Loading
Pest.Tips.Net Pest Tips

Keeping Cats Out of Your Trash Cans

Not everyone has the luxury of a garage to store their trash until garbage pickup day. If you store your garbage outside, you run the risk of neighborhood cats digging into garbage bags and knocking lids off trash cans to get at food scraps. Even if you do store your trash cans in your garage, cats can still get at your trash cans the day of trash pickup. If you have trouble keeping cats out of your trash, follow these helpful tips to keep felines away and from making a mess of your landscape:

  • If you store your trash outside in trash cans, and if your trash cans have handles, drive stakes into the ground, run rope through the handles, and stake the trash can solidly to the ground.
  • If you throw out food scraps or food containers, remove traces of food smells by lightly spraying the inside of the bag and contents with bleach water, ammonia, or liquid soap.
  • Build a box for your trash cans by framing a house with wood plank, and then covering it with metal or plastic screening, or wire mesh small enough that cats and other animals cannot enter. Top the house with a hinged lid and a latch.
  • Consider investing in heavy duty garbage cans with tight-fitting lids, instead of relying solely on garbage bags. Use bungee cords to secure the lids to the cans, as well as to the sides of a building.
  • Wash your trash cans often. Keeping them clean and free of food odors may deter cats from trying to break in and forage through your trash.
  • If you have a great deal of food scraps to throw out, keep them in the freezer until garbage pickup day, instead of putting them into the trash can right away.
  • Use a concrete block as an anchor atop your trash can lids. Most cats will not be able to move the large block of concrete to open the trash can.

Although it may sound trite, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. Take measures to ensure that cats and other animals cannot access your trash and garbage before it happens. Once cats find that your garbage provides a weekly smorgasbord, they will return for more. While it is not pleasant for the garbage man to get a whiff of ammonia or bleach while emptying your trash, those chemicals can be quite effective as a deterrent to animals. If you choose to use chemicals as prevention for cats digging through your trash, make sure that you simply use a small spray, and do not allow inches of the liquid to accumulate in the can or can liner.

Related Tips:

The End of the Road for Mice! Quickly eliminate pesky mice and small rodents with this handy six-pack of traps. Easy to bait, set, use, and release. Unique design catches rodents from the front, sides, and back. Simple, safe, sanitary, and reusable for years. Check out Snap-E Mouse Traps today!

 

Comments for this tip:

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form below!)

Leave your own comment:

*Name:
Email:
  Notify me about new comments ONLY FOR THIS TIP
Notify me about new comments ANYWHERE ON THIS SITE
Hide my email address
*Text:
*What is 4+5 (To prevent automated submissions and spam.)
 
          Commenting Terms
 
 

Our Company

Sharon Parq Associates, Inc.

About Tips.Net

Contact Us

 

Advertise with Us

Our Privacy Policy

Our Sites

Tips.Net

Beauty and Style

Cars

Cleaning

Cooking

DriveTips (Google Drive)

ExcelTips (Excel 97–2003)

ExcelTips (Excel 2007–2013)

Gardening

Health

Home Improvement

Money and Finances

Organizing

Pests and Bugs

Pets and Animals

WindowsTips (Microsoft Windows)

WordTips (Word 97–2003)

WordTips (Word 2007–2013)

Our Products

Premium Newsletters

Helpful E-books

Newsletter Archives

 

Excel Products

Word Products

Our Authors

Author Index

Write for Tips.Net

Copyright © 2014 Sharon Parq Associates, Inc.