Throwing out furniture is one of the worst things that you can do if you’ve discovered bed bugs in your home. You should never throw out beds, couches, chairs, or any other furniture that you suspect bed bugs are hiding in.
Why is throwing out furniture a bad idea?
- It will not kill bed bugs. Bed bugs are extremely resilient. They will patiently lay in wait until they find another blood source. Contrary to popular belief throwing out furniture does not ‘starve’ bed bugs. Bed bugs can exist for 18 months without a food source.
- It perpetuates the bed bug problem. When you toss old furniture onto the curb, you may notice it goes missing before the garbage collection crew comes. The people who adopt your old furniture will unsuspectingly take home bed bugs. This causes a bed bug problem for someone else. You may wonder why you should care. Besides common courtesy, there’s the issue of starting a cycle. For all you know it may be your next-door neighbour that picks up your old furniture. Before you know it the pesky critters have migrated back and you’ll be no better off than before. Adopting a problem-solving attitude is better for everyone, including you.
- It doesn’t guarantee you get rid of all the critters. Bed bugs are notorious for being great at hiding. During the day, they’ll cram themselves into any tiny nook or cranny. They don’t limit themselves to beds and couches. Headboards, nightstands, lamps, floorboards and gaps in the walls and carpets are all common bed bug hiding spots. Unless you’re going to demolish your home, you’re probably only removing a portion of your bed bug problem.
- It’s a waste. Most people don’t have the resources to replace all their furniture just to kill bed bugs. It’s especially wasteful when there are other options. You can keep all your furniture and get rid of bed bugs successfully with professional bed bug treatments. Consult with a professional bed bug detection company that will suggest the proper actions to take. With proper bed bug treatments and a little cleaning, your furniture should be as good as new.
If you’re concerned that you may have bed bugs in your home, Call Magical Pest Control. Reach us at (905) 738-6676 or fill in our contact form to schedule a bed bug inspection. If we discover bed bugs during your bed bug inspection, we’ll discuss bed bug treatment options.