KEEP YOUR GEAR RODENT AND PEST FREE
The scourge of any homeowner is uninvited pests, especially rodents. Also take into consideration other vermin that can lay waste to your stored supplies—moths, ants and birds. Rats and mice can chew through several layers of cardboard, and they make quite a mess, because they have no control over their bladders. They will chew through boxes of food and bags of grain and will nest in the folds of a pile of backpacks. They will try to eat most anything—from plastic bottle tops to the rubber grips on trekking poles.
When well entrenched, moths will make Swiss cheese out of clothing and bags, while ants can get into anything through the smallest of openings.
The best way to rid yourself of these pests is to keep your storage area clean of any spilled foods or open containers. Don’t remove food from its original packaging; instead, place the whole thing inside a resealable plastic container.
Ideally, plastic containers should be used for everything from dog food (leave it in its original packaging), medicines, bags of rice, flashlight batteries, water purifiers and even canned goods. Once sealed in a plastic tote or box, it will be very difficult for pests of any kind to invade.