Prevent Pests During Storage
As part of our dedication to keeping your items safe, we have many preventative measures in place to prevent pests from becoming a problem. We hope to prevent pests from getting in through our series of preventative measures. Between educating our customers and our ongoing relationship with Plunkett’s Pest Control we hope to keep pests away from your stuff.
What Kind of Pests?
For us, pests are anything living inside your storage unit. Rodents are the first to come to mind. They also tend to make the biggest mess. Mice try to find cozy places to hide in winter. So, your fuzzy items can become great houses for them. Double that with something to eat like pet food or birdseed and you become at high risk of critters making your storage unit home.
Insects are other pests that we like to keep out of your storage unit. They can quickly make a mess of things. If large amounts of insects like boxelder’s or ladybugs get in, they can leave marks on your stuff. Even worse are termites, ants, or cockroaches. This can be a nightmare to deal with, so prevention is key.
Education About Pests
Even with our pest control methods in place, it is important for our customers to be educated on what they can and cannot store. Some items can really increase the potential of pests. Each person who rents from us is sent information on what not to store. It is also posted on the inside of each unit in hopes to prevent any pest friendly items.
We need your help to keep these pests out. If you have edible items in your unit it will be almost impossible for our preventative measures to make any difference. Be smart about what you’re storing and how you are storing it. Learn the best ways to get ready by reading our blog about how to prepare your items for storage.
Plunkett’s Pest Control
Sometimes education can only do so much. We work with a professional service to help us with our pest control prevention. They’ve been in business over 100 years, so they must be doing something right, and doing it consistently! They are in charge of monitoring pest activity. As part of the program, they have with us is to monitor the activity of different pests both inside and outside of the buildings.
Pest Activity Trackers
When at our storage facility you may see black boxes on the ground outside the buildings or a silver box inside the building. These boxes are pest activity trackers. They determine how active potential pests are in each area. If a certain box is particularly active, they will track which box it is and put in any other measures they may need.
If necessary, Plunkett’s will also spray for insects during particular times of the year. They will spray the outside of the buildings and door jams to prevent any insects from getting inside. This helps eliminate many of the insects that can get inside before they become a problem. Plunkett’s pest control technicians also remove cobwebs on many of their visits.
Each month after a Plunkett’s Pest Control employee checks each of the bait stations and zone monitor’s they send a report on the activity at each facility. They send us a report on the traffic from the different pest activity boxes. By documenting what is happening in each box they can track increases and decreases in activity. All of the service reports, pest trending, and invoicing for any location is available online in our customer portal. They will then follow up the next month to continue preventing insect and rodent infestations.
Storage customers tend to frequent many of our buildings and can notice an increase in pests more than we do. Most of this is due to the fact that we don’t know what is happening inside your storage unit. In the past, we have had customers contact us with concerns about increased insect activity. We reached out to Plunkett’s Pest Control and they were able to take care of the problem. Sometimes insects can be rarer. If that’s the case, they have insect specialists who will find out what they are and how to best take care of any potential infestations.