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by Roy Bardowell, CDDC
We are only months from summer, and summer is Pest Season. Depending on where you live, pest season could be seasonal or every day. Your garages serve the purpose of protecting vehicles, storing items, and can even double as additional workspace.
While the garage is a practical and adaptable household area, it’s also often home to a range of bugs, rodents, and other pests. During a hot summer, insects are looking for a reprieve from the heat and are in need of reliable water source. When you drive a wet car into the garage after rain; water drips on the floor permitting bugs access to water. So unknowingly, you could be building the perfect home for the unwanted. While in the winter, the critters need protection and warmth. Finding critters in your garage is often unsettling and inconvenient, but there are several quick methods to remove unwanted housemates and help minimize future infestations.
As a homeowner, you are probably accustomed to finding pests and insects on your property. These sightings can range from a minor inconvenience like flies or gnats buzzing around to major problems that can lead to property damage, such as mice and birds nesting within the walls and ceiling. Most pests seek shelter in garages because they often represent a steady source of food, water, nesting opportunities, or light.
The most common types of bugs and pests you’ll find in garages include:
In some places—Snakes (to me a snake is like a helper that eats rodents and insects). If you suspect the snake is poisonous, then by any means call in an exterminator.
If you’ve recently found bugs and other critters living in your garage, it’s important to remove them quickly and take the necessary steps to prevent them from returning. Some critters like Mice and squirrels can be hard to get rid of. Squirrels usually enter an attic through an opening in the roof or soffit. You can minimize bugs and pests from getting into your garage with these solutions:
Many homes in Arizona employ a gas hot water heater. The building code calls for ventilation in the garage when natural gas is used. The problem with the vents is the openings are too big, which can permit the insects mentioned a doorway in and out of the garage. To remedy the situation, I had to purchase fly screen and tape in onto the normal vent openings. This helped out a lot, but there was one more place that needed more work to keep out the uglies. My home was brand new meaning the cheapest weather seal were employed. Especially on the garage door bottom seal. Being in garage door business, I was able to locate replacement rubber door-seal and replace the dry, worn out piece that had stopped sealing the door to the floor years before.
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Roy Bardowell, CDDC, served as Operations Manager at Guardian Access & Door Hardware until 2012. He has been in the door and operator industry since 1973 and is known as one of the industry’s most experienced operator technicians and trainers. Roy received the IDEA Commitment to Excellence award in 2008 and IDA’s Jerry R. Reynolds Volunteer Service Award in 2017. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org