Avoiding Pest Problems in Your Garage This Winter

Something that you always have to be cautious of, especially during the winter months here in Wisconsin, are pests. When temperatures drop, these guys are looking for a warm place to call home and keep them out of the weather. Unfortunately, more often than not, this means that they’re finding a safe haven within the comfort of your home. Given that this is something we’d all like to avoid this winter, the team at Garage Interiors Inc. wanted to take today and go over a few of the things that you can do to avoid any pest problems in your garage this winter. Let’s dive right in.

Minimize Food Storage in the Garage

While the garage isn’t the most common place to store food, a lot of us do have a freezer or cabinet that stores some of the bulk items that we purchase. Aside from that, it’s incredibly common for pet food to stay outside in the garage. With that in mind, when pests are looking for the next place to call home, having a spot that also has free, readily accessible food is what they’d consider the jackpot! To avoid pests finding a warm spot to call home and a meal, make sure that all food is in airtight containers, swept up if spilled, and that there’s a lid on the trash can. You absolutely do not want these small factors to be the thing that attracts pest to the garage.

Clean Up Clutter

As we mentioned with our previous point, pests are looking for spaces where they can get some good coverage from the weather, but if there’s food there — it’s the jackpot! The same goes for clutter. If your garage is cluttered, there’s a pretty good chance that they’re going to be able to enjoy an extended stay without being found. This means that they’ve now found a safe space where they’re covered from the elements, where they won’t be distrubed, and have potentially found some easily accessible food. Does it get any better than that? Aside from the chances of them being found going down significantly, cluttered garages often have countless goodies for them to turn into a cozy, warm nest. If you have winter jackets in your garage, there’s a good chance they’ll tear these up and use the stuffing to create a cozy nest. Make sure this doesn’t happen to your nice jackets by storing them in tupperware that pests won’t be able to get into.

Clean Regularly

If there’s an area where pests are likely to go without being distrubed, chances are high that they’ll make this space into a home for the foreseeable future. This is why we suggest cleaning regularly. Even if you’re removing clutter and getting more organized with the items that you are storing in your garage, taking some time to clean around the corners and the walls can help minimize the chances of pests getting comfortable for too long. At the very least, your garage will remain nice and tidy and you’ll catch any pest problems before they become serious.

Patch Up Any Holes

The garage is one part of the home that can be easy to forget about. With that being said, if there are any repairs that need to be made to your garage, get them taken care of before the winter. We’re talking about any patches in drywall or cracks in the siding. These types of openings are the ideal entrance for pests. Even if they have to do a little bit of work to make their way in, they’ll get there! Trust us, even the smallest of holes can serve as quick entry access for small rodents, so make sure to get ahead of any repairs that your garage needs before they become a problem. You’ll be glad you did later on in the season.

Invest in Quality Storage

As you may have guessed by now, the quality of the storage that you’re using will make your garage a less appealing place for pests to call home. Aside from that, quality storage helps to ensure that your belongings are protected in the case that pests do find their way in. If you’re in need of a serious upgrade to the storage in your garage, look no further than the storage solutions by Garage Interiors.  We offer a wide range of storage solutions so that you can find the one that best suits your needs. Be it cabinets that tidy up the space and keep everything behind closed doors or a workbench that makes it easier to use the space and maintain organization, we’ve got it. Take a minute to browse our online catalog and reach out to our team with any questions on the storage options we have or for a free quote on storage for your garage.