How to keep pests out of your garage

Do you have the problem of finding bugs, rodents, and other pests inside your garage? Well, this article is here to help you. It’s certainly not pleasant to find pests in your garage, especially if your garage is attached to your house. The thought of those bugs getting through into your home is likely to make you squirm. 

Not only that, but pests can also do damage to the belongings stored in your garage or to appliances installed in there since rats could chew through electrical cables. Some could even weaken the structure of your garage, like termites burrowing through wooden supports. Read on for our advice on how to keep pests out of your garage.

Why are pests attracted to garages?

Garages aren’t usually as habitable as our homes, but that makes them the perfect location for bugs and other pests that seek out dark and damp spaces. Even if you don’t heat the space in your garage, it is still going to be a warmer and safer place to seek shelter in when it is cold or raining outside. Alternatively, some pests might find it when seeking a cool place to shelter from the summer heat.

Most peoples’ garages are also filled with a lot of stuff. This provides pests with plenty of material to burrow under and nest in for protection and comfort. Some of those items might even be emitting smells that attract pests, such as plants and organic fertilizers. If you leave belongings in a warm and damp garage, then mold may form and wooden materials might start to rot. All of this is like a playground for pests, enticing them to explore your garage.

The key trick to deterring pests is to keep your garage clean and dry. Remove any unnecessary clutter and properly store and organize all the remaining belongings. You might also want to remove any food or gardening supplies that might be attracting pests. Make sure you clean up any wet or damp patches and dry them thoroughly using clean towels and a fan. If you identify any drips or leaks in your garage, then resolve these issues to keep moisture out of your garage. 

Your garage should be properly ventilated to reduce moisture and humidity. The best ways to achieve this is to install vents or fans, or to add windows to your garage door and open them for at least a short duration each day. If you can’t achieve proper ventilation in your garage, then a dehumidifier could help you keep the moisture levels down.

Eliminate gaps and cracks wherever possible to reduce the number of entry points for pests. Make sure the weather-stripping on your garage door is in-tact and installed properly. Check the walls and ceilings for any cracks and holes that need filling in. 

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