How To Get Rid Of Rats & Wasps
Bins, Pests and LOCKDOWN
During LOCKDOWN, and particularly as we move into the summer months, it is important we pay a little extra attention to our outside refuse areas. For most households bin collection times have altered, local waste and recycling centres have closed, public litter bin emptying has stopped and street cleaning reduced making it vitally important we do our bit to protect our homes and businesses from a potential surge in rodent and insect numbers.
FACT – All pests need three things to survive and thrive: water, shelter and food. The provision or exclusion of these factors will have a direct impact on pest numbers.
As the days lengthen, temperatures increase and frequency of collections reduce, the degradation of food in our bins will increase leaving an irresistible scent trail to rodents and insects looking for an easy meal.
Insects around the bin are unsightly and also may impact upon your outside/inside living areas.
Wasps are particular culprits which actively seek out rotting fruit for a high energy meal, often getting drunk and aggressive as a result.
Rats are also attracted to the scent of bins. Rodents sightings around a property should be taken very seriously. Both rats and mice have the potential to –
- contaminate your home or workplace
- spread disease to yourself and family
- damage your belongings
- contaminate food and damage property
- ruin your hard earned business reputation
How do I keep rats and wasps away from my bins?
- Make sure your bins are in good condition – Check the lids seal well. Really well. Even small gaps can be exploited by a range of pest species. Rodents can squeeze through a hole as wide as a pencil. Wasps will constantly be attracted to an accessible food source and will sometimes even make a nest within the bin.
- Get broken bins replaced – if your bins are damaged or broken, check with your local authority for services offered during lockdown and where possible ask for a replacement.
- Give some thought to the location of your bin. Site bins well away from windows and doors. Try to place your bins out of direct sunlight to decrease the rate of decomposition and associated smells that attract pests.
- Don’t chuck loose food into your wheelie bin – always place food waste into compostable liners, plastic bags or refuse sacks before you put it in the bin. This will limit its availability as a food source and help contain any attractive aromas.
- Don’t leave food long term in your kitchen bin. In fact, try to get out of the habit of leaving any unwrapped food waste inside at all. Kitchen bins full of food items will attract wasps and flies into your building. Empty the kitchen bin on a regular basis.
- Clean all of your bins. Get on the marigolds, and give the bins a good scrub out with hot water and bleach. There are
normally companies that specialize in this but during lockdown it’ll be a matter of taking a deep breath and getting stuck in!
- Mark your bin with your house name or number. This’ll help make sure you get your clean bin back after collections.
- Don’t leave your bins out early. Bringing your bins out onto the street early will encourage pests to emerge.
- Be compost aware. Compost heaps are one of the most common reasons homeowners have rats in their garden. Wasps also like nesting in old compost. Keep compost areas sealed and placed away from your property.
Remember – compost heaps are absolute pest magnets.
Rake up and remove fallen fruit – If you’re lucky enough to have fruit trees in the garden ensure fallen fruit is collected quickly. Place waste fruit in compostable bags and straight into the bin or sealed compost heap. If fallen fruit isn’t collected you will almost certainly experience nuisance wasps later in the year.
If you’ve done all these things and still are experiencing an infestation it may be time to give us a call.
Pest controllers are designated key workers and we’re still working where there is a potential risk to human health.
Please feel free to give us a call to discuss your issue. Where possible we should be able to treat your issue quickly and safely.
Stay safe this summer…
The LANDGUARD Team
Office – 0113 2037427 or 01423 209030
24/7 – 07970 902 194