Whether you have short term or long term storage needs, you will want to make sure that you are doing your best to keep the critters and rodents out of your storage unit. If you are not able to do that, you could end up finding that some of your personal belongings have been destroyed. To avoid that from happening, you will need to consider implementing the following tips:
Never Bring Any Food Into The Unit
Even if you know that you are not going to store any food in there, you do not want to make the mistake of bringing snacks to munch on while you organize things. You might not notice any, but there are bound to be a few crumbs here or there, and those crumbs will easily attract all kinds of rodents and critters. They will think that there must be a lot of food in there and they will find a way in, even if they have to sneak in when you are not looking during the closing of the unit door. If you must have a snack to curb hunger or to keep your blood sugar at a safe level, simply step outside of the unit to eat it.
You will not want to make the mistake of assuming that a storage unit is safe from rodents and other pests, as they might want to find warmth inside of your unit. To help keep them at bay, you will want to spread a repellent along the floor where the side walls come down. You will also want to spread enough along the line where the storage door meets the ground when you shut it.
Keep Your Presence Known
If you live close enough to your storage unit, you will want to make sure that you are stopping by a couple of times a month. Open the door, go in, and move a few things around. The disturbance may be enough to discourage things from wanting to make the inside of your storage unit a home for themselves. If possible, you will want to reorganize the unit every so often, as this will help you discover any traces of critters so you can eliminate them.
The more of those tips you make use of, the easier it will be for your storage unit to be free from critters that want to chew at our things.