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When it comes to storing belongings in your garage, one thing can be a constant annoyance. Pests. Whether it is rats and mice nibbling holes in your belongings or other pests worming their way into your belongings, they are a nuisance that can be stopped. We talk through a few ways to stop pests from entering your garage.
There are certain aspects of a garage that make it the perfect place for pests to enter and hide out. As a place of shelter, garages can often be seen as a hiding place for pests to hide out if the weather gets unpleasant outside. Hot weather can also cause pests to enter garages to escape the hot weather for the shade and cool offered by a garage. Looking at the natural environment of pests, garages are often warm dark spaces with lots of spaces where they can nestle and burrow making your garage an attractive home for pests. Add to this smells which can be attractive to pests such as bird feed, rubbish and plants and the garage forms the perfect (or imperfect) environment for attracting pests.
Having a pest problem in your garage can be unpleasant for all sorts of reasons. Not only is it an unpleasant shock to come across a new friend in the dark, they can also be extremely harmful. As you probably already know, pests such as rodents or flies can carry all manner of bacteria and diseases that should be kept away from the home at all cost.
Aside from being unhygienic, garage pests can cause a large amount of damage to any belongings that are stored in your garage. Rats and mice in your garage can chew through your belongings as well as carry fleas, mites and other unpleasant additions into your home. Bugs entering into your garage from gaps around your garage door can destroy food, paper, material and other items you use your garage to store and can be a problem to get rid of.
There are a few ways to stop pests from entering your garage that can help prevent a pest problem. As a double-sided approach, avoiding making your garage an attractive place to pests and sealing up anywhere they may be entering your garage should help prevent pests in your garage.
One of the best ways to stop pests from entering your garage is to seal up the entrance points where they would usually enter. If your garage door has seen better days, there could be a multitude of entrances pests can fit through. A garage door that hasn’t been weatherproofed can also contribute to the types of conditions pests love. One of the first things to do when attempting to prevent pests from entering your garage is to weatherproof your garage door using garage door seals. These can be installed on all edges of your garage door to cover any gaps that may exist. Bottom garage door seals can be particularly effective in keeping pests out as they allow your garage door to sit flush with the floor of your garage and keep both water and debris and pests from the inside of your garage. Garage floor seals and blade door seals are both good options depending on the type of door you have in your garage.
If there are already pests in your garage, sealing the exits won't help your problem. Start the process with a thorough clean out of your garage making sure to get into all the nooks and crannies and remove any trace of pests you may find in your garage including any insects that may have burrowed into the items you were storing in there. During the cleaning process, take some time to clean out anything you no longer need in your garage and take a look at whether there are any food items for example that may be serving as a temptation to pests in your garage. This could include things like pet food or bird seed.
If you have open rubbish bins in your garage. Change them to sealed containers and move them outside to avoid attracting pests and unpleasant smells in your garage. Anything that won’t fit into a rubbish bin should be taken to a tip to avoid attracting pests and creating unpleasant smells.
If you are looking for a reliable way to seal your garage door against pests, take a look at our collection of garage door seals. Not only will garage door seals seal your doors against unwanted pests, they will also stop water, leaves and draughts from entering your garage saving you money on heating bills and protecting your garage from messes caused by adverse weather conditions.