Posted on October 13, 2020
Use an insect repellent when packing clothing for storage
It’s your worst nightmare. You unpack a box to find your favourite sweaters chewed to shreds by moths. Pest infestations are common when you store items inside dark, damp, and unsealed spaces such as an attic or basement in your home. However, pests can also affect your belongings inside storage spaces outside the home if you don’t take precautions.
Insects and rodents can sometimes inadvertently invade your space if you pack belongings that have been infested with eggs and larvae. Use these tips to prevent pests at the source:
Pests such as beetles, cockroaches, termites, bedbugs, moths, and even some small rodents are known to burrow inside of items made of wood, paper, and fabric, so it is important to inspect all items for signs of infestation before you move them into your storage space. Look for holes, gnaw marks, stains, and droppings. Dispose of all items that have signs of infestation.
When packing clothes, it’s essential to clean them first. Remove all food or oil stains and place clothing and textiles through the hot water cycle in your washing machine and then dry in the dryer.
Add a natural repellant when packing boxes with items susceptible to bug infestations. Some non-toxic insect repellants include:
Do not use moving boxes that have been used to pack organic materials such as fruit and vegetables. Instead, look for new moving boxes and supplies. Pack items in clear plastic and clean cardboard storage containers and boxes that properly seal. For objects that do not fit in a storage box, such as upholstered furniture, use stretch wrap to seal and protect them completely.
Prevent extensive damage from mice and rats by keeping all food items away from your stored items.
Look for climate-controlled and well-sealed storage units in a facility that is regularly inspected.
Thinking about using storage bags to pack your items? Read our storage tips on What Bags are Best for Long-Term Storage.
As a 100% concrete and steel facility, Space Centre Storage regularly inspects its storage units and uses measures to ensure all units are pest-free. Contact us for safe and secure storage in Kelowna and the Central Okanagan.