How to Keep Bugs and Pests Out of Your Garage

The main purpose of your garage is to protect your vehicles, store items that are not used often, or possibly to double as additional workspace. While your garage is a practical and adaptable household area, it can also be home to a range of bugs and other pests. Finding insects and other pests in your garage is unsettling and inconvenient, but there are several quick methods to remove unwanted housemates and help minimize future infestations. During the hot summer months, insects are looking for a reprieve from the heat, and during the winter, they seek protection and warmth.

There is a good chance that you are accustomed to finding pests and insects on your property and in your garage. Most pests and insects tend to seek shelter in garages because they often represent a steady source of food, water, nesting opportunities, and light all while having easy access.

The most common types of bugs and pests that you will find in your garage can include:

  • Flies
  • Silverfish
  • Crickets
  • Spiders
  • Cockroaches
  • Ants
  • Moths
  • Mice
  • Birds

There are a few things that you can do to minimize the bugs and an insect’s ability to get into your garage:

  • Remove existing bugs and pests: Having preventive measures throughout your garage won’t do any good if there are already pests nesting in your space. Do a thorough inspection of your garage. If you find any signs of an infestation, then call a pest control company to have them treat and remove any bugs or pests.
  • Clean out your garage: Once the pest control company has done their thing, it’s time to clean out your garage. Make sure you sweep the floors, remove debris, and replace any cardboard boxes with plastic storage containers. Try to keep as much stuff as possible on shelving to eliminate hiding spots and nesting opportunities. Look for moisture sources and eliminate them. If you have any standing water dry it with a portable fan.
  • Inspect your garage for cracks: Fill in and seal any gaps or cracks in the foundation, walls, and ceilings with silicone caulk. This will help prevent pests from entering your garage. Also, ensure there are no gaps around windows and doors. Check the weatherstripping around the garage floor to ensure there are no gaps.
  • Lay traps: Insects will still find a way to get into your garage, set up traps around entrances, and spray pesticides around doors, windows, and along walls to stop the intrusion before it becomes an infestation.

If you’re battling an ongoing pest infestation, give us a call to check your garage door system and develop a solution so your home can be pest-free. With routine garage door maintenance, our expert team will assess your door for signs of wear and inspect and replace your weatherstripping as needed. To schedule garage door maintenance services, contact the experts at O’Brien Garage Doors today.