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.