Garden sheds can be used in numerous ways — storage solution, workshop, potting shed and many more. However, the changing weather can pose a danger to it since wildlife invaders find it a great place to shelter during the cold winter months.
So, make your garden shed wildlife-proof this winter with these five practical techniques.
5 Ways to Keep Wild Animals Out of Your Shed
Not all wildlife who seek dry and safe habitats this winter to hibernate pose direct threats to your shed. However, it can be better to guard it against an invasion rather than to try and move a creature once it’s established a home inside your building.
Some of them can also damage not only the property but also your belongings inside the garden shed. You don’t have to harm them anyway, and it’s better for these animals to make a home somewhere they can stay long term.
So, be sure to follow these tips and never forget to keep you sheds clear and in good condition to deter wildlife from moving in and making it their home for the winter.
1. Keep the shed dry
To stop mosquitos and other bugs from multiplying, make sure to remove any standing water inside your wooden shed. If it is filled with puddles, rain can easily get in — and so can wild animals.
2. Keep the shed clean
Aside from a damp shed, animals are also attracted to an untidy shed. Insects and other wildlife love to live and multiply in dirty environments.
So, make sure to clean the shed and look for any cobwebs or eggs left behind from summer trespassers.
3. Draw a chalk line around the shed
If you want to stop ants from forming their colonies inside your shed, you can simply draw a chalk line around it. Though there are other ways for these insects to enter, it will stop them from making their way in on ground level.
4. Create a concrete base
A lot of animals invade the shed by digging their way in and out. So, stop them from doing so, simply install a concrete base.
It makes a good sturdy base for your garden shed, and it also benefits the overall structure. However, concrete bases aren’t always the easiest of options so you can consider paving slabs and breeze blocks at ground level too.
5. Animal traps and repellents
For your last resort, traps and repellents are a good option if you are one of the less squeamish shed owners. If you don’t want to kill any of the pests, there are a lot of natural ways to get rid of them without doing so.