Wildlife in the Shed
animals just wander into your shed when you leave
the door open after dark. It is best to just leave
the shed door open again the following night to
give the animal a chance to leave. An animal usually
opts to take up residence in your shed because he
wants a dark, quiet, warm place where he can be
undisturbed. Fortunately, it is relatively easy
to convince the animal to relocate.
If it is winter,
we recommend leaving the animal alone until the
season warms; he may have a hard time finding a
new home. In cases where there are baby animals,
wait until the young are grown and have left the
To get an animal
to leave on his own, take away what he came for:
the darkness, the quiet and any potential source
of food. Make the area bright with blinking, flashing
or steady lights near the animals. Make sure the
light can't tip over and start a fire! Keep continuous
noise in the shed by turning on a radio tuned to
a talk or rock station as loud as you reasonably
These same techniques can be used for birds after
nesting season is complete. Flaps, flutters or flashes
will help to keep them away and windsocks, ribbons,
foil dishes and wind chimes are very effective.
These methods will be more successful than repellent.
Always avoid toxic repellents.
Mammals are likely to stay away after sturdy home
repairs make their hideout unavailable. To make
sure the animal has definitely moved out, cover
the entrance with paper. If the paper is undisturbed
a day later, solid repairs should begin immediately.
We discourage the trapping
and moving of animals. Doing so may cause young
to be orphaned and separates the animal from his
known food and shelter areas. Also, another animal
is likely to move in if the hole that allows the
animal access is not properly repaired. Call us
at (414) 431-6204 for further help solving your