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Tips to make sure your shed is pest free

It is relatively easy to keep your shed space pest-free, as long as you not only know what you are doing, but you are willing to put the time and effort in.

Here are our top tips for keeping your garden shed Gosford free of pests.

  • Be smart about the way you pack things. Obviously, some materials attract more pests than others, so it’s important to store items in your shed in large plastic containers that have lids and to ensure the containers seal tightly. Not only does it make it much harder for rats and mice to chew through, they are fairly water proof and they make stacking easy. Not only that, depending on what you are storing it can protect items from dirt and dust, helping them to last longer. Storing items like this will also allow you to label up boxes so you know what’s inside. Perfect for leaving at the top the items you use often, while things you want to keep or just use once a year can be stored at the bottom.


  • Make the effort to seal up any cracks or openings in your shed. Bugs and rodents can get into your shed, even through the smallest of cracks. Seal up any cracks and crevices immediately to ensure pests can’t get in.


  • Clean your shed out once a year. By taking a weekend to clear everything out, clean and organise your shed it can make a huge difference. Sheds aren’t being cleaned out often enough and this is allowing pests – especially rats and mice to set up home. Don’t leave food scraps in your shed and avoid leaving garbage in there too as it can act like a food source to many pests. Also, don’t leave piles of wood, compost or mulch near your shed.


  • If you think your garden shed Gosford is infested take the necessary precautions. If you do have an infestation, know that the problem isn’t going to go away on its own. While it will be unpleasant spray the walls, floor and roof of your shed with fly or bug spray (make sure the shed is well ventilated while you do this) and place mouse or rat baits at the door, and at the back of your garden shed if it’s a large shed. If you choose to use mouse traps, check them regularly because if you have caught something and it sits in your shed for too long it’s just going to attract more pests. If you prefer a more natural approach, spray your shed with peppermint oil, not only will it smell a lot nicer than your fly or bug spray, it also acts as a natural deterrent for spiders and mice.
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