3 Tips To Keeping Your Self-Storage Unit Pest Free

Many self-storage facilities have policies in place preventing renters from using pest control chemicals inside their storage units. The reason for these policies is that different chemicals can interact poorly with one another. If individual renters are all using their own pest control chemicals, this could lead to a potentially dangerous interaction. Furthermore, some of these chemicals may interfere with the pest control efforts that the storage facility employs as a whole. However, while you may be prohibited from using pest control chemicals, this does not mean that you are prohibited from taking steps to help keep your storage unit pest free. If you are looking for ways to keep pests out of your storage unit, the three tips below can help you accomplish that goal. 

Tip #1: Avoid Placing Items Directly On Floor Or Up Against Walls

Moisture can build up underneath stored items when these items are placed directly on the floor or up against walls. Not only can this moisture result in damage to your stored items, but it can also provide the perfect breeding grounds for many common pests. That is why it is important to make sure air can circulate around your stored items. This can be accomplished by placing items on shelving units or by using wood pallets to keep items elevated. If items must be placed on the floor or up against a wall, you should use plastic sheeting as a barrier.

Tip #2: Be Sure To Thoroughly Clean All Furniture Before Placing It In Storage

Many pests can survive off a minimal amount of food for an extended amount of time. Consequently, even some leftover food crumbs inside a sofa or chair can be all it takes to attract pests to your storage unit. That is why you should always take the time to thoroughly clean and vacuum all furniture before placing it in your storage unit. The use of furniture covers can also prove useful in keeping pests from smelling and accessing any potential food sources that may be located inside your stored items. 

Tip #3: Use Plastic Storage Bins Rather Than Cardboard Boxes

Cardboard boxes not only provide easy access for pests, but they can also provide these pests with an ideal hiding place to build their nests. Replacing cardboard boxes with plastic storage bins is a great way to avoid these problems. As a bonus, these plastic bins will also provide a watertight seal that helps to protect your items from any moisture damage during their time in storage. 

Reach out to a self-storage professional for more advice.