Unfortunately, garages are an ideal place for rats, spiders, insects, and other pests to live. Creatures like those enjoy living in dark, cozy, protected areas, making garages that are filled with unattended storage items a perfect place for them to build their homes. A lot of people use their garage as a storage unit and don’t pay much attention to it unless they’re retrieving an object from inside, leaving pests free to enter and infest the garage.
Here’s the good news: Pest infestations in your garage are easy to eliminate and prevent. With a little bit of care and attention, you can rid your garage of any existing pests and make sure they won’t come back. Here’s how:
Remove Existing Pests
The first step to a permanently pest-free garage is to eliminate any pests that already reside inside. For most people, hiring a professional pest control company is the best and easiest option. For people who love to do it themselves or who know a thing or two about pests, they can be eliminated completely with some time and effort.
Clean Your Garage
You’ll probably want to clean your garage as you’re removing existing pests, as this will allow you to make sure that you’ve really gotten rid of them. A disorganized garage is a much more attractive home to pests, so the cleaner and more organized you can keep your garage, the better.
Seal the Cracks
The pests had to get into your garage somehow. More likely than not, they took advantage of any cracks they could find. Check the walls, windows, roof, and floor for any cracks or holes that could serve as an entryway for pests. If your garage door doesn’t close completely, get it repaired and install a weather seal. Also, make sure to not leave your garage door open for long periods of time.
Remove the Appeal
Take some time to make your garage less appealing to pests. Make sure there isn’t any unattended food lying around, keep your garage clean and organized, and do all you can to reduce the number of dark spaces. In addition, take steps to keep your garage dry, as many rodents are attracted to dampness.
Apply Pesticides and Set Traps
Spraying the garage and surrounding areas with pesticides, as well as laying traps for pests like mice, ants, and spiders will prevent any future infestations. Once again, hiring a professional pest control company is recommended, as they will make sure to do a safe and effective job. However, it can be done by yourself, just be sure to follow all instructions and take any necessary precautions.