How to keep critters out of your garage

If you’re like most homeowners on Long Island, you use your garage to store everything from camping gear and bikes to holiday decorations. And since replacing these items can be costly, it’s important to keep your garage free from critters, who might see that wreath you’ve tucked away as, well, lunch.

Sure, raccoons are cute. And mice can be, too. But they don’t belong in your garage. Instead, keep them away with these easy steps.

Keep it sealed.

Take a look at the bottom of the garage door, where it should lie flush to the ground. If you see an opening, it’s important to make sure it’s sealed by installing a threshold that can keep mice at bay. You can pick up a rodent guard that fits the size of your garage door at a home improvement store. That being said, your garage door should always fit snugly to the ground. If it doesn’t, it’s time to call a garage door professional.

Keep your garage clean. 

Make a point of clearing your garage of debris including leaves, grass, and dirt on a regular basis. And never store trash or store items in open containers. All of these things can, and will, attract animals, insects, and even birds.

Keep it dry, too. 

Insects like mosquitos are drawn to moisture. Make sure your garage is free from any standing water. If you have rusted out, open areas of your garage door, cracked windows or any other type of open space, patch the area up, call a garage door professional who can repair the damage, or choose the next option.

Replace your garage door.

If critters keep getting into your garage, it might be time for a new garage door. Not only will a replacement garage door deter animals, but it can also increase your home’s overall safety and provide better insulation. It’s what we call a “win/win/win.”