Depending on where you live, there is a chance that you and your family are at risk of a bear coming onto your property. To keep your family safe and to prevent damage to your property, you probably want to do what you can to avoid this. For one thing, you should pay attention to the way that you handle your garbage. These are a few tips for doing so.
1. Keep a Lid On It
One of the first tips that you should remember is to always keep a tight-fitting lid on your garbage can. This can help contain odors, which will help prevent your trash from attracting a bear and which can also make the area near the trash can more pleasant for humans. Additionally, this can also help prevent smaller animals, such as raccoons and stray cats, from getting into your garbage and making a mess.
2. Double-Bag Your Garbage
Another good tip for preventing bears from being attracted to your garbage is by using two trash bags. When choosing trash bags, choose thicker ones rather than thinner, flimsier ones, since they can be better for locking in odors. As an added bonus, double-bagging your trash can help prevent your bags from tearing or trash spilling out, so it can save you some clean up work as well.
3. Clean Out Garbage Cans Regularly
Even if you double-bag your garbage, there is still a chance that something could leak out. This can lead to your garbage can taking on a strong smell that could attract bears, even if the lid is closed. When you notice spills or odors, it's a good idea to spray out your trash can, wash it out with a little bit of your favorite dish soap, rinse it out with clean water and then allow it to dry upside-down in the sun. This will help get rid of the odors that can attract bears and can make taking out your trash a lot less unpleasant, since you won't have to deal with the lingering odors either. If you still notice an unpleasant smell, you can sprinkle a little bit of baking soda in the bottom to help.
If you aren't careful, a nearby bear could think of your garbage as being a tasty food source. Therefore, it's important to handle it properly if you'd like to avoid attracting bears to your property. Fortunately, if you follow these three tips, you can help prevent this from happening. If they do come to your property, contact a local animal removal service, like animal control or another company like Tri-County Dead Stock Inc.