Let’s face it, your garage is usually not the cleanest room in the house. It can often house all sorts of pests and critters, especially when the weather is warming up. Don’t struggle with infestation and follow these tips to keep your garage pest free this summer.
1. Pest-Proof Your Garbage
Do you store your garbage in the garage? If you have an insect or rodent infestation, ensure that you have properly sealed your garbage can. If possible, avoid storing your garbage in the garage, and take it outside instead.
Any traces of food will attract uninvited visitors, and that’s not a favorable situation.
Here are some tips on how to clean your garage so that you are clutter free this summer.
2. Find Access Areas
The critters may be sneaking in through the nooks and crannies in your garage, so grab a flashlight and start exploring every corner to find all the holes and gaps that the bugs could be squeezing in through.
Make sure the seals around your drains and vents are tightened to prevent pests from travelling into other parts of your home.
Also ensure that your heating and cooling units are sealed and connected appropriately so that all exposed pipes and gaps are not easily accessible.
Most of us know to keep windows and the garage door closed, but also check your trim and window panes for any small holes and openings.
Look for chew marks, spider webs, wasp nests, and even other deceased pests for signs of animal infestation.
3. Seal the Cracks
Once you’ve located the entry points, both inside and outside the garage, ensure that they’re filled and sealed. Use caulking to fill any gaps or holes near your windows and doors. Ensure that you do a thorough job in order to avoid further infestation.
4. Eliminate Moisture
Most critters are attracted to moisture and these damp spaces often make great nesting spaces . Avoid this by clearing clutter and checking the roof, walls, and your foundation for leaks. De-clutter the area, sweep the floor, and use a fan to ventilate the area until all moisture issues have been resolved.
5. Get Professional Help
If you’ve tried and tested all of our tips, and if the pests are getting out of hand, it’s always a safe bet to seek professional pest control assistance. For best measure, you may need to request semi-annual maintenance services to keep the pests at bay all year round.
6. Check Your Garage Door
Most of the bugs and critters are probably finding their way into your garage through your garage door. Make sure you carefully examine the weather stripping at the bottom of your garage door to ensure that it is not worn off or damaged. If you do notice damage, contact the experts at NationServe to order new weather stripping or to schedule a service.
If your door is not tightly sealed and has visible gaps, you may want to explore a new, well-fitted garage door. To request a quote on any of our timeless products, click here.
We recommend that you get your garage door serviced every 12 months to maintain proper operating conditions. Regular and thorough checkups by our experienced professionals will give you peace of mind that your garage will work when you need it.
A safe and pest-impenetrable garage will ensure that your garage does not house any unexpected visitors this winter. NationServe can install, service, and assist you in finding the perfect garage door to meet your needs. Contact us to learn more.