Detector
Install a motion detector near your trash can to scare away the animals that try to get in at night. Most nighttime animals, such as raccoons, don't like bright lights. Position a few motion detector lights pointed at your trash can.
You can purchase motion detector lights that run on batteries. All you have to do is put in the batteries and secure the lights; you don't have to do any fancy wiring to install a motion light.
Make Some Noise
Finally, most animals will not try to approach your trash can if they sense that someone else is around. Place a battery operated radio near your trash can, and turn it to your local talk station. The sound should scare off any potential animal intruders. This works best when you don't have any neighbors nearby who will be bothered by the sounds.
If you follow the four steps above, you should be able to keep the animals away from your trash can. For more information, contact a company such as Sullivan Refuse Inc.