Animals in My Garage

Animals come into garage for several reasons. They may try to seek shelter from storms, heat, cold or other animals; or they may be searching for food. In most cases, animals are not wanted inside the house, not even the garage.

Wild animals love to invade garages. Garages are usually the most accessible parts of a home since they are more likely to have gaps and holes than the rest of the building. To add to that, there is often a gap between the floor and the bottom of the garage door when closed. This is another great access point for wildlife to get in. The fact that the little critters can come and go as they please, makes it appealing to them. Additionally, many garages are full of clutter, which creates cozy little nooks for wild animals to occupy. Pests in your garage can also be a health hazard. Bats, raccoons, mice, and rats can all carry diseases that affect humans and pets. Also, some pests can also cause damage to vehicles parked in the garage.

HOW TO NOTICE THE PRESENCE OF ANIMALS IN THE GARAGE

The first thing that most homeowners try to do is figure out what is in their garage. It could be an amazing number of critters including mice, rats, squirrels, skunks, opossums, raccoons, or chipmunks. Clues can be found in the type of damage seen, the size and shape of feces, and when the noises are heard. For example, mice, rats, skunk, and raccoons are known to be nocturnal animals so if you find that you hear scratching, banging, or other noises at night, one of these critters may be the culprit. Squirrels and chipmunks tend to be most active during the daylight hours so be aware of noises during the day.

As for damage clues, the larger the animal the larger the mess will be. Rodents tend to leave gnaw marks, while wildlife critters tend to be on the hunt for a place to nest. This means that you may find your storage items have been rooted through or used to create a warm place to rest.

Below are some tips to getting the animals out of your garage:

SET TRAPS FOR THEM

Live animal traps with bait can help you catch animals that routinely journey into your garage. These are especially effective for squirrels and raccoons. Do not try to relocate live animals yourself, as some wild animals, even cats, can be a rabies risk. Call animal control to have a trapped animal taken from your property. However rats can also be caught and killed with traps and poison.

LURE THE ANIMALS OUT

Leave the garage door open and try to lure the animals outside with food they might like. This is the best course if you are dealing with animals such as skunks. You dont want to tangle with them. It is better to encourage them outside without coming in direct contact with them.

USE POISONS TO KILL THEM

Using poison on them will make leave the area once they are sick, or they may go out and look for other food. They will die and not return. However, there are times when they might die in the garage. If this happens, use gloves to pick up the animal and dispose of it in a plastic bag.


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