How to Pest-Proof Your Garage 

25 June 2024 · 3 min read

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It’s not uncommon for your garage to be low on your priority list when it comes to cleaning and maintenance, making it a prime location for unwanted infestations. Bugs, rodents, spiders, and other critters can easily turn your garage into their personal space. In this blog, we’ll explore tips on how to keep pests out of your garage.

Common Garage Pests and Why They Invade 

Pests commonly found in garages include flies, rodents, ants, silverfish, spiders, and cockroaches. These critters are drawn to the warmth and protection your garage offers, making it an ideal refuge, especially during harsher weather conditions. Rodents seek out cozy corners to nest in, while spiders prefer undisturbed areas for their webs.  

The reason pests are attracted to garages is the availability of food, water, and shelter. Garages often contain stored items, food supplies, or even small leaks that provide the necessary resources for these pests to thrive. The relatively undisturbed environment of a garage makes it an appealing and protected haven for these unwanted guests.  

Tips to Help Keep Pests Out of Your Garage 

Properly Store Your Belongings  

Pests thrive in cluttered environments. By keeping your belongings organized, clean, and protected, you can significantly reduce pest problems. Store tools, seasonal equipment, and toys in sealed containers, and keep them at least six inches off the ground or on shelves. This not only protects them from moisture but also makes it more difficult for pests to access them. Regularly check for signs of pests in these storage areas and clean them periodically to ensure they remain unappealing to critters.  

Make Necessary Repairs 

Pests will invade your garage at the slightest opening. Seal cracks or crevices in the walls, foundation, and around windows and doors with caulking. Additionally, replace any old weather stripping or seals around garage doors and windows to prevent pests from entering.  

Perform these checks at the turn of seasons when temperatures fluctuate, as this may cause materials to expand and contract, potentially opening seal gaps.  

Prevention is Key 

Preventing entry is the best way to avoid any type of infestation. There are many different repelling products available, including oils, powders, sprays, and liquid solutions. For instance, peppermint oil is known to be effective against mice and other insects.  

If you’re dealing with a specific infestation problem, consulting a pest control expert is always recommended to find the most effective solution. At Greenhouse, we recommend our lawn spray to create a barrier around your home. This prevents pests from entering your home; they come into contact with the product and perish before they can create an infestation indoors.  

Maintaining a Clean Garage 

A clean garage is less attractive to pests. Sweep up crumbs, mop up spills, and remove junk regularly. Store any food inside the garage in airtight containers and keep it off the ground whenever possible.  

We recommend doing a deep cleaning every 4 months to prevent infestations. Stay vigilant for the earliest signs of a pest problem, which can alert you to issues before they become serious.  

Implementing Manual Traps 

Aside from contacting a professional pest control company, you can use manual traps such as ant catchers, fly strips, and rat traps throughout your garage to catch any pests that may enter. Take necessary precautions when placing traps and remember to change them regularly. Be sure to service the traps consistently and replace them as needed.  

When Should I Contact Pest Control?   

Even with your best efforts, sometimes professional help is necessary. A pest control expert can identify pests and create a targeted plan tailored to your needs. Quarterly pest control services can save you time battling pests in your garage and home. Regular service appointments help technicians maintain a pest-free environment throughout the year.  

Consider following these tips to create an environment in your garage that is unfavorable to pests, thereby protecting your home and belongings from unwanted invaders.  

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