If there is one thing that is certain about the weather in Greeley it’s that the weather is always changing. The changing seasons in Northern Colorado can be a beautiful occurrence, but the changes in temperature can also cause pests to seek shelter from the extreme heat and cold. These unwanted pests will not only seek out the shelter of your home, they may also try to invade your storage unit! At Homestead Storage, we pride ourselves in providing a clean, secure, and easily-accessible storage facility, and today we’ll take a look at three things you can do to keep pests in your storage unit to a minimum.
Perform a Unit Pre-Inspection
Upon renting a storage unit from Homestead Storage or any other storage facility, be sure to complete a thorough inspection of the unit. One of the best ways to prevent uninvited pests in your unit is recognizing the signs of an existing or potential problem. If you see things such as spiderwebs, mouse droppings, or dead bugs, there may be a pre-existing infestation. Likewise, if you see damaged weatherstripping or excessive gaps in the metal surrounding the storage unit, this can provide pests an easy avenue of access to your stored goods. If you see any of these issues, it is best to make management aware so they can work to remedy the situation before you move your belongings in.
Store Goods Wisely
One of the best ways to keep unwanted rodents and bugs out of your storage unit is to be very careful about what you store in your unit. By avoiding things such as food and certain scented items, you’ll reduce the allure of your storage unit to pests looking for a food source. Likewise, if you store soft goods like blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals in secure storage containers, you’ll eliminate nesting areas for critters who might be looking for a place to call home. Choosing the right storage materials can make a big difference as well. For example, cockroaches love cardboard boxes and other paper sources. Keeping these items to a minimum by using plastic storage totes can go a long way in pest control.
If you’re in the process of moving, it can be very tempting to store packed boxes and storage totes in your garage until they are ready to go to the storage unit. While this can be convenient, it can also present pests with an opportunity to get into your belongings before they are even taken to storage. To prevent transporting unwanted pests from your home to your storage unit, be sure to do a full inspection of your property before packing it in the moving truck and placing it in storage.
In addition to thoroughly inspecting your belongings, you may also consider taking preventative measures such as spraying down the walls, ceiling, and floor of your unit with bug spray before storing your items. Other natural remedies may deter unwanted pests as well, such as the use of peppermint oil sprayed around the perimeter of the storage unit.
We hope that these suggestions will help you avoid the nuisance of dealing with unwanted rodents and bugs when you store your items with Homestead Storage. As always, our goal is to provide superior self-storage to Greeley and the surrounding areas, and we’d love to be your first choice for storage!
Contact us today to discuss availability and pricing!