Do you rent or purchase furniture from a “rental place” ? If so, you might want to to rethink that. Recently in Ohio and other states in the US, bed bugs are being found on furniture that was previously rented. Various furniture items, including couches where found to be infested with bed bugs after being purchased and rented from multiple rental stores in Ohio and other states in the US.
While difficult to report this as a trend, it does suggest that consumers need to take extra precaution when purchasing or renting furniture from rental stores. We previously reported on the growing trend of bed bugs being found in used furniture being sold by people and from charitable establishments.
Whenever furniture is in someone else’s home or place of business, there is a risk of the furniture being infested with bed bugs. Places like Aaron’s Rents and “Rent A Center” have inspection processes in place, there is still a risk and nothing beats doing the inspection yourself. To keep your home from being infested as a result, you need to thorough inspect the furniture before you even load it in your car to bring it home.
Here’s how to inspect your used furniture for bed begs:
If you do find bed bugs, just pass on the furniture, don’t even bother treating it. Treating it can be expensive, timely and you may not kill all of the bed bugs. We recommend not even risking it.
Also, don’t think you are 100% safe purchasing new furniture either. While your chance of finding bed bugs in new furniture is much lower than on used furniture, there is still a risk. Bed bugs don’t discriminate and can be found in factories, warehouses and in stores. All it takes is one employee or customer infected with bed bugs to walk in and sit down on the furniture. As a result, we even recommend doing inspections on new furniture as well as used furniture.
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