The goal of your storage unit is to keep your items safe. However, if you aren’t careful, dust, mold, and even rodents can infest your space. With a few precautionary measures, you should be able to keep your items secure and pest-free. Here are a few things you can do.
1. Use rodent-proof packaging.
Rodent prevention begins when you start packing your things. Make sure to use tightly sealed plastic containers. These are difficult for rodents to chew through and will keep you items in good condition.
2. Never store food in your unit.
Many storage companies don’t actually allow this. But even if they do, storing food in your unit is never a good idea. Your unit will essentially transform into a rodent magnet.
3. Wrap your furniture in plastic.
Wood is a potential food source for rodents (and even if they don’t chow down, they’ll leave waste all over your things), so wrap your wood furniture tightly with plastic.
4. Double check all of your boxes.
Before you retrieve boxes from your storage unit, check them for roaches, termites, and other hidden pests. You don’t want to bring them into your car and new space unknowingly.
5. Use pesticides and deterrents.
Before you pack your belongings into your storage unit, clean it thoroughly and spray with pesticides. If you prefer a natural deterrent, use peppermint oil. This should keep your storage unit and your items in mint condition while they’re stashed away.