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.
Rats, Mice, and Other Rodents
Odors attract rodents, so keep anything that gives off a scent in airtight containers. They're also attracted to warm, dry spaces. Here are a few simple steps to keep rodents out of your garden shed.
Store trash, birdseed, or pet food in rodent-proof containers.
Store firewood away from your shed, and keep vegetation and low-hanging tree branches away. Rodents like to hide in the shrubbery.
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 entering.
Consider insulating, especially if the shed is wood. Fiberglass is good, but be sure it’s covered with craft paper, plywood or drywall because mice, rats, squirrels, and other rodents make nests out of loose fiberglass.
Our rodent control services in Long Island is designed to remove rodents and prevent them from returning with comprehensive exclusion work. Contact our professional exterminators to learn more.
Mosquitos, Flies, Spiders, and Other Common Pests
Keeping pests out of your shed is as simple as creating an environment where pests will not thrive. Here are a few tips for preventing pests from making a home out of your garden shed.
- Regular cleaning, vacuuming, or sweeping removes bugs and creates a hygienic environment that bugs hate. It also deters spiders, which prey on other bugs.
- Clean gardening tools before storing them, and use airtight plastic bins to store items.
- Place plastic over and under any wood stored.
- 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. T
- The scent of mint, lavender, and tansy discourage 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.
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Bees, Wasps, and Yellow Jackets
Don't let these stinging insects create a home in your shed. Once they make their home, they can be hard to remove. Yellowj ackets can expand their nest into a wall, meaning you have to destroy the wall to completely remove the nest. Honeybees, while they are less harmful than yellow jackets, can cause destruction even after they've been removed. If their nest isn't professionally removed, the honey can begin to melt and cause staining and a foul odor. Carpenter bees damage the wood that they nest in and often cause a need for repair. Here are some steps you can take to prevent stinging insects from causing damage to your shed:
- Bees usually nest underground, so seal any holes, cracks, or crevices 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 firewood away.
Again, don’t keep firewood 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. If you can prevent mice, rats, and other rodents from entering your shed, you're already a step towards preventing snakes from entering.
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