When you put your items in storage, the last thing you want to find when you return to take them out again is that your unit has become home to mice, spiders, ants, or other creepy crawlers. Not only does a pest infestation make for an unpleasant sight and smell, it’s also likely that your belongings have been damaged by the new inhabitants. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to keep your self-storage unit pest-free and your valuables in optimal condition.
Clean your storage unit.
If pests arrive in your unit before you do, then your belongings don’t stand a chance. Before you move anything in, grab a bucket, mop, soap, and a broom and clean and disinfect the unit from top to bottom. Use the broom to clean the dust off the ceiling and walls, then to sweep the floor. Then, repeat the process with the mop and soapy water. Make sure the entire unit has dried completely before you use it.
Clean the items you’re storing.
Even packed away in boxes, if your items are covered in dirt, oils, food crumbs, or any other debris, they can attract pests into the unit. Take the time to wipe everything down thoroughly before you pack it. Any furniture should also be treated with the appropriate upholstery, leather, or wood products.
Use plastic storage boxes.
It’s easy for pests, particularly larger ones like mice, to chew through cardboard boxes and get at whatever items are stored inside. Plastic bins will be much more effective at protecting your belongings from pests, should they make their way into your unit. When using plastic storage bins, line the bottom and sides with acid-free paper on the inside to counteract any potential moisture buildup. For items that can’t be packed in boxes, wrap them in plastic (loosely) for the same protective benefits.
Keep your unit free of food.
It is never safe to store food items in your storage unit, even nonperishables. The smell will attract pests, who are sure to cause damage trying to get to the sweet treats they know are in your unit. Similarly, you should not store any items that contain any food-based ingredients or scents, such as scented candles. Mice and ants won’t be able to tell the difference and will come for your unit anyway.
Do not store items directly on the floor.
If moisture collects on the floor of your storage unit, pests are soon to follow. To prevent them from getting to your valuables, store them off the floor using elevated pallets. Setting up storage shelves is another good way to help keep items off the floor and make your unit more organized.
Use pest repellants.
As an extra precaution, there are products available that can help you prevent pests from getting into your storage unit. One of the easiest and most effective is simple diatomaceous earth, which can be purchased from any home improvement store. Sprinkling a little inside of your unit will help repel a variety of pests, including cockroaches, dust mites, ants, and more. You can also get an ultrasonic pest repellant device to set up in your storage unit, which lets out a high-frequency soundwave that sends common pests fleeing.
Rent from a high-quality storage facility.
One of the best ways to keep pests out of your storage unit is to choose a facility that takes good care of their property. Look for a storage facility that appears clean and well-cared for inside and out. A clean facility is far less likely to have pest issues in the first place than one that’s run-down and neglected.
At Sentry Mini-Storage, the safety and condition of your belongings is our number one priority. You can rest assured knowing that every one of our units, both standard ventilation and climate-controlled, will be clean, secure, and ready to keep your possessions safe and sound for as long as you need.
Contact us today to learn more about our affordable storage solutions, including our $1 move-in special!