Rat proof containers

Rat proof containers

10:17 AM, 27th April 2018, About 6 years ago 4

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My tenants are having trouble with rats scavenging rubbish bags.

The local Council has recommended storing them in tough plastic containers. I asked for details of a suitable product but they said they weren’t allowed to endorse any companies!

Any suggestions gratefully received.

Many thanks.


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Neil Patterson

10:20 AM, 27th April 2018, About 6 years ago

Hi Adrian,

I just googled old fashioned Dustbins and loads of places still sell them including metal ones which must surely be rat proof?


14:44 PM, 28th April 2018, About 6 years ago

Ask at your local garden centre or builders merchant

Robert M

17:44 PM, 28th April 2018, About 6 years ago

Surely normal wheelie bins are rat proof (so long as tenants ensure the lid is down)? If you are talking about bins for inside the house, there are plenty of lidded bins available, but which ones are or aren't rat proof I don't know. (Perhaps someone should sell mini wheelie bins for use indoors?).

However, if your tenant has rats in their indoor bins, then you really need to get professional pest control contractors in quite urgently. - I would suggest using the services of the local Council's Environmental Health Pest Controllers, because if the tenants complains to the Council about the rats, you could be held liable, but if you have contracted with the Council's own pest control services then to a large extent the liability is transferred to them.

Claire Smith

14:39 PM, 29th April 2018, About 6 years ago

Even if the rats are outside I would recommend trying to exterminate them. The council probably won't help, but you could get poison from somewhere like B&Q (make sure that it is out of reach of children and pets and that your tenants and anyone else with access is aware of it). Alternatively it may be worth paying a local pest control operative and could save you a fortune preventing them getting inside (damage and health risks).

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