Archive: Aug 2021

  1. Tips to Keep Bugs Out of Your Garage

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    Garages usually offer a lot more access to bugs than our homes. From the large garage door opening to plenty of ventilation sources, lack of light, and lots of out of sight corners it’s a natural place for bugs to get out of the heat or cold. So how do you usually keep your garage pest free? Here are a few tips to help!

    1. Invest in Proper Storage

    Bugs love places to hide. When your garage is just a tangled mess of loose things, you’ve set up the perfect environment for them to move in and set up a home. If you don’t invest in the correct storage methods, you’re practically inviting bugs to come in. Take the time to seriously look at the state of your garage and we recommend setting up some basic shelves to organize your toys, tools and gear. Once the space has been established, store your things in plastic bins. These are cheap ways to organize and protect your stuff. Lastly. don’t push everything right up against the wall. Leave some space between the walls and the shelving so that you have clear visibility around your area to inspect for bugs or rodents.

    2. Deny Food Sources

    This kind of goes hand in hand with #1, but you may keep things like dog and cat food, or even some oils, powders and other liquid solutions can attract bugs. Make sure you are getting bins and other closable storage solutions for things like pet food.

    3. Make Repairs

    If you’ve had roof damage, or cracks in your stucco, or wood rot in siding or any number of things that can go wrong as normal wear and tear on a home, take the time to make repairs. These are open invitations for bugs and other pests to make their way into your garage space, and ultimately your home. Take the time to seal cracks and repair damage around your property.

    4. Use Baits and Traps

    Some basic store bought traps can catch the odd scorpion or roach making its way around your garage. Unless it’s a complete infestation, this can go a long way to keep them from making their way into your home. If there is a much larger infestation than a wayward bug, then we recommend professional help, but this can be a cheap and easy precaution to keep your garage pest free.

    Call the Professionals

    Keeping bugs out of your garage is just one part of our whole home pest control plan! If you don’t already have a pest control plan in place and you’re tired of dealing with bugs in your garage, give us a call and we’d love to show you just how affordable peace of mind can be!

  2. How to Keep Mice Out of Your Home

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    Mice are a small animal that can be cause a big problem for some homeowners. They typically enter the home through cracks and holes in the foundation, or where there are gaps or rotten wood where siding has begun to deteriorate. Another common place for them to enter the home is through the garage which can be more accessible than the house itself. Mice can fit through small gaps than you might think possible, so even very small openings can potentially lead to an infestation.

    Stucco homes also can contain holes or gaps where the structure meets the garage, which can lead mice up into attic areas of some homes.

    Typically homeowners will see infestations around the Fall as temperatures drop and can set up in a comfortable home rather quickly. We once had a report that a homeowner caught up to 36 mice in a single weekend once they realized they had an infestation! The primary health issue with common house mice is their droppings and urine as they venture out from their homes looking for food.

    A more difficult common species found around Tucson however is the Pack Rat. These rodents in addition to creating a very unsanitary area where they set up their burrows, are known to cause an incredibly high amount of damage. They primarily damage electrical equipment including cars, vans, trucks, yard equipment and even interior wiring. They can do thousands of dollars of damage in a single night.

    Prevention is primarily an exercise in vigilance and common sense. Routine inspections around your home to ensure there are no structural gaps, cracks, wood rot, or obvious entry points into the home or garage is crucial. Make sure also that trees and bushes do not create a logical pathway to the rooftop of your home.

    Take the time to inspect your weatherproofing efforts, especially around garage doors in addition to ventilation sources. Check your attic spaces regularly for droppings or other signs that mice have created a home above you. Lastly, do not leave vehicles outside at night if at all possible. If you are using your garage for storage, it might be time to think about a yard sale or setting up a 3rd party storage solution. While there are gadgets that can help keep Pack Rats at bay, keeping cars and trucks inside your garage is the only way to absolutely guarantee you won’t wake up in the morning with an electrical nightmare waiting for you as you try and start the engine.