Keep Nasty Pests out of Your Garage

Even the tidiest garage is not immune to visits from some of the Valley’s pest population. Because many homeowners use part (or most) of their garage to store tools and seasonal items, it can be the perfect place for critters to live. In addition, because the garage door is so big, it gives nature a chance to come in unimpeded whenever the door is opened. Today, we’re going to review some of the nastier pests and how to discourage them from taking up residence in your garage. Not all of these pests are dangerous, but they all sting or have venom, which make them worth noticing.



The ones you need to watch out for are the tan/yellow ones, called bark scorpions. The adults are two to three inches long, and they like to hide underneath your boxes. They can climb anything which isn’t slick, and, while they can live a long time without food, they do like to be near water. The Arizona hairy scorpion is much fatter, has hairs on its legs and isn’t as venomous.

While scorpion bites are painful, they’re usually not life-threatening unless the person is allergic to them, which is a relatively rare occurrence.

See the fiddle? That’s the mark of a brown recluse. The bites can cause necrotic tissue damage. Not fun!

See the fiddle? That’s the mark of a brown recluse. The bites can cause necrotic tissue damage. Not fun!

Brown Recluse spider

While a brown recluse is shy, its venom is necrotic, meaning, it will cause human tissue to die. This makes medical attention necessary. Most people don't realize they've been bitten until they have a reaction, which starts out looking like a bruise or blister but can be quite serious. If you think you've been bitten by a brown recluse, try to catch it and consult with a doctor or the kind folks at the Banner Poison and Drug Information Center. (see below.)

Black widows

Black widows have a red hourglass shape on their belly, a description we find a little amusing since this requires the viewer to be able to see the spider’s abdomen. Suffice to say they are black and very shiny, and create very disorganized webs. The other distinctive feature, usually found in the web, is the light tan egg sac which the black widow protects.

Black widows are very shy and will try to avoid biting you unless they feel threatened. Less than 1% of the people who are ever stung (<2000 a year) ever require medical treatment.

Mild unless provoked, we recommend relocating tarantulas instead of killing them.

Mild unless provoked, we recommend relocating tarantulas instead of killing them.


Tarantulas are big and hairy and very timid. While their bite is venomous, it’s never fatal. Tarantulas are territorial, though, so make sure if you catch one in your garage, you turn it loose someplace where it won’t be able to find its way back into your garage.


Rattlesnakes will seek shelter in your garage when it’s too hot, too cold, or after being displaced by monsoon rains. Their venom is very poisonous, and unless you’re trained, it’s a terrible idea to attempt moving one. Killing them is illegal. However, the kind folks at Rattlesnake Solutions will come and remove them for you for a reasonable price.


Storage cabinet solutions

The solution, of course, is to have tightly closed or raised storage to help keep these unwanted critters from integrating into your belongings.  Storage cabinets cut down on the need for cardboard boxes, which cockroaches and crickets love to hide in. Both are a tasty treat for any of the above-named pests, which can make your garage a more attractive retreat.

Storage cabinets also keep belongings off the floor, which cuts down on the ease of both nesting places and mobility of unwanted vermin. Exterminators can treat the ground around storage cabinets without affecting belongings.

If you want to take proactive measures against garage pests taking over your garage, a set of garage cabinets is the perfect solution. Why not call and find out more about them today?

Quick Response Garage Cabinets provides excellent and secure storage solutions and epoxy flooring for Phoenix area residential garage needs. Call 602-726-2211 or book an appointment online today!

Rattlesnakes relocator 480-237-9975

Banner Poison & Drug Information Center at 800-222-1222