Plan To Buy Used Furniture? Here's How To Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Home


Not just beds can get infested with bed bugs, but all types of furniture such as couches and chairs can become infested. And if you aren't careful, you could bring bed bugs home with the used furniture you purchase. So consider using the following tips to avoid bringing those bed bugs home:

Do a Full Inspection

Before purchasing any piece of used furniture, it's a good idea to do a thorough inspection to make sure that bed bugs aren't visually obvious. If you can spot signs of bed bugs during your inspection, it's probably extremely infested and that infestation can quickly spread to other pieces of furniture at home.

So it's a good idea to avoid any furniture that show even a questionable sign of a bed bug infestation. Following are the signs of bed bug infestation you should look for when considering a used furniture purchase:

  • Small blood stains about the size of a pen point.

  • Rusty looking spots on material and cushions.

  • Tiny pieces of shed skin.

  • A musty or foul smelling odor.

You can use a magnifying glass when inspecting a prospective piece of used furniture to ensure that even smallest of stains can be spotted.

Thoroughly Clean the Surfaces

Once you bring a piece of used furniture home, it's a good idea to thoroughly clean the surfaces with soap, water, and a scrub brush and by putting removable materials into the washing machine. Even if you don't see any signs of bed bugs before purchasing a piece of furniture, there is always a chance that they are present. So carefully cleaning the surfaces of the used furniture you bring home will reduce the chance that an overlooked infestation will spread to other pieces of furniture you own until you can get the furniture properly treated.

Invest in Professional Treatments

The only surefire way to ensure that you don't end up infesting your home with bed bugs after buying a used piece of furniture is to have the furniture professionally treated as soon as you can. If possible, have the furniture treated by a bed bug specialist before you even bring it into the house. You can keep the furniture in the garage or under a canopy outside until the treatment takes place.

And if you do bring the piece of infested furniture inside before it can be professionally treated, you can expect your service provider to treat all of your furniture at the same time in case the infestation has spread, which will help ensure that the bed bugs are completely eradicated from your home. Contact a bed bug treatment service for more help.


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