How to Keep Pests Out of the Garage
When you find a mouse nest in your kid’s hockey skates, you know it might be time to put a few preventatives in place to keep pests out of the garage. The following pest control tips can help.
The first step is to clean out the garage and get rid of as much clutter as possible. This doesn’t mean that you can’t store appropriate items in the garage, just that some forms of storage can be very attractive to pests. Take for example those hockey skates: They create a nice, warm and insulated burrow for a wee critter. Keep small rodents from turning skates or boots into condos by storing them in sealed bins. Clear bins will allow you to see the contents for easy organization.
Plastic really is best for garage storage, because pests are drawn to cardboard. Rodents chew on it to make nests, while silverfish and spiders will take them as is to make their homes. In addition, if there is any moisture or temperature changes in your garage throughout the seasons, cardboard can become damp and moldy. Yuck.
You also don’t want to store paper or cloth in the garage, unless it is in sealed bins. Many pests will view these items as nesting material.
If your time and budget allows, consider hiring a professional garage organization company who can provide you with custom built ins for garage storage.
Maintain all of your storage areas, going through them on a consistent basis, to make sure that everything is clean and organized. This way, you can identify any potential pest problems before they become real issues.
Of course, blocking pests from entering at all can reduce a garage pest problem. Make sure that your garage door is sealed against the ground and at the sides, with no gaps or holes to invite pests to come in.
Avoid leaving the garage door open for long periods of time, especially in the morning or at night, when pests may be on the move.