How to Keep Bugs Out of Garbage

There’s no doubt about it: bugs love garbage. Specifically, they love your garbage and often seem to wait for an opportunity to invade your home and investigate the food scraps you and your family have left them. If you don't take care of your garbage properly, it could lead to a bug infestation. Even one bug can lead to swarms invading your home. The solution is to keep bugs out of your garbage in the first place.

An open garbage can will attract bugs.

Step 1

Line your garbage cans with plastic bags.  When disposing of the bags outside, seal them tightly.

Step 2

Cover outdoor garbage cans with tight-fitting lids to keep insects out. 

Step 3

Take out the trash daily.  Do not leave full bags of trash in your home.

Step 4

Clean up the area around your garbage cans.  Standing water, other liquids and crumbs spilled around the garbage attract insects.

Step 5

Rinse out containers thoroughly before throwing them in the trash.  Sticky residue on a soda can, for example, is perfect bug bait.

Step 6

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.

About the Author

Mike Johnson has been working as a writer since 2005, specializing in fitness, health, sports, recreational activities and relationship advice. He has also had short stories published in literary journals such as "First Class Magazine." Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science in education and history from Youngstown State University.