By Polly Irion, Certified Self Storage Manager
We take pride in maintaining a standard of excellence in all aspects of our business; even the problematic ones such as pest control and pest prevention. We keep our facilities clean, tidy and visually appealing at all times. Our hallways are regularly swept, bits of debris removed and walls wiped down. Every time a tenant vacates, the floor and walls are swept and wiped down in that unit before it is available for a new customer. As a final touch, our managers place fresh bait packs in each unit, along with a welcome card. The welcome card is dated, so that both the manager and you as our newest customer know how recently the unit was cleaned. If a unit remains empty for an extended period of time, it is revisited by management on a rotating schedule and cleaned again to remain on par with our standard of cleanliness.
All of these steps are taken by our team as a point of pride, but also so that our customers will feel welcomed and comfortable storing their belongings with us. It also has the added benefit of being a deterrent for the unmentionables; our local wildlife that can, on occasion, be labeled as “pests.” The less dirt and garbage there is, the less likely it is that one of these four (or six or eight) legged troublemakers will find a foothold to become a nuisance to the property. In addition to all of these steps, we have a professional outside pest control service who makes scheduled visits for preventative maintenance at all our locations.
If you’re still concerned about the possibility of unwanted visitors encroaching on your storage unit, there are some additional things you can do for preventative care:
- As an alternative, you could make use of a plethora of essential oils. Peppermint is a pleasant smell to most individuals, but widely disliked by many species. Simply place a few drops on some cotton balls and place near the unit door and along the floor in the corners and voila! Your unit will smell great and have an additional layer of protection.
- If you really want to get into it, you can switch out the different essential oils to remain festive with our current season. Cinnamon, tea tree (also known as melaleuca) and orange essential oils are widely used natural alternatives for pest control and are still pleasant to smell.
- If you notice a possible issue on the property or with another customer that is of concern to you, simply notify the property manager so it can be handled.
We also exercise that old adage, “Don’t go borrowing trouble.” We provide each new customer with the details on permitted and prohibited use of the storage unit. We have regulations in place for our customers’ safety, as well as for the well-being of the property. One of the main points specifically states that tenants are NOT to store perishable or food items in their storage units. For example, if a furry creature happens to be in the neighborhood and you left some dry grocery goods in your unit, they WILL find it. And where furry animals go, mess and destruction inevitably follow. If you comply with our rental agreement terms, you are much less likely to have any issues with pests.
If you have any questions about pest control, you can ask our knowledgeable property managers or contact us for more information. And, if you are ready to secure your storage unit, you can rent one online now.