Mice and other rodents are tricky little critters, and even the cleanest home may get an occasional visit from one of these pests. They’re especially common inside the garage. If you find one in your garage, chances are, you’ll end up finding more. It’s possible that one snuck in when your garage door was open, but it’s likely that they found some other way in. Here are the best ways to keep rodents out of your garage:
Reinforcing your Garage Door
Rodents most commonly make their way in through the garage door. Even if the door itself is metal, it’s surrounded by a rubber seal which rodents can chew through. There are two ways to protect your garage door from this kind of penetration.
Rodent Block Door Seals
There is a strip of rubber at the bottom of your garage door. It serves to help seal your garage’s opening while also keeping your door and the ground beneath from damaging each other. This is one of the areas where rodents often try to chew their way through.
Garage door rodent seals consist of a rubber strip that wraps around your door’s existing bottom seal. Inside this strip is a mixture of fabric and metal that is virtually impossible for rodents to chew through.
Rodent block seals are compatible with both roll-up and overhead garage doors. As an added bonus, they also act as weather seals so your garage stays at a comfortable temperature and your energy bills go down.
Adjustable Rodent Deterrent for Door Jambs
The rubber seals on the sides of your garage opening or door are also vulnerable to rodent teeth. Oftentimes, people don’t realize how vulnerable these seals are until they already see holes chewed in them.
These rubber seals can be reinforced using stainless steel door jamb seals. Door jamb rodent deterrents adhere to the bottom of the door’s side seals. The rodents may be able to chew through the rubber, but they can’t chew through the steel behind it.
Other Ways to Keep Rodents Out
While rats and mice most commonly make their way in through the door, there may also be other points of entry that they can use. Here are a few other preventative measures to help you keep your garage rodent-free:
Tighten Seals around Points of Access
Pipes, drains, ducts, and vents are all essentially tunnels to mice and rats. If there are any openings that lead from your home’s exterior to the garage, you’ll want to find a way to seal them up or minimize the size of the opening.
Patch Up Holes
Perhaps the entryways to your garage shouldn’t be there. If there are any holes in your garage, seal them up so rodents can’t get through.
Check the Attic
Are there rats in your attic? If so, it’s likely that they have an easy pathway between the attic and the garage. Sealing up all access to your garage from the outside isn’t effective if the rodents are getting into the garage from the inside.
Remove the Attractants
Another way to keep rodents out of your garage is just to make it a less attractive place to be. If rodents wander in looking for food and they find it, they have little reason to leave. Even that bag of dog food is tempting to them.
Rodents also appreciate a cozy place to sleep. A cluttered garage gives them plenty of hiding places where they feel like they can sleep in peace. However, if your garage has few hiding places and no food sitting around, rodents aren’t likely to hang around.
If you need to get your biggest point of entry – the garage door – sealed up, call Action Garage Door. They’ll help you make sure that your garage door is impenetrable and take care of any other issues that you may have with your garage door. If you simply need a new garage door, they can help with that as well.