how to keep critters out of garage

mopower440(tn)June 28, 2012

I live in middle TN. I have a 24x30 pole building for a garage. I have wasps, mud daubers and spiders taking over the place, any good barrier sprays to use to keep them out? Now, the bigger problem, i was cleaning the garage out the other day and saw a mouse running around, and even worse, found 2 snakeskins! Is there any true things i can put in there that will deter snakes and mice from wanting to get in there? I always heard moth balls work for snakes but then read that it was a myth..

help!!!

thanks

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romore_gw

A hungry cat

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 9:51AM
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exmar

Google Moth Balls as a repellent, I did and they're claimed to be good for repelling all kinds of things. Just note the cautions as they're attractive to and deadly to pets and little kids.

Good luck,

Ev

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 3:29PM
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lbpod

The spiders and snakes are your friends.
The spiders eat insects and the snakes
eat mice. If those food sources weren't
there, they wouldn't be there either.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2012 at 8:28AM
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zen_man

Hi Mopower,

"I have a 24x30 pole building for a garage. I have wasps, mud daubers and spiders taking over the place, any good barrier sprays to use to keep them out?"

If the building is completely enclosed, you could try Hotshot No-Pest Strips. However, they won't solve your mouse and snake problem. The best control there is to eliminate any way that they can get into the garage. Make sure there is no space under your garage door, and that any windows don't offer access. Mice can squeeze under a very narrow space under a door. A good garage door has a flap that seals against the ground. Deploy some mouse traps and sticky traps in your garage to deal with the current population.

ZM
(not associated with any product or vendor mentioned or linked)

    Bookmark   July 1, 2012 at 12:42PM
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zen_man

Hi again, Mopower,

I should point out that the Hotshot No-Pest Strips contain 18.6% Dichlorvos (O,O-dimethyl O-(2,2-dichlorovinyl) phosphate) or DDVP for short, which is a nerve poison and possible carcinogen. Incidentally, it is not an insect repellent, as it is described on the Amazon website. This strip is apparently very similar to the Shell No-Pest Strip, which was pulled from the market in the United States many years ago. Actually, I am surprised that the government is allowing these Hotshot No-Pest Strips to be sold in the U.S. And I am disappointed that Amazon is mislabeling them. And I wouldn't want to breathe the vapor from one. So, I am retracting that No-Pest Strip recommendation. I have wasps in my garage, and I think I will let them be.

ZM

    Bookmark   July 1, 2012 at 4:46PM
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