It seems that a homeowner’s work is never done. If it’s not a leaky faucet or broken fence, it’s an infestation of household bugs. Insects love to get inside your home and invade your space. Some are looking for shelter; others are looking for food.
Your house has a lot of places where a bug might call home. There’s your garage … basement … cupboards … walls … couch … Wait! Your couch? Is that accurate?
Yes, it is definitely accurate. Perhaps you don’t want to think about it, but the unfortunate truth is that certain bugs can infest that coveted piece of furniture that you use to watch television and take naps. Due to this possibility, let’s take a look at a few household bugs that you might find in your couch:
This is the big one. Bed bugs in your home can lead to time-consuming pest control as you try to get rid of the little parasites. They live in all the little nooks and crannies around your home, and your couch can be a perfect hideout for them. The folds in your couch allow for easy access. Although you might not want to think that you’re watching your favorite sitcom while bed bugs lie in wait only a foot away, this can absolutely happen. In fact, it has been shown that selling and buying used furniture can help spread bed bugs.
This is another insect that homeowners can sometimes find both in and on their couch. The big problem with dust mites is that they’re microscopic, so you have no chance at seeing them. Dust mites are commonly found in your air and on many surfaces around your home. If you breathe them in, they can cause respiratory issues, especially if you suffer from allergies or asthma. To find out the severity of dust mites, you can pick up a test kit at your local pest control supplier. The good news is that dust mites do not bite and getting rid of them typically comes down to simply vacuuming and washing your couch on a regular basis.
If you’ve ever been sitting or laying on your couch and felt movement on your skin, there’s a good chance that you might have fleas. These household bugs are often brought in by cats and dogs, but even if you don’t have pets, they can crop up from time to time, especially if you have children. Fleas do bite and move around a lot. Just like dust mites, they can typically be taken care of by cleaning your couch on a regular basis. In some situations, however, you might need to get a chemical treatment to help with the cleaning.
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