We’ve all had to buy some second-hand furniture at some time in our lives. Even though some items may no longer look brand new, sometimes bargains are hard to resist.
But second-hand furniture can come with unwelcome strangers – like bed bugs!
Believe it or not, beds are not the only place in which these ‘creepy crawlies’ hide out. Here is what you should do when purchasing second-hand furniture.
Inspect the items
Use a magnifying glass, white latex gloves and a flashlight if you are in doubt. Look for any small deposits or black spots. You may not be able to see them at a first glance so look behind and under furniture, headboards and even shelves for any bugs and their exoskeletons. If you are purchasing a painting, check for bed bugs underneath loose paint and masking tape. They hide inside cracks, crevices and seams in furniture so make sure you are thorough.
If in doubt, don’t buy upholstered furniture
Once bed bugs get into the material of upholstered furniture, they are almost impossible to detect. Even steam cleaning may fail to remove the little pests as the heat may not penetrate deep enough into the padding to eradicate them.
If you’re considering buying used furniture, choose solid or pressed wood, leather, fabric or plastic surfaces. As long as they have no cracks in them, they are least likely to house bugs. Even lamps, electronics and fans have been found to have carried bugs.
If you suspect you may have picked up some bed bugs…
Vacuum any cracks and crevices in your furniture, remove the vacuum bag and dispose of the contents in a bin outside. Then use a purpose made bug spray on the furniture. Place sheets of newspaper on the floor of your garage and shut the door and windows. Place the furniture on the paper and spray as directed. It’s best to contact a company that will remove bed bugs professionally as they have purpose built equipment to get rid of them altogether.
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