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Furniture Bugs: How to Identify and Rid Them for Good

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There are over 100 different species of bugs that can live inside your home.

While some pests are easy to get rid off, others like to hide inside any piece of furniture.

What might start as a few bugs in your home, can quickly breed into an infestation.

And even worse, many of these pests can carry diseases into your home and impact your family’s health.

Any homeowner’s nightmare is dealing with pests in the house. Here is how to identify and get rid of furniture bugs once and for all!

Identifying Furniture Bugs

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There are a variety of different kinds of pests that can live within any type of furniture, but especially upholstered furniture.

The first step towards getting rid of these pests is identifying exactly what you’re dealing with.

The first thing you should do is move your furniture onto a white sheet to begin looking for black spots.

With a gloved hand, run your fingers along any cracks or crevices in your furniture to dislodge any pests.

Then you can use a flashlight and a magnifying glass to inspect what bugs fell onto the white sheet.

Here are a few common furniture bugs you may encounter. If you have an obscure bug inside your home, use an online bug identifier to learn what you are up against.


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Wondering what kind of bugs live in couches? The most common culprit is fleas.

If you have pets in your home, they can frequently carry fleas into your home, which then infest your furniture.

Fleas are very small, less than 1/8 of an inch. You can often see fleas jumping around your furniture, but they also leave behind excrement that looks like reddish-brown dirt.

The bad news is that fleas can lay dozens of eggs each day. The good news? They are fairly common so there are many solutions to help get rid of them.

Bed Bugs

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Bud bugs are oval shaped pests less than 1/4 inch long. Bed bugs in furniture is a common issue because they are attracted to warmth.

Most people realize they have bed bug infestations because bed bugs bite and cause skin irritations. But they also leave behind excrement which appears as black specks on your furniture.

These bugs, often called common furniture beetles, don’t only infest mattresses and couches. They hide in blankets and you can even find bed bugs in wood furniture down between cracks and support structures.

Getting Rid of Furniture Bugs

Once you can identify what kind of pests are lurking in your furniture, it’s time to get rid of them.

Quick Methods:

Take any infected furniture items outside of your home immediately so the bugs don’t spread to other items.

Seal off the piece of furniture in a large plastic bag in an attempt to suffocate the bugs.

You can also put cushions, covers or blankets into a dyer on the highest heat setting to kill any pests.

Best Methods:

While the above ideas can help a small problem such as a few bugs that are confined to a small or single area, they aren’t end-all solutions to real infestations.

Unfortunately, you’re most likely facing some degree of infestation.

As you might guess, there are plenty of toxic solutions out there that will do the job. Think: DIY bug bombs or aerosol sprays.

They might go far in solving your bug problem but how safe they are for your family and living environment is highly debatable.

We personally don’t like poison in our home. If it’s unsafe for a small living thing, it can’t really be 100% safe for larger living critters like our pets or us humans!

This goes for hiring exterminators as well.

Our furniture (couches, chairs, pillows, blankets and beds) are definitely off limits when it comes to chemical treatments.

What solutions does this leave?

The good news is there are a few products out there that are A) non-toxic, and B) work just as well!

Our favorite product in the case of furniture bugs such as beetles and fleas, is made by SayByeBugs.

It’s a fast-acting, all-in-one bug killer that will immediately rid your home and any of it’s furnishings of unwanted bugs.

How it works:

If you’ve ever researched how to kill bugs inside your house permanently you may have heard killing on contact just gets the live guys but doesn’t fix the issue at large.

That’s because contact killers don’t stop the bugs from reproducing or prevent new residents from moving in to take over again.

First, SayByeBugs bug killer kills all bugs within reach very quickly by directly attacking their nervous system. It’s like turning off their brain…so, there’s no coming back for them!

Second, the product controls any possibility of reproduction by stopping the re-birth cycle in the mama bugs. Any eggs or egg-laying is stopped.

Finally, spraying this solution prevents future infestations by leaving a light, dry residue (harmless to us!) that will send any new-comers running to dehydrate and die.

No more bugs. No more bites!

How to Use?

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It truly doesn’t get any easier than this. Simply spray as a spot treatment in any areas you’ve identified or suspect have bugs hanging around.

A light mist will do the trick, so no worries about getting delicate fabric or wood surfaces wet. 

Get down in crevices, under mattresses, bed springs, the underside of couches and chairs, under rugs, etc.

Within 10 minutes, affected bugs will either die or attempt to hide. 

Re-treat every 1 to 2 weeks to thoroughly complete the process of killing and driving away these furniture bugs.

Why re-spray?

Your initial treatment will kill any bugs hanging around in plain site.

What happens next, is the bugs that are hiding are drawn out. It’s not uncommon to visually see more than you did before treatment – you want this so you can spray them down!

SBB bug killer is certified by the EPA as an effective AND non-toxic formula (whew!).

What’s more is this company is great: They really care about what they do and are responsive to any questions or issues you might have. Simply contact them to open a dialogue just as you would with an expensive pest control company.

And you can’t go wrong with a 30-day money back guarantee. We’re talking no-questions-asked if for whatever reason you’re not satisfied.

If you follow the process and reach out to them for any guidance, you won’t need your money back. You’ll just be bug free at a MUCH LESS price than hiring an exterminator!

You can buy the SBB bug killer directly from their site. They sell them in a variety of sizes of 16oz, 16oz-value kits. and 1-gallon sizes.

Need More Help at Home?

Now you know how to efficiently handle furniture bugs as well as bed bug infestations.

Remember that the first step is identifying what kind of pest you are dealing with. Once you know what you’re dealing with, you can attempt a few quick DIY solutions.

But most likely, your invasion is bigger than you can see. So, ordering up a simple, safe and effective bug killer solution from SayByeBugs is THE way to go.

Enjoy your home again and get rid of your furniture bugs for good.

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Barbara Stinson

Saturday 24th of July 2021

I have little black bugs that bite especially at night how can I get rid of them and where do I get green buddy or is there any other way to get rid of them


Tuesday 17th of August 2021

Hi Barbara, our favorite product at this point for all furniture (and bed) bugs is by SayByeBugs. Kindly see the links above to find out more and purchase. This stuff will do the trick, and the company stands behind their promises. Good luck - biting from indoor bugs is never good!

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