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Bed Bugs In Secondhand Furniture

June 21, 2016

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Who doesn't like getting a great deal, especially on items that are normally quite expensive? It is no wonder that auctions, yard sales, and discount furniture shops are so appealing. Even if the item you are looking at is going to need to be stripped and refinished, painted, or touched up in some other way, it is worth putting the elbow grease in. It is possible to grab a piece of furniture from the side of the road and turn it into something unique and special; if you have the skills. But, the startling increase in bed bug infestations across the country has made picking up used furniture a potential hazard.

Bed bugs can be found in all 50 states and, these pests don't just live in beds. They can take up residence inside couches, chairs, loveseats, desks, tables, and more. If you bring these items back to your home, you could bring bed bugs home with you as well.

Here are a few things you need to know:

  • A bed bug infestation can arise from a single batch of eggs. Bed bug eggs do not need the mother to hatch, and these eggs are usually tucked inside creases, cracks, and other hard-to-see places.

  • Bed bugs often leave black fecal streaks as they travel. These stains are an indication that a piece of wood furniture is infested.

  • When bed bugs infest upholstered furniture, you should see patches of black feces in the fabric, blood stains, and shed insect shells.

  • Washing away signs of bed bugs will not get rid of the bugs.

  • Pest control companies that employ trained dogs to sniff out bed bugs can help you quickly determine whether or not a piece of furniture is infested with these pests. Their nose works like x-ray vision to sense these bugs even when they are deep inside, and even if they are still inside their eggs.

If you buy and restore a lot of items, it may not be practical to have a pest control company like Moyer check each and every piece of furniture you buy, but it is definitely a good idea to get routine inspections. Getting a bed bug infestation can be a traumatizing experience for a family.

When it comes to protecting homes and businesses from bed bugs, there is no one better than Moyer. We implement the most advanced methods and products available, including K9 bed bug inspectors, and our QualityPro staff is the best in the business. There are over 22,000 pest control companies in the United States, and only 3% are qualified to be designated QualityPro. We are proud to say that Moyer is one of them.

If you love getting a great deal, and you know how to restore old furniture, don't let bed bugs stop you. Just be sure to recognize the signs of an infestation and know we are here when you need us!

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