How To Treat Furniture With Bed Bugs
When most people think of bed bugs, they immediately think of beds. It’s in the name after all. But what these people do not realise, is that bed bugs can infest a wide variety of places. This includes furniture, carpets, and curtains. Bed bugs can even squeeze into cracks around your home. So what can we do about this? More specifically, how do you treat furniture riddled with bed bugs.
What to do about furniture with bed bugs
Sadly, if you have furniture with bed bugs, there is very little you can do. These bugs are able to squeeze themselves into the smallest space, and can be almost impossible to track down. The most you can do is to wash and vacuum your furniture. This might help but it’s unlikely that you’ll completely get rid of the bugs.
Part of the reason for this is because bed bugs lay hundreds of eggs in your furniture. These eggs are almost microscopic and are laid in the gaps and cracks inside of furniture. What this ultimately means is that you’ll probably need professional help in what will be a pest emergency.
The best way to treat furniture with bed bugs is with something known as heat treatments. This is basically a process where an extremely hot vapour is applied to the furniture. This vapour can penetrate into even the tiniest areas and will destroy 100% of all bed bugs. What’s also great about this method is that it kills bed bug larvae and eggs. This almost guarantees that the problem is solved for good. The treatment is provided by professionals.
How can I prevent an infestation?
Ultimately, what you have to realise, is that prevention is better than cure. What this basically means is that you should avoid buying second-hand furniture. In our experience this furniture is often infested with bed bugs. This is actually the reason why people often sell their furniture. Be especially aware of cheap furniture that is almost new or in very good condition. In this case, the reason for selling is quite likely because of bed bugs.
That being said, most second furniture is ok and you do not have to completely avoid buying used furniture. In fact, once bed bugs do not have access to food, they will often crawl away. This is especially true if the furniture has sat for a while in a second-hand shop.
One thing you should absolutely avoid doing though, is purchasing a second-hand mattress. Second-hand mattresses are notorious for being infested with bed bugs. Also, this type of furniture with bed bugs is often very difficult to treat. The bed bugs may have been in the mattress for years, and this makes them almost impossible to remove yourself.