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How to properly store things in long-term storage to avoid pests

September 13th, 2017 by Mike MacDonald in Pest Control Services

Long-term storage units don’t usually make you think of pests, especially if you keep your unit clean, but there are some factors out of your control that can cause pest issues while using long-term storage units. This post is all about how to properly store things in long-term storage units and how to keep your belongings pest free and avoid pests.

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You might be storing your belongings appropriately, but that doesn’t mean others are

One of the main things that can cause pest issues to spread is when areas are in close proximity to each other. For example college dorms, apartment complexes, commercial properties close together like strip malls, and, of course, storage units.

A common factor with all of these things is that even if you don’t have pest problems, your neighbors might. This leaves you susceptible to pests easily moving to your things and causing issues for you.

Many long-term storage units don’t focus on pest control for their customers and that burden often falls on you. That means that if you aren’t doing it, many other people with units probably aren’t either.

This could lead to pest issues spreading quickly from unit to unit. Again, this leads into why it’s so important for you to take personal responsibility for keeping your unit pest free and to protect your belongings for long-term storage.

Don’t store food in long term storage to avoid pests

Most people probably don’t store food in long-storage units, but it can certainly happen from time to time. It could also happen unknowingly if you are moving.

Food can often end up in moving boxes and can get missed and end up in your long-term storage unit without you realizing it. This could lead to plenty of pest issues as the food will attract pests.

If you do decide to store food in long-term storage, be sure it is in properly sealed containers. Cardboard boxes don’t cut it. Don’t leave any chance of easy access to food sources or you’ll attract more pests.

Make sure your clothes and beds are cleaned and properly sealed

Another area that you might not have thought about is making sure that any clothes, beds, or furniture are properly cleaned and sealed in storage. Soiled clothes and furniture or beds can be a big attraction factor for pests.

Dirty clothes and furniture can attract pests through smells and as a food source. Various pests will feed on dead skin cells, oils, and hair, among other things.

These items don’t necessarily even need to be extensively dirty. Just a few skin cells or oils from your skin won’t be easily noticed, however to pests, these can be a big deal.

It’s important to vacuum your furniture and beds and if possible put covers on them. Furniture may be a bit harder to do, but a simple mattress cover can be purchased to prevent the spread of things like bed bugs or fabric pests.

Bed bugs are one pest that is very hardy and will travel from unit to unit, so getting a mattress cover can help prevent the spread of bed bugs and avoid any pest issues with transferring your furniture back into your home from your storage unit. There are a few companies that make covers specifically designed to exclude possible access from bed bugs.

Follow these pest control tips and you can better protect your belongings in long-term storage units.

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