“Garages or carports are common for households living in single-detached units–just over three in four of these homes (76 percent).”. This information is provided by census.gov. Your garage or covered space is an attractive place for animals looking to come in from the rain, so to speak. They see this big open space which provides shelter and also warmth (especially next to the water heater). How could they pass it up?
Most pests found in the garage get there when you are not around and even when the door isn’t open. They use any little crack or crevice to make their way in to what they perceive as safety from the elements. In Florida, this means shade and protection against the hot sun as well.
So what are the most common pests you will find in your garage? Here is a list starting with the most popular:
Once the animals have set up shop they can be a menace to your belongings and can be very hard to evict. You can set traps and spray the room but pests can be very stubborn once they have taken hold.
Of course, a pest control professional knows all the tricks the pests will pull to avoid and evade your efforts to get rid of them. A pest professional will factor those anticipated movements into his approach.
Make sure that there are no cracks and holes leading to the outside of the garage. Having any crack or hole is a guaranteed way to get pests in there. Try not to stow cardboard boxes or other organic material in that room. Boxes can go in the attic. Silverfish and other bugs love eating organic material.
If there is any type of moisture in that room, you may as well put up a neon sign inviting bugs. They need water like we do. If you have a leaky pipe, outside refrigerator, water heater, or anything else that could leak water, you need to take care of that right away.
The garage or carport is just one step closer to being inside your living space for these pests. They are seeking shelter, food and water, just like you are. Preventative maintenance is the very best way to avoid pest problems. Hiring a professional pest company is the very best way to get rid of them and keep them gone for good.