Bedbugs recently invaded my home — our living room sofas were infested. Read on if you travel frequently or love scoring secondhand furniture. I’m sharing my secret to combating and getting rid of bedbugs – inexpensively, of course!
First, let me tell you that a couple days ago — while in the trenches — I wouldn’t have been able to blog about this. I was disgusted. How could we have gotten bedbugs? Not pointing fingers here, but my guess is that family who had traveled all the way to California from Texas and stayed at different motels brought the unwanted guests. They could have also picked them up when they stayed with someone who had just bought couches at a thrift store.
Thankfully, we were able to catch the buggers before they reached other areas of our home. It would have cost a fortune to debug the entire house. Since our sofas are ivory colored it was easy to spot the bugs. We began to notice tiny specks of blood and their waste. Yuck!
Hours of frantically searching on the Internet for advice on how to get rid of bedbugs turned up not so good news. A professional exterminator would cost anywhere from $250 to $5000 per room depending on the extent of the infestation. And there’s no guarantee the problem would be resolved! This method would have also displaced us from our home for a couple of days because of the harsh chemicals. So add a hotel bill to the cost of hiring an exterminator.
An alternative method, heating the infested couch, is even more expensive, but it’s eco-friendly. Extreme heat is used to dehydrate the bugs. We would have had to drop up to $6000 for a heat treatment.
Online, many people recommended a powder called Diatomaceous Earth. I bought a bag at the hardware store and a bottle of EcoSmart Organic Insecticide for $15. Vacuumed the sofas thoroughly and sprinkled the powder all over and washed the slipcovers in scorching hot water. In total, I spent $95 to combat the suckers. Out of precaution I bought two bed bug mattress
protectors at Target for $40 each.
So far, it’s been 15 days and we have not seen any signs of bedbugs. The Diatomaceous Earth powder has worked wonders. Diatomaceous Earth is non-toxic and prevents bedbugs, roaches, ants and other creepy crawlies from reproducing.
I’ll be kicking out our sofas to the curb when our family finally leaves us, but I’ll leave a warning note on them. Wouldn’t want anyone to pick them up.
Bedbugs can hide in upholster and wood furniture. Before bringing any furniture into your home, make sure to thoroughly check for bugs. Use a flashlight to look for tiny blood stains! Beware, bedbugs have even been found in upscale hotels, stores, and theaters.
I expect to spend more money ridding my living room of bedbugs – including a new couch.
But I’m finally sleeping well. We saved thousands of dollars and won the battle against the bugs!
Do you pick up secondhand furniture from the curb?