Your Guide to Stopping Animals From Going Under Your Shed

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Creatures burrowing and taking shelter under your shed may look cute and cuddly, but they can cause serious problems. Aside from bunnies, mice and rats can cause a great deal of damage by chewing on the wood structure of the shed. They will spread a great deal of dirt and debris, and they may also get into your stored items under the shed and damage anything stored there. This article will discuss some methods you can try to keep animals away from your shed. Read on.

Seal Up Holes Around Your Shed

Using wood screws, wood plugs, and some wood sealant, seal up any holes around your shed where animals may enter. Keep in mind that you will need to make sure you seal up any holes located more than eight inches away from the ground. It is also important to remember that you will want to seal up any spots that are larger than around ¼ of an inch in diameter.

Add a Perimeter of Stakes Around Your Shed

If you have a metal or metal frame shed, you can place stakes around the perimeter of the shed. You will want to make sure the stakes are not larger than ¼ of an inch in diameter so that they don’t attract animals. Making sure to place a good amount of stakes about six inches away from the shed will allow them to serve as a barrier to animals that want to enter.

Plant a Barrier of Garlic Around Your Shed

Garlic is a known repellent for many types of pests. You can plant it all around your shed to help keep animals away. You can also use garlic in homemade repellents that you can put around your shed.

Make Use of Concrete Cylinders

If you have rodents trying to get under your shed, you will want to use concrete cylinders. Most rodents can’t climb up a cylinder covered in cement or concrete. You can place them around the base of your shed to keep the rodents from getting underneath your shed and causing any structural damage.

Add a Repellent to the Base of Your Shed

Adding a repellent to the base of your shed is a great way to keep animals from digging up through the ground and getting under your shed. You can also make a homemade repellent to use around the base of your shed.

Start a Fire

Animals don’t like fire. If you are having problems with animals burrowing under your shed, you can start a fire and place the fire near the base of your shed. The fire will keep animals away from the bottom of your shed. If you can’t light a fire on your own, contact an emergency response team to light the fire for you.

Use Traps

There are some specific types of traps that you can use to keep animals from getting under your shed. If you have rats that are getting under your shed and you see where they are coming from, you can place a trap at the entrance point. You will want to put the trap on a board to keep it from sinking into the ground.

Use Sprinklers

If a fire isn’t an option, consider using a sprinkler system to keep away burrowing animals. You will want to make sure to place the sprinkler under the shed, near the base of the shed, and in a spot where it will spray the area directly under the shed. The sprinkler system will spray water and deter animals from getting under the shed.


Keeping animals from getting under your shed can be a challenge, but it can be done. Many of the methods we have described above will help you do this. Whether you want to prevent rodents from getting in or keep larger animals out, there are a variety of solutions for you to consider. 

Make sure that you’re taking the time to make your solutions last as long as possible. You will also want to make sure that the solutions you are using are safe for you to use to avoid getting into any accidents.

If you are looking for a reliable pest control company in Denver, turn to Whitmore Pest Control. You can count on us for animal or wildlife removal, animal damage repair,  cleaning and disinfecting, and many more. Get a free online quote today!

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