Line your garbage cans with plastic bags. When disposing of the bags outside, seal them tightly.
Cover outdoor garbage cans with tight-fitting lids to keep insects out.
Take out the trash daily. Do not leave full bags of trash in your home.
Clean up the area around your garbage cans. Standing water, other liquids and crumbs spilled around the garbage attract insects.
Rinse out containers thoroughly before throwing them in the trash. Sticky residue on a soda can, for example, is perfect bug bait.
Wipe down your garbage cans, both inside and out, to prevent the buildup of residue from food scraps and other garbage. This residue could attract insects and provide them with a food source.