Who doesn’t love a good deal when it comes to the purchase of furniture? Many Florida homeowners turn to second hand stores and antique shops to look for those unique, perhaps vintage pieces of furniture to fit their home. But, we have to warn you, purchasing used furniture could lead to a bed bug infestation.
We are not talking about filth or lack of cleanliness. The fact is, bed bugs do not care what conditions they live in. Their only objective is to find blood (ideally from a human) to feed on for nutrients. So whether the furniture you are purchasing came from the cleanest home on the block or not, there is still a risk of a bed bug infestation. Some of the most likely items to attract bed bugs are mattresses, couches, chairs or anything upholstered where bed bugs can embed themselves.
The good news is that while we may not be able to see bed bugs very easily because they are great at hiding, they do leave behind evidence of being around. The following are signs of bed bugs and if you do happen notice any of these signs either on used furniture or in your home in general, it is time to call in the Northern Florida bed bug control pros!
Small dark spots - These tiny spots can be fecal matter or blood spots that bed bugs leave behind after feeding.
Skin encasements - Tiny, light brown colored skins are a sign that bed bugs are present because as bed bugs grow through their life stages, they shed their skins.
Live bugs - In the case of severe bed bug infestation, you may even see the live bugs themselves. They are pretty small even as adults, only about the size of an apple seed.
Bed bug bites - Oh the dreaded bite of a bed bug. Not everyone has a reaction to bed bug bites but if you are waking to itchy red bumps on the skin, you may have bed bugs.
For more information on bed bug control in Northern Florida including Jacksonville, Gainesville, Ocala, Tallahassee and Tampa, please contact McCall Service today! We certainly don’t want to deter you from bargain hunting, but it is important to be aware that used furniture is one of the many ways that bed bugs travel to new homes. Not a second hand shopper? Find out where else you could run into bed bugs!