How to Deal with Bed Bug Infested FurnitureThe fact of the matter is, bed bugs can live just about anywhere in your home but prefer to stay near where they are able to easily feed. Beg bugs live in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, closets, walls, under carpet, paper, and practically anywhere else. So, if you have a piece of furniture that is bed bug infested, chances are excellent the pests are hiding in other places. This means your old sectional couch is a prime place for bed bugs to live and wreak havoc on you and your family every night.
Can you treat and eliminate the bed bugs on your own? Bed bugs are challenging pests to get rid of, since they hide so well and reproduce so quickly. In addition, the egg stage is resistant to many forms of treatment, so a single attempt may not be sufficient to complete the job. Treating bed bugs is complex. Your likelihood of success depends on many factors. Achieving complete control can take weeks to months, depending on the nature and extent of the infestation, and everyone will need to cooperate and do their part. —U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyThe good news is, bed bugs, unlike many other nuisance pests, multiply slowly. Each adult female produces about one egg per day and it takes about 10 days to hatch. It’s another five to six weeks for these parasites to reach maturity, but, because of their tiny size and ability to hide, can easily become an infestation problem. What’s worse is the presence of bed bugs has nothing to do with the cleanliness of the room because they live on blood. However, it is true that cluttered hoarder homes have large incidents of bed bug infestation that well-organized, clean houses. Once you discover the problem, it’s important to know how to deal with bed bug infested furniture:
- Vacuum. One way to control bed bugs is to simply mechanically remove them from furniture. If the pests are just located on your mattress and box spring, it is possible and sometimes effective enough to vacuum them up for removal. However, it can take more than one time to get long-lasting results and you’ll have to vacuum two to three times subsequently to ensure all eggs and young hatchlings are caught.
- Steam. Believe it or not, steam is another way of dealing with bed bugs. “Steamers work by delivering lethal temperatures to where bed bugs may be hiding. Steam is very effective when bed bugs are on the surface of items,” according to the University of Minnesota. The temperature effectively kill bed bugs, whether eggs, young hatchlings, or adults. But, this method must be done right in order to produce real results.
- Pesticides. Though vacuum and steam can be effective ways of dealing with bed bugs, these won’t necessarily produce the results of being completely free from infestation. Using a pesticide is a more sure-fire way of ridding a home of bed bugs, but, there are drawbacks. Chemicals can present a health hazard and might not even be sufficient to be rid of a large infestation.
- Discard furniture. The last option is the only which practically guarantees you’ll be rid of these pests. But, doing on your own can be tricky, so it’s best to use an experienced bed bug infested furniture removal service.