Will my vintage couch bug me?
November 5, 2012 6:51 AM Subscribe
(not obtained from Freecycle or off the street) used furniture, from a reputable dealer, still a high (or high enough) risk for bedbugs?
posted by Rosie M. Banks to Home & Garden (12 answers total)
I'm asking this question because the previous bedbug and furniture questions were about stuff taken off the curb or obtained from Craigslist or Freecycle, and my situation is a bit different.
I want nice furniture - not Freecycle, not Ikea and not the semi-nice Pottery Barn type stuff. Because I can't afford to splurge on more than one or two really high-end pieces new at retail prices, I'm looking to "curate" bit by bit, scouting antique and higher-end vintage stores, and maybe Ebay.
My question is, how high is the bed-bug risk from higher-end used furniture? Do I need to be as vigilant as someone who is hauling a used couch away from Freecycle or the curb? I'm assuming that most reputable resellers do not want to be known as bedbug havens, and Ebay reviewers would say so if they got an infested couch.
I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area, and live in a detached house (so no buggy neighbors).