Wild animals like squirrels, raccoons, mice, rats, and insects often seek out shelter in garages. These areas offer easily accessible shelter and often sources of food as well. You may not see an animal in your garage, but you may see signs of its presence, including dead pests, droppings, spider webs, wasp nests, or chew marks.
Remove everything from your garage, sweep the floor, and use a portable fan to dry any areas with moisture. Moisture attracts some species of insects. Clutter, such as boxes, furniture, grills, and other items, provides places for animals to hide. Remove anything you have stored in your garage that you don’t need to reduce the amount of clutter.
Keep your grill clean and avoid putting trash bags containing food in your garage. Food is one of the main reasons why animals take up residence in garages.
Use a flashlight to check walls, windows, storage eaves, and the interior of the roof for cracks, holes, and other openings that animals or insects could use to gain access. Seal openings with caulk or weather stripping if necessary. Hire a contractor to seal any larger holes.
If you find evidence of an animal living in your garage, it is best not to try to catch it yourself. A wild animal can bite or scratch if it feels threatened and could carry a disease like rabies. You are better off calling a wildlife removal company like Anderson Wildlife Control. Our professionals will safely and humanely live-trap the animal to remove it from your garage and take it to another location to prevent it from coming back.