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How to Keep Insects out of Your Storage Unit

When you return to remove your items from a storage unit, the last thing you want to find is that they have been overrun by ants or roaches - or ruined by moth larvae.

Insects are a true threat to storage, but the good news is, there is a lot you can do to keep them away. This guide lists five insect-proofing tips to get you started.

1. Choose Your Storage Unit Carefully

The first step to keeping your items safe from insects is choosing a storage unit that insects are less likely to invade. Climate-controlled storage is a better choice for insect control since bugs are less common when the heat and humidity are kept within a narrow range. Also, look for a facility where the units open to an indoor corridor. Indoor-facing units are less prone to bugs than units that open to the outdoors.

Always visit a storage facility before you agree to store your items there. Look for general cleanliness and make sure the walls are in good condition. A storage unit with rusted doors or debris in the aisles is more likely to attract insects.

2. Clean Inside the Crevices of Your Furniture

You might forget about the crumbs deep inside your sofa, but the bugs will find them in an instant. Before putting any piece of furniture in storage, remove any cushions or padding, and vacuum the item very carefully. Use the wand attachment to your vacuum to reach deep inside any crevices.

In addition, make sure your appliances are clean as well. Some crumbs or greasy residue in an oven may attract insects, which may then invade the rest of your items - even if everything else is clean. 

3. Never Store Food

You may not intend to store food in your storage unit, but many people do so accidentally. For example, you may forget to empty a kitchen canister of flour before putting it in a box. Alternatively, your pet's food dispenser may still have some dog or cat food in it when you pack it up.

When packing your kitchen items, in particular, make sure you don't accidentally leave food inside anything. Roaches and ants are not picky and almost any food item will attract them.

4. Put Down Diatomaceous Earth

Even if your storage unit is so clean it's spotless, there's no way to guarantee other customers take care of their stuff in the same way. Diatomaceous earth is a good way to add an extra layer of protection to your own storage unit. 

Diatomaceous earth is a very fine powder that looks like baby powder. The powder won't hurt you, but it will kill bugs. You can buy diatomaceous earth at most gardening and home improvement stores. Sprinkle a little along the edges of your storage unit. If any bugs try to enter, they will crawl through the diatomaceous earth and die before reaching your stuff.

5. Store Wool and Items With Cedar Wood

Roaches and ants are the most common insects seen in storage units, but if you store anything made from wool, you also have to worry about moths. These moths lay their eggs in wool carpets and clothing. The eggs hatch into larvae, and the larvae eat the wool, leaving holes behind. 

To protect wool items from moths, wrap them up with some cedar wood chips, or store them in a cedar box. Cedar's smell repels moths and the wood's natural oil can kill larvae. In addition, you won't have the noxious odor that mothballs can leave behind. 

Make sure your items are protected from insect invasion while in storage. If you're looking for a clean, well-maintained storage facility, then contact Oakdale Self Storage today.