Tips For Keeping Pests Out Of Your Garage

Most homes are constructed to withstand pest invasions, whether it's bugs or animals. Garages, particularly those not attached to the home, may not be as secure. This is why many people associate garages and storage sheds with spiders. In fact, if you have spiders, you likely also have insects that have invaded the space. This is because spiders feed on the insects, so they wouldn't be there if you didn't already have an insect problem. The following pest prevention tips can help you get rid of the invaders if you have them already or keep them out if pests haven't moved in yet.

Eliminate access points

There are likely many access points in your garage, so your task is to eliminate as many as possible. Start with doors and windows. Make sure there is weatherstripping around all of them, including the overhead garage door, so that they are tightly sealed when closed. Windows should have screens, as should doors if you leave them open for long periods of time. You can even get a screen fitted for the overhead door. Make sure soffit vents have insect screening as well. Finish by inspecting the entire building for any gaps or holes and filling these with caulk or a similar patch.

Avoid storing food items

Food is a sure-fire way to end up with pests in your garage. Pet food, garden seeds, and birdseed are the likely culprits. If you must store these items in the garage, make sure they are in tightly sealed containers at all times. Do not set up feeding stations for pets in the garage, either, unless it is for a short period and you can put it away promptly when your pet is done. Keep in mind that some pests, like rodents, can chew through thin plastic. Metal, thick plastic, or glass is a better storage option.

Get rid of the paper and rags

Paper, rags, and cardboard all attract pests for either nesting or feeding. Cockroaches, in particular, are drawn to cardboard. Discard of old papers promptly rather than storing them in the garage. If you must keep some paper or rags in the garage, store them in a lidded bin. Also, instead of storing in cardboard boxes, use plastic totes instead.

Although the above advice can help, it may not be enough in some cases. If you still have concerns, a pest prevention service can treat the exterior and interior of your garage to make sure the pests stay out.

For more information, contact a pest prevention company.