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Storing unused items in and around our homes or commercial premises is what many of us do when we no longer use them on a daily basis. But what you need to know is how to store things correctly. Many of us find a spot around the home or office and start to place things there that we can use at a later time. This is the worst thing that can be done as it attracts pests of all kinds from cockroaches, silverfish, ants, moths and so on.
Simple Rules to Follow
If you’re going to find an area and use it as a storage place, make sure you follow some simple rules first.
The first thing to do is to clean the area that is going to become the new storage place. This ensures your starting out with a clean environment.
If you are going to be storing items under a raised home such as a Queenslander or outside under a commercial property, have the boxes put onto a raise platform of some kind like pallets. This will enable a pest control company to treat under them and prevent any pest from harbouring there. If at all possible, try not to use cardboard boxes as a long term storage box. The best ones are plastic and, if possible, sealed plastic.
Cardboard boxes are easy for all kinds of pests to get into and harbour, silverfish and cockroaches, especially like this kind of environment. These kinds of pest leave faeces all around where they harbour. This will over time break down cardboard boxes, leaving the items exposed to many more different types of pest as well as cockroaches and silverfish.
Offices and commercial properties would have the most amount of paper work to store, so it’s important to have them in the right kind of container to start with and have a yearly treatment done to prevent any problems.
Rats and Mice
One of the most destructive pests we have to deal with when storing items is rats and mice. These two pests will gnaw through just about any type of material and make light work of cardboard boxes.
Using sealed plastic container boxes, odours from the items stored are much harder to be detected by rodents. Thus, there is less chance they will want to try and get into them. Books, paper and clothing are all items many of us put into storage, and over time they omit an odour. If this can be contained within the boxes, it’s less tempting for pests.
Just placing your unused items in plastic boxes will not stop rodents altogether. They may still gnaw on the edges as they have what is called incisor teeth that they continually grow and need to be filed down. So it’s important to have a professional pest control company out to place down rodent baits to help keep out any unwanted rats or mice.
Hiring a Pest Control Expert
When a pest controller comes out to do a pest treatment, they would firstly do an inspection and determine where and if there are any areas of concern. After doing the inspection, they will then have a good idea of where best to place rodent baits and what products to use to help in the prevention of pests for the year.
The idea of having a yearly pest treatment done by your local pest control company is to help prevent pests from wanting to harbour in or around your home or office.
After a treatment, it is normal sometimes to see an increased activity in pests, especially if there is a known problem within the property. This is because they will want to find refuse from the products used by the pest controller.
When you meet your pest controller, it’s best to let them know of any problems you may be having. By doing this, they can pay particular attention to these areas, ensuring you don’t have to share your property with pests.