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Common Pests That Benefit From Rubbish

All animals need to eat. And that includes pests. This is the primary reason why some of the UK’s most common pests are attracted to human habitats. We provide them with an easy source of food.  Whether this is feeding on crumbs, scraps and leftovers in our kitchens, like cockroaches and mice. Or digging through our outdoor rubbish, like rats and foxes tend to do.

Pests also benefit from commercial waste. There are hundreds of thousands of restaurants, takeaways and grocery stores. These businesses throw away tons of food on a daily basis. This waste attracts all sorts of common pests, including flies, ants and rodents.

Why do these common pests attack our bins?

There are many common pests that benefit from human rubbish in various ways. The pests that are attracted either to your indoor or outside bins root through this rubbish and eat whatever they find. And it doesn’t necessarily need to be food. Insects like cockroaches are even known to consume human hair. 

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Pests are also attracted to other sources of human refuse. This includes litter on the ground and landfill sites. Discarded take away food containers are also a huge problem. This is part of the reason why London has such a problem with pigeons. And anyone who has gone for a day trip from the city to the seaside, knows that seagulls hang around waiting for people to drop food. In fact, you often see these birds flying off with entire cartons of leftover chips.

Another way they benefit from your rubbish is because it provides material for their nests. Rodents are an example of a common pest that does this. And some pests, such as flies, even use rubbish to breed in. 

So how do you prevent these scavengers?

You do not want pests getting into your home or business. Many of them carry diseases and leave behind droppings. You probably don’t want to end up calling pest control services becauae the problem has got so out of hand. A few precautions can help a lot.

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You should pay attention to indoor kitchen rubbish. It doesn’t matter how clean your kitchen is. If your bin is overflowing and has a flimsy lid, then you will definitely have problems with pests. Start by placing your leftovers in compostable bags. Bags offer a layer of protection against pests, so you should never throw loose food into the bin. That being said, this is not enough. Pests effortlessly chew through bin bags. This is why bins should have secure, tight fitting lids to prevent pests from getting inside in the first place.

Your rubbish attracts all types of pests. This is why it’s so important that you think in advance when it comes to disposing of rubbish. Things like taking out kitchen rubbish more frequently is a good isea. And making sure outdoor dust bins are not overfilled and have locking lids.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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