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Storage units are handy to create some more room when you’re moving, organizing, or downsizing. With all of the benefits of using storage in Lafayette CO, there is a chance that you might be inviting unwanted pests into your unit.

Management takes reports of a pest infestation very seriously and works with professionals to try to keep your items safe and pest free. Since the units are locked and pests can move in quickly, quick identification is critical when trying to stay ahead of the problem. The following steps are recommended to prevent damage to your goods.

Check your unit regularly

The simplest way to protect your items is the one that is most often missed by renters. While it is nice to not have to worry about your excess items in storage, regular inspections can help you determine if pests have gotten into your unit. Your inspection should include looking for rodent droppings, insects inside the unit, or visible gnaw marks on your furniture, cords or boxes. Reporting pest sightings immediately can help reduce the damage to your items.

Seal all items well in proper storage boxes

As convenient and inexpensive as it is to pack items in cardboard boxes from various locations, for items that are going to be stored long-term either in your home or in Lafayette storage units, it is better to invest in higher-quality storage containers. Bugs can enter if there is an open space as narrow as a credit card and mice can wiggle through a hole as small as a nickel. If you are storing mattresses, box springs, or furniture, it is very important to store them in storage bags that are designed to keep bed bugs out. Once bed bugs come to stay, they are very difficult and expensive to get rid of.

Use traps, repellants, or other deterrents

There are many traps and poisons available for use to capture or kill pests that might find their way into your storage unit. The problem with traps is that for maximum efficacy, they need to be emptied regularly. For those wanting an option, several essential oils can be used to deter pests. Lemongrass, Lavender, and Eucalyptus are effective and can be used by adding 20-25 drops of to half of a cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray items when packing them, and refresh the spray on the outside of items when you go for your regular inspection. They can be used individually as well as in a combination. Peppermint and Tea Tree oil on cotton balls and strategically placed (and refreshed regularly) repel mice and insects.

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