Tips for Keeping Wildlife Out of Your Garage
Throughout each season of the year, animals both small and large are trying to locate food and shelter to aid in their survival. Unfortunately, garages can serve as a great living option for some of these creatures, or they may enter a family’s living space looking for food. Some of the items stored in your garage, such as vehicles, laundry machines, grills, tool benches, or workout equipment, can provide shelter or a place to hide for animals lurking in the shadows, and food that is not properly stored may also attract wildlife. Dealing with animals that have entered your garage and keeping them away from your home can prove to be quite burdensome.
Common Wildlife to Look Out For
Wild animals that are often found in garages are typically looking for an easily accessible form of shelter that will provide protection from other creatures and help them avoid harsh weather environments. Raccoons, stray cats, mice, rats, squirrels, birds, bats, and insects all common suspects who may attempt to find harbor in a garage. People often do not realize that they have critters making refuge in their garage; common signs to look out for include chew marks, nests, droppings, or vomit. Along with shelter, factors such as the presence of food and moisture can also draw the attention of wild animals.
Ways to Keep Your Garage Animal-Free
Whether you have unwanted visitors in your garage or are trying to avoid that outcome, actions can be taken to ensure that animals do not settle in to your living space. The most important way of keeping animals out is by ensuring your garage is free of any damage which could allow them entry, such as:
- Broken windows
- Holes in walls
- Cracks or holes in the roof
- Damage to weather stripping or caulk
Looking beyond structural flaws, some general best practices to routinely practice include the disposal of clutter, frequently cleaning any messes or spills, setting traps for a possible infestation, and removing any food or garbage. By taking these simple steps, you could save a lot of time and money in the future.
Contact the Downers Grove Garage Experts at Blue Sky Builders
If you notice damage to your garage, it is imperative to perform repairs to ensure that you will be able to keep wildlife out of your home. The DuPage County garage professionals at Blue Sky Builders can help you understand the best ways to perform the necessary fixes while helping you ensure that your garage continues to meet your family’s needs. Please view our garage gallery to sample some of our finished projects, and give us a call at 630-852-8485 to schedule an initial consultation and receive a free estimate.