Do you own a storage building? Are you facing pests’ issues in your building? If you’ve invested in a storage building, you know that these structures are resistant to damage from a range of harmful pests, including rodents, bugs, and insects. However, these pests can still damage the items that you store within the structure, causing extensive, costly damage to the items in your mini storage buildings, as well as causing problems with your tenants, who may choose a different facility if they fear pest issues with their belongings. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can deal with these pests to protect the contents within. In this part of our two-part series, we’ll talk about the different threats that can cause problems in your storage building.
What Are the Specific Threats?
The threats to the contents of your storage buildings can include small mammals, insects, bugs, and reptiles. They can chew papers, infest heirloom woolen materials, and spread disease. Let’s take a look into the types of pests that might quickly cause a lot of damage to your storage buildings‘ contents
Rodents & Mice: It’s estimated that a third of all Americans are dealing with a rodent infestation problem, and with the ability to carry diseases like Bubonic plague, you don’t want them in your storage buildings. Rodents can scratch, chew, and defecate on your items in storage, as well as stealing items to use for their nesting material. How do you prevent these pests from causing problems with the items you’ve placed in your storage building?
Cockroaches: Roach fossils have been dated to 350 million years ago. If they survived the extinction-level event that killed the dinosaurs, is it any surprise that they’re notoriously hard to kill? They can also spread disease, so it’s of vital importance to keep them out of your storage in the first place. Because they can hide in tiny spaces and creep through small gaps in your structure, how do you discourage their presence?
Bed Bug: As one of the original vectors for Polio, these awful pests can spread diseases, and they can quickly get into mini storage buildings when a tenant brings in infested furniture or bedding. Beyond dreadful diseases, they can also cause irritating bites and are found in all 50 states. However, they can’t survive long without some essentials – how do you deny them access to the things they need to thrive and spread?
Gypsy Moths: A non-native species that crossed over from Europe in the 1800s, the Gypsy moth is one of the prime threats to America’s forests. Creating a lot of destruction on your paper and woolens, moths can cause significant damage in a short period of time by feeding on your storage buildings’ contents. But today’s society often eschews the chemicals used in mothballs. What are some other ways to prevent the damage that can be caused by these pests?
Reptiles: If your area has a problem with snakes, getting reptiles into your structure can cause problems with the items in storage, if for no other reason than the startle factor for your workers or customers. They can also carry a number of viruses and diseases, creating a serious problem for your tenants and workers. But how do you keep them out of your structure in the first place?
Spiders: Whether or not you’re afraid of them, spiders can cause serious problems for your storage buildings, whether through a simple ick factor, the web mess, or bite potential from venomous varieties. Though most spiders are relatively safe, they can cause a lot of problems with webs, and there are a few poisonous species that can cause serious problems for your storage buildings. Did you know there are a few easy options to help keep them at bay as part of your regular routine?
Preventive Action is Always the Best Route!
Though these pests won’t cause serious damage to your storage buildings’ structure itself, they can cause significant damage to the contents you’re storing within the building. By properly storing and maintaining your mini storage buildings and the contents within, you can reduce the issues you’ll have with pests, a topic we’ll cover in Part 2 of this series.
However, one of the best ways to ensure that you’re reducing the opportunities for pests to enter your storage buildings is by having a secure building envelope, which is typically the easiest to achieve by having a well-designed building kit from a quality supplier. Our storage buildings are easy to secure, clean, and maintain to exacting standards, making it easy to keep them free of pests. Please feel free to contact the experts on +1 (844) 315-3151 to learn more.