This Associated Press story from last week, from Columbian.com in Clark County, Washington, is in many ways a typical “now we have bed bugs here” story, found in all regional papers.
But it ends with a PCO’s anecdote about the difficulty of discovering where bed bugs were hiding in a hotel room:
“Finding them is usually the biggest issue,” [Cindy] Mannes [of the National Pest Manegement Association] said.
For example, bedbugs often are found on luggage racks in hotel rooms but can crawl as far as 100 feet in search of food.
Eradication includes professional laundering of linen and drapery, thorough inspection for eggs and bugs under carpets and in bed and picture frames, and application of steam to kill the critters.
“We treated this room and treated it very well. We even pulled the headboard off the bed. We were sure we got rid of the infestation,” Warneke said.
Even so, the customers called back to complain of bites within three weeks.
On returning, Warneke dismantled the expensive headboard, removing the outer cloth and the inner foam, then prying apart the pieces of plywood on the inside.
“It was like a sandwich of plywood,” he said. “I pried the glue apart. Inside, there were bedbugs. There was no way materials or steam could have gotten to them.”
While we’re usually told most items can be treated, and that it is not a good idea to just throw your furniture away (it’s usually unnecessary and it also spreads bed bugs to others), this is an example of a case where a PCO might recommend destroying and tossing something–even without dismantling it. A cloth-covered headboard sounds like a nightmare, and I know several people have written “cloth-covered headboard” stories here on Bedbugger.com.
Consider also that if they can hide that well inside a piece of furniture, a home with lots of cracks is equally suitable for hiding your bed bugs from sight.