Buying Used Furniture? Know How To Find Signs Of Bed Bugs

9 October 2018
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If you are purchasing used furniture, one concern you may have is if bed bugs are hiding within it. You do not want to bring something into your home that has bed bugs, since they can spread to other parts of your home and cause an infestation. Here are some tips to tell if used furniture that you are buying has bed bugs in it.

Use a Flashlight and Magnifying Glass

Many people think that they can easily spot bed bugs with their eyes alone, but this is incredibly difficult to do. This is because bed bugs and bed bug eggs can be so incredibly small that you will never notice them. The eggs left behind from bed bugs are just 2.5mm long. That is incredibly small, with the eggs being no bigger than the width of a coin. In addition, the eggs can be semi-transparent, so they can easily blend in with furniture that is a light color. You will want to use a flashlight to look for these eggs, which will make them easier to find.

The bed bugs themselves are not much bigger, with an adult bed bug being 4.5mm long. Find a small seed from an apple to get an idea of just how big they really are. The bed bugs will also try to hide, so they will be located in small cracks or spaces that are hard to see in. Since the body of a bed bug is black, it will be difficult to see without using your flashlight and a magnifying glass.

Look At Seams In The Furniture

Since bed bugs will try to hide in small cracks, you need to pull back the fabric where the seams come together to look for signs of bed bugs. You may not see an actual bed bug, but in these seams, you may notice their feces left behind from when they were in this tight place. There will be black or brown smudges from when they were in the space. Be very wary about these signs, and consider skipping on the piece of furniture.

These are just a few signs that the furniture may have bed bugs in it that can get into your home. If you did bring back furniture that has bed bugs, you will need professional help getting them out. Reach out to a professional exterminator like Exterminating Unlimited Inc that specializes in bed bug removal to ensure that they are no longer in your home.