Keeping Your Dumpster Trash Away From Feral Cats

Posted on: 19 September 2016

If you have your own restaurant, and you are situated in an area where feral cats have been known to frequent the area, your rented dumpster is most likely a hot spot for activity after you place scraps of food inside. Since these cats will be looked at unfavorably by customers, it is important to keep them away from your garbage to the best of your ability. Here are some tips you can use to keep these food mongers away from your dumpster effectively.

Change The Ground Covering And Add A Fence

If your dumpster is located on a grassy or dirt surface, cats will be able to easily run up to the container to grab a bite to eat. This type of ground is also desirable for resting in between meals. Changing the ground covering to a gravel surface will help thwart food theft as cats are less likely to run across pointed rocks to get to their destination. Add a wire fence around the container to make it even more difficult for cats to get to the prizes in the dumpster.

Eliminate Odor To Reduce Those Attracted To The Area

A smelly dumpster is bound to draw attention from all types of pests looking for food. It will also be unfavorable to those coming to your establishment for a meal of their own. Eliminate odor to keep your feral friends from knowing when you toss morsels to eat inside the dumpster. Double-bag your trash to help reduce smell. Before you place items in the bags, sprinkle some baking soda inside each one to help neutralize odor naturally. Purchase a deodorizing agent to toss into your dumpster after it is emptied by your refuse service as well. It is also important to have your dumpster located in a spot away from direct sunlight as this can amplify the smell coming out of the container.

Secure The Lid And Add Some Deterrents

It is necessary to keep your dumpster's lid securely over the container at all times. To keep cats from crawling inside, consider placing large rocks on the lid to make it more difficult for them. Add a few deterrents around your dumpster to keep cats from getting too close. A motion-detecting lighting system can be helpful in scaring off cats during nighttime hours. A sprinkler system is equally effective in catching cats off-guard when getting too close to your dumpster. Consider keeping a dog on your property to scare the cats as well.

For more information, contact local professionals like Lakeshore Recycling.