Peeling off the backing underneath couch to inspect for bed bugs?(5 posts)
I'm inspecting my sofa for BBs. My sofa is brown and the bottom cushions are attached to the couch so it's making the job a little more difficult. Anyway, I've checked are the zipper seams of the top cushions and some of the seams around the couch and didn't find anything. The one spot were I found about 5-6 shedded skins and a few adult BBs were along the bottom of the rear of the couch where there is a felt backing stapled to the wooden frame. I'm tempted to unstaple the backing and inspect the insides of the couch. I hesitate only because I'd have to go out and buy a staple gun in order to staple it back together. Has anyone gone through the trouble of doing this?
Removing the dust covers on the underside of furniture and mattress box springs is routine for a thorough bed bug inspection.
Replacing the cover is optional... I would not bother to replace the cover until your bed bug infestation is eradicated... so that the space can be re-inspected easily.
You can always borrow a staple gun... if you wish to reinstall it, but these dust covers don't really serve any useful purpose... The primary function of the cover is to obstruct a visual examination of a common bed bug harborage area.
Thanks. Sounds like ripping them off is routine for inspection.
Ripping the cover off is common,,, but you can use a staple remover, small knife blade or a flat screw driver to remove the staples easily if you want to re-install the cover later.
The cover needs to be removed to perform a proper visual inspection or apply pesticides properly in the void space.
The cover functions to provide a privacy screen for the bugs... a dust cover will not prevent the BBs from gaining access into an ideal space to harbor and lay eggs.
Thanks for the reply. So I cut open the backing and can't find any evidence of BBs inside. There's just too many cracks and crevices I can't get at. I just did a cursory look at some of the wooden members and peeled back some of the fabric at some of the joints. Like I said before, I just spotted a few dead ones along the back part of the couch where the backing is stapled to the sofa.
Would spraying the inside with a citronella mixture spray expose any hiding spots?
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