Pest Threats for the Moving and Storage Industry

movingMovers and storage companies are regularly working hard to ensure that the possessions of their customers reach their destination without any damages. However, it is important that companies take proper measures to protect the possessions of their customers against pests. Pests can hide inside boxes, storage units or moving trucks, and can cause costly damage. It is important for movers and storage companies to always keep looking for pests through the moving process.

Common Pest Threats to Movers

Bed Bugs

Even though Bed Bugs were almost eliminated by the end of the 20th century, they made a surprising return in the U.S. and other parts of the world. According to the National Pest Management Association, almost 20% of Americans face bed bug infestation threat. These pests spread out by getting onto furniture, bedding, mattresses and clothing. Therefore, they can easily get transported from one location to another during a move. Moving trucks and storage units make ideal environment for them because they can survive extreme temperatures.


Cockroaches prefer to live in moist and dark areas, and they can survive for more than 30 days without food. This is the reason, they make the most challenging pests for the moving industry. They can easily transport in boxes or trucks and can reach new properties. These pests are loaded with bacteria, parasites and human pathogens.


Mice can easily reach a customer’s new home in different ways. There can be an infestation within the storage unit, inside the previous home of the customer or in the moving truck used for transportation. The most damaging aspect of rodents is that they can gnaw and eat almost anything such as cardboard, bedding, furniture and even wiring. They can pose material and health damage to humans. In addition, rodents are also capable of transporting other pests like mites, lice, ticks and fleas that can easily spread out in a new home or through the storage units.