Bed Bugs And Used Furniture
September 15, 2016
Who doesn't like a deal? When it comes to getting new furniture for the house, there is no better way to do it than to buy used. Not only will you get a better deal, you may also find a unique piece you could have never found in a retail store; but whether you're going to auctions to get antiques or just picking up something functional that was left on the curb for free, it is important to understand that bed bugs could be in there. Here are a few things you should know.
We probably don't have to explain to you why used furniture may have bed bugs, especially if that piece of furniture is a mattress, bed frame, or night stand; but what many people don't consider is that bed bugs can be in the nicest and cleanest furniture.
These bugs are often considered dirty pests, but they aren't attracted to filth. They are attracted to any environment that allows them to have a blood meal. That is why they have been found in the richest of homes. So, just because you're getting a used piece from somewhere nice doesn't mean it is free of bed bugs.
How to Check Furniture for Bed Bugs:
Look closely for black streaks or areas of black in seams or on stitching. Bed bugs leave their feces as they travel, and there will usually be evidence of feces where they are infesting.
Bed bugs go through 5 development stages. During each stage, they shed their cuticle. If you see insect skins or fragments of skin, there may be bed bugs present.
Dark brown blood staining will often be found on fabrics, especially around the stitching.
Bed bug eggs are white and about the size of a pen tip. Inspect for these in creases, folds, and hard-to-see places.
Bed bugs give off a pheromone scent. If there are enough bed bugs present, you might notice this smell. Some describe it as the smell of a dirty, wet towel.
If none of the above signs are present, it doesn't mean the furniture is free of bed bugs. These pests are good at avoiding detection. The only way to know for sure is to have the piece of furniture inspected by a professional. But, this is obviously impractical, since you probably got that used piece of furniture because you were looking to save a little money.
The best way to keep bed bugs from taking root without having each and every used item checked over by a professional is to get routine K9 bed bug inspections. Dogs have a powerful sense of smell, and they can detect bed bugs inside furniture just by sniffing it.
Add K9 inspection services to your ongoing pest control plan and get all the used furniture you want. Then, you can enjoy those deals without letting the bed bugs bite.