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Tips On Keeping Bugs and Rodents Out of Your Storage Unit

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Spiders and bugs and mice…oh my! Nobody likes these unwelcome visitors in their home. The same goes for your storage unit. Keeping them out of your home is pretty easy; you can have the exterminator come on a regular schedule, you can put traps out and even get a pet cat or two to do some hunting for you. But, you are probably wondering how you can keep the out of your storage unit. You certainly can’t keep a cat in there! Don’t worry; we are here to help!

There are several steps you can take to greatly reduce the likelihood of having these pests in your storage unit:

  • plastic storage tubsFirst of all, be proactive when you are packing your items to take to the storage unit. Plastic containers with lids that seal tightly are a good idea. Mice cannot chew through them, and they are great for stacking.
  • Never pack food items. For one thing, it violates the terms of the rental agreement you signed with Moove In Self Storage. For another, that is just a bad idea – you may as well put it on a plate with a napkin and a sign that says, “Hey mice, this is for you. Come and get it!”
  • Wrap your sofa, chairs and mattresses in plastic. That way, if one of those critters does decide to visit your unit, it will be walking on the plastic and not all over your furniture. In case you didn’t know this, as mice walk they leave a trail of urine everywhere they go…pretty nasty!
  • When you are loading your items into the moving truck, be sure you are not taking any unwelcome passengers along for the trip. Give your boxes, totes, furniture and appliances a really good once over and make sure they are free of critters.

Now that the truck is loaded and ready to go, take the time to gather a few weapons that will help you deter spiders, bugs and mice from your storage unit. You can grab some bug spray, mousetraps or poison. Or you can grab some peppermint oil, a spray bottle and cotton balls. You can spray the cotton balls with the peppermint oil and stick them inside drawers, boxes and so on to keep the critters away while your stuff is in storage.

Great job preparing ahead of time! Now that you have been proactive in the packing of your items, the loading of the truck and packing your weapons of choice to deter spiders, bugs and mice, what should you do when you arrive at your storage unit?

empty storage unitFirst thing you should do when you arrive at your storage unit is open the door and look inside. Make sure the unit is swept. Look around the walls and door to see if there is any evidence of rodent or spider activity. The storage unit should be clean and ready for you to move your stuff right in.

Before you place anything inside the unit, get your weapons ready:

  • You can spray the walls, floor and ceiling of the unit with the bug spray to give it a good barrier right from the start.
  • Place mouse bait or traps inside the unit, near the door and also in the back corner if you have a large unit. If you choose this method, you will need to stop back at your unit regularly and check the traps for any mice you may have caught and empty them (yuck).
  • peppermint oilAnother option would be the peppermint oil. Peppermint oil is a natural deterrent to mice and spiders and will make your unit and items smell much nicer then mothballs. To use peppermint oil, take the peppermint oil and place a few drops of the oil on a cotton ball and place the cotton ball at any hole or crack that you think a mouse could enter the unit. You should also place the peppermint oil cotton balls right inside the door on the left and right side. For the spiders, take your spray bottle and fill it with two teaspoons of peppermint oil and one cup of water. Replace the spray bottle lid and shake. Spray along the bottom of the walls, along the sides and the back. After you have everything inside the unit, spray the front of the unit before you close the door. Mice and spiders will steer clear of your unit because they do not like the smell of peppermint. You can repeat this process as the seasons change to keep it most effective.
  • You can also choose our third-party insurance policy for as little as $9.00 per month. This coverage offers rodent protection, as well as protection for many other events, just in case those pesky critters still make it in. Adding this coverage will keep you worry free about the items in your storage unit. Please see the property manager for full details.

As you can see, these are some really easy and inexpensive ways to keep out all the creepy crawlies.

As an added layer of protection, we have an exterminator visit our locations on a regular schedule year-round to spray around the building exteriors and inside the hallways. We also keep bait boxes around to catch any mice that still wonder onto the property. If we both do our part, we can keep spiders, bugs and mice out of your storage unit. The last thing you want is to find a nest of mice inside grandma’s antique velvet couch!

If you need a storage unit and you are ready to tackle these tips right away, you can rent a unit online now. You can also reserve a unit or contact us for more information.

11 replies on “Tips On Keeping Bugs and Rodents Out of Your Storage Unit”

These seem like great tips to help keep my storage unit rodent free. I have several things that need to be put away in storage, but I’m nervous that rodents and bugs will crawl into my storage unit and get into my things. I think it’s a great idea to use peppermint ail to deter mice and spiders. Does peppermint oil attract any other type of critter? It would be great to have a storage unit that’s free of mice and spiders, but I don’t want anything else getting in my storage unit because it’s attracted to peppermint oil.

Thanks for the information. I’m going to be renting a self storage unit, and bugs and rodents weren’t even on my radar! Now that you mention it though, it makes perfect sense. I’m going to make sure I take the right precautions to ensure that the things I place in the unit are safe. Do you have any special tips for me?

Thanks for the great storage tips. My husband and I have been cleaning out our storage unit and we need to do some serious reorganizing. We packed everything in big plastic bins like the ones you show in the picture. Thanks for the heads up about the mice! I will be sure to wrap anything exposed in plastic so it stays nice and clean.

I had no idea that insurance could cost so little. $9 isn’t too bad for when I consider how valuable my stuff is. It is worth my peace of mind when I consider my rare and valuable collectables. Great tips!

Using plastic containers to stack and store items is a great way to keep mice out of clothing and other things. Making sure there are no mice or mice droppings in the unit beforehand can show you if they will be in the future. I am moving soon and I will be using a storage unit with plastic containers after reading this!

Great tips. Nothing worse than going back to your storage unit after a while and finding that mice have chewed up your boxes and other personal items. This post lists great ways to prevent this from happening in the future.

This is some great information, and I appreciate your advice to store your belongings in plastic containers with lids to keep out pests. I’m going to be moving into a smaller living space, and I need to stash some of my stuff, so I’m going to be renting a storage unit. I’ll definitely look into putting all of my stuff into plastic containers with lids to keep out any pests and protect my belongings. Thanks for the great post!

I really like how you said that, “Plastic containers with lids that seal tightly are a good idea.” This is a great way to be proactive in order to avoid rodents in your stuff. I have to move to college so I need somewhere to keep all my stuff in while I’m gone. Do storage facilities spray for rodents during the year?

I wouldn’t have ever thought to use peppermint oil as a deterrent to rodents and bugs. What is it about peppermint oil that makes it a deterrent? I know someone that owns a storage unit and I think it would be great to tell them about how to prevent bugs and pesky critters before it’s too late. Are there any other natural remedies that you would recommend?

I had no idea that rodents hated peppermint oil so much! This winter has been really bad, and we keep catching mice in our storage room. We put everything in bins, so they can’t get into the food, but they still try. I am going to spray peppermint oil all over that room, hopefully they stay far, far, far away! Thank you so much for sharing!

Wow, it had never occurred to me that you can spray walls, floor, and ceiling of the unit you are renting wit bug spray, and I think this is awesome. I am considering taking a temporary job away from my home and I would like to know that my belongings will stay safe. Hopefully, I can find a service soon that will provide me with the right type of service I need to leave for my new job with peace of mind.

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