How To Clean Your Garage To Prevent A Pest Infestation

Do you have concerns about pests finding their way into your garage and making their home? The good news is that you may be able to eliminate the possibility of a pest infestation simply by cleaning your garage the right way. Pests are naturally attracted to certain things like clutter and debris, as well as food products—all of which can surface in this area of the home. 

To keep your local pests out of your garage, here’s what you should know about cleaning: 

Take a Minimalist Approach

One of the biggest draws for pests is piles of clutter where they can easily hide or build a nest. This can spell problems for many homeowners because their garage is home to all of the things that they have no room to store inside the house. The best thing you can do to eliminate the home of some of these pests is to clear out the clutter. 

If you find unnecessary items in your garage, it might be time to toss them or donate them instead of giving unwanted critters a place to live. 

Sweep and Mop Frequently

You never know what might get spilled on the floor inside your garage. Unfortunately, even a small spill could attract rodents and insects. The best thing to do is sweep your garage at regular intervals to get rid of crumbs and dirt. When you have the time and want to be extra thorough when it comes to eliminating pests, you should also mop your garage floors. 

Use Proper Food Storage

Many people use their garage as their overflow pantry, storing snacks and other food items. The only problem with this is that they may not put enough emphasis on airtight storage. If you plan to use the garage as an extension of your kitchen, you need to think twice about how you store open foods. For example, leaving an open cereal box on the shelf will be an invitation to certain pests. 

Decrease Humidity

Pests are naturally drawn to areas that are comfortable for them, and that means that many tend to gravitate toward wet areas. If you have a spot in your garage with standing water, you should fix it as soon as possible. Humidity can also pose a problem—if you can, the best way to combat high humidity levels that are attractive to pests is to run a dehumidifier regularly. 

You don’t need anything overly fancy or expensive. A simple dehumidifier should be sufficient for keeping moisture at bay. 

Get Professional Pest Control Services

While cleaning can go a long way toward eliminating pests, you might need some professional help to clear them out for good. Routine pest control is essential, and you need a top exterminator on your side. Gilles Lambert Pest Control is the top private exterminator in Winnipeg, and we offer advice on problem areas like garages and more. Contact us today to see how we can help you keep your home pest-free. 

By Clint Rosevear on January 25, 2023
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