In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the more common bug or pest types sometimes found in garages, plus some initial tips on how to prevent or remedy these situations. Pests in the garage can be a problem in some homes, but these can also be easily enough prevented through simple actions, including those that involve your garage door.
At Overhead Door Company, we’re happy to offer a wide range of garage door services to clients throughout Bountiful, including preventive maintenance in several areas. Today’s part two of our series will go over some further tips we can offer on keeping annoying bugs and pests out of the garage space.
Crack and Gap Inspection
One of the most important variables in keeping small bugs out of the garage is to ensure that there are no easy entry points for them. Cracks in the foundation or gaps around doors and windows are common places where insects can enter, so it’s important to inspect these areas regularly and seal any cracks or gaps you find.
You should also check weather-stripping on your garage door and any other doors regularly to ensure it’s in good condition and not providing any easy access points. If necessary, you should replace weather-stripping to ensure a tight seal.
Garage Door Inspection
Getting a bit more specific to garage doors, it’s important that you inspect yours regularly to ensure that it’s in good condition and not providing any easy access points for bugs. Check the door itself for cracks or gaps, as well as the seal around the bottom of the door. If you have a rolling garage door, also check the rubber stripping along the sides for any damage.
If you find any cracks or gaps, seal them with caulk or weather-stripping as appropriate. You should also make sure that your garage door opener is working properly, as a damaged or malfunctioning opener can sometimes cause the door to be misaligned, creating potential access points for bugs.
Consider Bug Traps
Especially if you’ve had past pest issues in your garage and want to be very sure to avoid any potential problems, you may want to consider placing bug traps in strategic locations. There are many different types of bug traps available on the market, so do some research to find the ones that will work best for the pests you’re most concerned about.
A few pest types that sometimes require traps include carpenter ants, wasps, stink bugs, and fruit flies. Place traps accordingly and check them regularly to ensure they’re effective and not full.
By following these tips, you should be able to effectively keep most pests out of your garage. If you have any further questions about preventing pests in the garage or would like to schedule preventive maintenance for your garage door, contact us today at Overhead Door Company for more information.