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Garage Doors and Garage Pest Prevention Methods

While the primary purposes of any garage door are generally security, vehicle protection and related areas, there are also several secondary roles and benefits to consider. One good example here: Preventing the potential entrance of infiltration of the garage space by various insects and other pest types that might view this as an ideal nesting spot.

At Overhead Door Company, our garage door repair services include a wide variety of areas, from primary functions like security and protection to other themes like temperature control, humidity concerns and, yes, pest prevention. Today’s blog will go over a few of the pests that are most common in garage spaces, particularly in the upcoming spring and summer season, plus what you can do to stop pests of any kind from entering your garage.

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Common Pests in Garages

In many cases, pests outside your home will seek shelter in the garage for a few reasons. The first is because, especially in homes without proper garage door care, it’s often the easiest area to enter. In addition, it often provides sources of moisture, nesting opportunities and even opportunities for food in many cases.

Some of the pest types that tend to be found in garages can include:

  • Flies
  • Crickets
  • Spiders
  • Silverfish
  • Ants
  • Cockroaches
  • Moths
  • Birds
  • Mice

Basic Prevention Tips

Here are some general tips to keeping pests from entering your garage space:

  • Remove existing pests: Pests already present in the garage space are one of the single biggest causes of expanding infestations. Many pests flock to larger congregations of their own species, particularly insect types. Before you begin other remedies, ensure all current pests are removed, including contacting an exterminator if needed.
  • Cleaning: Take the time to regularly clean the garage, including sweeping, removing debris and properly storing items in boxes or shelves. This removes hiding spots and nesting locations for many pests. In addition, remove any unsealed food and try to limit any standing water sources, which many pests are attracted to.
  • Find cracks: Inspect the garage door itself plus walls, foundation, ceilings and any other material areas for cracks or gaps that might be allowing pests in, and seal these with caulk. This also includes the weather stripping section of your garage door, which seals the door to the ground and stops smaller, ground-bound pests from simply making their way in underneath gaps in this space.
  • Find cracks: Inspect the garage door itself plus walls, foundation, ceilings and any other material areas for cracks or gaps that might be allowing pests in, and seal these with caulk. This also includes the weather stripping section of your garage door, which seals the door to the ground and stops smaller, ground-bound pests from simply making their way in underneath gaps in this space.

For more on preventing pests from entering through your garage door, or to learn about any of our garage door services, speak to the staff at Overhead Door Company today.

Garage Door Cleaning Tips and Importance, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the importance and preparation steps for cleaning your garage door. Garage door cleaning is vital not only for aesthetics and curb appeal, but also for preventing rust and limiting certain operational issue risks from arising in your garage door.

At Overhead Door Company, our garage door repair services include a wide variety of expertise areas, one of which is offering basic tips or recommendations on how to clean a particular door properly. Through part one, we covered obtaining the proper materials and equipment – now let’s go over some simple steps for the actual cleaning itself, plus some common garage door cleaning mistakes to avoid as you move through this process.

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Basic Cleaning Steps

Assuming a standard garage door setup, here are the simple steps to cleaning your door once you have your tools on hand:

  • Fill your bucket with hot water and mix it with a gentle soap or cleaning solution you’ve decided on.
  • Either while or after you create this mixture, wet down the entire surface of the garage door with your hose.
  • Once the entire garage door is wet, use your soft rag or bristle brush to begin scrubbing the door with the cleaning solution. We recommend moving top to bottom to allow water to drop to lower areas without impacting cleanliness. Ensure you also cover behind the stop molding on the sides and top of the garage door.
  • When finished with a given section, use the hose to rinse it off.
  • Move to subsequent sections and repeat this process until finished.

Cleaning Windows

If your garage door has windows included, cleaning methods for these are exactly the same as any other window in your home. We recommend gentle cleaners that do not risk major chemical buildup. Take care around seals or weather stripping so you do not create any leaks or cracks.

Mistakes to Avoid

A few common mistakes we’ve seen homeowners make while cleaning their garage doors that you should generally avoid unless it’s specifically recommended for your door by one of our team members:

  • Don’t use a pressure-washer, even if you have significant dirt or grime, as it might damage paint or even the actual door panels themselves.
  • Never utilize bleach as a mixture with your cleaning solution, as it can damage doors.
  • Do not use abrasive sponges or various scouring products that can impact the quality of the finish of the garage door, often a major value area.

For more on cleaning a garage door, or to learn about any of our garage door repair or other services, speak to the staff at Overhead Door Company today.