How to Keep Pests Out of Your Self-Storage Facility – Inside Self-Storage (blog)

Written by Admin, Published on March 3rd, 2017

11 hours ago By Jonathan Fesmire

Nothing can spoil a tenants view of a self-storage facility quite like entering his unit and finding a pest infestation. In short, its worth the cost to protect your facility and units from the various rodents and bugs that can damage property and spread disease.

Getting rid of and protecting against pests is specialized work. To do it right, you should really consider hiring an exterminator. You can do it yourself, but your mistakes could end up costing extra money. That being said, lets take a look at some of the basics, so that if you choose to do the work yourself, youll have a starting point. Similarly, if you choose to hire an exterminator, youll have some idea of what theyll do.

Hiring an Exterminator

Whats the climate like in your area? What sort of pests lurk among the plants and within the walls? These factors will determine not only what the exterminator needs to do to protect your self-storage facility, but also how often the site will need to be serviced. Get a written estimate from an exterminator who has thoroughly examined your property.

Make sure your provider informs you of what will be done. This may include spraying around the property, setting rat and mouse traps in certain areas, sealing up cracks and more.

Facility Preparation

There are several things you can do around the property to discourage pests. First, theres the design of the self-storage facility itself. Make sure that landscapingmeaning trees and other plantsare near the office for curb appeal but away from the storage units. This will help prevent various bugs from migrating from the plants to the units.

Even small cracks can let in pests like ants, cockroaches and spiders. If possible, make sure all units are air and water tight. Seal spaces around pikes and in the walls with silicone-based caulk.

Dont forget to dispose of garbage regularly. The longer its left out, the more pests will find it and breed in it.

Pests get thirsty and are highly attracted to water. As much as possible, keep water out of and flowing away from units. This means ensuring roof-gutter systems carry water away from the buildings and into drains.

Advise Your Tenants

Make sure your tenants know they can also assist in preventing pest infestations. Here are a few important steps:

Partnering with a professional exterminator and following the rest of these guidelines should significantly cut down on any pest problem and make tenants happy to store with your facility.

Jonathan Fesmire is a copywriter and writes articles for the companys blog, The Renters Bent. In 2011, he earned a Master of Fine Arts from Academy of Art University.

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