Bedbugs, cockroaches, and rodents are just three examples of the numerous pests that can attack items in a self-storage facility. That would be very bad for business, since few people would rent storage facilities with a reputation for pest attacks. Here are some of the measures you can use to keep the pests at bay:
Seal Your Units Tightly
Some pests, such as bedbugs and gypsy moth larvae, are so small that they can get through tiny cracks and holes. Therefore, you need to give your storage units airtight and watertight seals. That way, even if a client stores infested items in one of your units, the pests won't spread easily to the other units.
Keep Your Facility Dry
Water attracts pests. Therefore, keeping your facility dry is another way of discouraging pest infestation. This requires proper landscaping to encourage proper drainage. Your gutters and downspouts should also be properly maintained so they don't dump water near the buildings. Don't forget about the roof, which can leak and introduce moisture in your units' interiors.
Clear Bushes Near the Units
Rodents are some of the most destructive pests because they feed on almost everything. Shrubs, bushes, tall grasses, and other plants attract rodents, so clearing them will keep rodents away from your property. Even if you want to improve your facility's compound with landscaping, make sure there are clear areas between the plants/lawn and the walls of the units.
Use Proper Garbage Disposal Methods
There is probably no greater attraction to pests than garbage. Discarded papers, scattered leaves, fallen branches, discarded bits of food, and upturned garbage bins are all things that will attract pests to your storage facility. Ideally, you should have a sealable garbage container that you dispose of regularly.
Advise Your Clients On Pest Management Practices
You can do all these things but still end up with pest-infested units if your customers aren't careful. Therefore, instruct your clients on how to avoid bringing pests to the storage units. Here are some of the precautions you can advise the clients to take:
- Clean their items before storing them
- Check their rented units regularly for signs of pest infestation and inform you if they notice the same
- Check items for signs of pest infestation before storage
- Avoid storing food or other items that can attract pests
- Place stored items on raised platforms to discourage pest infestation
Hopefully, these precautions will help you keep pests off your facility. However, all is not lost if you are already struggling with pest infestation. Contact a pest management company, such as Expert Pest Management, to help you deal with the problem once and for all.