Maintenance4 min

Tips to Keep Bugs Out of Your Shed

A bug infestation can turn a perfectly good storage building into something out of a horror movie. Bugs can also be a health hazard and contribute to the deterioration of your shed and anything you store inside. Here are some simple tips to help you keep these pests out of your backyard shed this season.

  • Eliminate food sources. If you are storing bags of pet food, compost, potting soil or grass seed inside your shed, make sure the bags are completely sealed to prevent bugs from eating them or laying eggs. If you can’t seal a bag, store it inside an airtight container. Avoid storing garbage cans inside your shed.
  • Keep moisture out. Bugs require a water source to survive. Check your shed for water leaks that could provide a water supply for insects. Place sturdy metal thresholds at the door to keep rain from leaking under the door, and to keep bugs from crawling into the shed.
  • Seal entry points. Keep out bugs (and moisture) by using caulk to seal gaps around walls, windows, doors and beams. Don’t forget to look for cracks in floors too.
  • Reduce hideouts. When using your shed, be sure the interior is brightly lit. Bugs prefer dark, untouched areas, so the brighter you can keep the interior of your shed, the better. Avoid storing piles of wood, cardboard, rags and other clutter that can serve as a hiding place.
  • Keep the perimeter clear. Trim back branches from your shed roof that could serve as a bridge for insects. Avoid putting piles of debris near your shed, including wood and mulch, that could attract termites and other wood-eating insects.
  • Clean your shed regularly. Clean and sweep out your shed every season. Since bugs prefer locations with minimal disturbance, a clean shed can deter them from taking up residence.

LP Shed Products Protect Against Termites

Don’t let your outdoor shed building become a meal for bugs. Build your shed with LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® products made with the SmartGuard® manufacturing process. Every strand of wood is treated with zinc borate to protect against termites and fungal decay, so your shed will remain structurally sound even in the harshest of conditions. Find a shed dealer near you that builds with LP products.

 

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Trends5 min

Using the Right Siding for a Modern Farmhouse

In recent years, designers have offered new visions of this classic style and have dubbed it the “modern farmhouse.” Chip and Joanna Gaines from the home improvement show Fixer Upper were relentless promoters of the modern farmhouse aesthetic, which helped make it chic and add “shiplap” to more people’s vocabulary. Last year, Builder magazine named the modern farmhouse one of the top 5 trends in floor plans. While craftsman homes still account for about 25 percent of all house plans, the modern farmhouse is rapidly gaining ground and now has about 15 percent market share.

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How to Keep Your Shed Cooler in Summer

In many parts of the U.S., a shed can get unbearably hot in the summer unless you take steps to ventilate it and prevent the sun’s radiant energy from penetrating. Too much heat in a shed is a bad thing, as it can damage liquids like paint or chemicals, sensitive equipment and items affected by humidity.

Outdoor Living6 min
6 Ways to Turn Your Backyard into a Summertime Oasis

Who says you need to travel to get away? Look no further than your own backyard to offer a setting worthy of your staycation this summer. If your backyard could use some sprucing up before then, follow these six steps to make it worthy of all your free time this summer.

Maintenance5 min
Straight from the Pros: Exterior Home Improvement Projects for a Better Investment

Your home’s exterior serves as an important first impression and may make or break your property’s value. So, sometimes it is what’s on the outside that matters most. With summer in full swing, it’s time to take on those much-needed outdoor projects that were neglected during the winter months. You may have several home improvement projects you want to tackle, so how do you know which will provide the best value?