Bed bugs have been around since the World War II era, but they were virtually eliminated in the United States with the use of such pesticides as DDT and Malathion. Those nasty little bugs began to re-emerge in the United States in the late 1990’s probably as a result of world travelling as they like to hitch a ride in your luggage across the oceans and countries and enjoy a nice stay in a hotel where they have been known to manifest.
So, what do bed bugs have to do with re-upholstery? Well, back in the day, people might go bargain hunting at garage sales or consignment shops looking for that unique piece of furniture and didn’t worry too much about bringing these tiny bugs home with you. Nowadays, you just don’t know what could be in that Queen Victorian couch.
Just remember that bed bugs, even though they do enjoy hanging out in someone’s bed, they have been known to enjoy the couch where you take your naps. Upholstered furniture can be a paradise for bed bugs, so what can you do?
If you don’t want to give up your bargain hunting for upholstered furniture, it’s very important to inspect the items carefully. Even though bed bugs are extremely hard to identify, it’s not impossible. They are tiny, but they are not invisible. So get your magnifying glass and flashlight and go searching:
- Bed bugs deposit small black spots after feeding. Fabrics may also show reddish streaks or smears.
- Check the backs and undersides of tables, shelves, headboards and other furnishings for live bugs or molted skins (exoskeletons).
- Bed bugs like narrow openings, including screw and nail holes, so check those areas out with your magnifying glass and flashlight.
Even if you don’t see anything, there is no guarantee there are no bed bugs. These little bugs are excellent hiders. Have questions about bed bugs and upholstery furniture, give us a call at Vitian’s Re-Upholstery at 317-870-3265.