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How to Keep Bugs and Other Pests Out of Your Garage

Anyone with a garage will tell you how useful the space can be. Whether it is for parking, storage, or even a workspace, the garage is a great shelter. Unfortunately, you are not the only one that thinks so… Bugs and other small pests often make their way into your garage in search of food, safety, and a place to call home.

Out of all the rooms in your home, garages tend to attract pests more than others. This is because they often offer the same kinds of benefits that their natural environments do. Bugs love a warm, moist, and dark area to live in. They also like to be among dust and debris to create their home. Considering the threats that pests pose to the health of both your home and family, it’s important to do what you can to keep unwanted guests out of your garage.

Below are some of the top ways you can keep pests out of your garage for good:

Keep Things Dry
Garages can often become muggy areas when you allow water to pool and do not allow for proper ventilation. To prevent pests from choosing your garage as a place to live, search for any standing water in your garage and dry the area with a towel and a fan. If you do not already have one, consider adding an exhaust fan to your garage to keep the air moving.

Store Food Properly
If your garage is used as a storage area for food – whether it is for humans or pets – do not just rely on the original packaging to keep it sealed. Food should be kept in sealed, airtight containers in order to remove any temptations for pests. This also goes for cooking tools and accessories; give your grill a deep cleaning before you decide to place it in the garage.

Address Cracks
If you want to stop seeing pests in your garage, it is a good idea to find where they are coming in from. Look around your garage and take notice of ant cracks, whether they be in the foundation, ceiling, walls, or windows. Take a silicone caulk gun with you while you search, filling in any of the holes you find – no matter how small.

Note the Pests You Find, and Set Traps Accordingly
In order to defeat thy enemy, one must know thy enemy! Scan through your garage and take note of the pests that you encounter. Once you have collected this info, purchase the appropriate traps and pesticides to address your problem. From ant baits to mouse traps to fly strips, set up your traps in the areas that you first encountered the pest. It’s also a good idea to spray around your garage’s door, windows, and vents with a pesticide.

Keeping pests out of your garage is a year-round practice that takes a keen eye to maintain. If you believe that your garage doors may be putting your home at risk of pests, give us a call to find out how we can assist you. At A1 Door Company, we’ve been the garage door experts of Glen Allen, VA, for years!

Be “Smart” About Your Garage Door Opener

Car and mobile phone technologies continue to grow and adapt to the latest innovations, and garage door openers are no different. Manufacturers are always looking to address common garage door issues, like when you lose your garage door opener remote or when you forget whether you have closed your doors. With the power of updated hardware and a Wifi connection, you can upgrade your system to a smart garage door opener.

With LiftMaster’s myQ technology, you can make your garage door opener (most brands made after 1993 are compatible) smart. The myQ app allows you to control your home’s largest access point from the convenience of your phone. Below are some of the top features:

  • Always Know When Your Garage Door is Open
    The myQ app will let you know what the status of your garage door is. If you notice that it is open when it should not be, you can close it with the touch of a button – wherever you are!
  • Get Alerts When Your Garage Door Opens and Closes
    To get confirmation of the daily comings and goings through your garage – like when the kids come home from school – you can receive alerts when your garage door is used.
  • Schedule Closing Times and Control Your Lights
    Avoid any stress of knowing when your doors are closed by setting a time each day for your garage doors to close. Also, myQ light control allows you to preset days and times for the garage lights to turn on or off. This can be helpful for your home’s security when you are away on a trip.
  • Receive Amazon Orders Right in Your Garage
    Tired of worrying about porch pirates or leaving packages in the rain? If you are an Amazon Prime member, you have the ability to receive in-garage delivery by connecting your myQ App with the Key by Amazon App. You can securely receive your Amazon orders in the safety of your garage!

There are a few ways you can make your garage door opener “smart.” If it is already Wifi-enabled, be sure that it’s connected to your internet and you can download the myQ app now. If it is not Wifi-compatible, you can purchase the myQ Smart Garage Hub to connect most garage door opener models to Wifi. Ask a trusted garage door service to help you install it!

In the market for a new garage door opener entirely? We can help there as well! Smart technology is here to make your life easier and help you worry less about your home security. At A1 Door Company, we’ve been upgrading garage doors systems in Glen Allen, VA, for more than 15 years. Call us today to learn how we can help you!

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