secondhand furniture

How do I avoid bed bugs when buying used furniture?

November 21, 2015

An anonymous reader, let’s call her “Fiona,” asks via our contact form, “I’m trying to find reliable information about buying secondhand teak furniture [online] and how concerned I should be about bedbugs, which precautions should I take (if any), etc. I’m specifically thinking of a teak coffee table (not too many places to hide, etc., […]

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Bed bugs in used furniture shops concern Sharjah residents

April 28, 2014

The Khaleej Times reports that residents of Abu Shagara, a neighborhood of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates which is known for its used furniture shops, are calling for the stores to be relocated to non-residential areas due to concerns about rodents and insects, including bed bugs. The Khaleej Times states, Residents of areas popular for their […]

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Bed bug B.S. in the media, part I – Ohio’s secondhand stores

September 30, 2010

Though the media frenzy around bed bugs is conveying lots of good information, the bed bug B.S. is not any less prevalent than it used to be. First, let’s consider this NBC 4i report that explores the issue of bed bugs and secondhand merchandise in Ohio. (If embedded video does not play, click here to […]

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Regina Leader-Post warns about bed bugs in garage sale furniture

July 5, 2010

Garage sale season is at its peak, and I was glad to see the Regina Leader-Post reporting that Health Canada is warning consumers about unsafe garage sale items; the article includes a specific warning about bed bugs in secondhand furniture items.  As Pamela Cowan reports, Bedroom furniture can have more legs than buyers bargain for. […]

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No bed bugs in Dubai? Or a Greenpoint stoop sale? Don’t be so sure.

June 25, 2008

A piece on Donald Trump’s new Trump International Hotel & Tower in Dubai brings us a bed bug sighting in the New York Observer’s Style section: Which brought us to the host, developer Donald Trump. “The building is going to be something the likes of which has never been done before,” he said of the […]

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