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Why Self-Storage Operators Should Use Professional Pest-Management Services

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Top 4 Self-Storage Pests


  • Termites have been around for more than 120 million years.
  • There are 3,000 species worldwide, with about 50 of them found in the United States.
  • Each year, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage.
  • They eat 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are called the silent destroyers.
  • They live in colonies with as many as 2 million members.


  • A cockroach can survive a week without its head and in freezing temperatures.
  • Cockroaches spread 33 kinds of bacteria including E. coli and salmonella, six parasitic worms, and more than seven other types of human pathogens.
  • The saliva, droppings and decomposing bodies of cockroaches contain allergen proteins known to trigger allergies and increase the severity of asthma symptoms.
  • Approximately 70 species of cockroach are found in the United States, with the German cockroach being the most common.
  • Cockroaches spend approximately 75 percent of their time in their preferred hiding spots such as cracks and crevices.

Bed Bugs

  • Bed bugs are not found only in beds.
  • Nearly 100 percent of pest professionals have treated for bed bugs in the past year.
  • They can live for several months without eating and can withstand a wide range of temperatures from nearly freezing to 122 degrees.
  • 76 percent of pest professionals say bed bugs are the most difficult pest to treat.
  • Female bed bugs lay one to five eggs per day, or an average of 540 eggs in a lifetime.


  • Mice and rats spread salmonella and carry disease-causing pests such as ticks, fleas and lice.
  • Rodents can chew through wood and electrical wires, increasing risk of fires.
  • A female mouse can lay as many as 12 young every three weeks.
  • Rats can squeeze through openings the size of a quarter; mice the size of a dime.
  • Mice urinate constantly and are capable of dropping up to 25,000 fecal pellets each year—that’s an estimated 70 times each day for one mouse!

Source: National Pest Management Association

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