Bedbugs can be notoriously difficult to get rid of, and they are a pesky invader you don't want in your storage unit. However, if another tenant brings in items that are infested, there is a chance that the bedbugs can also appear in your storage space. Here are a few things you can do to keep bedbugs at bay in your storage space.
Seal Your Items
One way to keep bedbugs from taking hold in your stored mattresses and furniture is to seal them in protective encasement products. This option is typically used in homes that already have a bedbug problem, as using encasement products for furniture can keep away new bedbugs while effectively "starving out" any bugs already living in the furniture. However, for a unit not yet infested, they can provide a great source of prevention. Purchase encasements made specifically for the type of furniture you have in your unit, whether it be a sofa, recliner, or mattress. Once the encasements are in place, be sure to arrange your items carefully so the protective coverings don't become ripped or torn. For clothing and smaller items, use heavy-duty zippered freezer bags to encase your items and keep bedbugs away.
Vacuuming all the corners and crevices in your storage unit can be a great way to deal with incoming hordes of bedbugs. They can lie in wait in cracks, so pay careful attention to the entrance of your storage unit where the gate meets the ground. Throw away the bag or contents of the vacuum canister outside to help prevent the bedbugs from simply crawling back in.
Consider Pest Control Treatments
If you see one bedbug in your storage unit, you'll want to take action before there are many. You may want to use pest control chemicals or treatments inside the unit. While this can be a wonderful way to deal with the pesky enemy, it's important that you discuss this with the storage facility management first. The facility may already have a pest control company it uses for these situations, and there may be rules about which types of pest control treatments you can use on your own. For example, using a time-release spray can have a negative effect on other tenants who might be working in adjoining storage spaces. If you do get permission to spray for bedbugs, place a note on your storage unit door at least a day in advance to warn your storage neighbors.
If you suspect a bedbug problem, it's always a good idea to contact the facility management first. The staff can take steps to protect your personal items as well as those of all the other tenants.