You park your car in the garage. You step outside of the car and ack! A trail of ants is marching across the floor in front of you—or worse, you spot a rat scurrying to its newest hiding place. Not fun! This Halloween season, how can you keep those spooky little critters out of your garage? Read on for tips and tricks from your Portland, OR-area garage experts.
Tip #1: Check for Gaps in Your Garage Door
How are these pests getting into your garage in the first place? Identifying the entry point is a key place to start.
Are there gaps in the garage door? Cracks in the foundation or walls? Are windows properly sealed? It might be time to call a garage door professional. For tips on how to diagnose – and fix – a garage door gap, hop on over to our September blog.
Tip #2: Clean Your Garage
What’s drawing pests from the outside in? Does your garage have favorable environmental conditions for pests? Is food waste creating an irresistible temptation?
- Remove excess moisture. Since moisture can attract certain insect species, use a fan to dry off any areas with noticeable moisture.
- Store items off the ground. Critters love little boxes and dark areas to hide in. Move boxes onto shelving and sweep those floors clean.
- Remove food temptations. Keep food waste, such as trash, out of the garage. If you need to keep trash in the garage, make sure the can is properly sealed. If you use a grill that’s stored in the garage, clean it regularly.
Tip #3: Eliminate Existing Pests
If you’ve identified the specific type of pest that’s infested your garage, set up traps or repellents in the corners of your garage. If you need professional help, call a local pest extermination company in the Portland, OR or Vancouver, WA-area to get the problem under control.
Tip #4: Prevent Future Infestations
In addition to making sure your garage door is properly sealed, as mentioned in Tip #1, we recommend that you proactively protect the perimeter of your garage. Explore different types of organic pesticides that you can spray across the garage entrance, creating an insect pest barrier.
Call the Professionals
We hope that you found these tips to be helpful! Here at Larry Myers Garage Doors, we’re a family of garage door experts who are here to help. If you have any questions or want to troubleshoot additional garage problems, we’re just a phone call away.