Bed bugs in used furniture: how to detect

bed bugs and used furniture

In today’s economy, everybody wishes to save cash. Purchasing used furnishings or getting used furniture free of charge from a good friend or relative can really conserve you major bucks. However, there’s a catch: bed bugs.

One of the single most typical ways to obtain bed bugs in your home is through purchasing used furniture and bringing it into your home. Given the typical cost of a bed bug treatments by a professional typically goes beyond a thousand dollars, it’s definitely best to insure the furnishings you’re buying does not have bed bugs.

To avoid having your home infested with bed bugs, it’s more effective to prevent buying used furniture or bringing used furniture in your home entirely.

Nevertheless, we comprehend that this isn’t really always useful or practical. Therefore, examining any used furniture for signs of bed bugs prior to you bring the furniture into your home is seriously crucial. Even bringing used furniture with bed bugs into your home for simply a couple of minutes can be the beginning of a bed bug infestation that will cost you time, sleep, peace of mind, and money!

How to check for bed bugs in used furniture

Whenever you find or are offered used furnishings, the very first you must do is thoroughly check it for bed bugs. Be prepared, this might upset some individuals, but that is simply the reality we stay in today. Here’s how to check used furnishings for bed bugs:

  • Bring some white latex gloves, a magnifying glass, flashlight, and an economical white sheet with you to examine the furniture.
  • Spread the white sheet on a flat surface, and put the furniture on the bed sheet. The white sheet will assist you see bed bugs or signs of bed-bugs if they fall on the ground.
  • Use your fingers, or preferably a charge card, run the edge of the card over the furnishings’s surface area. Then use your fingers or the edge of the card through any folds, cracks or grooves in the furnishings.

Remember, bed bugs prefer to concealed in little tight spaces, so running the card through these areas is vital to performing a thorough examination. Watch for signs of bed bugs on your gloves or on the white sheet. Signs can include feces (which will be dark red spots), old skin, or bed bugs themselves. Use the magnifying glass to inspect anything remotely doubtful.

  • Use the flashlight to highlight and examine any covert or dark areas of the furnishings. Again, these are the places where bed bugs prefer to conceal. They are generally not out in the open where they are easily seen.

If you see any bed bugs or perhaps signs of bed bugs, do not bring the furnishings home.

Dealing with second hand furniture for bed bugs

Presuming you’ve done an extensive assessment, and have not found any signs of bed bugs, we still extremely recommend treating the second hand furniture for vermins. Here’s how:

  • If the furniture is a sofa or chair with removable cushion covers, go on and remove the covers and position them in sealed plastic bag.
    Bring the furniture home, however do not bring it inside your home yet. Leave it outside.
  • Go ahead and position the plastic bag in your clothes dryer and rip it open. Leave the covers in the clothes dryer and throw away the bag in an outdoors trashcan. Run the covers in your clothes dryer on high heat for a minimum of 30-60 minutes. We advise doing this two times.
  • Thoroughly vacuum the furnishings, including all crevices, seams, folds and concealed areas. Immediately eliminate the vacuum bag and place it in a tied plastic trash bag in an outdoors trashcan.
  • Using a bed bug spray, spray down the furnishings, guaranteeing all areas are covered. Make sure to follow the detailed guidelines that come with the spray. Enable the furnishings to totally dry. If you choose not to use a spray, you can cover the couch with Diatomaceous earth, steam treat or heat treat the furniture too. If you use Diatomaceous earth, enable the furnishings to sit outside for a couple of days.

Tips for used furniture bed bug

Do not be afraid to ask the owners of the furniture straight if they presently have or have actually ever had a bed bug infestation.

Place any smaller sized furnishings products in a black plastic garbage bag, and leave it in the sun for a few hours. The heat must eliminate any bed bugs.

Avoid taking pre-owned furniture from dumps or furnishings left on the road side. Furnishings like this is usually discarded for friendly factor, and bed bugs are typically why.

Prevent bringing used furnishings into your home from high threat bed bug areas of the country, such as New York city.

Avoid used mattresses and box springs all together. They simply aren’t worth the threat!


Updated: February 28, 2016 — 6:28 pm
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