Excluding Wildlife From Sheds

Excluding Wildlife From Sheds

One of the most important ways to reduce conflicts with wildlife and vertebrate pests is to reduce the availability of their preferred living areas known as harborage. The concept is quite simple, if the

A shed whose foundation allows access for unwanted vertebrate pests. Photo by Stephen M. Vantassel.
A shed whose foundation allows access for unwanted vertebrate pests. Photo by Stephen M. Vantassel.

species can’t find a good place to live, it is less likely to remain in the area. At minimum, reduced living areas automatically reduces the number of animals that can live in an area. In some cases, good exclusion work can reduce unwanted animals to zero.

Sheds, particularly those that are low to the ground, provide excellent harborage for vertebrates. Excluding wildlife from sheds will go a long way in preventing skunks (Mephitis mephitis), cats (Felis cattus), woodchucks (Marmota monax), and other ground dwelling animals from taking up residence.

To exclude wildlife from sheds you have two options. Option 1, raise the shed up so that it is at least 6 inches off the ground (higher for larger sheds). The point is to make it more exposed to light and therefore less inviting as a place to take up residence. Certainly free-range cats can use it as an ambush site for native wildlife, so you have to keep that in mind.

Option 2 is to secure the foundation with screening or stone. I will discuss how to that in my next post.


Stephen M. Vantassel is a writer, researcher, and consultant on wildlife control issues. He also loves to debate the anti-environmental position of the free-range cat lobby and the wider animal rights movement.

Garage Doors & Mice

Garage doors often have rubber edges that mice can damage. A new product is available that may help homeowners with this problem. It is easy to use.  Metal strips simply fasten over rubber edges (used to improve the insulation seal of the door) to prevent gnaw damage by mice.

Garage Door Rodent Guard. Photo by Stephen M. Vantassel.
Garage Door Rodent Guard may help prevent rodent entry into your building through the garage door. Photo by Stephen M. Vantassel.

I am not endorsing the product. Just letting people know about it. I would welcome hearing your comments.

Stephen M. Vantassel does research, advocacy, training, and consultation related to wildlife damage issues.



NWCOA Bat Standards Instructor

NWCOA Bat Standards Instructor

NWCOA Bat Certification
NWCOA Bat Certification

Bat infestations in structures are one of the most expensive wildlife issues a homeowner can confront. The National Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA) has developed standards that certified bat specialists must follow when addressing bat complaints. The standards cover everything from the type of warranty that may be given, inspection report, equipment choice, disease issues, and more.

With concerns over White-nose Syndrome and the danger it poses to bat populations, these bat standards also encompass equipment cleaning requirements so that wildlife control operators (WCO) don’t contaminate multiple colonies.

I had the privilege be tapped to be an instructor for the Bat Standards. Let me take this opportunity to suggest that homeowners hire NWCOA Bat Standards Certified WCOs to handle their bat complaints.

About the Author

Stephen M. Vantassel is a certified wildlife control operator who helps individuals, businesses, and agencies resolve wildlife damage issues through training, writing, expert witness, and research. His latest books are the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, 3rd edition and The Practical Guide to the Control of Feral Cats. He can be contacted at wildlifecontrolconsultant at gmail dot com.

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