Home Security and Safety TipsHow to Secure a Garden Shed – 10 Burglar-Proof Tips
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Garden sheds are handy for storing your equipment and tools, but without maintenance, they will eventually fall into disarray. When that happens, you will notice they often become infested with spiders. There are no killer arachnoids in the UK, but that doesn’t make the crawlers in your shed any less dreadful.
So, if you:
Then, continue reading to learn how to keep spiders out of your shed. These tips can also work in spider-infested garages.
Go inside your shed on a sunny day and close the door. After your eyes adjust you will see small rays of light. All of these gaps and cracks need to be sealed because they are used as an entrance by uninvited spiders. For this purpose, you can use a silicone or acrylic latex caulk. All the joints should be silicon sealed, as well.
Check if there are any gaps between the door and floor or threshold when it’s closed. If you see any, install weatherstripping on the shed entrance. This will make the door close more tightly and will prevent uninvited crawlers. Do the same for the windows.
Keep your door and windows closed even when you’re working in the garden. Otherwise, it won’t matter how many entry points you’ve sealed. The insects in your garden will have an easy way of getting inside and staying there.
You already have a home to clean, now you have to waste time doing the same with your shed? Well, this is an important step. If you truly want to keep spiders out of the shed, you’d have to eliminate all the conditions which attract them.
You don’t need to buy the most expensive product to chase spiders out of your shed. In fact, you already have a handful of ingredients at your home, which are eco-friendly and just as effective.
Keep in mind, most of these repellents are scent-based. Spiders don’t have a nose, instead they detect odours through numerous tiny hairs on their legs. In other words, the repellent needs to be laid on a spider’s pathway, otherwise, it won’t work.
Not the cheapest or easiest thing to install, but a heavy-duty, polyester-backed felt will stop spiders from entering your shed through the roof. In fact, this material is so thick that no insect will be able to penetrate it.
If you don’t want to spend that kind of money just to get rid of a few spiders, consider the following advantage. A new roofing felt won’t allow any water into the shed during winters, it will help preserve the temperature inside and also it will help keep damp out. In the long run, it will be useful for the durability of your shed.
This is a rather odd tip and its effect is not entirely proven. However, there is a theory that spiders will ignore your shed if it is painted in sky blue. The arachnoids see only in the green wavelength. They might actually mistake your shed for being part of the sky. Since there is no actual evidence to back this tip, consider it an option only if you’re looking to repaint the shed for decorative purposes. Repainting it just for the sake of chasing away a few spiders may be a waste of time.
Instead of killing spiders, you can just lure them away to another place. All you need is a non-transparent container. A sturdy cardboard box or an old bird feeder are good examples. The container needs to be dark and have plenty of holes for the insect to get into. You can also put some food inside, to make sure the crawlers would prefer it over your shed.
If you’ve had it up to here with spiders in your shed, then consider hiring professional help. Fantastic Services is a reputable property maintenance service provider that offers specialist cleaning, handyman, pest control, gardening and landscaping solutions, and a lot more. We work with experienced and fully equipped outdoor maintenance experts and landscapers, who can repair your old shed or remove it and install a brand new one in no time. Frankly, some old items can become so worn down that it makes more sense to replace them than waste time in futile repairs. So, if that is the route you want to go, we have your back. Or you can book spider pest control and keep your shed a while longer, but without the spiders.
Did you manage to chase away the spiders from your shed? What method did you use? Let us know by commenting below!
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