You may be noticing more rodent activity in your garage than normal now that the weather is cooler and outdoor conditions are colder, windy, and harsh. Mice (and rats) often seek shelter, food, warmth, and water from inside sources and residential garages are the perfect place to seek shelter from the cold. These animals do not hibernate, so they will be active throughout the year. If you are seeing more droppings or newly chewed material or boxes, now is the time to act. Prevent rodent infestation using an all-encompassing approach, and when needed, get help from our team of professionals.
The Santa Clarita pest control experts at No Bugs can help you to detect, prevent, and irradicate rodents from your garage and around your home. Do not wait until these mice or rats set up a colony in your garage. Contact our team to discuss the best way to combat mice and rats this winter. Call today!
Signs of Rodent Activity
Whether you are seeing obvious signs out in the open spaces of your garage, or you want to get a head start by inspecting every nook and cranny, spotting rodent activity early is crucial in preventing a full-blown infestation.
Look for the following signs of rodent activity in your garage:
- Visible mice or rats
- Urine stains or an odor of urine
- Holes or chew marks in boxes, dog food bags, cardboard, or other material in your garage
- Chew marks around points of entry
Preventing and Treating Rodent Infestation
There are several ways to combat rodent infestation and to help prevent it. The best way to treat against mice and rats is to use all of the tools available in an all-encompassing attack. Work with your local pest control professional to learn about what is best for your family, home, and problem, and use the tips below to gain control of your garage.
- Declutter. This is one of the most important parts of rodent infestation prevention. Rats and mice will nest and be active when they have hiding places. Declutter your garage to eliminate those hiding places. Store items in thick plastic containers or glass when available. Keep storage up off of the ground whenever possible, 12-18 inches is best, and eliminate any unnecessary clutter. Donate old items to charity, recycle whenever possible, and trash what is left.
- Repair. Patch holes, points of entry along the perimeter, and spaces where pipes or exhaust tubes (dryer, etc.) are fed to the outside. Mice can fit through even the tiniest of holes, so close off anything bigger than the size of a dime. Use wire-mesh patching when you need to close something off but do not want to prevent airflow.
- Eliminate. Eliminate food sources and potential water sources by storing edible/drinkable things in glass or heavy storage bins. This includes emergency supplies, dog food, birdseed, and any other edible items.
- Trap. Utilize bait traps and conventional traps for mice and rats to get rid of existing rodents that have already made their way into your garage. Place a variety of traps at points of entry, on shelves, in rafters, and in areas where you see activity. Check the traps frequently and remove dead rodents to prevent the development of foul odors. Refill bait traps as needed to ensure that rodents have bait to take.
- Repel. Utilize mouse repellent around the outside perimeter of your garage to help deter rodents from seeking shelter in your garage. There are chemical options as well as organic, home remedies.
- Seek. If you are having a rodent issue that seems out of control, or you want to be sure that your home is safe from infestation, seek professional help. Pest control experts can help you to uncover potential issues that you may not find alone. Trust the team at No Bugs to utilize our knowledge and experience to help you fight rats and mice this winter and all year long.
Trust No Bugs to Fight Pests for You!
Pest control is often more complicated than setting out a trap or watching for rodent droppings. No Bugs’ pest control team in Santa Clarita can work with you to cover all of your bases, even the ones you weren’t aware of, so you have the best coverage in rodent activity prevention.
Contact our team to learn how we can help you fight pests on your property.