How to Keep Stored Seasonal Clothing Safe from Pests

People with a box.

Winter is coming, and there’s no delaying it. While you’re pulling out the holiday decor and busting out the flannels in anticipation of sweater weather, summer clothes are also getting shoved to the back of the closet or put into storage for the season.

If you’re one of the unlucky homeowners who have experienced the nightmare of opening a storage box to have a rat or spider jump at you, you’ll know the importance of packing and protecting storage appropriately. Our pest control technicians share our top tips to prevent pests from nesting in your clothes this winter.

1. Clean Up

Crumbs left in bags, mothballs on old shorts, and messy piles of clutter are all attractors to pests seeking shelter from the cooler weather this winter. Launder all clothing items before storing them, and clean out purses, totes, and other bags before you shove them in the back of your closet.

2. Choose Your Fighter

Choosing the container you use to store your clothes is half the battle. Rats and mice can chew through cardboard boxes and have even been known to break into plastic storage bins! Purchase airtight containers made from durable plastic to keep your stored items pest-free.

3. Schedule Winter Pest Services

Some homeowners think that the cold weather kills off all bugs and can negate the need for pest control services. Unfortunately, almost the exact opposite is true — pests seek shelter inside our homes, garages, and other structures to stay warm during winter. Keeping up with any ongoing pest control treatments you have scheduled will help you keep unwanted guests out of your house.

Contact Preventive Pest Control for all your pest control needs in Houston and the surrounding areas! (713) 955-7405

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