Here in Texas, pests are a year-round problem. We all know they like to get inside our houses, but there’s another area on your property that are prone to infestations: your garage! Most garages contain everything pests need to survive: food, shelter, and water. Because you may leave items in your garage unattended for months at a time, many insects and rodents will make themselves at home. Needless to say, no one wants pests invading their garage. With our ongoing commitment to keep our customers pest-free, the experts at D’s Pest Control are here to share tips on learning how to keep pests out of your garage year-round.
Common Garage Pests in Texas Homes
With the dark, humid atmosphere, garages can be a haven for pest problems. The most common insects and pests you’ll come across are:
- Mice & Rats. Particularly in the winter, rodents will seek shelter in garages. They can easily build nests in storage boxes and wall voids, or even sneak into your car.
- Spiders. Arachnids are known to spin webs in boxes and in rarely-accessed corners. You can be sure to come across spiders when pulling out holiday decorations from your garage every year.
- Silverfish. These tiny insects are especially fond of garages and cardboard boxes. Once they are in your garage, they can feed on a number of items: paper, glue, clothing, flour, and more. While mostly harmless, silverfish are nonetheless a nuisance.
- Flies. Especially in the hot summer months, flies can be a major nuisance. House flies can be found resting on nearly any surface including on walls, floors, window sills and other various objects found in the garage.
5 Steps to Keep Pests Out of Your Garage
Preventing pests in your garage requires many of the same steps to preventing pests in your home. Some of our top tips include:
- Installing weather stripping and using silicone-based caulk to seal cracks and crevices.
- Promptly fixing moisture issues by repairing leaky pipes and using a dehumidifier.
- Storing all food, decorations, and other goods in plastic bins with tight-fitting lids instead of cardboard boxes.
- Keeping your garage clean and tidy by blowing it out once a month and sweeping when necessary.
- Storing all items up off of the ground when possible, and staying as organized as possible.
Need Help Pest-Proofing Your Property?
If you’ve done all you can to prevent pests in your garage and still deal with endless infestations, it’s time to call the experts at D’s. Our technicians can help pinpoint pest problems and keep you safe year-round. Contact us today to learn more!