When you own a business, keeping that business pest free is always important. However, when you are in the business of providing safe and clean storage for people who need it, pests can easily be the demise of your whole operation, especially a pest as bothersome as bedbugs.
Storage facilities commonly have issues with bedbugs for a few reasons. For one, bedbugs are a major pest problem with one out of five people either having an issue with the pests or knowing someone that does. Secondly, some people put their things in storage specifically because of bedbug problems in hopes the bugs will eventually die out. Here are a few things you can do to combat bedbug problems at your storage business.
Require mattresses to be stored in sealed cases.
This is an easy enough rule to implement at your place of business, and you can even offer the protective covers to your customers if they want to buy them from you. Even though bedbugs are not always necessarily found inside of mattresses, this is one of their favorite places to hang out. Sealed, bedbug protective cases will prevent any bugs in a mattress from coming out and making their way into other units. Likewise, it is a good idea to require bedding, clothing, and stuffed animals to be stored in zippered cases.
Make sure storage units are completely sealed off from the outside.
Bedbugs can and do travel to find food, so if your storage units are not airtight, it can mean that bedbugs in one unit will make their way to the next. To prevent this issue, make sure your storage units are well sealed. Install flaps along the bottoms of doors, use caulking to seal off cracks around the floor, and make sure each unit is properly secured from the others.
Bring in a pest extermination company frequently.
It is really hard to eliminate bedbugs once you have a full-on infestation. Therefore, it is always best to be proactive and take precautions to combat any number of bugs that make their way into your storage units. Work with a good pest extermination company who can help you by treating units with products that ward off bedbugs, setting traps to capture bedbugs, and point out any signs of a bedbug population they see. Sometimes just having an exterminator on your team will help keep issues at bay before they become a huge problem.
Contact a service, like All American Pest, for more help.