Wood Garage Door Problems: What To Do When Mice Keep Getting Into Your Garage

If mice keep getting into your garage, and you can't find any holes in the walls or ceiling, check your wood garage door for damaged weatherstripping and weakened wood. According to About Home, mice possess flexible bodies that allow them to access and enter quarter inch-sized gaps, holes and cracks with ease. Once they find an easy way inside the garage, mice will generally return until you close up the entrances or replace the door. Here's why and how mice enter your garage and what you can do to stop them.

Why Do Mice Enter Your Garage?

Although mice tend to live outdoors, they often enter structures that offer something they need to survive, such as food and a safe place to nest. If you store bags of grains, pet food, soaps, and other eatable items in the garage, the pests may take advantage of the free items. In addition, rags, clothing and other soft items make ideal homes for nesting rodents.

As long as you don't disturb their nests, the rodents may continue to enter during the night. Also, keep in mind that mice can travel to the rest of the home if the garage attaches directly to it. About Home also reveals that mice and other rodents carry numerous diseases that can affect humans, including tapeworms and aseptic meningitis. You can become ill when you eat food contaminated by feces and urine, or you can become sick when the ticks and fleas mice carry bite you. Your pets are also vulnerable to the diseases carried and spread by mice. 

Finding out how the rodents enter your garage is the second step to securing your garage and protecting your family and pets.

How Do Mice Enter Your Garage?

Mice usually gnaw through wood, plastic and other materials to access structures. But they can also crawl under the garage door if it has missing or deteriorating seals in the threshold. Weakened wood in the frame and paneling may also make it easier for rodents to gnaw their way into the garage.

Exposure to rainwater, snow and other wet conditions make your garage door vulnerable to moisture damage and rot. Wood-boring insects, such as termites, carpenter ants and beetles, can infest the damp wood in order to eat the cellulose, or sugars, found in it. Some insects create tunnels and holes in the wood as they ingest or travel through it. Mice may chew through the most vulnerable areas of the wood, such as between the frame and walls. There may be small openings hidden along these areas that you can't see without a closer inspection.

How Do You Keep Rodents Out of the Garage?

The best thing you may do to keep rodents out of the garage is to contact a garage door specialist and have them inspect and repair the door immediately. Although it's possible for you to make the repairs yourself, it may not be safe to do so. Keep in mind that garage doors can be heavy and dangerous if they fall or fail to reverse properly, so using professional help may be the safest option for you.

In addition, you don't know exactly how much damage the door or its parts sustained from the mice, insects and moisture. A garage door specialist may also repair damage to the door's panels, frame and hardware to keep your home and family safe. If the damage is too bad, you may need to replace the door completely. But this is something a contractor can discuss in greater detail when they come out.

After you secure the garage's door, keep mice out of the structure by storing your perishable human and pet food and other items in sealed glass or thick plastic containers. Also, repair any holes in the walls surrounding the garage door. 

For more information about keeping mice out of your garage, contact a contractor from a company like Plano Overhead Garage Door today.