I don’t know what it is about it, but wild animals are attracted to my garage. I’m serious! I’m more accustomed to walking into the garage and finding a random animal than not. Usually they’re just one time sights and then they’re gone, but occasionally the animal (whatever species) will stick around for a while. There have only been two times where we had to call a wildlife specialist in to remove them, however. The first time was a squirrel nest about five winters ago. They crawled in through a hole where the wall met the roof and began nesting on top of the fuse box. We thought they were just coming in from the cold for a couple of days but soon we discovered they had actually had babies! We ended up having to wait a couple of months when the little ones were mobile and would be able to survive outside of the nest before a professional came and removed them; that was an adventure.
While the squirrels were frustrating (mother squirrels are very defensive!), that was nothing compared to the raccoons. It was summer time about two years ago, I still to this day do not know how they got in but one night I came home from work to see one full grown raccoon staring at me as my garage door opened. I pulled in hoping it would run out the door but instead it scrambled up to the top of our storage shelves. Again, I left it alone hoping it would be gone by morning. Instead, the next day I woke up to find my car covered in dirty paw prints and to see several of our storage boxes knocked over and opened. This happened every night for about two weeks before we could get someone to come out and get rid of them.
In between the squirrels, the raccoons, and now, we’ve had a few other interesting run in’s; these, however, were just small. Not long after we first moved in, my husband went into the garage for a bike pump and got sprayed by a skunk that had wandered in the night before (that was a bad day). A couple of months ago my daughter found a bat hanging from the roof, not long before that we had a robin sleeping on the garage door runners, and just last week we had an actual deer sleeping on the dog bed! Along with a few other random encounters and a mice problem a few years back, I can’t figure out what animals are so attracted to in my garage! I guess it’s a mystery we’ll never solve.