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How to Protect Your Things When Storing Or Moving Them

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, we can pretty much agree, we don’t want insects creeping around in our belongings. When they’re in the garden, we’re okay with that. Once they show up in our attics, closets, and storage boxes, things can get ugly on both ends, especially when we’re moving.  So how do we prevent these beetles, bedbugs, and cockroaches from becoming our new besties? Bug proof storage is the answer. 

How To Keep Bugs Out of Storage Boxes

Inarguably, the best way to keep bugs from nesting in your storage boxes is to make sure they don’t get in there in the first place. Because we don’t examine our stored items often, invaders can go undetected until we find our clothes destroyed – and not in a desirable fashion. Fortunately, there are preventive measures you can take to keep bugs out of storage boxes and your designer duds. 

Use Clean Boxes

When you’re moving, a good box can be hard to find. If your friends and family have some to spare, it may be tempting to ask them for their contributions. Keep in mind, however, that you don’t know what these boxes have been used for—and you certainly don’t want to wait until the bugs invade to draw conclusions. To be on the safe side, buy moving boxes from a professional moving company or a store. If these are not affordable options, only accept boxes from sources that have a pest-free track record. 

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Use Plastic Containers

The last thing you want to do is give pests an unintentionally warm welcome to your storage boxes. Choosing plastic containers over those made from natural materials is an excellent way to prevent bugs from “making themselves at home” in your belongings. Plastic storage bins provide the best protection because they can’t be chewed through or ripped open.

Bug proof your storage items by choosing plastic boxes and bins with tight lids and keeping them sealed while in storage.  

Check bins regularly for damage, and replace cracked or broken bins when necessary.

How to Keep Bugs Out of Cardboard Boxes

If you are using cardboard boxes, on the other hand, the idea is to make the environment as inhospitable to bugs as possible. Avoid using cardboard boxes that are old and torn. Consider using bug-spray and essential oils (such as lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint) to keep insects away.

Keep A Cool Dry Climate 

Food, water, shelter, and clothing. When the weather gets bad, that’s what insects seek: food, water, shelter — and if you’re not careful, they’ll seek your clothing as well. Bad weather conditions drive insects inside, and any moisture that gets indoors will provide them with a handy water source. Weatherproof your home and keep the climate in your attic cool and dry.  

Check Books and Objects for Bugs

Apparently, bookworms aren’t the only type of bugs that like books. When books sit on shelves collecting dust, cockroaches, carpet beetles, silverfish, booklice, and termites will happily feast on pages, cloth covers, and the glue that holds the book’s binding together. As you pack, check your books for signs of insect damage. If you notice any sandy colored pellets, holes, or stains, place your books in plastic bags and put them in the freezer for a few days to kill any remaining insects.

Another good tip: check it out before you pull it out. Many an unsuspecting homeowner has brought an infested storage box down from the attic, only to send pests (and family members) running rampant into other areas of the home. Stop the nightmare before it happens by inspecting boxes for evidence of pests before bringing them out of storage. Check items as you unpack them and vacuum thoroughly to get rid of insects and eggs. 

Clean Fabrics and Clothing 

Just like many health-conscious humans, clothes moths, silverfish, carpet beetles, and cockroaches choose to eat organically whenever they get the chance. If you have organic fibers, such as silk, cotton, or wool fabric in your home, these pests may be munching as we speak.

To keep the insect population from your bug proof storage boxes, wash each piece of clothing on the highest heat setting safe for the material or take it to the dry cleaner. Even if the clothes pass visual inspection, there may be eggs lurking in the fibers that you’ll want to get rid of. 

Check out bedbugsupply.com for bed bug proof fabric laundry bags. 

Keep the Storage Area Clean

Another way to keep bugs out of storage boxes is by keeping the storage area clean. Not only do insects feast on food particles, but they also thrive on dust, dirt, and other organic matter. For best results, clean the area before you move your stuff into it. Sweep, dust, mop, and remove cobwebs and dead insects.   

Pest Control Products

Pest control products can be very effective against insect intruders. For non-chemical preventive pest control, look for natural alternatives such as scented soaps and cedar blocks. Diatomaceous earth, a natural material that kills insects by dehydrating them, is harmless to humans and readily available online and in stores. Traps when used with care, can also be effective alternatives.

Colonial Van Lines: Helping Our Customers Say No to Bugs

At Colonial Van Lines, we want all of our customers’ moves to be free of bugs and free of stress. As a reputable moving company, we have over 100 dedicated agents and movers with over 50 years of experience in the moving industry, devoted to getting the job done right. Whether it be packing or transportation, rest assured our team will keep in constant communication with you from the beginning of the process to the end.

Not only does Colonial offer an outstanding team, but we also go the extra mile by customizing your moving experience. We assign a personal relocation assistant who takes notes of your special requirements and keeps everything running according to plan. 

Our team honors transparency, so you can count on us to give you a detailed breakdown of expenses before you agree to a contract. Request our free rate quote today, and feel free to talk to our movers about additional pest control methods. We’ll bug-proof your storage and we’ll stress-proof your move.

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