PUBLISHED ON March 28th, 2013
Portland bed bugs can be tough to get rid of without professional help. An old school of thought used to be that if you had a bed bug infestation, you had to get rid of all your furniture. However, a good Portland pest control service can (and should) help you salvage as many possessions as possible with the latest bed bug control methods.
Generally, the only times you need to get rid of bed bug-infested furniture is when you can’t sleep on it because it causes anxiety, the infestation is too great, the furniture is damaged or the piece is too old. When salvaging furniture infested with bed bugs:
Wrap it with a tarp. Purchase a large tarp (or several) and wrap the entire piece of furniture in it. Seal all seams and openings with a strong adhesive so bed bugs can’t escape. Keep in mind that this method can be expensive, and it can be difficult to find an adhesive or tape that works well.
Use a special bed bug bag. A handful of companies sell mattress and furniture covers with zippers designed specifically for bed bug-infested pieces. Simply unzip the cover, wrap it around the piece of furniture and zip it closed. Ask a Portland pest control service about where you can purchase this type of product.
Label the wrapped furniture. Whether you use a tarp or bed bug bag, always label the covered furniture with a tag that states that the piece is infested. This lets people looking for free furniture know that the piece is tainted and helps prevent the further spread of bed bugs in your community.
If you think you might have a bed bug infestation, remember that you can call on us for a free home inspection.