Protecting Your Self-Storage Unit From Pests: 5 Tips

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When it comes to self storage units, there are numerous things that you can do to make sure that everything is in working order. Make sure that all cloth-based items are adequately clean, that everything is organized, and that everything is stored in an orderly fashion. There might be one thing that you overlooked, pest control. Just like your home, your self-storage unit can fall victim to pests, such as cockroaches, mice and gypsy moths. Luckily, there are a number of ways in which you can protect your self-storage unit from pests.

Wash Cloth-based Items

It is important that when you begin storing your items in a self-storage unit that you wash every bit of cloth you plan on storing. This means all of your clothes and all linen, as well. Pests, especially rodents and cockroaches, thrive in unclean environments and unwashed cloth items are a perfect feeding ground for pests. It is also important to make sure that your clothes are adequately dry after washing them. You do not want to store moist or damp items in your storage unit. These conditions, again, are perfect for attracting insects like cockroaches.

Keep Plants Out Of Storage Units

Many times, flora attracts a number of insects that find the moisture and dankness of topsoil involved in maintaining said flora quite attractive. As such, you should keep all plants out of your storage unit.. In addition, if you are storing any gardening tools, make sure that they have been adequately cleaned. Topsoil and other forms of debris can cling to such tools and carry with them insects such as ants and cockroaches who will then make their home in your storage unit.

Eliminate Excess Moisture

Moisture is one of the most attractive features of a living space that many pests can think of, especially insects like cockroaches. Make it your duty to eliminate any excess moisture from in or around your storage unit before you move any of your belongings in. Make sure that gutters and downspouts are properly installed at your storage unit; if they are not, discuss the matter with the property manager. Make sure that they are not flowing towards the units themselves. In addition to creating moisture, this can potentially cause your personal belongings to become wet and damaged.

Keep Out Garbage

Remember that your storage unit is for your personal belongings. Hopefully your personal belongings do not consist of garbage. Your storage unit is no place for the likes of old food, damaged goods and bits and pieces of cardboard. These things should be properly thrown away and not placed in storage. In addition, check the grounds of your storage area. If any excess trash or litter is strewn about, talk about this problem with the unit's manager.

Pest Control

Although it is most likely not within your power to allow pest control to come into your storage unit and spray for bugs since you do not own the property, you should discuss the matter with the manager of the unit. Pest control can play a huge part in making sure that no pests will infest your items that you have in storage and can ensure that the items themselves will remain in a safe condition. Usually, the manager of your storage unit can coordinate something with pest control that will leave all parties quite happy.

Pest infestations are not commonplace at self-storage units, but this does not mean that they not within the realm of possibility. Take precaution and arm yourself with the knowledge you need to prevent such a thing from happening in the first place.

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