Watch for bed bugs in used furniture

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Posted on November 9, 2010 at 12:15 PM

MADISON, WISCONSIN -- Some pest control experts say think twice before picking up that piece of furniture on the side of the road.

"They threw away their couch into the dumpster. The next day, we were in another apartment and saw that same couch that was infested with bed bugs now in that other apartment," said Shane McCoy with Wil-Kil Pest Control in Madison, Wisconsin.

Also, watch out for furniture could end up on Craig's List or at garage sales.

"For the average homeowners, picking up used furniture is the biggest reason people are getting bed bugs into their home," explained Public Health Sanitarian Eric Olson.

He suggests checking the item before you pick up and take it home -- check seams of mattresses and furniture fabric for signs of discoloration from bed bug droppings.  
Also check wood frames, an infestion can look like mildew.

"You can get bed bugs that are living in knots of wood or making nests in the knots of wood or screw holes in furniture," Olson noted.

Olson states there have been no calls to public health complaining about bed bug infestations in thrift store furniture.  
 

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