Inexpensive Ways to Keep Bears Out of Your Trash

Inexpensive Ways to Keep Bears Out of your trash

Are you looking for inexpensive ways to keep those pesky bears out of your trash can?

Bears in northwest Florida are out of hibernation – and they are hungry! 

That means we are likely due for photos and videos from deer cameras or phone cameras on social media of local bears rummaging through our trash carts. 

Most websites or businesses would tell you “build an expensive fence for your trash cans” or “use electric fencing” – but not all of use have a couple thousand dollars to drop on something like that. 

But, just because it’s more likely to happen at this time of year doesn’t mean it has to happen to you. 

Here are 7 inexpensive ways to keep bears out of your trash!

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Inexpensive Tip number 1: Clean Your Grill (🎶Clean, Clean ya Grillz)

Did you have a bar-b-que or cookout recently?

As you might have guessed, bears can smell that cookin’ from a long ways away. They are often late to these parties (after all, like some introverts, humans make them nervous) but they do eventually show up.

In order to make sure you don’t have any late, uninvited guests – clean the fats oils and grease off your Big Green Egg, Weber or Napoleon Grill.

As an unintended result, you may have a ‘happy wife, happy life’ situation spring up from the clean and orderly way the patio is left behind after a fiesta as well!

Free Advice Number 2: Rinse and Repeat

Bears are attracted to your home by scents. (we will probably mention that about 340,439 times in this article).

That means the more food and drink smells you can get out of your trash, the more your house will look like a scary human-fortress and less it will look like a ‘Bear-ger King’.

Rinse off all of the plasticware, cans and bottles you trash before you throw them away.

By rinsing them off, the less there is to smell. The less there is to smell – the less the bears will want to be there.

No Cost Idea Number 3: Remove Hummingbird Feeders

If you’ve ever seen a Winnie the Pooh cartoon – you know that bears love sweet foods. It may not be honey, but bears in our area love the sugar-water mix that gets put inside of hummingbird feeders.

If you know there is a bear living in your area – that means it is time to take down your bird feeders.

Bears are attracted to these items. If you don’t take them down, they will only start exploring more once they are on your property.

Inexpensive Tip Number 4: Don't Store Trash Outside or on the Deck of your House

It can be tempting to store your trash cart on the side of the house, on your deck, or somewhere else outside.

But, you should really consider storing it indoors if possible.

Now, we know, trash cans can smell awful, especially in Summer.

And we are willing to bet that’s a major reason you don’t want to do something like that.

Never fear – we have put together several ways you can eliminate the stink from your cart.

Free-99 Idea Number 5: Use Each Bear Encounter as a Learning Lesson.

If you have a deer camera, or another way to safely watch what the bear is doing when it pays you a visit, watch the video.

Typically, you will be able to spot what it is the bear is doing to get into your trash easily, as well as what it wants.

Once you find out what the bear is after, you can eliminate that temptation for the marsupial.

(sorry, had to use the word ‘marsupial’ once)

Idea Number 6: Lock it up

The best way you can reduce the risk of our woodland friends going through your banana peels and soda bottles is by signing up with Adams Sanitation.

Adams Sanitation gives you two superior ways to reduce the chance that a bear is going to break into your trash.

First off, we come by with our twice-weekly service to pick up your trash. The less time the trash is on your property, the fewer chances the bear has to pick through it.

Secondly, you can sign up for our optional bear locks for your trash cart.

For just $2 a month, you can have the peace of mind that a bear will get tired of trying to open a lock without a key (or thumbs)!

All you have to do is tell us you want bear locks added to

Inexpensive Way Number 7: Put out Carts As Close As You Can to Pick Up Time

Adams Sanitation pickup times can vary as our routes change regularly.

This means that we must ask you to place your cart out for pickup before 6am the day of pickup.

If you are experiencing issues with bears, please place your trash out for pickup as close to 6am as possible.

Christopher Saul - Chief Impact Officer at Adams Sanitation

Christopher Saul manages the Adams Sanitation Blog and writes the lion’s share of the content for Friendliest Little Garbage Company Around’s website and social media. When he isn’t slinging hot garbage for Adams Sanitation, he spends time with his wife and two kids. 

Christopher can’t resist a good dad joke. Just know that most, if not all, of the puns on Adams Sanitation website are his and will stay up until they are reported to the boss for being so bad they are good. 

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