Around 32% of all females and 18% of males in the UK are scared of spiders. This eight-legged creepy crawlies seem to have a way about them which is pretty terrifying! What makes it worse, is that they get everywhere, so you aren’t safe in your own home.
For those who regularly go out gardening, or are avid users of the garden shed, it must be worse. There are even more spiders lurking away in the bushes, or hiding underneath a shovel. Things become even worse during ‘Spider Season’ as in Autumn months, males venture indoors, which makes the garden shed a hotbed of arachnid activity.
You don’t even have to have a direct run-in with the eight-eyed arachnids to be terrified of them. A phobia of spiders can be passed down genetically which is why some of us don’t have a choice but to run in fear when one pops out. If you’re lucky enough not to be phased by them, your kids might be petrified.
So what can be done you ask? The house is just too big and would be practically impossible to protect from all spiders. The garden shed, however, is a different matter and can be shielded to become your fortress of solitude against the eight-legged creatures of our nightmares.
Step 1 – No Shed Gaps
There are some great things you can do which help maximise garden shed security and stop them from coming in. If you have a brand new shed these issues won’t be so big. Start by making sure all the joints are silicone sealed to ensure there are no gaps for them to crawl in. If you have an older shed it might be a simple case of going back over the joints and giving them an extra boost.
You can even go a step further and insulate your shed. Shed insulation provides a better regulation of heat, as well as an extra level of resistance against spiders and other creepy crawlies.
Step 2 – Secure all windows and doors
Stopping spiders from entering through the windows and doors is arguably the hardest job as they can get through any gap. Ensuring all your doors and windows are airtight is the simplest and only way forward. You can layer down a special draft seal, which stops any of the fly hunters getting in and will keep the place a bit warmer during cooler months.
Step 3 – Use spider repellent lining paper
One of the easier tasks for making sure your shed is completely spider proof is laying down repellent. There is a repellent lining paper, which is designed to put spiders off and keep them away. Cover it around all your doors and windows, you could even layer it down around any cladding gaps after the silicone.
Step 4 – Paint your shed in spider repelling colours
The colour of your shed is completely down to you and repainting it won’t be an easy job. Sky blue is a colour which is proven to repel spiders, so if you were thinking of redecorating it’s the way to go. The sky blue colour doesn’t need to come indoors, you just need it on the exterior.
Step 5 – Heavy-duty roofing felt
To finally finish off making your shed into a spider-free area. The roof needs to be constructed with heavy-duty polyester backed felt roof. If you want to be rid of spiders in your own space, you have to give the best protection. The heavy felt keeps out the eight-legged insects and even provides you with better weather protection.
These are the most efficient ways of stopping spiders from entering your shed. They cover the entire unit, making sure that each angle is covered and denies entry. There are further steps you can make, however. If you are building up your shed from scratch, why not try using wood which is embedded with peppermint, citrus and insecticide? These scents withstand spider intrusion.
If you have enough garden space, there is one more thing you can do. To be absolutely certain that none of the creepy crawlies will get in your shed, you can make a decoy. Effectively, it’s a den which is designed to attract spiders and other bugs. It’s a simple box, which is dark inside and has enough gaps for insects to get into. If you place this next to your shed it will actually end up being more inviting.
It might seem as though it’s impossible. But if you want to enjoy the peace of your garden shed, or not be afraid to grab a tool. This is the way to go.