Do you remember the last time you cleaned out your garage? You know, those tightly packed corners and crevices that haven’t seen the light of day in over a decade? Think about what you found… Probably some items you forgot you even had and maybe a few you thought you’d lost years ago.
What else did you find though? Probably lots of dust and maybe even a few dead bugs and mouse droppings.
It’s not much fun to talk about but, it’s definitely worth mentioning… The fact that bugs and vermin are attracted to places where you store things for long periods of time.
That includes your storage unit. No matter how safe, clean, and secure your storage unit is, it’s inevitable that unwanted pests of some kind or another are going to creep in at some point.
It’s not all doom and gloom, however. The good news is that there are some simple steps you can take to keep bugs and rodents out.
Plastic Tubs and Airtight Lids
Well-sealed containers are the absolute best way to keep critters out. This is especially true for items like linens, clothing, and fabric.
New Cardboard Boxes
If you don’t have enough sealable plastic bins for all your stuff, new cardboard boxes are the next best thing. As opposed to older boxes, new boxes are stronger and less prone to holes and punctures where pests can sneak inside.
Store Items Off the Ground
If you can, it’s a good idea to store your belongings a couple inches of the ground. Doing so makes it harder for pests to crawl into your boxes and make a home.
Another advantage of storing your items off the ground is that it protects them from moisture.
Keep Food Out of Your Storage Unit
Nothing attracts bugs and mice like food. Even if it’s sealed, they can smell it and will eventually find a way in.
If you’re storing furniture in your storage unit, make sure you thoroughly vacuum between all seat cushions and other places where crumbs can hide. If you don’t, you run the risk of having the furniture destroyed.
Cover Furniture and Mattresses
The easiest way for bugs to get into a storage unit is through mattresses and furniture. No matter how clean you keep furniture in your home, it’s all too easy for bugs to burrow into the fabric.
That’s why it’s so imperative to thoroughly clean, disinfect, and cover all mattresses and furniture before you put them in your storage unit.
If you don’t, further invasion of bugs and rodents that can all out ruin your belongings is a real possibility.
Use Natural Prevention Methods
You might be tempted to use rat poison and other chemicals to keep pests and rodents out of your storage unit. While these methods work, they pose a great deal of danger in terms of contamination that can be detrimental to your health.
Natural methods are much safer. Try putting cedar blocks in a bowl on a shelf. Place cotton balls treated with essential oils like lavender or peppermint throughout the unit.
These pest prevention practices are both cost efficient and safe.
Make Regular Visits to Your Storage Units
It’s a good idea to make regular visits to your storage unit even if you don’t need to grab anything. When you do, take a few minutes to thoroughly inspect the floor, boxes, and all your belongings for signs of pest infestation. If you find feces or other evidence of pest presence, try employing some of the strategies above.
Your storage unit is a place where you should trust leaving your valuable belongings. At Lucky Horseshoe Storage in Bend and Redmond, Oregon, we employ all the latest safety and prevention standards to keep each and every unit pest-free.
With that being said, we strongly encourage each one of our valued customers to practice some of the strategies mentioned above.
Should you have any questions about storage units or pest control, we’re standing by, ready to take your call!