Keeping Storage Mice and Pest Free

Tips And Tricks

Crystal Reuter
May 3rd, 2022

Our goal in the storage industry is to be free of pests. However, sometimes the things we inadvertently do while packing items into a storage unit can attract unwanted pests. Before we know it, an infestation can occur and reoccur. Everyone must learn how to keep pests and rodents out of storage units to keep us all pest free. The best way to keep mice and other vermin out of storage is by making sure you have a good plan. By removing food, and storing items correctly, you will be less affected if issues arise.

Make sure your insurance policy covers damage from rodents or pests. Even the most well-kept storage facility will have an occasional problem with pests when tenants unknowingly bring mice and insects into their unit. If an infestation happens, your most significant line of defense is going to be a comprehensive insurance policy. Many storage facilities will require you to have stored property insurance. On top of acquiring the proper insurance, make sure you always have an accurate inventory of what is inside your storage unit. In the event there is damage, this will make the replacement process much easier and less stressful.
Here are some tips to help defend your unit from these pests.

Pack items in plastic totes with airtight lids.
The most effective way to keep pests out of your belongings is by packing them in well-sealed containers. Plastic containers are best, especially for linens, fabrics, and clothing. If you choose to use cardboard boxes then opt for new ones. New boxes will be stronger and are less likely to have gaps or punctures that pests could enter, plus they are manufactured with added strength to withstand stacking. If you’re using moving boxes you can get for free, at least be sure to avoid using free cardboard boxes from any food stores.

Do not store food inside a storage unit.
This seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people make the mistake of keeping food items inside storage. If you’re moving in a hurry, don’t leave behind your snacks and your entire pantry. Look for food where you might not have intended to leave it. Vacuum or clean out furniture beneath the cushions. Check kitchen storage containers, pots, and pans for any crumbs or residual food on the surfaces.

Cover mattresses and upholstered furniture.
Make sure any mattress you keep in storage is free of insects before storage. To prevent them from coming in. Take sometime and cover all your furniture, prior to coming in. Some items can be covered in plastic, like mattresses or non-upholstered furniture. Use breathable material for couches and fabric-covered chairs. Remember that you want to keep pests out, but you also want your items to breathe. Wrapping furniture too tightly in plastic or cloth can cause moisture build-up underneath and ruin your furniture. We do not want those antiques ruined.

Use natural pest deterrents to keep pests out. Deterrents like mothballs might seem harmless, but the smell can ruin clothing, and be offensive not only in your storage unit but also in neighboring units. There are other things you can do to prevent pests naturally. Peppermint, Tree, and Clove Oil all are natural pest deterrents.

How to keep mice and pests out of a storage unit:
Keep the area clean, and broom swept. · Eliminate unwanted odors like Dampaid · Put cedar blocks in a bowl on a shelf. · Drop lavender or peppermint essential oil on cotton balls. · Put Dryer sheets in the unit. Irish Spring soap the smell deters mice ·

Ask your storage facility if you can put a mousetrap in there if you check it. Visit your storage unit regularly. Pest and rodent infestations are easiest to remedy when they are caught and addressed promptly. We recommend visiting your storage unit every other month or so. Every time you visit your storage unit, make sure you inspect for any signs of rodent or pest damage.

When problems arise.
1. Choose a storage facility that cares about pest control. One of the most critical choices you can make in regards to pest control is the facility. Sometimes there isn’t much you can do to prevent pests if the storage unit has been poorly taken care of by management. There are some red flags you should consider before renting, like if the storage doors have visible gaps or degraded seals. A well-kept facility would be much more apt to not only prevent an infestation but to address it promptly if one were to occur. When picking a storage facility, consider the following: · Make sure the facilities have well-kept landscaping.· Inspect the borders of the storage facility to see if it is free of trash. · See if the doors and access areas are kept in good condition. · Inspect garbage areas for concealed trash that is removed weekly.

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