How to Vermin Proof Your Shed
Pests love sheds. With less traffic compared to houses, vermin have the opportunity to make a home for themselves in the nooks and crevices in sheds, particularly with long term storage of items. Unfortunately vermin can cause damage to your shed and its contents. Whether it’s through chewing, staining or burrowing through the structure, an infestation can cause major problems. However, there are ways to prevent vermin from getting into your shed in the first place.
Using the Right Materials & Design
Constructing your shed from the right materials is a good first step to prevent vermin from making their way inside. Use wall and roof sheeting that fits together well and doesn’t crack or warp which would otherwise give vermin an opportunity to squeeze through; this is the first line of defence against pests.
At Spinifex Sheds, we eliminate this issue through using high-quality materials such as colourbond sheets and providing a design for all sheds so that we ensure all materials are provided at the correct size and fit together snugly.
A good design will account for these issues in advance and is a much better technique for preventing vermin access than patching up issues post-construction.
Vermin Sealing Sheds
Another very important product is Vermin Seal, which fits snugly into the contours of the shed sheeting shape to block off any potential gaps that could be accessed.
This can be fitted to new or existing sheds easily and is extremely effective at preventing access by vermin.
Example 1: Vermin Seal
Example 2: Vermin Seal
A Concrete Slab Provides the Best Vermin Protection
Concrete is a great method to reduce the risk of vermin making their way into your shed. A concrete slab provides a strong and sturdy structure which prevents gaps or cracks from occurring. With a good seal, you can greatly reduce pests from making their way inside.
A good quality seal is the perfect method to vermin proof your shed along with a concrete slab, and not only does it keep pests out, it helps to weather proof your shed as well. There are several different types of seals to choose from to suit your needs. You will find some seals that are perfect for bush fire prone areas, and suitable for farm sheds. Some of the benefits of sealing your shed include:
- Weather proof
- Vermin proof
- Prevents corrosion
- Fits all sheds
- Fire retardant
Repair Leaks and Cracks Immediately
For existing sheds, it’s important to repair any leaks or cracks that appear as soon as possible. A leak in the roof may encourage vermin by providing them with an ongoing water source. Pests can also find their way in from underneath the shed. They can burrow through cracks in the floor easily. So it’s a good idea to regularly check for any cracks in the concrete floor and repair them immediately.
At Spinifex Sheds we take pride in providing leak-proof sheds and so this is not an issue for one of our sheds. The key components to a leak free shed are; using neoprene washers to avoid leaks for both roof and wall screws, correct installation of flashings & ensuring that all wall sheets correctly overhang the edge of the slab to direct water flow.
Keep the Surrounding Area Clean
Often the perimeter of sheds become a dumping ground of sorts for leftover building materials and other household items. Unfortunately this provides an attractive environment for vermin and can encourage them to set up residence. Be sure to keep the surrounding area of your shed free from clutter and anything that might encourage vermin into the area.
Cleaning Your Shed
Sometimes it’s easy to forget about cleaning a shed, particularly if it’s only used for storage. However, a regular and thorough clean not only allows you to spot any small infestations and to prevent the problem from growing; the simple act of cleaning shows vermin that the area is busy which tends to deter them from sticking around.
Vermin proofing your shed against a range of pests is not only important to protect your shed and its contents, it can also be important for your safety especially in rural areas. For more information about rural and farm sheds call our friendly team on (08) 9390 4662.