Pests love storage areas. Usually dark and full of boxes, they provide a great place for pests of all sizes to hide. If you are like most people, your storage areas do not get a lot of traffic, which means pests can move in without you noticing them. Plus, they often have dimensions that can make it difficult to look for access points. That is why it is a good idea to check for pests periodically.
Here are common pests you should look out for in your storage space.
- Bed Bugs
Ants are probably the most common pest you will find in a storage space. In fact, there are about 20 quadrillion ants in the world, which is about 2.5 million ants per person. They are everywhere. While they play a critical role in our environment, no one wants them at home. However, you may find ants in your storage space, especially if you store food products there.
Cockroaches and Silverfish
Cockroaches are not as numerous as ants, but they are almost as ubiquitous. Cockroaches and silverfish are both common insects that thrive in moist, damp, dark conditions. Many storage spaces provide those environments. They both like paper, cardboard, and glues used in storage.
Another pest that loves dark, hidden places is spiders. Spiders love to lurk in the dark. That is why they are so common in storage areas. Plus, storage spaces usually are lower-traffic areas, which makes them peaceful places for spiders. Plus, most spiders are predators, and storage spaces offer a food supply for them because of the other pests you find in the storage space.
If your storage space has textiles, it could also have moths. Many people store out-of-season clothing in the storage space. In those hidden spots, moths can thrive. Of course, you could also get moths in any furniture or rugs in the storage space.
If you do have soft surfaces like furniture, bedding, or rugs in your storage space, you may also encounter another pest- bed bugs. While bed bugs are often found in bedrooms, you might find them in any place with soft surfaces. In fact, since bed bugs actually live in other places, like behind baseboards, if they travel to your storage space, they can live there, even if there are not a lot of soft surfaces.
Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks are common in storage spaces. Many people make storage spaces a pet-friendly area. Maybe you feed the pets in the storage space or have them sleep there overnight. Any place with pet bedding or where your pets spend time are at high risk for fleas and ticks.
Finally, you have to look out for rodents. Able to squeeze through incredibly small spaces, rodents can find your storage areas tempting. If your storage space is unfinished, you can have a total rodent infestation before you even realize you have a pest problem.
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