Do You Need to Throw Out Your Furniture After a Bed Bug Infestation?

Most people are very quick to get rid of their bedroom furniture, or at the very least, their bed, mattress, and all their bedding, as soon as they start getting bitten by bed bugs. But this is an expensive exercise, and worse still, it might not be effective. So do you need to get rid of your furniture as a bed bug control measure? The answer will only be a definitive yes if you can get all the bugs to go with the furniture and, honestly, that is highly unlikely. Bed bugs are very tenacious and anyone who has ever had bed bugs knows that.

Do bed bugs automatically move out with your bed?

For most people, the immediate reaction to bed bugs is to dispose of their bed. The reasoning is simple; the bed bugs were on the bed, the bed is the source of the infestation and throwing out the bed eliminates the problem. Think again! Bed bugs do not only confine themselves to your bed. They can live in the headboard, nightstand, dresser, and carpets as well as any cracks and dark crevices in your bedroom. You need to find all their hiding places, and eliminate the entire population, to rid yourself of the problem.

How do you deal with bed bugs effectively?

There is only one way to deal with bed bugs. You admit that you are facing a worthy adversary that you cannot defeat on your own, and call in professional help. There really is no effective DIY home solution for the problem. Unless you know exactly what you’re doing, and have extensive experience with bed bug extermination, you will fail at the first step. You will never find all their hiding places, and for any treatment to be successful, you need to entirely eliminate the bed bugs and their eggs.

If you throw out your bedroom furniture, you will still need somewhere to sleep and the worst thing you can do during a bed bug infestation is sleep on the floor. The bugs that are left in your room, and there definitely will be some left, will now have free access to you without even having to climb up the bed legs. And when you buy a replacement bed, it too will be infested in no time at all.

Alternatively, if you hire a professional pest control company at the first sign of trouble, they will deal with the bedbugs on your bed, and then with the rest of the infestation. Fortunately treating your bed, and killing all the bugs and eggs, is a simple procedure for a pest control company that knows what it’s doing, and has the correct products and equipment. This includes contact and residual sprays, a vacuum and a steamer for quick, effective killing of bugs and cleaning of your bed.

Cutting off access to your bed

Part of the issue is not just that you have bed bugs in your bed, but also how they got there in the first place. Bed bugs can’t jump or fly, they can only crawl. That means they need to climb to gain access to you, and their routes are limited to the legs of the bed frame, headboard, footboard, and walls that are in direct contact with the bed.

To cut off their access points, you need to position your bed so that it stands slightly away from the wall – an inch is enough. You also need to use ClimbUp Interceptors to elevate the legs of your bed and trap any bed bugs in a talcum-lined pitfall. Once a professional pest control company has carried out the treatment steps, and isolated your bug-free bed, you’ll be able to sleep without fear of being bitten. The Climb Up’s will not only keep the pesky bugs out of your bed but will also help you monitor the problem and determine if the treatment protocol is working.

Truly Nolen will help you tackle your bed bug problem, and advise you on whether or not you need to get rid of your bedroom furniture.