Working alone in the backyard shed can be very satisfying, but you always have company of some sort, whether you want it or not – ants and spiders.
Regular spraying for insects will help to keep them under control. Most spiders are harmless, but there are a few in Australia species that can cause serious problems and even death.
When working outdoors wear gloves and always check underneath things such as pots and outdoor furniture before grabbing them with your hand. Dark protected areas under chairs, tables and any outdoor surface are attractive dwellings for spiders.
Outdoor lighting attracts insects and where there are insects, there are spiders – notice how they like to have webs around the front door light. Change your bulb to a sodium lamp as bugs are not attracted to this type of lighting and the area will not be as enticing to spiders.
Ants easily adapt to changing environments, so once you eliminate them in one area of your shed, they will pop again elsewhere.
Follow the trail of ants to locate their nest. Have you noticed how they seem to following the same route – they leave a scent so that they can find their way back to the nest. Select bait from your hardware store and place it near the pathway. The ants will take the bait back to the colony and spread it around.
Those little mounds of soil in the cracks between your pavers are nest entrances. Flooding the nest with boiling water is also an effective way of dealing with ants.