As is the case with mattresses, treating furniture for bed bugs begins with deciding whether the furniture is worth treating. Furniture that’s severely infested, or which is simply old and dilapidated, may not be worth bothering to treat. If you do decide to replace your furniture, treat your home for bed bugs first, and be sure that the bed bugs are gone before having your new furniture delivered.
Using an aerosol insecticide to treat for bed bugs in the stand under a swivel chair
If you decide to keep your furniture, it must be thoroughly treated. There are all kinds of nooks and crannies in furniture where bed bugs can hide, and you have to find and treat them all. If you miss an area that’s infested, you may just have to do the whole bed bug job again.
You definitely will have to do an exhaustive inspection of all the furniture in the bedrooms and any other rooms that are known to be infested. Whether you treat the furniture in the rest of the house is up to you, but you probably should.
If you choose to treat all the furniture in the house, then treat it at least a day or two before you treat the bedrooms that are infested. This way any bed bugs that escape your treatment won’t simply move into the untreated furniture.
As I stated earlier, furniture is full of places where bed bugs can hide. Your inspection and treatment has to be very thorough, lest you miss some of these harborage areas.
Some of the places in furniture where bed bugs hide include:
- Cushions and upholstery
- Hollow furniture legs
- Brackets and stands
- Cracks and crevices
- Wheels and casters
- Drawer slides
- Under tags and labels
Or in other words, pretty much anywhere. So be thorough. You don’t want to have to do this job again.
By: DIY Bed Bug Control