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How to manage bed bug infested furniture
Many people feel that throwing away an infested piece of furniture will get rid of the problem. While this may reduce the number of bed bugs, it will not necessarily eliminate the infestation or help with the overall problem. Furniture should only be thrown out if it cannot be properly cleaned as part of professional pest control. New furniture is not the solution as it can also be subject to infestation if the larger problem is not addressed.

Mattress encasements
For mattresses and box springs you can get mattress encasements that are specifically designed for managing bed bugs. Mattresses that are encased trap any bed bugs inside. They will eventually die of starvation; remember bed bugs can survive without a blood meal for more than six months. Any new bed bugs on the outside of the encasement will be easily detected. Clean up is easier when using a mattress encasement. Encasements should be tight fitting (few creases or folds) and used on box springs as well as mattresses.

Disposal as the recommended action
Furniture that is infested with bed bugs that cannot be salvaged needs to be disposed of in a manner that will prevent the further spread of bed bugs. In the process of removing a piece of furniture bed bugs can escape into hallways and make their way into new apartments spreading the problem to new areas. Precautions need to be taken.

  1. Make sure it cannot be used by taking apart, defacing or damaging. For example, in the case of mattresses, they can be slashed or otherwise damaged as to be made unusable.
  2. Wrap in plastic so bed bugs cannot escape. This should be done in the unit before the furniture/mattress is removed.
  3. Post a warning sign "Bed Bugs! Do Not Take."
  4. Put furniture/mattresses in the trash shortly before pick-up, so it doesn't sit for a long time

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