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Squirrel! How to keep all the critters out of your garage or shed this winter.


Squirrel! How to keep all the critters out of your garage or shed this winter.

by VersaTube on January 31, 2019

When it comes to keeping wildlife out of your VersaTube garage or shed, prevention is the best method to enjoy a pest-free garage all winter. Too late? Already got a furry intruder living in your garage? Not to worry, we’ve got that covered, too!

Prevent Access to Food

Squirrels and raccoons become a lot less active during the winter, and while neither one hibernates, racoons may take naps that last for weeks. Periodically though, both squirrels and raccoons will brave the cold to seek out food. The best thing you can do to prevent them taking up residence in your VersaTube garage or shed is not provide them with any temptation. Keep all pet food and livestock feed (and people food for that matter) that is stored in your garage in an airtight container to avoid pests from being attracted to the smell. This applies to grass and plant seeds, too.

Keep trash cans closed tightly and empty them as quickly as possible. Clean up any fruits or nuts that might have dropped from trees on your property. Trees should be trimmed so they don’t overhang your home or garage. Get rid of water sources. If possible, remove bird baths, fountains, and planting containers from your yard, especially any that are located close to your garage or shed.

Strong-Scented Repellent

Some pests can be deterred with strong aromas. Peppermint essential oil, chili powder, and capsaicin can all drive away squirrels, raccoons, and other pets. You can use spices and oils from your home, or find an all-natural pest-repellent in stores.  

Cut the Clutter

For smaller animals, like snakes, mice, and rats, clutter can provide perfect hiding spots for them and make rodents feel right at home. Keep your garage or shed as clutter-free as possible so they can’t find a hiding spot to nestle into. Also, keeping landscaping neat and trimmed, and not touching your foundation, will help year round. Finally, rodents need only a tiny opening to sneak into your space, so make sure your garage or shed are sealed well and weather-proofed.

If you’ve already got an unwelcome critter living in your garage or shed, the first step is to evict it. For smaller pests, you can probably get rid of them yourself with traps, but if the infestation is bad, or for raccoons and other aggressive animals, you will probably need to call a pest control service.

From there, you go back through the prevention steps. Identify every possible entry point and seal it, remove all food temptation and nesting places, etc. With a little prevention your garage or shed will be all yours again!