Garden buildings often offer the perfect environment for rodents! Warm, dry and quiet, with the added benefit of bird feed for sustenance. Garden cushions provide superior bedding – what’s not to like! Mice particularly love the shelter of a warm, cosy shed. If you are looking at buying a brand-new shed, follow our top three tips to keep rodents out of your shed.
1. Keep Rodents out of your Shed in the First Place
Mice are incredible at getting into small spaces. They will find the smallest of holes, then gnaw at it until their head fits through. Once that happens – they’re in! Firstly, inspect your shed regularly for holes – not just at ground level, they can climb. Get any holes repaired as soon as possible.
A quick fix for any small holes is to pop some steel pan scourer in the hole and apply caulking around it. The Posh Shed Company customers can choose a Rodent Proof Floor option. This provides a heavy duty wire welded mesh built into the floor, which is impossible for rats and mice to get through.
2. Don’t Leave Food Sources Available to Rodents
This might sound like a no-brainer, but we are not talking about the leftovers from a baking session. Mice will consider all sorts of food. Bird feed is a common one and those sunflower seeds you’re keeping for next year will provide an ideal mouse tasting menu. Even even grass seed will be attractive to rodents. If you keep these in your shed, ensure that they are well-sealed to avoid being a draw to rodents.
Outside your shed, rotting berries left on fruit bushes are irresistible to mice. Harvest and discard them with the household rubbish. Likewise, compost will attract the little critters. Try using a tumbler bin like the Tumbleweed Compost Tumbler. But never add cooked foods to the bin – you’re just asking for trouble!
Birdfeeders, Nuts and Water
Mice love all nuts so think about any nut trees or bushes that you have or plan to have in your garden. If you are tidying up in the autumn – ensure that you discard the pile of acorns and beechnuts that you sweep up and don’t just leave them in a pile. Rodents will also raid a squirrel or bird feeder quite happily or just harvest the dropped seeds from the ground. If you have a problem with mice, try removing your feeder for a couple of weeks and see if that works.
Lastly, consider water sources – like all living animals, mice need water. Buckets full of rainwater, open water butts, unfilled plant pots and even leaky garden taps can all make your garden a more attractive home environment for them.
3. Keep Potential Rodent Nesting Material Elsewhere
Old gardening magazines, cardboard, newspapers, and patio furniture cushions all make wonderful mouse house material. If you do keep these items in your shed, consider finding a hard, sealable container for them to live in. Metal is best – we love the look of these Charcoal Trunks from Vonhaus. Heavy-duty plastic like these 50 litre boxes from Amazon will be a good deterrent too.
As summer draws to a close and the weather gets chillier, so keep an extra vigilant eye out for signs of a furry infestation. Holes in potential nesting materials, gnaw marks or unusual smells are tell-tale signs. Prevention is better than cure but if you have “got mice” the best remedy is to call the pest control professionals quickly. They will help you to sort the problem out before they set their sights even closer to your home.
Following our top 3 tips to keep rodents out of your shed should ensure that you don’t get an infestation. If you do need a reputable pest controller, visit the National Pest Technicians Association website where you can search by county for one of their members.