When you need to put your belongings into a storage unit, you want to make sure you do all you can to protect those belongings from damage, and that includes keeping them free of pests while they are stored. Below you will find a lot of helpful advice for keeping pests out of your items while you have them in storage.
Use plastic bins instead of cardboard boxes
Cardboard boxes offer no protection against pests. You want to pack your stuff into plastic bins that offer you much more in the way of keeping pests out of your stuff. To really ensure no pests are going to have access to your things, you can close up the plastic bins and then add packing tape around the bottom of the lid.
Pack all your clothes and linens clean
Everything you pack in your storage unit should be clean. Dirty clothes and linens will attract more pests; moths are a great example of this. When you pack your clothes, you should wrap them carefully in plastic to add extra protection.
Unpack and repack
If you are going to be putting anything into your storage unit that was previously packed away, such as in your garage, you should unpack those items and repack them. The reason for doing this is to make sure you aren't transporting any pests you already have packed. This would make all your items more susceptible to an infestation.
Don't pack sweet scented items
You should avoid packing certain items in your storage unit that can draw pests into the unit. A couple examples of these items would be potpourri and flower oil. These scents can make your unit more appealing to certain pests, something you are trying to avoid.
Use boric acid in your storage unit
Before you put your items into the storage unit, you should go around the inside of it and sprinkle boric acid along all the walls. Once you pack the unit, you should finish up by sprinkling boric acid along the door of the unit before you lock it up. The boric acid will keep pests out and your items nice and safe.
Know when to call the professionals
If you find you have a problem with pests, regardless of all your efforts to avoid them, then you want to call out a professional pest control company. They will be able to come out and get rid of the pests that got into your items while they were stored, so you can bring the items in your home without inviting the pests in.