If you don't like pests setting up shop in your home, you might be interested in hiring a professional exterminator to help you with your problems. However, unless you understand the tools that they are working with, you might find yourself wondering what else you can do to curb issues. For example, if you don't mention that mosquito problem, your exterminator might not know to treat that water feature with a pesticide that targets larvae. My site explains different ways you can prepare for your professional pest control treatment, so that you aren't left with issues later down the road.
One of the most common nuisances you might face with your garage is nesting squirrels. Especially when the weather gets cold, squirrels look for shelter and warmer places to nest, which often leads them to the garage. In fact, one common place for them to nest is under the hood of a car, because the engine provides some heat. Here are some tips to help you keep the neighborhood squirrels out of your garage and car, protecting your engine wires and the rest of your belongings.
If you keep things like dog food, bird seed, or peanuts in your garage, you need to seal them up. Keeping them all in airtight containers will reduce the temptation of food that can draw the squirrels in.
Cut Off Their Access
If the squirrels can't get into your garage, they can't build nests there. Remember to keep your garage door closed any time you're not in there. Leaving it open is the easiest way for them to get in. You'll also want to make sure that all of the windows are closed and tightly sealed. Do a thorough walk around the garage looking for any small holes that could give them access. Cover them with wire mesh or something similar to keep them out. Even a hole as small as an inch or two in diameter is big enough for some squirrels to fit through.
Make sure that you keep fresh weather stripping along the bottom of the garage door. It adds an extra barrier that keeps the squirrels from getting in by forming an airtight barrier under the garage door edge. Finally, make sure that there are no branches hanging over the garage. Squirrels will run along the branches to get to the roof, where they can often find small gaps and spaces to slip into the garage through. Trim them back so that they are far from the garage roof.
Make Your Car Uninviting
With cars being such a draw for squirrels, it's important that you take steps to discourage them from nesting under the hood of yours. One of the best ways to do this is by leaving the hood of the car up during the day. With the hood up, it's less inviting to the squirrels. You can close the hood at night, though. Squirrels aren't active at night, so you won't need to worry about them then.
You can also help discourage them by spraying a squirrel deterrent or bitter apple spray around your car. You can get bitter apple spray at many veterinarian offices, or you can work with a pest control company to treat the garage with a deterrent spray to keep them away.
11 March 2017