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What You Need to Do to Keep Pests and Animals Out of Your Shed

A shed is a very useful addition to your property. After all, you may own a large amount of lawn maintenance equipment (and similar items). A shed provides you with a space in which to store this equipment.

That said, when sheds aren’t properly secured and/or maintained, animals and pests can get inside. This is obviously a scenario you want to avoid. Their presence isn’t merely a nuisance. If you keep any edible items in your shed, such as garden seeds, they might deplete your supply.

That’s why you should keep the following tips in mind. They’ll help you better understand what you can do to keep your shed free of unwanted intruders.

Keep Food in Airtight Containers

Do you store anything that could be used as food in your shed? This may include any type of seeds. If so, they are likely to attract rodents and other potential intruders if their scent is allowed to waft out of your shed. Avoid this by making sure all such items are stored in airtight containers when not in use.

Routinely Check Your Shed

A shed is just like any other structure on your property: it requires regular maintenance to stay in the best possible condition for as long as possible. That means you should make a point of regularly walking the perimeter of your shed to check for any holes or cracks. Even very small holes can still be large enough to let mice or other small pests inside. If you do notice any possible entrances, seal them up.

Trim Nearby Branches

Do any branches (even small ones) from a nearby tree hang over your shed’s surface? Trim them if you spot any. Your goal is to keep the perimeter of your shed clear, otherwise these branches could serve as bridges for unwanted insects.

Check for Leaks

Because insects thrive in moist environments, a shed with moist areas may be particularly vulnerable to an infestation. Avoid this by routinely checking for signs of leaks, and sealing those you find.

Keep it Clean

Of course, cleaning your shed regularly and removing clutter prevents insects and animals from finding spots where they can hide. This type of basic upkeep is key. Along with reducing potential hiding spaces, it also typically involves removing the kinds of debris that attracts unwanted intruders in the first place.

All that said, there might also come a time when you want to replace your current shed. When that happens, we at Kirton Sectional Buildings can supply it. Browse our selection online to learn more about the different types of sheds we offer.

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