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Summer Shed Security: Keeping Critters Out

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Summer brings sunshine, cookouts, and…pests? Unfortunately, those warm months also see a surge in unwanted visitors looking for a cool, dark place to call home. If your shed is on the receiving end of this furry (or creepy-crawly) invasion, don’t worry! Here are some tips to keep your summer shed a pest-free zone.

Seal Up the Cracks

Tiny invaders like mice and spiders can squeeze through surprisingly small openings. Do a thorough inspection of your shed’s foundation, walls, and roof, looking for cracks, gaps, or holes. Caulk any openings you find with a silicone-based caulk. For larger holes, consider using hardware cloth or steel wool for a more permanent fix.

Mesh Matters

Windows are another potential entry point for unwanted guests. Replace ripped or damaged window screens and consider adding insect netting to any open vents. This will allow for ventilation while keeping out flying pests.

Cleanliness is Key

Pests are attracted to clutter, food sources, and moisture. Keep your shed clean and organized. Sweep up crumbs and debris regularly, and avoid storing anything that could attract pests, like pet food or open containers. If you suspect a moisture problem, address it quickly to prevent mold growth, which can also attract unwanted visitors.

Natural Repellents

Looking for an eco-friendly way to deter pests? Cedar chips and sachets of dried lavender or peppermint oil can all be natural deterrents. Place them strategically around your shed for an extra layer of protection.

Traps and Baits

If you’re already seeing signs of pests, traps and baits can be a good option. Just be sure to choose traps appropriate for the type of pest you’re targeting, and place them carefully to avoid harming curious pets or wildlife.

By following these tips, you can create a summer shed that’s pest-free and perfect for storing all your favorite things. With a little prevention, you can keep those unwanted visitors out and enjoy your summer shed to the fullest!

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