Common Pests in Storage Units

By Storbox Self-Storage on April 12, 2017 - Comments off

pestStorage units can be safe places for your property. However, it is essential for you to take precautions to keep your property secure against pests.

Mice and Rats

Rodents such as mice and rats are attracted to storage units because they are hungry. The most common mouse species in storage units is Mus musculus, the house mouse. These creatures can reproduce at a fast pace, giving birth to up to 10 litters each year. Signs of mouse infestation are gnawed possessions and droppings. Mice can carry Lyme disease, salmonella, murine typhus, and bubonic plague.

The most common rats in storage units are Rattus norvegicus, the brown or Norway rat. Signs of infestation are similar to those of mice. Rats can carry similar diseases like bubonic plague. Rats breed year round. Rats and mice are attracted to units where stained clothes, food, or strongly scented objects are stored. Don’t store food, clean your clothes before storing, and don’t store scented candles or fresheners in storage units.

Insects

Insects such as ants and cockroaches can be attracted to storage units because, like rodents, they are hungry and storage units give them safe places to eat, nest, and breed. Similarly to mice and rats, ants and cockroaches are attracted to stained clothes, food left in storage, or strongly scented objects such as perfume or perfumed candles.

Spiders

Spiders are frightening to some people, but these creatures can keep other pests in check. Spiders are not insects. They are arachnids that prey on insects. While spiders are generally helpful, some can be venomous: the brown recluse, and the black widow. Spiders are usually not aggressive and attack only when cornered or surprised. Pack your belongings into tightly sealed plastic bins instead of cardboard boxes to avoid spiders in your storage. Be careful when opening boxes that have been stored for a long time and maintain your storage area to keep it free of insects and moisture—insects and humid conditions attract spiders. Choose a self-storage unit, like STORBOX, where there is climate and humidity control to prevent spiders nesting. In addition to your storage precautions of not storing food or other attractants, a storage building should have regular pest inspections and control from a professional pest management company.

If your Pasadena home is short on closet space, and you need somewhere to store your stuff, we have the perfect storage space to suit your needs at STORBOX. Call us today at (626) 407-3439 to find out about our special deals on all sizes of traditional and climate-controlled self-storage units. As a bonus, if you rent a unit that’s 100 square feet or larger, we’ll give you a free, full day of use of our move-in truck.

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