We have all done it at least once in the past seven days. We have left the garage door open while we run quickly to the post office or store. An open garage door is an invitation to pests and wildlife looking for a warm place to spend the day or night.
Why are these pests in my garage?
The quick answer is because it is easier to get into your garage and then into your home than directly trying to inside your home. As we stated above, an open door is a welcome sign to critters and pests that a warm and sheltered place awaits them. Here they are free from predators and the elements
Can we be honest? Take five minutes and walk around your garage. Do you see heavy cobwebs above your head and dust and debris in the corners? How about piles of old rags, drop cloths, and tarps? And we will wager a bet that you have not opened that storage box or cabinet in months, maybe longer. Let’s talk about who is living in your garage.
What are the most common garage pests?
Mice. Deer Mice are popular in rural areas and can enter your garage through a hole no larger than a dime. These mice are particularly dangerous because they are carriers of Hantavirus. Mice are happy to be indoors and warm and can make a meal from almost anything in your garage from food to wiring, and of course, garbage.
Spiders. We know, spiders are great because they eat other insects. True, but a spider infestation can leave numerous unsightly webs and dead insects. Keep lighting at a minimum or use yellow lights in the garage.
Silverfish. These pests are small and quick. They love paper goods such as old books, newspapers and cardboard boxes, cloth and clothing and food. They particularly are fond of damp and moist areas such as vents or areas of the garage where rain or snowmelt has accumulated and created a damp corner. Silverfish leave behind yellow stains and pepper-like feces.
Squirrels and Racoons. These garage visitors may be caught inside accidentally when the garage door is open and they enter in search of food or shelter. A cornered animal can be aggressive and dangerous. Please contact us 24/7 if you have squirrels or raccoons in your garage.
How do I get rid of the pests in my garage?
Eliminate Access with Exclusion Services from AccuShield
Damage from pests and nuisance wildlife can be extensive. The process of returning your home to a safe and healthy status is more than removal. It includes a complete clean up to eradicate signs of infestation and disease. Then we need to close and secure the garage and home from further invasion.
A complete cleanup can be performed including external structural damage to soffits, gutters, siding, roofing as well as interior damage to the insulation and drywall. We can repair and treat damage from nuisance wildlife and pests.
Many of our clients participate in our annual treatment program ensuring that consistent treatments occur throughout the year. We don’t forget your garage, you shouldn’t either.
Contact us for an inspection of your garage in addition to your home. There is no charge for the initial inspection and it just might make the difference between a restful winter and a winter riddled with the scratching sounds of mice, squirrels, and other visitors.