Alleyways, side streets all pose a risk of trash buildup, which allows all kinds of scavengers a chance to feed. Birds, opossums, raccoons, rodents and feral animals will somehow always find a way to get the food. Pests including cockroaches, flies, earwigs and ants will find the food and carry it away. All in all its better to keep the areas clean, but we know our neighbors, right? We also know that all of these pest pose a significant threat to the Public Health, they carry disease and other pathogens. These pathogens can cause stomach issues and affect us in many ways. Don’t get me started on flies, yuuuuuck. One minute in the garbage the next on your steak – throwing up and licking it up. Did I mention yuuuuuuuck. Even in the winter here, those bins can be nasty.
So what can we do?
- Keep those areas clean, clean them frequently. Even if your not in an alleyway, keep it clean.
- Keep the garbage lids down.
- Recycle what you can, food can go into earth type recyclable bins and later into gardens.
- I suggest bagging it, they have recyclable bags as well.
- There are products like fly bags (they smell but if in alleyway its better) there are baits and things you can use near the trash sites.
- Remember that fly can be in your house super fast, while it might take a few hours for the roach to make it there.