Self-Storage Pest Control
The Redi National Difference
Self-Storage companies invest time and money in protecting your valuables. They spend money on protecting your storage unit from fires, theft, vandalism and flooding. Something that is usually left untreated is the threat of a pest infestation. A lot of people don’t know that pest can really destroy your valuables, especially in a storage facility. Fortunately, for most self-storage facility owners there are simple, yet effective methods to control pest from entering your storage units.
The risks of pests in a storage facility
Self-storage facilities make the perfect environment for pest to thrive in. Unlike homes and businesses, storage units go long periods without being checked by their renters. This gives pest time to grow without being disrupted and since pest reproduce in massive numbers it is easy for them to take over a storage unit.
Pests are experts at hiding in things like boxes, couches, folded rugs and mattresses to name a few. Since there is a constant surplus of hiding spots in storage facilities pests can thrive. Once a pest is inside a storage facility it can easily move from unit to unit. Pest need only a tiny entry point to get into other units in the facility. So you get an idea how small of an opening a pest needs to enter a unit an insect can squeeze in an opening as thin as a credit card, and mice can squeeze through holes as small as a nickel.
The main reason self-storage units face so many issues with pest is because owners of storage units have very little control on what is brought in to their units. Pests are attracted to food, plants, boxes, bags and paper good which is what is mainly stored in storage facilities.
Specific pests that infest Self-Storage Facilities
At Redi-National Pest Control we see two main type of pests in storage facilities. The main one and the one that causes the most damage are rodents. Rodents include rats and mice and they vary in size depending on the location of the storage facility.
Rats and mice love to hide in dark areas thus making a storage facility a great living space. Think of the storage unit as a luxury hotel for rodents of all types. One of the main rodents in storage facilities the female house mouse can reproduce every three weeks and have a dozen babies each time. You can imagine with numbers this big a rodent invasion is inevitable.
Once a rodent is inside a storage unit it causes severe damage in a very short amount of time. These pests will eat and gnaw on pretty much everything in the unit. This includes furniture, cardboard, bedding, wiring and decaying material. In addition to destroying your valuables one mouse can produce between 40 and 100 fecal droppings per day. This can become a health concern if left untreated for weeks.
The second infestation we see in many storage facilities are Cockroaches.
Roaches are the kings of hide and seek. They especially love cardboard boxes as they can easily hide in the box creases. Cockroaches can fit in cracks as thins as a quarter on top of that they reproduce quickly. Roaches are also great survivors. A cockroach can survive without any food for over a month.
Cockroaches contaminate almost everything they touch. Roaches are reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six types of parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. Roaches pick up and carry these diseases on the spine of their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage. Having roaches in your storage facility or home can trigger asthma and allergies, especially in children. Infested items returned from their storage facility that are contaminated can quickly take over your home.
Bed Bugs are the closest we can get to a vampire from the movies. These bugs thrive on human blood, when you are sound asleep these pesky pest crawl on you and drink your blood. Even though bed bugs prefer to live in close contact with humans they can live for more than a year without a blood meal. They can also withstand harsh temperatures from nearly freezing to 122 degrees making a storage unit the ideal breeding ground for bed bugs.
Pest Control Solution
If you feel your storage facility is under a pest threat please do not hesitate to contact us. We have been serving Seattle, WA since 1981 and have dealt with every pest situation possible. We offer free pest inspections and all of our work is guaranteed. We also have the best customer service in the business. We know that a good reputation mean everything, with our commercial pest control service we guarantee you happy customers for many years to come. Use our contact form or call us directly at 206-633-1234.
Our Seasonal Pest Treatment Schedule
Every spring a variety of pest types start breeding. Our exterminators will make sure you don’t have an infestation in the works.
Top Pest Threats:
Ants, spiders and cockroaches
The heat means pest activity is high. Our exterminators will protect your home to make sure the pest stay out.
Top Pest Threats:
Ants, stinging pests and house crickets
With the drop in temperature pest seek warmth. Our pest technicians will make sure your home is protected from pest infestations.
Top Pest Threats:
Spiders, mice and rats
Pest need warmth and moisture to survive the cold winter months. We will make sure your home stays protected during the winter.
Top Pest Threats:
Mice, spiders and Earwigs