Keeping Critters out of your Dumpster

Renting a dumpster is hands-down the best way to haul away residential and commercial waste without a doubt. However, pesky critters can be a real challenge to keep out of your roll off dumpster if you fail to take the proper precautions. Tiny razor sharp teeth and finger-like paws have been known to gnaw through construction materials, carpeting, garbage bags and more in search of food and bedding – turning your hard work into wasted time after cleaning up what they strew around the job site.

Put A Lid On It!

No matter what dumpster sizes you rent you are an invitation to domesticated critters and wildlife alike. Not to mention an unsupervised wandering toddler or vagrant can lead to sure disaster and possible legal repercussions. The easiest way to prevent dumpster divers of all types is to simply close the lid and put a lock on it (if your dumpster rental comes with a lid) – and not just during overnight hours. Yes, most of our furry culprits are nocturnal, but not all of all them. So, keep it closed at all times to deter the occasional roaming predator – two and four legged alike!

Seal Food in Bags

Rubbish Inc strictly prohibits food items in our roll off dumpster rentals. Although food waste can go to the landfill, it tends to attract rodents and critters. Therefore, food waste should be disposed of through conventional trash pick-up. We encourage you to visit our ‘Prohibited Items’ page for further reference. That being said… no matter how small the tidbit, your food waste can act as a ‘homing beacon’ for wildlife and domestic critters for miles away. Raccoons for instance, will travel up to 18 miles to find food, while a dog can detect odors up to 40 feet below ground! Critters are drawn to refuse areas by odor. Thus, the first line of defense is to be sure to securely seal food waste in trash bags. You might even want to consider double-bagging leaky or overstuffed bags.


Pest and wildlife repellents can be found at most hardware stores and major retail chains. These types of repellents can include the use of chemical pesticides and small pest traps for mice. If you prefer to use an alternative ‘green’ repellent, than try using a spray bottle filled with diluted ammonia to mist the outside of trash bags or dumpster area, as critters tend to shy away from the smell of ammonia. If you don’t have any straight ammonia handy, you can try spraying the bags with some basic household Windex®.

Keep Dumpsters Away From Foliage

Wildlife is more afraid of you than you are of them. That is why they hide in trees, bushes, tall grass and shrubs just waiting to catch a break. Clever and destructive critters like raccoons, squirrels, possums and rats are just a few that lurk in the natural cover of lush foliage. Keep this in mind when you call Rubbish INC for your next dumpster rental. Our expert delivery drivers can strategically place most dumpster rentals away from foliage areas. If for any reason space does not allow and your dumpster must be near trees, shrubs or grass; be sure to mow and prune the area foliage prior to delivery.

Animal Traps

When all else fails, you may need to consider humane wildlife traps or hire a professional pest control service. For your safety, you should never corner or confront a wild animal or rodent – especially during the day – as they can carry a host of diseases including rabies and distemper. Rather, contact your local wildlife animal control officer or a professional pest control service.

Rubbish Inc Dumpster Rental
925 S Capital of Texas Hwy
Building 2 Suite 125
Austin, TX 78746