Pest Control News

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Pests and Bin Collections – Will Proposed Three-Weekly Bin Collections Affect Pest Infestations?

Several years ago, many local authorities reduced the bin collections to once a fortnight, much to the chagrin of many householders. However, it has now become routine and with more people recycling, it seems to have hit the mark.
But, many councils are now thinking of reducing the collection of waste bins from once a fortnight to once every three weeks; one Scottish council is considering a monthly collection
Whilst this may be hitting and surpassing tight recycling goals, it may be present another issue – an increase or surge in pest control issues. 
Pests are everywhere. But some more than others can present real issues and hazards to the householder. Unless people are educated on pest prevention, and hardware such as wheelie bins, compost bins and so on re robust and pest-proof as far as possible, it could present issues for both householders and local authorities alike. 
Is it a ‘ticking time bomb’?
Read any national newspaper, and you will find all kinds of articles suggesting that proposed changes in the frequency of bin collections will add to the woes of householders fighting off pests in their backyards. 
It is true that rotting rubbish and organic matter can attract certain kinds of pests – foxes rummaging through bins of a night, flies laying eggs in rotting food, rats and mice enjoying the content of the compost, the bin or anything left lying around – and so making sure that the contents of bins are well-sealed is important. 
Is poisoning areas the answer?
As well-sealed as bins may be, pests can gnaw their way through most materials and thus, in certain areas where pests are allowed un challenged access to food and waste, their numbers can soon multiply. 
Once an infestation of some pests become rooted in an area, they can be difficult to control and eradicate. Prevention is, in many cases, is the answer but even this can have issues. 
Up until recent years, the answer to many pests was to lay poison in and area, step back and allow it to takes it course. But, there was a hidden issue – secondary poisoning. This meant that the rat or mouse would slink off to die, but its carcass would then be devoured by another animals or bird. The poison would still be active and cause the animal or bird to also be poisoned. 
Clearly, non-target species were also bearing the brunt of poisoning practices. 
The answer?
Making sure that bins and other recycling boxes etc. are in a good state of repair, and are also cleaned on a regular basis are both important and effective steps in warding off unwanted vermin.

Spotting signs of problems early and have the issue dealt with a professional pest control technician also forms part of prevention and control.