How to Treat Used Furniture for Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals. They typically feed on humans while they sleep, injecting saliva that numbs the bite area and prevents blood from clotting. Bed-bug bites can cause red, itchy bumps. According to Dr. Susan Jones of Ohio State University, a bed-bug infestation typically starts in the tufts of mattresses before spreading to seams and crevices in furniture, baseboards, draperies and carpeting. When you bring home used furniture, you can't always tell whether or not it has bed bugs. Treat all used furniture for bed bugs before placing it in your home.