Avoiding Garage Bugs: Types and Basic Strategies

As one of the primary gateways into your home or property, a key function of your garage door is to keep unwanted intruders out. And while some of these may be of the human or larger animal variety, there’s another area that’s of concern to many property owners: Keeping bugs, insects and related pests out, which the garage door also plays a role in. 

At Overhead Door Company, we’re happy to offer a variety of services in the garage door space, including preventive maintenance and repairs for any need you may have. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over how to keep bugs and insects out of the garage, including several areas where our team will be happy to assist you if you require it.

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Common Bugs or Pests Found in Garages

Firstly, let’s look at some of the most common types of bugs or pests that are found in garages, as this will give you a better idea of what you’re up against and how to defend your property. A few examples include:

  • Ants
  • Silverfish
  • Carpenter bees
  • Hornets, wasps and yellow jackets
  • Spiders
  • Rodents like rats and mice

As you can see, there’s quite a range of potential pests that could make their way into your garage. But how do they get in? Our next several sections will look at the steps you can take to prevent this from happening in several ways.

Remove Existing Bugs

First and foremost, if your garage is already dealing with a bug or insect problem, it’s important to take care of this as soon as possible before it gets out of hand. Many pests will attract more and more of their kind to a given area once they’ve established themselves, so you definitely don’t want to wait around on this one.

This is an area where you’ll want to call on reputable pest control services to assess the situation and take care of it for you. Not only will this save you a lot of time and hassle, but they’ll be able to properly identify what type of pest is present and take care of it using the appropriate methods and products.

General Cleaning

Another important theme for bug prevention in the garage is general cleaning. This is important for two reasons:

  1. Bugs are attracted to mess and debris, so the cleaner you keep your garage, the less likely they are to want to be there in the first place.
  2. Cleaning up also helps you identify potential problem areas where pests could be getting in that you may not have noticed before.

By simply taking the time to sweep, mop and otherwise tidy up your garage on a regular basis, you can go a long way towards keeping bugs and insects at bay. This is especially important if there are any food or organic materials present in the space that could attract them.

In part two of our series, we’ll go over some further tips here. For more on this, or to learn about any of our garage door services, speak to the team at Overhead Door Company today.