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Taking the Stress Out of Your Move

When my husband found a new job several provinces away, I knew that we needed to move as soon as possible. I rushed to find boxes, tape, and a moving truck that I could rent myself. In the excitement and rushed state of the move, I ended up breaking a computer, several antique dishes, three vases, and a recliner. The move ended up costing me several hundred extra dollars on replacement items. When my small family needed to move again, I did my research. I found out how to pack correctly and I also learned how to use pods, storage spaces, and professional movers to my advantage. Not only was this move less stressful, but it was far cheaper. Learn from my research to make sure your move is stress free. You will find tips on my blog whether you are moving a household or relocating to a dorm room.

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Own A Self Storage Company? 5 Tips On Keeping Pests Out

by Deann Wade

If you own a self storage company, it is your job to ensure your customer's things stay safe and in good condition. If you do not take the right steps, pests can get into the units and damage or even destroy things inside. To keep this from happening, follow the tips below.

Mice and Other Rodents

Rodents look for food anywhere they can find it, and they will look around your storage units. To keep them out, keep any trash picked up around the units at all times. Even small crumbs that you may not see can make mice stick around. For this reason, use a push broom to sweep the area each night before you leave.

Make it a rule that tenants cannot store food in the storage unit. If they have furniture, ask them to clean and vacuum them before being stored to remove any food crumbs. If you notice you have mice, set up some mouse traps around and inside the units.

Insects

Insects are another problem you can have at your storage unit.  Some of them can multiply very quickly. For example, a German cockroach and its young can produce 300,000 cockroaches in just one year.

Spiders can also work their way into your storage unit, and some of them may be poisonous, such as the Brown recluse. People may bring in furniture that is full of fleas without you knowing about it.

If you notice any of these things, call an exterminator. They can come in the storage units and spray to rid them of these insects. Set up a schedule with them to come back once a month to keep the insects at bay.

Ants are something else you may get in your storage unit. They will not harm anything, but they are a nuisance. Your customers do not want to bring ants home with them. The easiest way to deal with this problem is to find the nest to kill the queen. This may be difficult to do, however. If you see a line of ants, follow them to see if you can see where they enter and leave. If you find this entry, pour some boiling hot water over it or down it. This will kill the queen, as well as any other ants.

Keeping your storage unit clean and free from rodents and insects will give you a good name. This will increase your customer base so your units will always be filled up. For more storage information, talk a company like Centre Avenue Self-Storage.

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