Sometimes people invest a lot of money in their garden sheds and workshops and to many it’s their pride and joy. People spend a lot of time in their sheds whether it’s to pot new plants, work on small projects, or fix the odd thing, they really become an extension of our homes. This is why we should aim to keep them safe and clean and most importantly…. Pest free!
In this article we will outline the following:
~ Common pest problems
~ What attracts pests to your shed
~ Other recommendations
Common Pest Problems
Pests can easily make their way into your shed without you being aware until it turns into an ‘infestation’! There is nothing worse than a pest infestation and the impacts can be significant. Not only do they destroy your possessions, but when you are working alongside them they can also impact your health.
Common pests found in sheds or around the home are;
- Rats and mice
- Cockroaches and Spiders
- And the dreaded Termites!
Termites are always on the move: they are now found in places where historically they did not exist before. The damage which termites cause can be very costly to fix and even homes built of brick or stone can still develop termite problems.
Insects like cockroaches carry a range of serious illnesses including salmonella, dysentery, gastroenteritis, and typhoid. These are particularly dangerous for children or the elderly.
So What Attracts Pests to Your Shed?
Bugs and rodents require food, water, and shelter to survive, and sheds often provide a very favourable environment for them. Due to its dark and sometimes humid conditions bugs of all kinds find their way in and make it a home, this then can attract the true pests to your shed as a food supply has moved in.
Good quality sheds these days are built to keep pests out however if you have an old shed or still worry about the nasty’s getting in, then follow the below steps to help keep your shed intact:
1. Inspect the garden shed’s door, windows, and exterior for any cracks, holes, or any other points of entry. Block any openings.
2. Remove their food source. Get rid of any unused or untreated timber, which is a gold mine for termites. These days you can buy naturally repellant timber if you find you require stock on hand. Also remove any garbage from your bin, any animal or bug droppings, etc.
3. Clean out your garden shed. Remove any unnecessary clutter, including empty boxes and unused plastic planters. Vacuum up any webs, eggs, or stray spiders and sweep up insects from the floor. Eliminating any hiding places creates an undesirable home for pests.
4. Store boxes and plastic containers off the floor and away from walls. Close all boxes and seal them to prevent pests from getting in.
The following are two recommendations, which Pest Control Experts insist on for effective pest control:
1. Have your home regularly checked by professionals to ensure it’s pest-proof and if you have pests in your shed you most likely will find them in your home.
2. Consider an ‘Off The Wall’ garden shed, which is specifically designed to sit against the home of a wall without a back panel. This enables you to check your walls for openings or pest infestation and to carry out an annual termite inspection and pest control without having to move the shed away from the wall.