Clean Up Your Trash or the Wildlife Will

Part of the beauty of visiting White Oak Lodge and Resort and the surrounding Great Smoky Mountains is you’re in the midst of nature and her majestic creatures are never far away.

Wildlife is everywhere around the resort, so being in their habitat means you have to keep your condo or cabin clean and free of outside trash. When you leave trash outside, animals will get it.

Here are just a few of the critters that will wreak havoc on your vacation space if they know trash is around.

Hungry Birds
If you leave trash out on the balcony or porch, birds (and we’re talking birds of prey, not sparrows) will swoop in and tear the bags apart within minutes, leaving debris littered around your entry way and into the yard.

Annoying Ants
Ants can become a problem anywhere food and trash is left out. It doesn’t take much to get the colony marching into your unit for tasty tidbits. Your best bet is to keep food put away in the appropriate containers or disposed of in a trash can. Keep counters and floors wiped down and free of spills.

Raccoon Riots
Awww look, they’re so cute. Maybe, but these masked critters are willing to rip screens or topple trashcans to get to trash and food left outside. Don’t let a trash bag lull you into a false sense of security… these mammals have tiny clawed hands and they’re willing to use them!

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Bad News Bears
Bears are perhaps the most ingenious of all creatures when it comes to foraging for food. Like their masked compadres, they will break through screens to get at food. They’ve been known to tear apart barbecue grills for leftover food on the grill. And they’ll bounce on trash bins trying to get the bags of treasure inside. That’s why you’ll find dumpsters are locked around White Oak Lodge and Resort — if you toss trash inside one, close and lock it behind you.

They Play, You Pay
If you leave garbage bags or food out in the open or easily accessible locations, don’t be surprised if you’re liable for the unit damage repairs incurred by hungry wildlife. And you certainly don’t want to have a face-to-face encounter with a wild animal.

When you check into White Oak Lodge and Resort, be sure to read the Welcome Book found inside your unit or the check-in packet given to you by the resort for trash disposal instructions. Follow their guidelines, rules that have been put into place after years of living side-by-side with the amazing wildlife you’ve traveled many miles to see.

Have you ever had a run-in with a wild animal while on vacation? Share your experience in the comments below.