Infestation is a common problem. No matter what kind of property you own, you will face this kind of issue sooner or later. This can lead to even bigger problems when left unattended. However, pest infestation is a preventable kind of problem. Take initial steps now in order to prevent this from happening.
Here are seven tips to help you in keeping pests and bugs out of your garage:
• Clean your garage completely. The garage is a warm and dark place that makes it an attractive area for pests. All those little leftover crumbs left on tires or whatnot can bring in pests like roaches and rats that will never leave. The first step in ridding and preventing bugs and pests is to clean your garage completely. Start cleaning your garage from bottom to top. Ensure every corner is covered. You may need to take out everything inside to take a fresh look at your garage. Use a fan to dry up wet areas as this may also attract bugs.
• Fill the cracks. Inspect your entire garage. Check the walls, roof interior or windows for cracks and holes. This can be pathways used by bugs or pests in getting into your garage. You can also look out for droppings, chew marks and other signs of current infestations. Find all the cracks and holes and fill these up. Consider replacing the threshold and the weather stripping in your garage as old and worn out ones might let pests easily. You may want to reinforce it with some new frame material.
• Be organized. This is the time to take a serious look at your garage and rethink how you’re using it. Are you using it a storage space aside from keeping your vehicles? Do you have sports equipment and trash inside? A cluttered garage is usually the main culprit of infestation. Keep your garage organized with some smart shelving. Store your items off the ground to keep it clear at all times. Invest in plastic containers if you’re keeping animal feed in your garage. Make sure that it is properly sealed to prevent insects from feeding off these items. Keep your trash well-contained and sealed tightly to prevent rodents from chewing them.
• Keep your garage door closed. This is a simple task that most people forget doing. This simple advice almost always keeps pests out, especially for larger ones like rodents, raccoons, or squirrels. Don’t keep your door open for too long.
• Use pesticide sprays or powders. Remove current infestation in your garage by applying organic pesticide inside and outside of your garage. This can also help in keeping out pests. Prioritize those areas that can be used as entryway for pests and bugs. Make sure that you follow instructions for whatever repellent you use. If you have problems with bigger pests, then it might be best to call a pest control company to help you.
• Put traps. Although using pesticides work, this might not be enough. This is why traps can be a good reinforcement in catching pests that break through your garage. Lay out these traps where you can easily check them so you know when these need to be replaced. Check your traps often as you do not want decomposed pests in your garage.
• Regular cleanup and inspection. Cleaning up your garage regularly is key to maintaining it. This is effective in keeping pests out, as well. Regularly revisiting if your garage is organized is essential. You may do it once or twice a year to ensure that your garage is in good condition and that there are no new infestations. This keep your garage organized as well.
Written by Kristy Jones of A Click Away Remotes.