How to Keep Pests Out of Your Storage Unit
Renting out a storage unit is a great option for people who have more stuff than space. By moving items like furniture, winter clothes, and camping and sports equipment into a storage facility, you can keep your things out of sight while not in use and free up space in your home or business.
However, storage units can be susceptible to pest infestations, and such issues may not be identified right away if the space is neglected. It is important to take proper care of your storage unit, and your stored items, to ensure your stuff is not damaged by bugs, mice, or other pests.
Store Your Items with a Company that has Pest Management Measures in Place
One of the best ways to keep your storage unit pest free can be done before you even move your stuff in. By choosing a storage facility that has methods for managing pests in their customers’ storage units, you can rest in the knowledge that your stuff is being kept safe while you’re not there. You should also consider finding a storage company with pest damage protection insurance.
Frequently Clean and Manage Your Storage Unit
Keeping your storage unit clean and dry will help to prevent pest infestations. Although you may have initially got your storage unit to keep items out of sight, it is a good idea to regularly visit the space and clean up. Periodic visits will also allow you to identify any pest problems before they become unmanageable.
When you leave your storage unit, make sure the door is completely shut. You should also keep an eye out for any holes, cracks, or gaps where pests could enter, and be sure to report such issues to the storage facility management.
Pack Your Items Properly
While you may not be able to completely keep pests away from your unit, you can make sure they do not damage your items by carefully packing and storing your stuff. Everything should be stored in airtight containers that will keep your items cool, dry, and protected from the elements. Furniture should be covered. It may be helpful to elevate your things, either with pallets or shelves. Packing your items with pest management items such as cedar blocks, certain essential oils, and moisture absorbers can keep animals and bugs away too.
What you store in your unit can lead to pest infestations as well — you should never store food or other items that may attract bugs and rodents to your space.
The Hopper Termite & Pest team can help you keep your spaces pest free. We are available to discuss pest management methods with you and provide solutions.
Pest management doesn’t have to be out in the open. There are plenty of discreet methods you can use to keep pests away from your business, without compromising the perception of your customers.
Thoroughly Clean Your Space
Keeping your office, store, or other commercial building clean and dry is one of the easiest — and best — ways to manage pests. By completing your everyday cleaning tasks, you are taking a step to prevent pest infestations. Periodic in-depth cleanings, in which you get into small spaces, identify moist areas, and remove potentially problematic items and substances, are an extra step you can take to prevent pests.
Promptly Fix Cracks and Holes in the Walls, and Keep Doors and Windows Closed as Much as Possible
Pests frequently enter buildings through open areas. When you identify broken walls or areas in the ceiling, be sure to patch them up as soon as possible to prevent pests from entering.
While cracks and holes are certainly an issue, even an open window or door can let pests in. Although an open window can let in fresh air and open doors can create ease of access to your business, a sealed space is ideal for pest management.
Look Out for Pests in Packages and Stored Items
Pests may be hiding in boxes you have packed away in closets and storage spaces, or could enter your space through items you bring in. You should check for pests in every shipment you receive and frequently look for pests in storage areas. By taking these precautions, you can notice and address pest problems right away, without customers being aware of any issues.
Our team is available to discuss other pest control methods for your business. At Hopper Termite & Pest, we specialize in preventing and managing pest issues. We look forward to helping you!