Self-storage companies offer a range of storage options that are useful for a range of purposes. Self-storage is a great way to de-clutter your home, keep your belongings safe while moving and ensure the security of your possessions in general. Most self storage facilities offer you some degree of security against things like theft and vandalism, however there is one aspect of security that can easily be overlooked: environmental security.
Security against environmental factors is vital in the protection of your goods, and perhaps the most commonly encountered environmental threat is pests. Rats, mice, roaches, moths and many other types of pest species can potentially account for irreparable damage to your stored items if they are not identified and dealt with.
Look for self storage companies that protect against pests
When you think of security, the first thing that comes to mind is probably CCTV or a barbed wire fence. Whilst these types of security features are important, they will not be very effective at preventing insects or rodents from entering your self storage unit and damaging your belongings.It is important that you find a self-storage company with a number of safeguards in place that can effectively defend your goods against pest species.
Some items are especially susceptible to pest related damage and these items include furniture, linen, leather and other such materials. These types of materials can suffer serious degradation if they are stored in an environment that encourages pest activity, which is why pest control safeguards are essential in all self-storage facilities.
A good way to assess the security of a prospective storage facility, in terms of pest control, is simply to ask. More often than not, your local self-storage company will happily provide you with a few insights into their pest management protocols and you can use this information to make an informed decision on where you want to store your possessions.
A few things to look out for
In addition to the pest control safeguards implemented by your local self-storage company, it is also a good idea to have a look around and make your own assessments. To do this, you need to know what to look for and a few things that might help you make the right decision are listed below.
One of the best indicators that your local self-storage company offers a pest-free service is cleanliness. When you are looking around the storage yard or even inspecting a few storage units, keep an eye out for any rubbish or debris lying around. Litter strewn throughout any premises is sure to attract insects or vermin and the same can be said of old storage units that have not been leaned out properly. On the other hand, a clean and tidy yard that is free of rubbish or debris generally suggests that the units are safe and unlikely to harbour pests.
Signs of pest activity
It might seem like an obvious point to make, but it is important nonetheless that you keep an eye out for visual evidence of pest activity in a prospective self-storage facility. Ants nests, rat droppings, dead insects and cockroaches are all relatively easy to spot and if you can see them outside the storage units then it is entirely likely that they are inside as well.
Potential pest entry points
If a storage facility looks a little run down then this potentially suggests that the units are not entirely secured against pests. Rust holes in the roof, rotting timber and large gaps in the brickwork of storage units are all points through which pests can potentially get in, which means that your belongings might not be safe. Instead, you should look for storage units that are well maintained and relatively protected from environmental factors such as pests.
For pest free and high quality self storage on the Gold Coast, get in touch with ABC Self Storage today on (07) 5598 3355.