How to Salvage Infested Furniture

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One thing that no one looks forward to after a bed bug infestation is the loss of furnishings. When you're dealing with the aftermath of bed bugs, it's important to handle all contaminated furniture or other belongings properly. Any surviving bed bugs will be all too happy to re-infest your home if given the opportunity. Discarding your items in a careful and proper manner is essential.

Professional or DIY

Taking care of disposal yourself is tempting to many homeowners, but it's not always recommended. The materials you need to buy and the required transportation isn't always as affordable as you might like, and any mistakes or mishaps could wind up leaving bed bugs in your friend's pickup truck. That's not something that anyone wants to deal with, especially your friend. While you may save a little bit of money compared to hiring professionals, it's likely not going to be worth it.

Professionals know how to handle your items, and they know how to thoroughly wrap everything. A tight seal is essential to avoid letting any bed bugs escape. As an added bonus, the professionals will remove everything in a single haul. You won't have to worry about making multiple trips. Doing the work piecemeal might sound easier, but the reality is that it's often simpler and less frustrating to tackle everything at once.

Wearable Protection

Having the right protective gear is key to being effective. White coveralls are the recommended standard. Why white? There are certain colors that bed bugs like and some colors they seem to avoid. Bed bugs tend to prefer red (especially dark red) and black. Bed bugs tend to avoid white and bright yellow. Given those preferences, white coveralls are the preferred option for industry professionals. Keeping your shoes covered is also a good idea, since bed bugs will happily hide in your shoes if they have the chance.

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Materials and Process

All contaminated furniture should be wrapped in either bed-bug bags or plastic wrap. Plastic wrap may be more affordable, but it's a bit more challenging to manage. Not all plastic wrap stretches and seals effectively. While bed-bug bags could be a bit more expensive, they're specifically designed for this purpose. They're generally a bit easier to handle, and they seal very well.

There are special containers that you can rent, which are built to hold contaminated furniture. All infested furniture should be put into that container or into a transport vehicle. Be careful not to tear the plastic or bags while moving the furnishings. After everything is loaded, you can transport it all to a local landfill. The experts at Gateway Thermal Solutions know that this can be a challenging and time-consuming process. Professional assistance is recommended. Give us a call at any time 314-445-4402.