If you rent or have purchased furniture from a rental place you may want to think again. Lately, bed bugs are being found on furniture that was previously rented. Various items, including couches were found to be infested with bed bugs after being rented or purchased from multiple stores. While it is difficult to report this as a trend it does suggest that consumers need to take extra precautions when purchasing or renting furniture. Seattle bed bug treatment recently reported on the growing trend of bed bugs being found in used furniture being sold by people and from charitable establishments. Whenever furniture is in somebody else’s home or place of business, there is a risk of the furniture being infested with bed bugs. To keep your home from being infested as a resultbe sure to do a thorough inspection yourself.

  • Bring the following with you: White latex gloves, a magnifying glass, flashlight and an inexpensive white sheet.

  • Spread the white sheet out on a flat surface and place the furniture on top of it. The white sheet will help you spot any bugs that will fall to the ground.

  • Use a credit card or your fingers and run them over the furniture’s surface. Also using your fingers or the edge the card through any creases, cracks, or grooves in the furniture. Use a credit card or your fingers and run them over the furniture’s surface.  Also using your fingers or the edge of the card through any creases, cracks or grooves in the furniture.  Remember, bed bugs like to hid in small tight spaces, so running the card through these areas is critical to performing a thorough inspection.  Watch for signs of bed bugs on your gloves or on the white sheet.   Signs can include feces (which will be dark red stains), old skin, or bed bugs themselves.  Use the magnifying glass to inspect anything remotely questionable.

  • Use the flashlight to highlight and inspect any hidden or dark areas of the furniture.  Again, these are the locations where bed bugs like to hide.  They are generally not out in the open where they are easily seen.

If you do find bed bugs, just pass on the furniture, don’t even bother treating it.   Treating it can be expensive, timely and you may not kill all of the bed bugs.  We recommend not even risking it.