Why do pests find rubbish so attractive?

Pests, like all other living creatures need a steady source of food to survive. Often this food source is the rubbish we throw away. This could be commercial waste in trade bins outside or just a few crumbs of food on a kitchen floor. Here are some of the pests that are attracted to human rubbish:

  • Rodents such as rats and mice are easily attracted by overflowing bins or easily accessible food waste. They can squeeze through small holes and easily nibble their way through bin bags. In the case of rats, they have also been known to gnaw through plastic wheelie bins.
  • Birds such as pigeons and seagulls are also attracted to overflowing bins and litter. They can open bags to get to food waste and seagulls can also become quite aggressive.
  • Flies can be a substantial nuisance around food waste both outside and inside. In favourable conditions, their numbers can grow extremely rapidly, and problems can escalate quickly.
  • Ants do not pose a significant public health risk, but they can easily grow in numbers once they find a food source. When ants find a food source, they create a scented trail which leads the rest of the colony to the same food source.
  • Cockroaches can be found in kitchens and are usually hiding in the nooks and crannies behind units and appliances.

Whatever the pest issue is, having good hygiene will often work wonders in minimising the impact of the infestation. Small changes such as regular emptying of bins, cleaning routines and blocking off any holes can prevent a pest issue from escalating quickly. Pests can spread disease through their droppings/urine, so any sign of an infestation should be dealt with as soon as possible.

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