Why do Garages Attract Pests?
Even though garages are where you store automobiles, motorcycles and other household goods, they are the perfect environment for pests. This is because these locations are generally a consistent temperature, offer protection from the extreme heat and cold and the large open space left by a raised garage door allow for easy access.
What Pests are Common in Garages?
Some common pests found in commercial and residential garages are mice, rats, bats, ants, spiders and termites. Mice and rats are the most common pests found in garages. These rodents and bats often carry dangerous diseases. Both ants and rodents often go into an area as a group, making the infestation escalate out of control at a faster rate. Another important reason to prevent these critters from entering your garage is because your home will be the next place they are to take up residence.
How Do You Lessen the Chance of an Infestation?
One way to avoid these pests from getting into your garage is through some basic habits. The most important habit to maintain is to keep your garage door well-maintained. Although that can often take a back seat from the water heater in your house, you should not forget about it. Ensure your garage door’s seal remains tight to prevent ants, termites, spiders and other insects from entering your garage.
Another way to maintain your garage is through preventing clutter. When items are strewn throughout your garage, they offer the best hiding places and food source for critters like rats and mice.
Lastly, it is wise to keep the trash and other waste under control. This may seem obvious, but it is one of the leading causes why rodents and ants find shelter in garages. When the garage is a comfortable temperature and there is a buffet of food in a black garbage bag, it is an open invitation.
How Do You Exterminate These Pests?
If your garage currently has an infestation problem even after practicing the above maintenance techniques, it is time to call a professional. The personnel from these companies have professional grade training, tools and chemicals to eradicate these unwelcome guests. The next time you see a mouse, rat, bat or any other critter, do not wait to contact Peace of Mind Pest Control to address this problem.