Common (and Not-so-Common) Garage Invaders in Illinois

Blue Sky Builders garage pest preventionWith the seasons changing and the weather proving to be persistent in its unpredictable shifting over the last several months, the likelihood of unwelcome visitors in your garage increases. It is important to know the types of creatures to be on the lookout for. This will not just prevent them from invading your garage now, but it will also help you determine whether a custom garage or garage remodeling project can help ensure that those uninvited guests do not make themselves at home in your garage.

Squirrels, and Termites, and Mice, Oh My!

A wide variety of pests, rodents, and other unsavory creatures can take up residence in your garage without you even realizing it, especially when the weather changes drastically. It is bad enough that many of them could do damage to your garage and what is in your garage, including your car. For example, rats and mice have been known to congregate under the hood of a parked car near the motor to help them stay warm in the winter. Some animals may even get more adventurous and brazen, attempting to break the barriers between your garage and home. Before long, you will have flies buzzing around your head in your kitchen or mice hiding under floorboards in your living room. 

Here are 10 “garage invaders” to keep away from your garage, your home, and your family:

  1. Termites and Ants—Both of these insects potentially present huge issues for the foundation and other structural elements of your garage, so if you notice them, take action immediately.
  2. Mice and Rats—While many suburban homes face seemingly innocuous field mice more often than rats, be aware that both can carry serious diseases. Keep an eye out for their tiny pellet-like droppings as a telltale sign they have invaded your garage, as they tend to be sneaky and remain out of sight most of the time.
  3. Opossums—While these odd animals are not as likely to show up inside your garage, be aware that they like to climb, and they could hide out in an attic or second level of your garage.
  4. Skunks—Unless you do not use your garage much at all, skunks are more likely to get defensive enough to spray and leave rather than dwelling, “gifting” you with a lingering and unmistakable stench but no permanent residency.
  5. Flies, Including Fruit Flies—If you keep your garbage in the garage, including your pets’ waste and any spoiled food, flies are likely to enter your space. Your best bet is to keep all garage doors closed when not in use, including the entrance to the home, as well as keeping all refuse properly disposed of and sealed tightly.
  6. Mosquitos—Make sure still water is at a minimum to prevent these disease-infested pests from taking over.
  7. Crickets—These insects would be relatively harmless to your garage were it not for their obnoxious chirping. Fortunately, they do not exactly come in “packs” to infest your garage, but even one chirping insect can be very irritating.
  8. Raccoons—If you do not keep your garbage cans tightly closed, or if your garbage is overflowing, these animals might get brave enough to follow the cans back into your garage, finding an unending supply of new garbage to forage through every night.
  9. Wasps, Bees, and Hornets—In most cases, these insects’ nests or hives tend to develop on the exterior of your house, but that will not prevent them from making use of your garage too.
  10. Squirrels—Squirrels are curious. They scurry about everywhere in search of something to nibble on. Do not make it easy for them to satisfy their curiosity.

Contact a Chicago-Area Custom Garage Builder

If you are thinking of remodeling your garage or having a custom garage built, be sure to hire a Downers Grove garage specialist who knows exactly what materials to use and what construction methods to employ in making sure your garage is safe from all pests, rodents, and other creatures. Call Blue Sky Builders at 630-852-8485 for more information.

4 Great Ways to Get Your Garage Organized

DuPage County garage organization professionalsWhen thinking of all the different ways you could update your garage, you might easily forget the primary purpose for garages in the first place: to provide storage for your car and other items. Unlike most parts of your house, the garage lends itself particularly well to clever organization and storage systems, especially when you are dealing with a diverse cornucopia of things that need a home. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to get your garage organized while also saving space.  

Ideas for Garage Storage That Work Well

The primary goal when it comes to organizing your garage is to figure out ways to optimize storage capacity. Most garages are small, and space can be limited, particularly if you intend to keep your car in the garage. Due to this, you need to determine how best to store things without taking up too much space. Some possible ideas to achieve this goal include:

  1. Using the Walls—You would be surprised at how many different tools and other items you can fit on a wall. By placing these things flush against a wall, including even fairly large tools, it can seem like making them flat, since they no longer take up space on the floor. To enable effective use of the walls for storage, you might want to consider some of these handy options:
    • Pegboards and Other Paneling—Pegboards are simple ways to place small tools and other items on the wall with continued easy access while using very little real estate. In fact, pegboards can be used to secure not just small tools, but also rakes, brooms, shovels, and other larger pieces of equipment to the wall.
    • Magnetic Strips—If you do not have space for pegboards, you can also consider using magnetic strips, which can be added virtually anywhere, including across walls, on workbenches, and along shelving.
    • Hangers and Hooks—These can be attached to the walls and ceiling of your garage, and if they are used creatively, they can save space and create an interesting atmosphere in the garage.
    • Racks and Shelves—While these may be a more obvious option, they can provide valuable storage space to begin a serious organization of your garage.
  2. Using the Ceiling—Possibly one of the most common uses of ceiling space is to hang bicycles. This can be especially helpful, because bikes can take up significant space in your garage, and other pieces of equipment may also be stored in this manner. Decreasing the amount of overhead clearance in your garage can be a welcome compromise that opens up floor space for other items.
  3. Labeling—You can apply the same methods you use to organize your office to your garage space. This means grouping items in specific categories and creating clear labels that are easy to understand. Labeling could be done in several ways, including:
    • With Words—An affordable label-maker from the local office supply store will make labeling with words a breeze.
    • With Color—Color-coding is another option. This can allow you to group items by similar categories, while providing a more aesthetically pleasing (and colorful) way of organizing your garage.
  4. Installing a Multifunctional Workbench—Workbenches do not just have to be flat surfaces to complete work on. If you are inventive with your workbench, you might be able to include hidden cabinets, equipment used for specific crafts or projects, and other spaces where you can store the items you use often.

Contact a Downers Grove Garage Renovation Professional

As you work to organize your garage, you might come across a few things that could use some serious work, such as replacement windows, new siding or roofing, a new electric garage door opener, or any other number of major garage projects. Call our Chicago-area custom garage experts at 630-852-8485 to learn how we can help you create the perfect garage to meet your family’s needs.