If you have a storage unit, it could be a hotbed for bug infestation. Insects like the dark, the cold (or the heat, depending on the season), and the dankness of materials like cardboard are drawn to spaces like storage units. Plenty of storage renters have been horrified to find infestations of roaches, silverfish and earwigs upon a routine visit to the space. If you don’t want to be one of those horrified people, take our Houston pest control recommendations for preventing insects in your storage unit.
First, you can choose your packing material wisely. A good rule of thumb is to pack “like with like” – meaning, keep your clothing together, your electronics together, your kitchen ware together, and so on. That continuity discourages cockroaches from being attracted to those areas.
Next, limit cardboard as much as possible. Cardboard is like a welcome mat for roaches, silverfish and earwigs; if you want to keep them away, don’t roll out that mat. Plastic tubs and bins are a great alternative, and they are more affordable than ever. They’re also easily stackable, which makes for a neater storage unit overall – also a good insect deterrent. Palettes are also good tools for storage, and they can be a good way to keep furniture off of the floor.
You can take your own pest control measures in a storage unit, such as a boric acid mixture. Find a dry boric acid powder and sprinkle it in the bottom of any boxes before storing them. You can also dust some on your furniture (it won’t stain). A similarly effective solution is 5% Sevin dust, which you can use the same way.
You can’t see what goes on in your storage unit all the time, but you can take measures to prevent insects from invading it. If you have a current infestation of insects in a storage space, you may need to take bigger steps to get rid of it; if that is the case, then contact our Houston pest control professionals to inquire about our services.