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    I have older units that are about 20 years old and also 2 new buildings that are 6 months old. So most of the old units are rented so I canít get inside. About half of the new units are rented so I can get in the ones that are open. I have been reading up on boric acid as something to use. What products do others you? For inside and outside of the units. Thx

  • #2
    Professional exterminator ! The only way to go.
    Dave (Woodee) Scott

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    • #3
      Ditto on the professional exterminator usage.
      "Never let the inmates run the asylum!"

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      • #4
        Professional unless you want to keep costs down and don't mind taking some time to spray on your own. You can buy the same exact chemical most exterminators use to spray with on amazon. A $40 bottle of concentrate even with a high mixture ratio can get you monthly spraying for quite awhile covered. I've always taken the task over myself to cut costs at sites.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by storage1000 View Post
          I have older units that are about 20 years old and also 2 new buildings that are 6 months old. So most of the old units are rented so I canít get inside. About half of the new units are rented so I can get in the ones that are open. I have been reading up on boric acid as something to use. What products do others you? For inside and outside of the units. Thx
          First thing to do is start inspecting units near the problem to identify the tenant who is in violation of your rules and storing food that is attracting them.

          I then use a 3 pronged approach,
          Spray https://www.domyown.com/conquer-liqu...cide-p-70.html this is what I use
          Whenever we get an empty unit I spray a perimeter around the unit to protect neighboring units in case a tenant violates the lease, I also spray around the outside of doors of rented units periodically.

          Bug Bomb
          https://www.raid.com/en-us/products/...p-reach-fogger something like this

          And then bait gel
          https://www.domyown.com/maxforce-fc-...hoCWsEQAvD_BwE

          The bait gel is the most important step, for easy cleanup apply it to the back of a business card, it is great for application into cracks of the cement, or tops of the metal beams.

          I have never failed in quickly dispatching of a roach problem using those 2 things.

          Some people are afraid of pest control, I used to flip houses with someone in the pest control business. I used to buy all the same products directly from them for pest control.

          If you have gravel drives or grass bordering buildings you can also spread a granular replant.

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          • #6
            Yuck, I hate roaches! I used to live in AZ and it didn't matter how clean your home was, you had them! I get goose pimples just thinking about them! We moved into a rental and immediately noticed roaches- reported it to the property management company and they refused to do anything about it, so we did some research and did the boric acid by drilling holes into the sheet rock about a foot apart and 5 ft high, squirt the powder into the holes so it coats the walls as it falls down the inside. It worked pretty well, but once they get into things like appliances you're screwed. Also- another thing we found is that roaches LOVE cardboard. They will lay eggs inside the corrugated parts. Try to encourage people ( especially those in the southern states) not to use free cardboard that comes from grocery stores or other places where food sits in the boxes for long period of time. It attracts the roaches and the start breeding there. I hope you're able to get it under control. I would think if it was bad enough- you could use the part in your clause that says you have the right to enter the unit for emergency maintenance needs? Or, if you cant see over the top of the units-maybe try to contact all your tenants to come open their doors so you can see where this issue is coming from, you might have someone storing food or other nasty stuff.
            You Laugh, I laugh. You cry, I cry. You take my coffee...may God have mercy on your soul....

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            • #7
              I swear this post jinxed me today. Low and behold an unit going to auction thanks to some "lovely" customers who left pure trash behind has ended up being a roach issue. My personal belief is I will never enter a unit until it has gone through the auction process and been logged as a no sale before I will cross that threshold and I broke my own rule today by going in it and spraying 2000sq feet worth of spray in a 10x12 unit. Not a inch of that unit from floor to ceiling didn't get a triple dozing of spray, tons of foot stomping action as well. Setting a fogger off in it tonight after hours. Sadly it already made it 2 occupied units down it seems from the customer who came in today who brought it to our attention.

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              • #8
                Filthy disgusting tenants that bring rot and food in to the unit will drag the roaches in with them and they are already embedded in the items in the unit when they move in. Again another reason why I vet heavily a prospective on the phone and again in person before a rental. I know it is not 100% fool proof but is as close as I can get to it. Plus, we have professional exterminators here that cover a wide range of pests.
                "Never let the inmates run the asylum!"

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                • #9
                  So Randy L it sounds like steps 1 and 3 might work well. Do step 1 around the entire perimeter and inside the unit if vacant plus step 3 in the cracks of vacant units. Is step 2 really necessary?

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                  • #10
                    Although I am technically an industry vendor, I also manage a small 120 unit facility full time at our office, and last year I had a run in with those lovely little creatures. I had it nailed down to 4 units between two renters who were causing the problem. I had the facility professionally sprayed and what I think really helped were these slow releasing poison strips that were placed on tops of the four units (my units have chicken wire for ceilings). The strips were good for 6 months and harmless to people as long as they are not spending all day everyday in the unit. One of those tenants now rents 4 units with me and we haven't seen any little critters since, thank god!

                    I don't recall the exact brand we were provided, but they looked very similar to the items in the links below.

                    https://www.domyown.com/nuvan-prostr...BoC_AQQAvD_BwE

                    https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Shot-No-P.../dp/B0019BK8AG
                    Shaina Cossairt
                    Business Development Consultant
                    QuikStor Security & Software
                    tel:800-321-1987
                    fax:818-501-5785
                    shaina@quikstor.com
                    manager@quikstorselfstorage.com
                    www.quikstor.com
                    www.quikstorselfstorage.com

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                    • #11
                      We are kind of rural, and surrounded by cow pasture at my facility. One year we had a problem with field mice (it didn't help people were storing food). It was horrible.

                      The only thing that worked was hiring a professional. Sorry, there may not be a "cheap" way out of this. We tried "cheap" at first, and in the end we had to hire someone. It worked though.
                      Kristy Olney
                      Self Storage Ninja/Resident Manager
                      Stor-All Gardnerville
                      Gardnerville, NV
                      https://www.storall.biz/self-storage...le/industrial


                      “Should you find a wise critic to point out your faults, follow him as you would a guide to hidden treasure.” The Buddha

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by storage1000 View Post
                        So Randy L it sounds like steps 1 and 3 might work well. Do step 1 around the entire perimeter and inside the unit if vacant plus step 3 in the cracks of vacant units. Is step 2 really necessary?
                        Step 2 may not be needed, but I don't see where it hurts.

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                        • #13
                          I can vouch for the Roach Gel. I buy the stuff that is in a syringe like container. Works wonders!

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                          • #14
                            Same here on the professional exterminator. That way if you have any issues, you can call them back and tell them that they weren't thorough enough for the money that you've paid them. They've got to guarantee that they've gotten rid of the pest problem anyway so might as well get someone else on the job to make sure that it's done properly.
                            Christopher James
                            http://supercheapselfstorage.com.au/...orth-brisbane/

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Manager_1986 View Post
                              We are kind of rural, and surrounded by cow pasture at my facility. One year we had a problem with field mice (it didn't help people were storing food). It was horrible.

                              The only thing that worked was hiring a professional. Sorry, there may not be a "cheap" way out of this. We tried "cheap" at first, and in the end we had to hire someone. It worked though.
                              We've had a few issues with the random field mouse over the years - what did the professional do to deter them?

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