Storage units provide extra space that allows you to reclaim areas of your home, or otherwise simply hold extra belongings in safe storage while you are moving to a new home or completing renovations. Whatever the reason you are using a storage unit, however, you should still take steps to protect your belongings against potential pest damage, since insects and rodents may find their way into your unit at some point in time. Fortunately, there are a few different ways that you can accomplish this.
The easiest thing that you can do to discourage insects and rodents from making their way into your belongings is to replace cardboard boxes with more durable and chew-proof plastic counterparts. These storage containers will also help protect your belongings against moisture damage and are physically durable enough to absorb some of the physical trauma associated with transport to the storage unit. Plastic storage containers can be found at most moving and storage supply stores: while they are more expensive then the cardboard option, their price is well worth the added protection.
For larger items and furniture, which can't be placed in individual moving boxes, you'll still want to place an additional layer of protection over them. For non-upholstered items, you can use plastic wrap to keep pests and insects away: for items that have fabric on them, you'll want to use a breathable wrapping, like a moving blanket or a quilt, which allows for moisture to evaporate off of the fabric and reduces the risk that mold will take root.
For extremely long-term storage, or for items that are particularly at risk, like clothes, you may want to consider installing pest deterrents in your storage unit. Commercial deterrents against rodents and insects are available, and items like moth balls can be installed in suit bags and in dresser drawers to keep damaging insects away. Alternatively, to avoid the chemical scent that comes with many of these products, you can place cedar blocks around your storage unit and with your clothing: the scent of cedar is naturally repellent to most insects, and proves to be unpleasant to rodents as well. Alternatively, you can use any sort of chili pepper and sprinkle it around the edges of the unit: the harshness of this natural spice is irritating to all sorts of pests and can help create a boundary that protects your belongings in your storage unit.
For more information, contact a company like Eagle Airport Car And Mini Storage.Share
1 March 2018
I made a difficult decision to leave the company that I was working for and start a small home interior design business of my own. Since I had limited space in my apartment, I had to find a place to keep all of the things that I needed to present my clients with the ideas that I had come up with. How did I find the space that I needed - I found a storage facility close to my apartment. My storage unit is organized and set up in a way that I can find what I need and can store more than I need for my business.