Warmer weather is on its way, and as spring beckons the plants and flowers to bloom on Long Island, it also beckons all of those pesky bugs, rodents and other pests to come out and wreak havoc on your home and garden.
To help homeowners prepare for spring, the experts at A&C Pest Management, your Long Island pest management company, have compiled a list of common pests and some of the best ways to keep your garden shed pest-free this season:
Mice, Rats and Other Rodents:
Odors attract rodents, so keep anything that gives off a scent in airtight containers. Keep trash, bird seed or pet food in only rodent-proof containers. Store fire wood away your shed, and keep vegetation and low-hanging tree branches away. Make sure there are no holes in your shed, especially at ground level. Inspect your shed for any open cracks and crevices, keeping in mind mice can get through openings as small as a quarter of an inch. Fill them with wire mesh and sheet metal or concrete to prevent rodents from getting inside. Consider insulating, especially if the shed is wood. Fiberglass is good, but be sure it’s covered with kraft paper, plywood or drywall because mice, rats, squirrels and other rodents make nests out of loose fiberglass.
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Spiders, Mosquitoes, Ants, Moths and Other Insects:
Remove any standing water to deter mosquitoes and other bugs. Regular cleaning, vacuuming or sweeping removes bugs and creates a hygienic environment bugs hate. It also deters spiders, which prey on other bugs. Clean gardening tools before storing them. Place plastic over and under any wood stored. Use airtight plastic bins to store items. Make sure the shed is well-lit, but remember to shut the light and door to prevent bugs from flying toward the light source. Stain or paint exposed wood. Caulk cracks and seal gaps in your shed. Remove nearby vegetation that offers food/shelter to bugs. Installing a screen door ventilates the shed and prevents moisture build-up and associated bugs. The scent of mint, lavender and tansy discourages many bugs. Set baits and traps to catch and kill bugs. Don’t store compost, potting soil or sawdust inside the shed. Keep garbage away to keep away flies and other insects. Drawing a chalk line around the shed prevents ants.
Bees, Wasps and Yellow Jackets:
Bees usually nest underground, so seal any holes in the ground near and around the shed. They’ll also nest in soffits, vents and any openings in the shed, so plug any holes. Prune and cut away nearby dead limbs, shrubs and brush. Bees like to nest in dead and old wood, so keep fire wood away.
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Snakes and Other Pests:
Again, don’t keep fire wood near the shed since snakes hide there. The same goes for rock piles and other debris. Installing chicken wire under the shed that extends at least a foot from the base also prevents skunks and other critters from burrowing underneath.
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