Public storage - how to protect and what to do when leaving?(2 posts)
I have seen some posts about public storage and the possibility of infestations arising from other storage units nearby. I live in NYC and about 13 months ago I put a number of items in a large and frequenlty used public storage facility in town. At the time, I was completely uneducated about bed bugs, which unfortunately equates to not packing items in anything but standard cardboard moving boxes + covering small furniture items in plastic (which are not sealed). My items did not have bed bugs upon entering the facility, but I am now absolutely paranoid about getting them from the facility now that there are so many issues here in NYC (and also now that I know how infestations can start). I want to take my items out of storage to bring into our new house we are buying this spring and am not sure what to do. Some of the items in the unit could be unpacked and packtited, but then there are the logistics of transferring cardboard boxes that could have the bugs to the packtite and where to open them as I don't want to do this in my current apartment. Also my furniture and some small kitchen appliances can't be packtited. Is it extreme to look into vicane or heat treating all the items in storage in a truck or container when I move out just on the potential there could be bugs, but not really knowing if this is the case? I didn't know if there are any other alternatives or what others have done. I am also not sure if I should go to the facility now and start bagging everything I can to at least ward off future stragglers for the next few months or if this is somewhat of a moot point if I am going to treat it all in the end anyway. I would really appreciate any advice. I am so mad I put my stuff in storage in the first place since it costs so much and we already had a flood there that ruined some of our stuff, but most of all I am upset in the way in which I stored things so unsecurely. Is there any hope that I can still protect myself? Thanks for any help or suggestions.
A DDVP No Pest Strip suspended from the ceiling of an unoccupied storage unit is a low cost preventative that will also kill roaches, moths and other pests.
If you want 100% assurance... look into having the rental truck or storage pod treated with Vikane gas after you remove your property from the storage unit.
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