Believe it or not mattresses in self storage units can get bed bugs, but they can be removed with these easy tips on how to deal with bed bugs.


Lots of people assume that an affordable self storage unit cannot get bed bugs because it is not used as a home. Unfortunately, bed bug infestations can occur anywhere. So whether the bed bug came in on bedding, furniture, clothes, or even your bag, those bugs can and will make a home for themselves in your self storage unit.


The good news is that although it can be challenging, it is entirely possible to banish those pesky bed bugs from your budget self storage unit. Let’s take a closer look at what these little pests are, and how to get rid of them in your secure self storage unit:

What Are Bed Bugs?


Bed bugs are little brown insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals. They are about the size of an apple seed, so they can be seen with the human eye. However, they are masters at hiding and their eggs are literal specks, so finding them early is a challenge.

How To Prevent Bed Bug Infestations


One of the best things you can do is to prevent a bed bug infestation because that is easier than tending to an active infestation. Here are some key bed bug prevention tips for your affordable self storage unit:


  • Use a great self storage facility which is clean, well maintained and who have regular pest control checks
  • Keep your unit vacuumed, clean and tidy
  • Check the unit before you move your things into it, in case there are signs of an active infestation
  • Inspect everything you are moving into the unit so if there are signs of bugs on an item you can treat that at home and avoid bringing bed bugs into the unit
  • Ensure what you store is clean and free from any food stains or debris as this can serve as a food source for all kinds of pests
  • Regularly check the unit so if there are signs of an infestation you can catch it quickly

How To Deal With A Bug Infestation In Your Self Storage Unit


There are some signs that you have an active bed bug infestation in your self storage unit and they are:


  • Little rusty spots on any surface or item
  • Areas of debris like look like crumbs, which are bug skin, poop and egg cases
  • A fusty smell that wasn’t there before
  • Red spots on the skin that are bites you get from the bugs when you


If you’re sure that you have an infestation, the best thing to do is speak to your unit manager to discuss getting treatment, which they may be able to provide at a discount, or even for free if it is something they do regularly across the site anyway.

Alternatively, you can try to deal with the infestation yourself using bed bug specific insecticides, hot washing techniques (with clothes and fabrics), steaming and freezing. The chances are, though, that if the infestation seems to be widespread across your unit, you’ll need some expert help to get on top of it.


As with many different things in life, prevention is much better than cure when it comes to bed bugs. The best thing to do is keep things clean, organised and to select a great storage facility that does all it can to prevent infestations. With the right actions and precautions, you can hopefully keep your handy self storage unit free from these particularly tricky unwanted visitors!