Running your own auto shop can be a busy and rewarding endeavor. However, mice, squirrels, and insects can make your job a harder one. If you need to figure out how to keep those critters from getting into your shop, check out the following ways to keep them outdoors:
Repair Doors Immediately
Because you're concentrating on fixing vehicles and managing your mechanics, whenever damage happens to your bay doors, you might be slowing in getting it fixed. Weatherstripping that wears away and broken windows seem like things you'll have to fix eventually, but if you're trying to avoid pests, it's best to do it as soon as you can. You might not see any evidence of pests during daylight hours, but once darkness sets in and everyone goes home, insects, mice, and other pests may take advantage of the quiet and get in through your broken doors. Fixing those doors promptly will help you steer clear of preventable pest problems.
Plant Repellent Bushes
It might surprise you to know that choosing the right trees and bushes can end up helping you with a pest problem. For instance, many insects dislike the minty odor of a peppermint bush, so if you find yourself battling ants or other bugs, you may want to plant those bushes along the perimeter of your shop. Lemongrass and Basil are two other types of plants that pests generally dislike.
If you can't plant any of these bushes or don't want to, be sure that you are very attentive to any existing greenery in the area. Bushes can provide nests and places to hide, making them perfect for many bugs and pests.
Get Roll-Away Screens
Because cars are always coming in and out of the huge bay doors at your shop, it sometimes doesn't make much sense to keep those doors shut all day. That can be cause for some concern since you might think that critters can come and go as they please. One solution to this problem is to make use of large roll-away screens. These screens can be easily moved when you need to drive a vehicle in and out of the shop.
Try all of these pointers to see which are best at keeping your auto shop free from insects and small mammals. You may want to get in touch with a commercial pest extermination company like Paffy's Pest Control that can give you a full assessment of possible entrances and help you with more solutions.