Common Pests Found in Your Garage
Here in Santa Fe, pest problems are common for homeowners year-round. In addition to infesting homes, pests find garages very favorable. Not only does your garage provide pests with food, water, and shelter, it’s also easily accessible. The most common perpetrators include rodents, spiders, and flies—none of which you want to deal with. Between boxes of decorations and food storage, pests can easily become a problem, making it important to learn how to keep them out in the first place. The experts at New Mexico Pest Control are here to share their top tips for pest-proofing your garage.
Pest Prevention For Your Garage
Similar to what you would do for your home, it’s crucial to eliminate pests’ access points and make the garage less inhabitable to them in general. This includes installing effective weather stripping, as well as sealing cracks and crevices with silicone-based caulk or steel wool (or both). Promptly fix any leaky pipes or moisture problems. Another great tip is to consider storing your items in plastic bins with tight-fitting lids to deny pests access to your stored goods.
What Pests Are In My Garage?
Garages provide plenty of hidden spots for pests to survive. The most common pests found in garages here in New Mexico include:
- Rodents. Especially in the colder months of the year, rodents will seek shelter in garages. They can easily build nests in storage boxes and wall voids or even sneak into your car. Because they can squeeze through coin-sized holes, rodents in garages are more common than you may want to believe.
- Spiders. Most spiders crawl inside to feed on other insects. This makes your garage even more suitable for their place of dwelling. Spiders are known to spin webs in boxes and in rarely-accessed corners. You can be sure to come across spiders when pulling out holiday decorations from your garage every year.
- Silverfish. One of the most common nuisance pests, silverfish are especially fond of garages and cardboard boxes. Once they are in your garage, they can feed on a number of items: paper, glue, clothing, flour, and more. While mostly harmless, silverfish are nonetheless a nuisance.
- Flies. Especially in the hot summer months, flies can be a major nuisance. Flies are attracted to buildings by air currents and odors, and will get into garages when the door is open. House flies can be found resting on nearly any surface including on walls, floors, window sills, and other various objects found in the garage.
Need Help Pest-Proofing Your Garage?
No one wants to discover a pest infestation in their garage or in their boxes of stored items. A professional pest control expert can thoroughly inspect and help you pest-proof your garage. Contact New Mexico Pest Control today to learn how we can keep you pest-free!