Seeing a few roaches in and around the house is a common sight. These pests start from the garden, then move into our garages and finally into our homes.
To prevent a dangerous infestation, you need to get rid of these bugs as soon as you spot them.
Garages are dark spaces with several small openings, making them convenient spots for roaches to take shelter.
These annoying little bugs are unpleasant and are carriers of several diseases. Their bodies pick up all kinds of microbes while they rummage through waste materials. These microbes are dangerous to us since they can cause illnesses.
Therefore, you need to take the basic steps to clear an infestation and prevent one in the future.
Why Do I Get Roaches In My Garage
Pests need minimal amenities to make a place their permanent home. The amenities include food, warmth, safety, and easy access. Garages are tempting to roaches since it is continuously opened during the day as people and vehicles move in and out. So pests can get into a garage very quickly. Inside the garage, there are plenty of options like boxes and corners for these roaches to make themselves at home.
Garages are primarily meant for vehicles, but we also use this space for storing objects. This means you cannot clean garages periodically and thoroughly. This situation allows roaches to hide and fester in the clutter. When it comes to food, cockroaches feed on everything from cardboard to small bugs inside a garage.
How Do I Get Rid Of Roaches From My Garage?
Since cockroaches are carriers of many diseases, you should act fast and get rid of them as soon as it is known that they have invaded your garage. Along with bringing diseases, they also cause a lot of mess. The basic step in eliminating them is to make space unliveable for them. The steps include:
Clean the place and clear the clutter
All living organisms, including cockroaches, are drawn to sources of food and dirt. Begin your work by cleaning your garage and removing potential food sources. Don’t keep trash cans inside the garage since roaches like to feast on trash.
Remove clutter and arrange all the stuff to clean the place, including every nook and corner, with ease. Also, if you own pets, make sure to store pet food properly before storing them in the garage and if you spot any water spills or leaky pipes inside the garage, get it fixed.
Once the sources of food and water are removed, the cockroaches should start moving out.
Destroy the nests
Look for any nests; they are most likely to take shelter under furniture, appliances, or under piles of clutter. Seek out these shelters are clear them immediately. You can use a vacuum cleaner to clear the nests.
Lay bait traps
You can get chemical baits from stores. Place them on the ground or on surfaces where you spotted the roaches. These baits are poisonous and will kill them.
Using chemical baits is a better option than using pesticides since the latter would leave residue on your belongings and threaten your health.
If you have pets, you can place these baits on elevated surfaces, or you can keep your pets out of the garage until the infestation is taken care of.
Pesticides get rid of roach infestation immediately. But as mentioned above, it has complications. But if the infestation is severe, then get a pesticide with boric acid.
Also, make sure to follow all the instructions and keep your pets and kids away from the garage.
Call the exterminators
Sometimes it is better to call the pest professionals, especially if you are not comfortable tackling the situation yourself… If the infestation is too much to handle, professional exterminators are the only option to clear and prevent infestation. They will evaluate your situation and offer a customized solution.
One of the best things about hiring professional cockroach exterminators is that they will do a perfect job in less time. The downside, of course, is the additional cost.
How to prevent roach infestation in your garage
Prevention is better than spending your time and energy on clearing the infestation! Here are a few practical steps that can help you do that:
Seal all the openings to your garage
Over time, the garage door can get worn down, creating multiple tiny entrances for cockroaches and other pets. Even the seals around a window start to come off after a few years. If this is the case, you will need to fix them.
The doors and windows have to be air-tight to prevent the entry of roaches. Door thresholds happen to wear down frequently, and so you need to replace them every two years. To find all the entry points in the garage, go inside and shut the door.
See if sunlight is entering the garage from any crevices or points. If there are any such points, seal them off.
The garage is the most neglected part of our house. At least once a week, do a full dusting and cleaning of your garage, arrange and store everything neatly.
If you keep everything neat and tidy, it lowers the risk of infestation.
Fix all water leaks
If any pipes or faucets in your garage leak water, it could become a water hole for the roaches.
A damp space is an excellent breeding ground for these pests as they are always thirsty.
So if there are any water leaks, get them repaired.
Use Cockroach Repellents
Repellent sprays, ultrasonic devices, or essential oils are some practical ways to keep roaches out of your garage.
Don’t leave pet food open.
Leaving pet food open can draw a lot of rodents and pests, including roaches, into your garage. Ensure that the pet food packet is sealed correctly and the floor is clear of any food grubs.
Damp and dark places like basements, laundry rooms, and garages are a perfect environment for cockroaches. The best way to stop them from entering your garage is to eliminate all the food sources and water and keep the place free of clutter.