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What furniture can i safely bring into my home without risk of bedbugs?

Asked by nomtastic (974points) September 23rd, 2008

i just moved to nyc, and i have total bedbug paranoia. that said, i am on a student budget, and i wonder if i can buy any furniture off of craigslist without risking infestation. dresser?? desk?? curtains??

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AstroChuck's avatar

Anything without fabric, I would think.

Snoopy's avatar

Ditto to Astrochuck. I would further that w/ anything w/ padding (e.g. a leather or pleather chair w/ stuffing, etc.)

EmpressPixie's avatar

If it has been professionally cleaned, you should be good to go. Having said that, try to go to thrift stores where they clean the stuff between owners.

There is someone on here whose daughter I think it was had her apartment building infected three times in a fairly short span. With luck she’ll come by and let you know. They learned a lot but I don’t remember where it was on Fluther or who it was (sorry!!).

Melonking's avatar

I think that you are geting a little too over the top with this. It is unlitly that you will get bedbugs and if you do they will goaway in a week or so. You hardly need to think ablout anything but the bed as they need you to be in it to feed or they will die.

EmpressPixie's avatar

@Melonking: Bedbugs have been making a serious and nasty comeback in New York and a few other major cities around the US. It’s gross and totally needs to have every precaution taken against it.

Snoopy's avatar

@melonking This is a major problem in many cities and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Nomtastic is smart to realize it is an issue and be concerned.

Emilyy's avatar

We bought a sectional with a pull out bed at the St. Vincent de Paul society over a year ago in LA with not a bed bug to be seen. Maybe Vinny is the Patron Saint of Bedbug Prevention?

It would seem to me that if you brought a couch into a place like Goodwill or Salvation Army, and it were infected with BBs, there would be a whole epidemic in other furniture throughout the store. Is it totally naiive to think that something bought in a store (even if a second-hand store), as opposed to something off Craigslist, is more or less safe from the BBs? I guess if there were eggs hiding in the cushions or something maybe a larger problem would arise.

nomtastic's avatar

ok, i don’t mean to be rude but nobody has really answered my question. can the critters survive in non-cloth furniture?? other stuff?

Snoopy's avatar

Not to be rude back, but there is a ton of information via

Check out this link

The definitive answer would appear to be that it can be on anything. The caveat is that non cloth furniture would be easier for you to clean and examine for the critters.

Where I work I have seen them and they are easy to identify. Look at a few pics online so you are familiar w/ what they look like. The bugs that I have seen are rust brown in color and approximately the size of a tick. They have been on a person’s clothng who was living in an infested home.

Emilyy's avatar

I think I mis-read the question, then. If you’re just looking for a list of places where bedbugs can live, then Snoopy’s right—google is your friend.

From the last article comes this quote, “Bed bugs can live in any area of the home and can reside in tiny cracks in furniture as well as on textiles and upholstered furniture. They tend to be most common in areas where people sleep and generally concentrate in beds, including mattresses, box springs, and bed frames. Other sites where bed bugs often reside include curtains, the corners inside dressers and other furniture, cracks in wallpaper (particularly near the bed), and inside the spaces of wicker furniture.”

That took me all of ten seconds.

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