Keep Unwanted Insects Out of Your Garage with These Tips
In the summer months, insects seek the shade, warmth, and food sources generously offered by your house. Garages, in particular, provide plenty of protective hiding spots for these pests to make a home. Prevent unwanted guests such as flies, mosquitoes, ants, and wasps using these tips:
Flies are annoying, and they can carry various diseases that can make you very sick. There are several variations of flies, and each is attracted to different substances. Common house flies are attracted to decaying organic materials such as feces or rotten meat, while fruit flies seek out substances with a high amount of sugar, such as fruit, soda, and alcohol. If you remove their food source, such as by keeping your garbage cans away from your garage, the flies will find somewhere else to live. Additionally, flies also do not like air movement. Avoid stagnant air by installing a fan; not only will this help you stay more comfortable, but the wind will also deter flies.
These flying insects are arguably the most dangerous critters on earth due to the high risk of diseases transmitted via mosquito bites. You may remember the most recent mosquito-borne illness to plague the world: the Zika virus. Protect yourself and your family by keeping these dangerous bugs out of your garage. Aside from lathering up with mosquito repellant, try these tips:
- Keep standing water away from your garage.
- Grow mosquito repelling plants.
- Install a garage door screen.
- Use a mosquito repelling lantern.
The best way to keep ants out of your home is to keep them out of your garage and even your yard. Start outside your home by removing debris and dead brush from against the house, which can give ants channels of access to the home via cracks and windows. Additionally, ants are also attracted to moisture, so avoiding standing water will help diminish their presence. Other tips include:
- Keep your garage clean and orderly.
- Use ant bait around baseboards and corners.
- Fill holes and cracks.
- Do not store open food in the garage, including pet food.
Wasps, Hornets, and Bees
Perhaps you are allergic, or you simply do not want to endure a sting; either way, you want to keep these insects out of your living space. Your garage provides the perfect environment for wasps, hornets, and bees. Again, removing food and water sources from garbage cans, clogged gutters, and bird baths will force them to find other sources elsewhere. Try these tricks, too:
- Maintain home structure by making repairs to cracks.
- Use wasp decoys.
- Set up traps.
Contact Blue Sky Builders
We hope these tips and tricks help you to achieve a pest-free garage. If you are looking to improve your garage, Blue Sky Builders offers free garage estimates upon request. Contact us or call us at 630-852-8485. To see the types of garages we have built, please view our garage gallery.