For many Houston homeowners, a garage is a place where a lot of belongings are stored as well as vehicles. Add Houston humidity and being a shelter from the elements, it’s also an attractive place for rodents and pests. This can become damaging to your belongings, your vehicle, your health, and your home. That’s why we want to give you some tips on keeping rodents and pests out of your garage. Prevention is much easier than trying to get them out if you already have them in your garage.
Keeping Rodents and Pests out of your Garage.
Remove The Clutter.
If you are the type to have boxes and boxes stacked haphazardly and leave things strewn about the garage, it’s going to be a lot harder to prevent critters and pests in your garage. Bugs, mice, and other undesirables love to hide in dark places and it’s a lot harder to control what dark places you have if your garage is full of clutter. If you want to store things in the garage, make sure it’s nice and organized and stacked in a way that has fewer dark spaces for rodents to hide.
Remove or Store Food Properly.
In many cases, mice and other critters such as possums are looking for food. If you are storing things like dry goods or dry pet food, you may consider a different place to store. If you still want them in the garage, then use plastic containers. The help blocks out the smell that attracts the rodents and helps block them from being able to chew or wiggle their way into the food.
Seal Your Garage Door Properly.
All garage doors have a rubber seal on the bottom panel of the garage door. That is to ensure that the garage door seals to the floor of the garage. Houston heat and humidity, as well as age can make that weather seal crack and rot, causing ways for rodents to get in. At least twice a year, you want to inspect your garage door weather seal for cracks and replace it if the seal is cracked. If you have replaced your garage door seal and there is still a gap between the garage door and the garage floor, read Fix The Gap At The Bottom Of Your Garage Door on other tips to solve your garage door gap problem.
Your Garage Door.
If your garage door has a panel dented in a why that leaves a gap between the panels, that is perfect place for small rodents to crawl into your garage. Make sure you get any dented garage door panel replaced. Also, if you have a wooden garage door, you will want to make sure there are not any spots of your garage door that has rotted away. You will want to seal your garage door with a weather sealant about once every two years.
Check Other Pathways.
Rodents in the garage don’t always come straight from the garage door or the garage. Most garages have vents that are part of the AC system. You will want to check your ducts for rodents and pests and make sure your AC vents and ductwork are protected from rodents getting in.
If The Rodents Gotten In.
If there are already signs of rodents in your garage, all is not lost. Depending on the severity of the infestation and what you are infested with, you might be able to set out a few live baits. Then immediately get to work on your prevention methods.
Repairing Garage Doors in Houston
If there are problems with your garage door that are causing pests to get in, call us at Spectrum Overhead Door LLC. We provides fast, friendly, and affordable garage door repair service in Houston that has satisfied hundreds of customers. Call 281-748-9542 or if you are on the East side of Houston 713-557-3407 to schedule your appointment. Same-day appointments are available!