Even well-maintained self-storage units can occasionally be susceptible to infestations of pests, because they tend to be left alone for a long period of time. Management at the storage facility will not have access to each storage unit, so there’s not much they can do to prevent pests from damaging your items if they get into your unit. While they can keep the storage premises clean and take pest control measures in common areas, individual storage units in Kingston, MA are the responsibility of the tenants.

With this in mind, here are some of the steps you can take to prevent pests from becoming an issue in your storage unit:

  • Never have food in your unit: Do not take food inside with you when you visit your unit, and never store any type of food, even if it’s well sealed. If you are storing furniture, make sure you’ve cleaned off any food particles or crumbs that might have found their way onto or into them. Even very small amounts of food particles will attract pests, and once they’re inside, they will be able to get at your other items as well.
  • Spray for pests: Use pest control sprays around the door, baseboard and walls (ideally an odor-free insecticide). You can also use boric acid powder on these areas, which will make for an effective means of deterring roaches, ants and other pests. You can find boric acid powder at just about any hardware store.
  • Keep it neat: Sweep your unit out before you take it over, and vacuum it thoroughly before you start moving any of your stuff inside. You might even consider washing the walls or floor. It’s best to start with a clean slate. Once you start moving items in, make sure they’re clean before you put them down. Get rid of any dirt, dust and debris.
  • Freshen the air: You can hang air fresheners from the ceiling and place some in corners of the unit. There are specific fragrances that are effective at keeping away rodents, insects and spiders. Peppermint, for example, is one that’s proven to be effective at keeping away unwanted pests, and there are plenty of other options as well.
  • Use mouse traps and other products: Put out mouse traps in your unit, as well as moth balls and other pest control products. Make sure you replace them once or twice a year, even if they didn’t catch any pests. They’re not designed to last forever.
  • Visit regularly: Even if you don’t need to take any items out of your unit, it’s a good idea to stop by every now and then just to check for signs of damage or infestation, and to change traps and spray insecticides.
  • Inform management of pests: If you do see pests in your unit, make sure you inform management so they can take the proper measures to prevent the infestation from spreading to other units.

For more information about ensuring high-quality pest control at your storage unit in Kingston, MA, contact the team at A Plus Storage Corporation today.

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