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How to Keep Rodents and Pests Out of Your Compost Bin

It’s that time of year when the weather is turning colder and pests and our little furry friends are out looking for shelter for the winter.  We keep our shrubbery trimmed, store our wood a decent distance away from the house, clean and screen our chimneys, and seal the cracks and crevices outside our homes. But for those of us who compost, how can we keep these pests away from our compost bins?Compost Bin

First, know what to keep out – meat, bones, fish, fat – it overheats the compost and the odor attracts animals. Rodents are looking for food, not to eat your waste, so if you know what to keep out and compost properly, you shouldn’t have too much of a problem bringing any attention to your bin.

When dumping your properly selected waste, you’ll want to bury it under the soil 8 inches. Make sure you rotate your compost every few weeks to facilitate the composting process. Make sure a secure lid of mesh is in place to make sure pests and rodents can’t get in – you need to keep the compost properly ventilated but also keep the bugs out!

For those who are new to composting or just can’t keep a properly maintained compost bin yourself, there are additional options to make a positive impact on your community and environment. You could use a professional pest-proof compost tumbler to make the process of protecting and turning the compost more convenient, or you could go indoors with a worm-composting bin that lets the little guys do all the dirty work. While we tend to want to keep the bugs out of the house, in this scenario they are helping out with the chores!

Whatever method of composting, it’s good to know how to protect your house and family from pests and rodents through the winter.