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Creating A Fun, Safe Garden For Your Children

As the mum of five young children, I know how important it is to have access to a safe outdoor space for your children to play. Being cooped up in the house all day isn't good for the kids or the parents, but you also can't let young kids play in a space that's hazardous. When we bought our new family home, there was a lot of work to do in the garden to make it childproof, and we also wanted to make it a fun place for the kids to play. We erected a new fence, fitted a combination lock on the garden gate, had poisonous plants removed, cordoned off the pool and created a play area complete with swings, a slide and outdoor games. I started this blog to share my DIY gardening tips, and I hope you find it interesting and useful.



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How to get rid of pests in your self storage unit

by Darlene Jenkins

Storage units are good options for putting away things you don't really need but you don't want to throw away. They might also prove to be useful if you're moving but can't move all your things into your new home at once or if you just want to put away seasonal items that take up unnecessary space in your home. Regardless of the reason for renting a self storage unit, you want your stored items to be in the same condition when you take them out as they were when you put it in. That's why you need to consider how to keep pests and insects out of your storage unit.


Mice and rats are common pests in storage units, as they can use your items and furniture to gnaw at and make nests in. A small colony of rats can alone ruin all of the items in your storage unit, which is why it's important you get them out of there as fast as possible. If you find traces of rodents in your storage unit, such as dropping and gnaw marks, you first need to clean and disinfect the unit. The rodents are more unlikely to return if their home no longer smells like them. Then you should spray or wipe a rodent repellent all around the wall close to the floor. Pay extra attention to cracks and crevices you might find in the walls and floor, as these are likely to act as entrances for the rodents.


Bugs are also likely to invade your storage unit, as it gives them a quiet, dark place to lay their eggs. To get rid of bugs in your storage unit, you can spray it regularly with bug killer spray. This is, however, not advisable if you are storing textiles or other items that are likely to pick up the smell from the pesticide. If that's the case, you can opt for powdering the walls and floor with boric acid. This is less likely to damage your textiles but can still keep the insects away.

Snails and slugs

Snails are more uncommon animal to get in your self storage unit, but if has been raining for a few days and your unit has gotten moisture in it, they might make themselves at home. Snails and slugs won't necessarily injure the items you store in the unit, but their slime can leave marks that are hard to wash off. Prevent a slug infestation by spreading sage around the doorway, as this acts as a repellent for these animals. You could also spread a line of salt in front of the door, as this kills them. 

For more tips about keeping your belongings safe, contact a company like All Purpose Self Storage.