November 1, 2023
Keeping Pests at Bay: Pest Control for Your Self-Storage Unit
When it comes to storing items in a self-storage unit, one of the biggest concerns is the potential for pests to infiltrate and cause damage. Common pests that can infest storage units include rodents, insects, and moths. These pests are drawn to the dark and undisturbed environment of storage units, as well as any stored food items that may be present. The lack of constant human presence in these units makes them particularly susceptible to pest problems. Fortunately, there are ways in which you can prevent pests from taking over. The steps we outline below save you time and money in the long run and will ensure your valuables are safe.
Preventive Measures for Pest Control
When preparing to store items, it is essential to take the necessary steps to ensure that they remain clean and well-maintained. It is recommended to thoroughly clean and sanitize the storage unit before storing any belongings. This will help to prevent the spread of any harmful germs or bacteria.
To further protect your items, it is important to declutter and organize your belongings. This will reduce the number of hiding spots available for pests, such as rodents or insects. It is suggested to use plastic bins with secure lids instead of cardboard boxes. This will provide added protection against any potential damage from pests or moisture.
Sealing Entry Points
Pests can easily enter storage units through cracks, gaps, and openings. These small openings provide the perfect entry point for pests such as rodents, insects, and spiders. To avoid this problem, it is recommended that you seal any gaps with silicone caulk, weather stripping, or steel wool.
Regular inspection and maintenance of the storage unit’s doors and windows are also crucial in preventing pest infestations. This involves checking for any cracks, gaps, or holes that may have developed over time and reporting them immediately. By taking these simple steps, you can keep your storage unit pest-free and maintain its integrity for years to come.
Pest-Resistant Packing Techniques
When it comes to storing items, it’s always a good idea to use airtight containers. This will not only keep them clean for longer but also prevent any unwanted pests from getting in. For clothes and textiles, vacuum sealing is highly recommended to avoid any damage from moths or insects. Using storage furniture made from materials that pests cannot easily chew through is another great way to prevent any unwanted visitors.
Place items off the ground to prevent rodents from accessing them. Use pallets to keep boxes off the ground and shelves to help save space. Utilize as many pallets as you can because you want your belongings off the floor of the storage unit. You can also use hooks to hang up items. Keeping items off the ground will also prevent damage in the case of flooding or fire.
One of the features you can expect when renting a storage unit at Guard Dog Storage is the monthly preventative pest control that we provide free of charge. By utilizing all of these techniques and storing your valuables with us, your possessions are protected from pests. Find the storage unit you need when you need it and visit our facility to begin your storage venture today.