A garage is a great place for protecting your cars and providing needed storage. It may even double as a workspace. But one thing you don’t want or need in your garage is pests.
Unfortunately, these pests always seem to worm their way into garages. So, how do you keep pests out of your garage? There are a number of methods.
If you’re suffering from a garage pest infestation, here are some steps to take.
- REMOVE EXISTING PESTS
Start by making sure your garage is currently free of pests. If you have a pest infestation, call a pest control company to take care of things. This will set the stage for you to avoid needing such professional help in the future.
- CLEAN YOUR GARAGE
Start by clearing the garage and sweeping the floors. Then look for spots of moisture and dry them with a portable fan. Insects thrive on moisture, and pests may nest in stray debris, so don’t give any potential food or shelter to your unwanted pests.
- CHECK FOR CRACKS
The best way to stop pests from inhabiting your garage is by preventing them from getting in. Check for any cracks in the foundation, walls or ceiling, or any gaps near windows where pests might enter. Seal all of these with silicone caulk.
Seal up any tears in window screens as well. Pay special attention to the floor, where garage doors often see lots of cracks and holes that pests love to take advantage of whenever they can.
- LAY TRAPS
Lay traps throughout the garage to catch any pests that make their way in. Spray pesticide around doors, windows, walls and the garage door entrance. Don’t forget to change the traps regularly.
- CHECK YOUR GARAGE DOOR
Make sure your garage door is going all the way to the ground, and your weather seal is intact. If you have a problem here, it can create a huge opening — you can be sure local pests will take advantage.
- REMOVE FOOD TEMPTATIONS
Naturally, you’ll want to sweep up any food lying around, but you’ll also want to make sure there are no other possible food lures. For example, if you’re keeping your grill in the garage, clean it thoroughly before you store it. If you are actually storing food in the garage, be sure everything is tightly sealed.
Garage Door Maintenance Tips
If you follow these guidelines, you should be on your way to a pest-free garage. If you’re not sure if it’s your garage door that’s the source of the infestation, it’s a good time for maintenance. Regular garage door maintenance is important anyway to make sure your garage door keeps running smoothly. Call us on 1300 767 900 or book a garage door service.