Portable Building Pest Control

Portable Building Pest Control

Portable buildings tend to collect things, the junk from the garage (probably the reason you have a shed) dust, cobwebs, and yes, pests, including the ones that create the cobwebs. Mice and rats find the shelter and the lack of disturbance convenient, and snakes find a nest of rodents a convenient meal, and it is all convenient for every critter, except you. The question is how do you keep them out?

Bugs are almost everywhere, mice can crawl through a hole the size of a pencil, and even the big Norway rats can squeeze through an opening of about 1/2 inch, and where they can go, snakes can and will go as well. The first thing you must do to prevent these pests is to seal up the holes, cracks, and crevices. These concepts don’t just apply to portable building pest control, they also apply to the home or any building. More on home preventive pest control and pest prevention.


One of the main points of entry for all types of pests is the same one we use. The door. If the door has a half inch gap under it, pests can use it to get inside. Fortunately, there are door sweeps available for almost every type of door application.

A door sweep won’t help if you leave the door open. Leaving a door open for a day, an hour, or even just a few minutes can allow pest entry beyond your imaginings. Pests are always seeking cover, they are poised and waiting for you to leave the door wide open, or even slightly ajar, and they can enter faster than you can turn around to catch them.

I have known this forever, but the point was driven home one day when I happened to walk into the kitchen just as a copper head snake was crawling in through the open door while one of my children was slipping in for a quick drink of water. Luckily, I noticed this one in time to correct the situation, but we can’t count on such luck to hold out. The message is simple and clear, keep your doors closed.

Also check for good sealing around the door frame.


Windows left open without screens, or with damaged screens allow pest entry. Poorly fitted or damaged screens should be replaced, and windows kept closed as often as it is feasible to do so. They should also be sealed around the frame.

Holes in general

Anything larger than a pinhole should be sealed. Caulk it, repair it, patch it, fill it with steel wool, just do something to keep it from becoming a pest portal. Portable building pest control, like any pest control, starts with prevention. To learn more about extended measures for pest control in your home or Texas portable building see Texas Pest Control Information