How to Get Rid of Bedbugs in Furniture

Bedbugs are small, semi-transparent insects that feed on human blood.

Check your boxspring for bedbugs.Check your boxspring for bedbugs.
Bedbugs typically enter your home by latching onto used furniture, luggage and clothing. Signs that bedbugs have infested your furniture include blood stains, droppings or eggs visible on the furniture fabric, or small itchy welts visible on your skin. Bedbugs are not known to carry diseases, however, they are associated with filth and many people consider them to be a nuisance.

Identify all furniture that bed bugs have infested. Contrary to popular belief, bedbugs hide in more places than just your bed frame. Bedbugs may be living in your couch, chairs, baseboards and dresser drawers. Bedbugs are particularly likely to be found in furniture where the fabric is torn.

Vacuum the infested piece of furniture with a vacuum attachment. Be sure to discard the vacuum cleaner bag in a sealed plastic bag when finished.

Wipe down furniture with soap and water or a cleaning product appropriate for the particular fabric. This will remove dead bugs, blood stains, eggs and bedbug droppings.

Enclose furniture in a cover that contains the label "allergen rated," "dust mites," or "for bed bugs." This will prevent bedbugs from infecting the furniture in the future.

Seal cracks and crevices in your home with caulk. This might include cracks in plaster and wallpaper or crevices in baseboards and cabinets. Doing so will prevent bedbugs from entering your home and infesting your furniture.

Warning

  • Some people become so desperate to get rid of bedbugs that they spray their furniture with insecticide. Insecticide contains toxins and should not be applied to areas where you sleep or sit for extended periods of time.

About the Author

Thomas King is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he served as managing editor of the "Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law." He currently lives in Aberdeen, Washington where he writes and practices law.