Winterizing Your Cabin – Some Essentials to Remember 

It’s happening. No matter how much you may want to pretend it’s not, winter is most definitely coming. And as you wind down what’s left of the fall, you may be one of the thousands of Minnesotans who call a cabin their “home away from home.” If that’s the case, here are some things to remember as you leave your cabin locked up for the next few months. 

Winterize Your Equipment

Make sure you winterize all of your cabin equipment like lawnmowers and boat motors. You’ll thank yourself for taking the time to protect your motors and treat them with a fuel additive. It preserves them and makes the process of opening everything back up again much simpler. 

Clean Out Gutters

This one is a tough one depending on when you lock down your cabin. Sometimes leaves stay on the trees for quite a while, and so they may fall late in the fall. If this is the case, you run the risk of having cabin gutters dense packed with leaves. These backed up gutters are more than a mess for you. They also can cause issues with pooling and flooding as gutters back up and water has nowhere to go but around the edges of the cabin. 

Keep Out Rodents

This is a controversial one, especially if you have little ones who think everything furry is adorable. But you know the havoc that critters can cause. Do you set traps that kill them? If so, you may come back to carcasses in the spring. If you simply trap them, then you’ll starve them to death, which seems to be a whole other level of cruelty.

Your best bet is to prevent them from accessing your cabin. Or at least trying to. You can also use mothballs — if you don’t mind the work you’ll have to do remove the smell when springtime comes. 

For any holes in your cabin that serve as doorways to furry pests, you can choose to fill them in a variety of ways. Steel wool is a preferred method of blocking these passageways, because mice and chipmunks can’t chew through it. 

If you are going to set traps, set them side-by-side up against a wall, because mice are smart, but they also can’t see very far. They learn to jump over traps and avoid them, but they can’t see the trap behind the one they’re jumping over. 

Obviously the list goes on and on. From shutting down electricity to turning off the water, the work that you do in October at your cabin will have a major impact on the work you do in April. So do it right, hunker down, and look forward to an easy spring!